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U.D.O. signs to Atomic Fire Records + announces special album release for spring 2022

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L-R: Florian Milz (Atomic Fire Records CEO), Udo Dirkschneider, Markus Wosgien (Atomic Fire Records CEO), Frank Süpfle (ITM Agency)


German heavy metal icon Udo Dirkschneider will turn 70 years old on April 6, 2022. He is THE constant among the German metal scene. Born in Wuppertal during the post-war period, when heavy metal hadn’t even been envisioned, he is one of the decisive characters who helped shape the genre so significantly over the course of about five decades. Originally becoming world-famous as a founding member of ACCEPT, he continues to steadily expand upon his international successes with his U.D.O. and DIRKSCHNEIDER outfits. Dirkschneider has remained true to himself over the years and he has now decided that it’s time for another change in his career: today, U.D.O. announces his official signing to Atomic Fire Records!Udo states, “As a globally active artist, it is very important for me to work with our respective partners in a trusting and highly professional way since large parts of our careers depend directly on their work. But, a friendly relationship and fun in day-to-day cooperation are just as important. With my U.D.O. and DIRKSCHNEIDER bands, I have always paid attention to long-term partnerships, which really did not make the decision to change labels again after nearly 20 years of cooperation with AFM Records easy for me. I would like to specifically thank Jochen Richert and his team once again for the very trusting and personal cooperation over the last two decades!But when the opportunity arose to follow a fresh path with the newly founded Atomic Fire Records label and experience new inspirations, I seized it immediately and won’t let go. The opportunity to work with a nationally and internationally experienced and successful team consisting of friends and years-long companions was too tempting. The team and the concept as well as Atomic Fire Records’ professional setup worldwide has convinced me completely and I look very optimistically and happily toward the future and a cooperation with Markus Wosgien, Markus Staiger and Florian Milz and their team.”

Atomic Fire Records CEO Markus Wosgien says, “I was nine years old when I listened to a real metal song for the very first time, a live version of ‘Metal Heart’ – and it hooked me immediately. On that day, heavy metal became the centre of my life. I started spending my whole pocket money for ACCEPT’s records before I also discovered other groups. ACCEPT were the ultimate band and the definition of heavy metal – it just had to sound like this. I was working with U.D.O. in support of their »Mastercutor« album during my time at AFM Records, but I even had the chance of cooperating with ACCEPT for four full-lenghts after their reunion in 2009. To welcome Udo Dirkschneider to Atomic Fire Records is a kind of a knightly accolade for us. He’s an icon and an old hand of metal who still has a lot to say. We’re pleased to release an outstanding album around his 70th birthday and can’t wait for all those U.D.O. hits that are yet to come.”Further details on what’s behind Udo Dirkschneider‘s upcoming opus will be unveiled in the near future.U.D.O. live:»Game Over« – South America Tour 202214.01. MX Mexico City – Circo Volador15.01. MX Chihuahua – House of Shows16.01. MX Monterrey – Café Iguana18.01. CO Bogotá – Ace of Spades20.01. CL Santiago – Blondie22.01. BR Recife – Clube Internacional23.01. BR São Paulo – Carioca Club25.01. BR Rio Branco – Espaço 14 Bis27.01. BR Belém – Botequim29.01. BR Fortaleza – Complexo Armazém30.01. BR Salvador – Concha Acústica LF01.02. BR Rio de Janeiro – Circo Voador»Game Over« – Russia Tour 202206.02. RU Yuzhno Sakhalinsk – City Hall08.02. RU Khabarovsk – House of Officers09.02. RU Vladivostok – Fesco Hall11.02. RU St. Petersburg – Aurora13.02. RU Nizhny Novgorod – Milo Concert Hall15.02. RU Kazan – Korston17.02. RU Ufa – Tinkoff Hall19.02. RU Samara – KRC Zvezda21.02. RU Penza – Drama Theater22.02. RU Saratov – Drama Theater25.02. RU Voronezh – Arena Club26.02. RU Rostov-on-Don – Rostselmash (Palace of Culture)27.02. RU Moscow – Izvestiya Hall28.02. RU Volgograd – Concert Hall01.03. RU Astrakhan – Arcadia (Palace of Culure)»Game Over« – Europe Tour 202207.03. FR Paris – Petit Bain08.03. FR Strasbourg – La Laiterie10.03. ES Barcelona – Salamandra11.03. ES Madrid – Teatro Kapital12.03. ES Pamplona – Sala Totem17.03. CZ Pilsen – KD Šeříková18.03. CZ Zlín – Masters of Rock Café19.03. CZ Ostrava – Garage Club20.03. SK Bratislava – Majestic Music Club22.03. SK Zvolen – DK ZSR23.03. HU Budapest – Barba Negra24.03. RO Cluj-Napoca – Form Space25.03. RO Bucharest – Quantic Club26.03. BG Sofia – Hristo Botev Hall31.03. IT Bergamo – Druso01.04. IT San Donà di Piave (VE) – Revolver03.04. BE Antwerp – Kavka Zappa05.04. DK Copenhagen – Amager Bio06.04. DE Hamburg – Gruenspan08.04. NO Trondheim – Byscenen09.04. NO Odal – Milepelen10.04. NO Stavanger – Folken12.04. SE Gothenburg – Trädgår’n13.04. SE Helsingborg – The Tivoli15.04. FI Tampere – Klubi16.04. FI Jyväskylä – Lutakko17.04. FI Helsinki – Vanha Yo-talo19.04. EE Tallinn – Rock Café20.04. LT Riga – Godvil21.04. LV Vilnius – TBA23.04. DE Vacha – Vachwerk25.04. DE Berlin – Huxleys Neue Welt26.04. DE Cologne – Essigfabrik27.04. DE Munich – Backstage28.04. DE Regensburg-Obertraubling – Eventhall Airport29.04. DE Memmingen – Kaminwerk30.04. DE Leipzig – Hellraiser02.05. DE Saarbrücken – Garage03.05. DE Nuremberg – Hirsch05.05. DE Langen – Neue Stadthalle06.05. DE Coesfeld – Fabrik07.05. DE Halen – Hell Over Halen08.05. DE Stuttgart – LKA Longhorn10.05. CH Pratteln – Z724. – 26.06. DE Neuhardenberg/Berlin – Midsummer Music Festival29./30.07. SE Rejmyre – SkogsröjetU.D.O. are:Udo Dirkschneider | vocalsAndrey Smirnov | guitarSven Dirkschneider | drumsFabian Dee Dammers | guitarTilen Hudrap | bass

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