UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER AT THE ALAMO CITY MUSIC HALL IN SAN ANTONIO, TX - PHOTO GALLERY BY MICHAEL MULLENIX

Metalheads, deny it all we want, are just like comic-book fans, we are suckers for the big anniversary or big final time concert tours the same way comic readers fall for the "Death of..." storylines.  When I heard Udo Dirkschneider, fame of the band Accept, was touring on his Farewell to Accept tour, I naturally assumed it meant that Udo was hanging up the Army fatigues for good.  I made it a point to rush to the Alamo City Music Hall last week convinced this would be the last time that anyone would behold one of the titans of German Metal.

Not Quite.

Apparently the "Farewell to Accept" tour signified the last opportunity that fans would get to hear a monstrous 2 hour setlist of exclusively Accept tracks sung by the original singer himself.  Taken on it's terms that we will live to see Udo shriek another day, this comes as somewhat relief as well as release of tension for something that was kind of monumental.  But, given that at the end of the night we still powered through around 25 of the most monumental songs from one of Germany's most metal exports, I can't complain.  Udo was on point, decked out in the classic military look and whipping a packed house of Texas' most devout metalheads, he transformed this hole in the wall club in San Antonio into his own command center.  Playing through hits such as Living For Tonite, Son Of A Bitch, London Leatherboys, Metal Heart, and Princess Of The Dawn, this was an Accept fan's dream playlist.  Also of note,  Udo's backing band performed admirably and guitarists Kasperi Heikkinen and Andrey Smirnov are two guitar virtuosos who could hold their own with the likes of Wolf Hoffmann.  Ultimately the night closed on the Balls to the Wall and Burning and thus closes the tome of Udo's pipes being lent to these historic songs.

It is my pleasure to give to you, UDO!

























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