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After recently postponing September tour dates to January of 2014 due to health issues, Maryland rockers Clutch are pleased to announce their annual Holiday Tour.

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Comments No Comments » recently conducted an interview with former ACCEPT and current U.D.O. frontman Udo Dirkschneider. Several excerpts from the chat follow below. At what point did you realize Stefan [Kaufmann, guitar] wasn’t going to be able to participate in the recording of [U.D.O.‘s] “Steelhammer” [album]? Were there any warning signs that the health issues he was experiencing were going to be so bad?

Udo: It’s a long story. He already had some big problems. It all started when we did the “Rev-Raptor” album. We had to stop for three months because he couldn’t move anymore. He was going to the hospital in order to recover, and then, when we started touring, he was taking these really heavy pills. You could have killed an elephant with them. I’ve known Stefan for forty years and I saw that he couldn’t really move on stage. He had to get into these crazy positions so it wouldn’t hurt. He was always in pain, so he wasn’t in a good mood. Sometimes, he would just start shouting. I thought to myself, “This is not the real Stefan.” When the tour was over, I said, “Stefan, it’s better for you to stop. I don’t want to see you in a wheelchair.” We talked about many, many things, but in the end, he said to me, “I think you’re right. It’s better to stop doing this.” So I said, “You are welcome to produce the album and we can write some songs together,” and that’s when he said, “At the moment, I’m not in the mood to do this.” It wasn’t easy for me because I’ve been working together with him for so long, but sometimes you have to do things you don’t want to. In the end, I think it was the best thing for him and he’s now in better shape. He is producing a band in Switzerland, so I think he’s back. The transition couldn’t have been easy. Not only did you lose a band member, but you also lost a producer and a prolific songwriter. Had you considered working with a “new” producer for the recording of “Steelhammer”?

Udo: After working with and writing songs together with Stefan for over thirty years, it wasn’t so easy. He left the band due to health reasons and then he said to me, “I’m not in the mood to write songs or produce an album right now, “and I said, “Okay, then I have to do it in a different way.” Writing songs together with [bassist] Fitty [Wienhold] was like stepping into cold water, but in the end, I did end up writing the whole album together with him. For the production, I was thinking about looking for somebody new and the first name that came up to my mind was Michael Wagener (ALICE COOPER, SKID ROW, WHITE LION). So I called Michael and said, “Michael, are you’re interested in producing the new U.D.O. album?” and he said, “Yes, of course I would love to do it,” and I said, “Okay, let’s do it now,” and then he said, “Sorry, but at the moment I am producing someone else.” And then he said, “Why aren’t you doing it on your own?” The results we got then became “Steelhammer”. In hindsight, what are your feelings in regards to your time as a member of ACCEPT? Do you harbor any negativity to towards the remaining original members? Is it possible there will be yet another full-scale reunion?

Udo: ACCEPT is a different story. We did a reunion in ’92 and did three albums together [“Objection Overruled”, “Death Row”, “Predator”]. For me, the first one was a real ACCEPT album. We did the next one with only with one guitarist and for me, the sound with ACCEPT was always with two guitarists, so there was already some problems coming up. The whole atmosphere was completely gone. We did a tour and then we said, “Okay, before we destroy the name ACCEPT, let’s split up again.” Then they asked me twice after fifteen years to do another reunion and I said, “Guys, I’m quite successful with U.D.O., and if I shut down U.D.O. again and join ACCEPT, we have to talk about a lot of things.” In the end, I said, “Okay, if I do this and we split up again, I cannot come up for a third time with U.D.O. I have to continue under the name ACCEPT.” And I said to [guitarist] Wolf [Hoffmann], “You were stealing the name in the ’80s. You get the rights on it without asking somebody, especially me.” And he said, “No, I cannot do this.” and I said, “Okay.” There was a lot of other points and then I said, “Okay, guys. Sorry, but I don’t want to do this. I will continue with U.D.O. I wish you all the best.” That was the whole thing with the reunion. They put out a very good album in 2010 [“Blood Of The Nations”], but then again, I can imagine that after fifteen years, they would have enough time to write a good album. I wish I had fifteen years time to write songs. I expected them to do a good album and “Blood Of The Nations” is a good album, but in my opinion, “Stalingrad” [2012] is not as good as “Blood Of The Nations”. The new singer [ex-TT QUICK frontman Mark Tornillo] is a really good singer, but I think he has problems when he sings all the old ACCEPT songs. They’ve had some good success, so we’ll have to see about the future. Everybody wins because they have both ACCEPT and U.D.O. Do you have an actual relationship with anyone from the group? Are you still on “speaking terms” with Wolf?

Udo: No. There is not talk anymore. I don’t want to start a war, but Wolf was saying a lot of bad things about me and I don’t understand why he did that. Then, later on when they would come up to people who didn’t know what they had said before, they changed completely. They’d say, “U.D.O. is great. Udo is such a nice guy.” so I said, “Never ever talk to me again.” I don’t care. I am happy and they seem to be happy, so what can say?

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After various health issues with front man Lemmy led to some show cancellations, as well as a cut-short set at Wacken , Motorhead is now moving forward full speed ahead. The band’s new album will be titled “Aftershock,” and the album artwork can be viewed below. “Aftershock” is due out October 21st in Europe and October 22nd in North America.

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Mercenary is out on the road with Essence and Omnium Gatherum. The band has now posted the following message online about Essence dropping off the tour: “It is with great regret that we must inform you that Essence has left our European tour early. Due to health issues the band chose to cancel the rest of the tour.

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The veteran vocalist collapsed on stage in Switzerland at the weekend, resulting in rumours that he’d had a stroke.

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Following Motörhead being forced to cut their set short at Wacken due to Lemmy’s ongoing health issues, Slash has posted an update on the progress of the rock ‘n’ roll icon.

“Visited Lemmy today; he’s doing well,” says the legendary guitarist. “There’s been a lot of rumors. But he’s in good shape and finishing Motörhead record now.”

The band themselves posted the following statement following their Wacken set:

“The show had to go on because that’s how Lemmy rolls. Even though he was not 100% fit, he refused to feel he was letting the 85,000 Wacken fans down.

“They kicked ass in the 100-plus-degree heat for a shortened, but powerful, set before Lemmy finally realized he might have bitten off a little more than he could chew. Thus, he will embark upon the recuperation recommended. We know that rumors are flying around, but once he fully recharges, Motörhead will be back, don’t you worry!”

New Motörhead album Aftershock is due later this year, and the band are due to play the following UK dates with Saxon in the Autumn:

Weds 13th November 2013 – NOTTINGHAM Royal Concert
Thur 14th November 2013 – NEWCASTLE City Hall
Sat 16th November 2013 – LONDON Brixton O2 Academy
Sun 17th November 2013 – LONDON Brixton O2 Academy* 
Tue 19th November 2013 – WOLVERHAMPTON Civic Hall
Wed 20th November 2013 – MANCHESTER O2 Apollo
Fri 22nd November 2013 – GLASGOW O2 Academy

* No Saxon performance

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We were stunned to report last Friday that Motorhead's 1 hour-plus set was shortened to about twenty minutes after frontman Lemmy Kilmister was unable to continue. Kilmister has been dealing with some health issues recently, and the band even cancelled other European festival gigs, so why did they decide to play Wacken? Lemmy didn't want …

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Kilmister forced to end Wacken festival performance only six songs into the set.

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Motorhead played a shortened set at this year’s edition of the Wacken Open Air festival, and front man Lemmy has recently been going through health issues that caused the cancellation of several shows. Now the organizers of the Wacken festival have issued the following statement about the performance: “Motörhead rocked the Black Stage for more than 30 minutes and Lemmy gave everything he´s got to play an amazing live show. “He’s keeping well – but the temperatures and circumstances lead to the point that continuing the show would have lead to a loss of quality

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Bassist sidelined by health issues.

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