Udo Dirkschneider (born April 6, 1952, Wuppertal, Germany) is a German heavy metal singer who is best known as the vocalist in German heavy metal band Accept and later U.D.O.
After the demise of Accept in 1987, Dirkschneider formed the band U.D.O.. He has since reunited with Accept on occasion.
Recently, Dirkschneider made a guest appearance on (Eurovision Song Contest winners) Lordi's 2006 album, The Arockalypse. Mr Lordi claims both "Don't Look Back" and "Blitz of Lightning" by U.D.O. as songs that changed his life in a Kerrang! magazine article. He also makes a guest appearance in the music video for the song Shtil' (Штиль) by Russian heavy metal band Aria .
Dirkschneider recorded lead vocals with NWOBHM-band Raven on their cover of "Born to Be Wild" on a 1983 single release. The song also appeared as B-side on "Break the Chain" from their album All for One. UDO is also famous for his duet rock ballad with Doro Pesch, "Dancing with an Angel". On ...