On a Saturday night in San Francisco while drought stricken Northern California was in the midst of torrential downpour and the practically the whole world was up in arms over day two of USA ruled by what many believe to be an new fascist regime, legendary former Accept vocalist Udo Dirkschneider brought his Back To The Roots world tour to Slims.
I arrived a few hours early to doors and found free parking directly across the street from the bands tour bus, the night was off to a good start. I could hear the band soundcheck with one of my many Accept favorites London Leatherboys as i read the note on the door “At The Artists Request Please No Moshing. It took me back to 1985 to the Metal Heart Tour where my friends and I attempted to start a pit when they played the Hollywood Palladium with Rough Cutt.
To a packed house of mostly middle aged geezers the Dirkschneider band raged on to the stage with Starlight off the Breaker album and it was non stop heavy metal heaven with 24 songs clocking in at almost two hours with classics such as Neon Nights, Flash Rockin Man, Midnight Mover. Pure bliss.
At 63 years of age Udo Dirkscheneider’s voice was as strong as ever never waning or dropping out of key, we all sort of expect that form our heroes as they get older but not tonight, up to the limit indeed. Princess Of The Dawn took a strange turn from the original and half way through the set with Winterdreams the pace was brought down a bit. It was nice to hear a ballad to change the dynamics before the head banging frenzy reignited with a shortned Restless and Wild, Son A Of A Bitch and more… With Udo’s son Sven now on drums and dynamic duo of youngsters on guitars there was unlimited amount of energy and spark that brought us all back to the glory of youth.
For those of us in attendance it was a night of heavy metal heaven and i strongly recommend headbangers worldwide to be ahead of the pack, but a ticket and get ready for a night you wont soon forget.
01. Starlight 02. Living for Tonite 03. Flash Rockin’ Man 04. London Leatherboys 05. Midnight Mover 06. Breaker 07. Head Over Heels 08. Neon Nights 09. Princess of the Dawn 10. Winterdreams 11. Restless and Wild 12. Son of a Bitch 13. Up to the Limit 14. Wrong Is Right 15. Midnight Highway 16. Screaming for a Love-Bite 17. Monsterman 18. T.V. War 19. Losers and Winners 20. Metal Heart 21. I’m a Rebel 22. Fast As A Shark 23. Balls To The Walls 24. Burning
Final US Tour Dates: Whisky-A-Go-Go 01/24/2017 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl 01/26/2017 – Dallas, TX @ Trees 01/27/2017 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamo Music Hall 01/28/2017 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar 01/30/2017 – Tampa, FL @ Orpheum 01/31/2017 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse 02/02/2017 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage 02/03/2017 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom 02/04/2017 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero