U.D.O., the German band led by former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, has been forced to cancel the three Ukrainian dates (Kharkov, Odessa, Lugansk; November 25-27) on its upcoming tour. The promoter for those shows has issued the following statement:
"We've got an extra situation with last three cities in Ukraine. Due to unexpected political changes, Ukranian parliament had stopped its activity and new elections ahead in early December, local promoters are not able to reserve the venues. Once local promoters book the venue in a few days they receive official mail with strong requiments to change it. But you know about the lack of venue options here. It looks like three last Ukranian shows need to be cancelled."
U.D.O. Russian tour dates:
Nov. 06 - Kaliningrad, Russia - DKM
Nov. 08 - St. Petersburg, Russia - Port
Nov. 09 - Moscow, Russia - Tochka
Nov. 13 - Novokuznetsk, Russia - venue tba
Nov. 14 - Novosibirsk, Russia - Circus
Nov. 16 - Tjumen, Russia - Club Berloga
Nov. 17 - Ekaterinburg, Russia - House of Youth
Nov. 20 - Samara, Russia - ODO
Nov. 23 - Krasnodar, Russia - Prem'era
U.D.O. celebrated its 20th anniversary by playing two special shows in Germany on April 30 in Solingen at Cobra and May 3 in Tuttlingen at Stadthalle. The three-hour Tuttlingen concert was filmed for a DVD and live CD, entitled "Mastercutor Alive", which was released on September 26 on ZXY Music in three different formats.
U.D.O. released a "best-of" album, "Metallized - 20 Years of Metal", on November 30, 2007 via AFM Records. The CD booklet is filled with photos from the last 20 years and and includes liner notes written by Metal Hammer journalist Andreas Schöwe. The first 12 songs on the collection were chosen by fans via the official U.D.O. web site, while tracks 13 to 16 consist of two unreleased songs, an acoustic version of the ACCEPT classic "Balls to the Wall", and a live version of "The Bullet and the Bomb".
U.D.O.'s latest studio album, "Mastercutor", entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 39 — the highest German chart position in the band's history.