U.D.O. frontman Udo Dikschneider (ex-ACCEPT) has been forced to cancel his planned duet with the Russian band ANJ after coming down with "a very bad cold," according to a posting on the U.D.O. web site. "I [still] want to do this duet with ANJ, so I will invite the band to our studio in Germany to record the song," Udo writes.
Dirkschneider had previously announced plans to record two Russian duets during his promotional appearance in Moscow between October 18 and October 22. He was to collaborate with hard rockers ANJ on the track "Pugachev" (from ANJ's new studio album, "100 Miles Straight Ahead") and pop stars FAKTOR-2 on the song "Cry Soldier Cry" (from the new U.D.O. full-length CD, "Mission X"). Both duets were to be recorded in Russian.
Dirkschneider's collaborations with ANJ and FAKTOR-2 would not be the first time Udo has worked with a Russian artist. Back in 2001, Dirkschneider contributed his vocals to the song "Shtil" by the Russian band ARIA. He followed it up with the track "Trainride In Russia", which appeared on U.D.O.'s album "Thunderball", released on AFM Records in 2004.
U.D.O.'s latest album, "Mission No. X", was issued last month via AFM Records. The follow-up to 2004's "Thunderball" marks the recording debut with the group of new drummer Francesco Jovino. Jovino joined the band last year as the permanent replacement for Lorenzo Milani, who left the group for "personal reasons."
(Thanks: Rag Doll / MetalKings.ru)