|Born on: 06.04.1952
Udo Dirkschneider (born April 6, 1952, Wuppertal, Germany) is a German heavy metal singer who was formerly the vocalist in German heavy metal band Accept.
After the demise of Accept in 1987, Dirkschneider formed the band U.D.O.. He consequently paused and restarted his band after reverting to Accept on occasion.
In 1999 Hammerfall recorded a version of Helloween's hit song I Want Out, With both Udo, and Kai Hansen making a guest appearance. Udo Help Back-up sing Will Kai and Joacim Cans sang lead. Udo also appeared as a guest singer for Hammerfall on a version of Accepts Head Over Heels
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".
The character Dark Schneider in the Japanese manga and anime series Bastard!! is named after Dirkschneider.
Udo is well known for his unique voice, short stature, camouflage clad image and short blonde hair.
On top of that, Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach pronounced him as having "the most metal name of all time."