U.D.O. - Flippin' The Bird Page 3
by Martin Popoff

All songs more than solid, but pretty steadfast to rule. I wondered if the general and his soldiers ever felt a sense of unease that they might run out of ideas. "No,' laughs Udo. "I think we're lucky. What can I say? It's crazy. We've never been in a situation to sit there and say, 'Okay, we don't have any ideas for the next album.' Maybe it's also because of the way we are writing songs. We don't start with the music. We always start with lyrics. And when you have the lyrics and you have the story, in a way, you know what kind of atmosphere these lyrics need, music-wise. In a way, it's much easier than the other way around."

In closing, Udo professes quite good-naturedly to keeping a curious eye on what his past charges have been up to, given Accept's kick-ass Blood Of The Nations album and tour legs. "Yeah, of course! I've heard the album; it's a good album. You can't have 15 years time to write an album without it being good, of course. What do you expect? It will be a good album (laughs). And I think the singer is good. And they did a very good European tour. I don't know about the tour in America. I mean, I don't have any problems with that. Let's see what they're doing in the future; let's see how long it goes. I don't know. We're not in contact anymore, but yeah, I wish them good luck."