Show review: DIRKSCHNEIDER – GRAMERCY THEATER NYC 2/23/18
by: Dave Pinchefsky
On a warmer than usual 50-degree New York City winter evening in the middle of February. This was the vibe that set the stage for the powerful Dirkschneider’s performance at Gramercy Theater on Friday night. The bands lineup includes Udo Dirkschneider- Lead vocals, Fitty Wienhold-Bass, Sven Dirkschneider-Drums, Andrey Smirnov-Guitar, Bill Hudson-Guitar.
Kicking off the US leg of winter tour Dirkschneider performed for nearly 2 hours much to the audience’s delight. The show’s set list consisted of Accept songs some of which have not been played live in quite some time.
Feeling bold, the band opened the set with “The Beast Inside!” before jumping into the heavy track “Aiming High.” The band was on point, right from the get go, Udo showed off his extremely powerful and unique voice. For the next song, “Midnight Mover,” This featured guitarist Bill Hudson formerly of TSO. Hudson showed his high technical abilities to add even further complexity to the band’s sound. At the conclusion of the hit song the audience showed their appreciation which was a pleasure to take part in.
Moving next to a song off Metal Heart, “Living for Tonight”, the band transitioned into the hit track “London Leatherboys.” This sparked the first mosh pit of the night which continued throughout. Dirkschneider reached back into his catalog form the title track on the 1993 album “Objection Overruled,” As a follower of Dirkschneider’s since 1980, you see his set list was a true retrospective touching on all aspects of his Accept career.
My personal favorite tune of the night was “Love Child” off of Balls to the Wall. I wore out this cassette back in 1983, this song brought back great memories. The powerful drums of Sven Dirkschneider stood out making this a true father/son situation. Yes, Sven Dirkschneider is Udo’s 24 year old son, how cool is that.
Each member of the band are accomplished highly talented musicians. The band was well rehearsed creating a seamless performance. I have not reviewed a concert in a long time where the band and crowd’s energy were this off the charts.
This held true for the 4-song encore ending with the metal anthem “Balls to the Wall” The place went berserk, capping off an amazing heavy metal event. Everyone left the venue fired up, and truly got their money’s worth.
Dirkschneider are currently performing there North American tour which run across American and Canada through April 15th. I highly recommend you grab a ticket, it’s a powerful show one you won’t forget.
Finally, Maximum Threshold would like to thank Dustin Hardman of AFM Records for his hospitality and opportunity to cover the show. It was great working with Dustin!
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