U.D.O., the German band led by former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, 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" (see artwork below), to be released on September 26 on ZXY Music in three different formats:
* Double DVD including bonus material and double CD
* Single DVD without bonus material in digipack
* Double CD
Three songs from the CD — "Mastercutor", "Vendetta" and "Burning" — are available for streaming on the band's web site.
The track listing is as follows:
03. They Want War
04. The Bullet And The Bomb
05. Midnight Mover
07. Mission No. X
08. Midnight Highway
09. The Wrong Side Of Midnight
11. Guitar Solo
12. Princess Of The Dawn
13. One Lone Voice
01. Living For Tonite
03. Drum Solo
04. Man And Machine
05. Animal House
06. Metal Heart
08. Balls To The Wall
09. Fast As A Shark
12. I'm A Rebel
* Road movie Russia tour (15 minutes)
* Road movie South America tour (15 minutes)
* Concert Belarus (30 minutes)
The DVDs will feature 5.1 Surround Sound.
U.D.O. released a "best-of" album, "Metallized - 20 Years of Metal", on November 30 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.