Wednesday, April 6: Rock Birthdays
Happy Birthday today (April 6) to German heavy metal legend Udo Dirkschneider. The former Accept frontman is 64. Also celebrating today is drummer Roy Mayorga of Stone Sour (46).
Udo Dirkschneider formerd Accept out of Germany with guitarist Wolf Hoffmann and bassist Peter Baltes. The band was important to the development of speed and thrash metal in the early to mid 1980's. Accept achieved commercial success in 1983 with the album ‘Balls to The Wall’ and the title cut became a well known hit. The album remains Accept’s only gold album in the U.S. Dirkschneider currently fronts the band U.D.O. and they put out their latest album called Decadent in 2015.
Roy Mayorga was the original drummer for the band Soulfly from 1997-1999. He joined Stone Sour in 2006 replacing drummer Joel Ekman and debuted on the band's second album Come What(Ever) May which featured the hit single "Through Glass".
Two badass rockers celebrating today. Rock on!