Longtime companions Udo Dirkschneider, Peter Baltes, Stefan Kaufmann and Mathias Dieth have started a new project.
DATOG, short for DIRKSCHNEIDER & THE OLD GANG, consists of Accept / U.D.O. / Dirkschneider frontman Udo Dirkschneider and his longtime companions Peter Baltes (bass; ex- Accept), Stefan Kaufmann (guitar; ex- Accept, U.D.O.) and Mathias Dieth (guitar; Sinner, U.D.O.) as well as Udo's son Sven Dirkschneider (drums; U.D.O., Dirkschneider) plus singer Manuela Bibert. If these names don't make your mouth water, figuratively speaking, then you have missed out on the past 40 years of German metal history.
The best thing about DIRKSCHNEIDER & THE OLD GANG, however, is that although the new project is musically in the tradition of it's legendary predecessors, they are currently working on brand new songs.