A New Guitarist for U.D.O.

udonewguitaristGuitarist Andrey Smirnov has joined the ranks of U.D.O.  He replaces Stefan Kaufmann, who left the group late last year for health reasons.

Commented U.D.O.: “It was a long search and we met a lot of talented musicians. But at the end, it was an easy decision since Andrey is the perfect fit for the band (as a friend and as a musician). Everybody in the band and around is very happy to have met Andrey just in perfect timing.

“Andrey Smirnov (born December 31, 1983) is the Russian rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, and singer-songwriter who is the lead vocalist, guitarist, primary songwriter and founder of the Russian modern metal band Everlost. He is also the session guitarist of Paul Di’anno, Blaze Bayley (ex-Iron Maiden) and once was a part of famous Russian metal bands Master, Epidemia and few others. Andrey is a well-respected studio musician. His major label releases only in 2012 consist of Everlost single, famous Russian rock star Artur Berkut album, popular Soviet hair-metal legend of the ’80s Galaxy and his own solo album, ‘Adrenaline’. For most of these albums Andrey worked as the sound producer, arranger and guitarist. Also, for the last few years Smirnov is touring guitarist of Russian retro-heroes Zemlyane.

“Andrey was with us in the studio recording the new album and was already a very important part of team. His live debut with U.D.O. will be the U.S. tour scheduled for April. The band is really looking forward to come back to their fans in the U.S. after such a long time. Even better to present something very special to the U.S. fans now.”

Confirmed dates are as follows:

April 09 – Amityville, NY – Ollie’s Point
April 10 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
April 11 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
April 12 – Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques
April 13 – St-Ferdinand, QC – Style Metal
April 14 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club
April 18 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
April 19 – Detroit, MI – Harpo’s
April 20 – Joliet, IL – Mojoe’s
April 21 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
April 23 – West Hollywood, CA – Whisky A Go Go

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