U.D.O. Guitarist Jumps Ship

Stefan Kaufmann

Well, this is a bummer to be sure.

Citing his health, guitarist Stefan Kaufmann has announced his departure from U.D.O.

He wasn’t more specific about his health issues, but we’re hoping he makes a full recovery from whatever it is.

For those of you are oblivious, U.D.O.’s a German metal band fronted by erstwhile Accept frontman Udo Dirkschneider.

It is said Stefan will still work with the band behind the scenes at his Roxx studio. He also plans to produce other bands, so that’s cool.

Meanwhile, U.D.O. has started pre-production for their next record, and will be on the hunt for a new guitar player.

Again, Stefan — get better, dude. We look forward to learning of your recovery.

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About Chris Harris

Chris Harris is an internationally-published music journalist and writer whose work has appeared on the pages of Rolling Stone, IFC, Revolver, Alternative Press, and Radar. The former news editor for Noisecreep, Harris also served as co-host for the site’s weekly podcast, “Creep Show." Before that, he spent four years writing for MTV News.