Bassist Fitty Wienhold has announced his departure from U.D.O., the German heavy metal band fronted by former ACCEPT singer Udo Dirkschneider.
Fitty, who joined U.D.O. in 1996, broke the news of his exit in a four-minute video message which was posted to his YouTube channel. He said: “After 22 years being with Udo as a friend, with U.D.O. as a bass player, songwriter, motivator and I don’t know what or more, I decided to take a new way in my life and leave the band. I will not leave the U.D.O. family, because it was much more than just a business. I will be there when I’m needed — as a songwriter, as a friend, as an advisor… whatever.”