Udo Lindenberg is back: In Schwerin, the rocker celebrated the start of a new tour after the Corona break.

After a three-year Corona forced break, old rocker Udo Lindenberg (76) started his live tour “Udopium 2022” in Schwerin on Tuesday evening.

Around 8,000 fans in the sold-out sports and congress hall celebrated their idol, who presented the best of his long career and four new titles for two hours. “For the first time on stage after three years of deprivation, renunciation and withdrawal,” Lindenberg called out to his cheering fans. «The Udopium is back – finally!»

The tour schedule includes 21 concerts until July 10th, including in Munich, Stuttgart, Cologne and Hamburg. All but the remaining tickets are sold out, according to management.

Between the songs “Why are wars there” with a children’s choir and “We’re going to peace” Lindenberg commented on the Ukraine war. “Even if some say that pacifism is naïve today, we need utopias. Despite all realism’, we must never give up the utopia. It’s about the future of our children, in Ukraine, in Russia and in Germany and all over the world.”

The last three years of the corona pandemic were among the worst of his life, Udo Lindenberg confessed to journalists immediately before the concert began. No performances, darkened corridors as the only guest in the lockdown at Hamburg’s Atlantic Hotel, where Lindenberg lives. He developed new shows in lockdown, kept fit by jogging and painted a lot. Painting is Lindenberg’s second passion besides music. His animated drawings flickered across the big stage screen during the concert and illustrated the songs.