ACCEPT Renew & Expand a Worldwide BOOKING DEAL with CONTINENTAL CONCERTS in Germany
Gerald Wilkes, longtime business partner of Gaby Hoffmann, is expanding his European Deal with ACCEPT and will be the worldwide Booking Agent as of January 1st 2015.
Gaby Hoffmann: “We have a very close relationship with Gerald and many successful tours, specially the BLIND RAGE World Tour in 2014, and growing logistic demands present a need for us to fasten the seat belts and go into the next round. We believe all touring business in one hand will make it more efficient for all of us and for all our partners around the world. The new tour schedule with even more countries, for instance AUSTRALIA, where ACCEPT opened a brand new market for themselves in 2014, started with sold out shows and needs special attention. Concerts in Asia, Africa, Middle East etc are on the menu and we need a strong partner with international connections to open more markets for us.”
Gerald Wilkes: “CONTINENTAL CONCERTS and I are really proud about expanding our successful relationship with ACCEPT! This is a big step for us and we believe that the band is stronger than ever and that there are still a lot of territories that ACCEPT will conquer in the future. I have been working with the band for so many years and it feels great to have such a close continuous relationship for such a long time.”
Famous, genius writer MALCOLM DOME, who has followed ACCEPT for 30 years was at ACCEPT’s LONDON SHOW!
Despite the fact, that the band had the most SOLD OUT SHOWS in their touring history with the BLIND RAGE 2014 World Tour, they just missed the SOLD OUT mark at the beautiful FORUM!!! Wolf Hoffmann states: The audience has been fantastic and PETER & I said after a few minutes into is HOLY SHIT .. we better come back to the UK!
As the veteran Germans play The Forum, the band’s Wolf Hoffmann talks to Classic Rock
Accept are not content to be a nostalgia band. In fact, current album Blind Rage did something they’ve never experienced before.
“For the first time ever we had a number one album in Germany. It took us by surprise. We didn’t know this would be a successful period. Three albums and five years with Mark Tornillo (vocals) and we are strong.”
So, it’s no surprise that the band’s contemporary vigour is reflected in their live setlist. Unlike many of their peers they feel confident enough to pepper their performance with material from Blind Rage, and it’s immediate predecessors Blood Of The Nations (2010) and Stalingrad (2012).
“There are very few bands who are trying really hard to make relevant new albums”, says guitarist Wolf Hoffmann. “A lot of our friends take the attitude that nobody wants anything new from them, so they go out and play old stuff. We don’t want to suck up to our past and rest on our laurels. We are opening a new chapter.”
In London, the band get pumping with no less than four modern tracks, slicing through Stampede, Stalingrad, Hellfire and 200 Years. And the audience enthusiasm is at such a high level you’d never have know these don’t come from their glory days in the 80s.
“It’s tricky putting together a setlist, but it’s a good problem to have. Now half of the set is new stuff and half of it is old. People really seem to like the fact that we are playing a shit load from Blind Rage. It’s remarkable to see the brand new songs going down as well as the songs which have been around for 30 years.”
It’s only with the double pack of Losers and Winners and London Leather Boys that the band ease their way back 30 years. Tornillo’s vocals actually have a lot more in common with Brian Johnson than with Udo Dirkschneider. In fact, his whole stage persona brings to mind the AC/DC master, and not just because he wears a hat. He has a stage bonhomie and grinning residue that lends a certain relaxed edge to everything.
“Maybe it was because we were away for so long [effectively a decade from 1997], and feel we still have something to prove. It’s a new era, and we wanted Blind Rageto leave a permanent mark. This is a new time, and we have to prove ourselves all over again.”
“Do we get enough acknowledgement from people for our influence in metal? We’re quite happy with the respect we get from the music industry. Yes, we were the first metal band out of Germany. At the start, we were kids who dreamt of touring the world. And you had to go outside of Germany to be a professional musician. We weren’t really accepted in Germany until we came back from the States in 1984. But it’s always said that a lot of German metal bands were formed after Accept made our mark. Indirectly we did help to create the German metal scene. But that was never what we set out to do. So, it’s hard for me to take credit.”
The encore again mixes old and new, with the mid-paced madness of Teutonic Terror linking the flamboyant Metal Heart and the always welcome finale, Balls To The Wall. It’s a crisp, plunging way to finish off the night.
“I was into The Beatles and Jethro Tull early on. I listened to the latter’s Stand Up all day long. My sister had it, and I’d play it all the time.”
The one disappointment about the gig is the modest turn out. Accept should be capable of packing places like this. Yet while it’s ultimately too big for their present stature, the performance is of arena headlining stature, which is where Accept belong.
“We wanted to move forward, and present ourselves in a nice environment, which is why we did The Forum this time. We haven’t given up on the UK. Metal is enjoying a resurgence there, so we want to play more shows in the future.”
The smiles on everyone’s face at the end, band and fans alike, says it all. Accept have the sort of commitment and charismatic determination that this writer first witnessed in 1980, when the youthful band headlined the Markthalle in Hamburg. Living in the past? No, using it as a springboard into a bright future. Turning Wildness into Rage.
ACCEPT releases a live video of PANDEMIC from their recent performance at the 2014 WOODSTOCK FESTIVAL in Poland. The festival broke all records with over 750,000 fans in attendance for the charity event. Let this video be a warmup for everyone as ACCEPT kick off the 2014 BLIND RAGE this week with US shows in California, Nevada and New York City. First stop is Solana Beach, CA. Don’t miss these few special US shows on the 2014 BLIND RAGE tour, details and tickets can be found at http://www.acceptworldwide.com. This is the only chance to catch ACCEPT in the US in 2014, but don’t fear they will be returning with more US dates in 2015.
ACCEPT’s “Blind Rage” took the number one spot in WJCU’s “Metal On Metal” Top 25 year-end album countdown show, which aired on January 2. GRAND MAGUS’ “Triumph And Power”, THE DAGGER’s “The Dagger”, MIDNIGHT’s “No Mercy For Mayhem”, OVERKILL’s “White Devil Armory”, RIOT V’s “Unleash The Fire” and JUDAS PRIEST’s “Redeemer Of Souls” were close runner-ups.
Cleveland metal fans have had a longtime love affair with the legendary German/American band. This is the second time ACCEPT won top honors in the past four years. Their “Blood Of The Nations” album, the band’s first with Mark Tornillo on vocals, finished first in 2010. The follow-up “Stalingrad” finished second in 2012.
“Dear listeners of the fabulous Bill Peters radio show ‘Metal On Metal’, says ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffmann. “Cleveland has been special to us since the 80’s and that would not have happened without Bill! We feel very honored you voted ‘Blind Rage’ the #1 album of the year. In fact, we are floored! We miss you and we hope to see you in autumn. Thank you and let’s rock 2015 together!”
Hoffmann will be calling in to WJCU from his home in Nashville, Tennessee next Friday, January 9 at 6:30 p.m. EST to personally thank the fans of Cleveland for their support.
“My listeners have done it again!”, says “Metal On Metal” host Bill Peters. “They have assembled yet another amazing year-end chart. It was a banner year for heavy metal releases. We had 77 albums nominated. That’s a lot of titles! All six of my favorites placed in the Top 25, including five in the Top 10. I personally owned 19 out of the 25 albums on the chart. My listeners obviously have good taste (laughs). I can’t remember a time when I had so many #1 favorites. It would be impossible for me to pick just one. 2014 was a great year to be a heavy metal fan!”
“Another cool thing about this year’s chart was to see MIDNIGHT and SUNLESS SKY finish in our Top 10”, adds Peters. “This was the first time in the 31-year history of our listener poll we had two Cleveland bands rank so high. MIDNIGHT received the most votes for a Cleveland band ever! They have a huge following in the underground. We always keep our doors open for local bands to stop by the station to premiere new music and promote their shows. They do not have this kind of opportunity on the commercial radio stations. We are very proud of our Cleveland metal scene. We have a lot of diverse talent here and our bands are highly respected around the world. This is a great place to live if you love heavy metal!”
Peters’ radio show has garnished the attention of not only fans but musicians as well. Wolf Hoffmann (ACCEPT), Bobby Blitz (OVERKILL), Dave Mustaine (MEGADETH), Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT), Rob Halford (JUDAS PRIEST), Ronnie James Dio (HEAVEN & HELL), Steve “Lips” Kudow (ANVIL) and Robb Reiner (ANVIL) have all have acknowledged past album victories by publicly thanking their fans from Cleveland.
Now entering its 33rd year, WJCU’s “Metal On Metal” can be heard every Friday night from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. EST on 88.7 FM in the Cleveland, Ohio area or streamed worldwide at www.wjcu.org.
“Metal On Metal”‘s top albums of 2014:
01. ACCEPT – “Blind Rage” (Nuclear Blast)
02. GRAND MAGUS – “Triumph And Power” (Nuclear Blast)
03. THE DAGGER – “The Dagger” (Century Media)
04. MIDNIGHT – “No Mercy For Mayhem” (Hells Headbangers)