Their critically acclaimed return with BLOOD OF THE NATIONS in 2010 opened the Metal Sky for the German band ACCEPT – after a 15 year hiatus – with a Bang! They stayed on the move with a second album STALINGRAD – in 2012 as always supported by a worldwide tour. 2014 they started with an impressive album release – BLIND RAGE – at the top of European charts and entries worldwide, gracing the rock magazines from around the globe from Sweden to South America, racing through Asia, Australia, Europe, North & South America – sold out shows as well as being part of the biggest International Music Festivals until December, that was BLIND RAGE Tour PART 1. April 2015 they continued with BLIND RAGE TOUR Part 2 which will end in Europe mid December.
The schedule has been pretty demanding and not everybody could stand the test of times…. poster child of fitness Wolf Hoffmann and his “ALTER EGO” Peter Baltes are pushing the envelope and have the greatest fun outdoing each other on stage – holding up the trademark of ACCEPT’s stage performance of mostly 2 hours: Fan, Power, Groove and Speed. Mark Tornillo can hold his own and is a formidable force on stage and very much loved by the fans.
Obviously, they do not slow down – the opposite. Wolf Hoffmann quote: We need to let it all come out and time is the essence. We are happiest when we are on stage and what a nerve wrecking thrill it is to write a new album and jump on stage and perform it… We are on it again ….but – we will take our time. Fans know, they can count on us – we will deliver…. but no rush. We might tape our show at the Bang Your Head Festival in Germany and release that in between.”
The band is on Tour again – FASTER…..HARDER….. LOUDER
Obrigado fãs brasileiros pela calorosa recepção que nos foi dada! Adoramos cada minuto e a energia entre VOCÊS e a banda foi fantástica! Foi INESQUECÍVEL o tempo que passamos com vocês! OBRIGADO aos nossos colegas músicos e OBRIGADO aos promotores! Obrigado a TODOS que fizeram deste evento tão especial!
Nos veremos em breve!
Sao Paulo is great! Fans came from all over and here you see ACCEPT at their first autograph signing session, that lasted 2 hours at the prestigious REFERENCE Music Store. The signing was arranged by WARWICK/FRAMUS. Old and new fans had a great time with the band and everybody is looking forward to see the band ROCKING on stage at the MONSTERS OF ROCKtomorrow!!!!!
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ACCEPT… Wolf Hoffmann… Peter Baltes… Mark Tornillo… Uwe Lulis… Christopher Williams… proudly announce their upcoming BLIND RAGE TOUR 2015 Part II! See you in MEXICO, BRAZIL, GERMANY, GREECE, HUNGARY, POLAND, SLOVAKIA, FINLAND, CZECH REPUBLIC, SLOVENIA, FRANCE, SPAIN, AUSTRIA, DENMARK, SWEDEN, BELGIUM and MORE to come!
ACCEPT – 2014 Was the Best Year in Their Career So Far!
BLIND RAGE #1 on the sales charts in GERMANY & FINLAND.
Various entries in international Charts.
Winner of ALBUM OF THE YEAR categories in several countries by the strongest Metal Bibles in Europe, METAL HAMMER, HARD ROCK, SWEDEN ROCK #1.
45 shows in 20 countries.
SOLD OUT shows in 9 countries.
Headliner at most prestigious and talked about European Festivals including the Metal Paradise (with “special event show”) WACKEN OPEN AIR, WOODSTOCK and the amazing three quarter of a million fan strong 2014 a charity event for Children Hospitals in Poland.
Touring Europe, North America, Australia and Asia – 4 Continents in 2014 and not yet finished!
BLIND RAGE WORLD TOUR Part 2 is on the move again, returning to South America with OZZY OSBOURNE, KISS, JUDAS PRIEST, MOTORHEAD and many other GREATS! Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and MORE are already in their intense battle plan for 2015!
The PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE for ACCEPT was and still is beyond the band’s imagination, but not beyond their reach! We all know, they could not have come so far without their fans and the endless gifted people who are working so hard for ACCEPT! Thank you… to all of them from….. all of us with the promise, that we will come back – better and stronger and even more devoted than the last time!
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.
VOLBEAT ANNOUNCE ACCEPT AND KONKHRA AS SPECIAL GUESTS FOR AUGUST 1 APPEARANCE AT TUSINDARSSKOVEN IN ODENSE
Copenhagen, Denmark — VOLBEAT has revealed legendary German heavy metal pioneers ACCEPT and Denmark’s KONKHRA will join the band for their largest headlining appearance to date on August 1 at Tusindårsskoven in Odense, Denmark. With barely two months to go until the band takes the stage for the final time in 2015, limited tickets remain which can be purchased via www.volbeat.dk.
With a back catalogue dating all the way back to their self-titled debut in 1979, ACCEPT have managed to impress the Danes on several occasions in recent years. In 2012, they initiated their Danish charge with a packed Amager Bio, and the following year saw them back in Denmark performing at the constant growing Copenhell Festival.They released their latest studio offering, Blind Rage in the summer of 2014 to critical acclaim across the globe.The band will perform at a few select festivals over the course of this summer, alongside this special appearance in Odense on August 1.
Opening on the night will be Copenhagen based death metal band KONKHRA. Forming under the name Vicious Circle in the late 1980s, the band settled for the name KONKHRA with their first demo 25 years ago. They quickly proved to be the leading metal force in Denmark up through the 1990s, issuing the groundbreaking releases Spit or Swallow and Weed Out the Weak.Historically, when Michael Poulsen was a young, rising front man, the band invited his first band Dominus to open for them in Ringsted Medborgerhus in the early 1990s.That evening marked Dominus’ very first live performance. The addition of KONKHRA marks the deeply loyal Poulsen returning the favor to Anders Lundemark and company.
Please read more about this spectacular and soon to be sold out event on www.volbeat.dk