The Grand Ballroom – SAN FRANCISCO, CA 09/25/2012 (Review by Jeff Cross)

The Grand Ballroom – SAN FRANCISCO, CA 09/25/2012 (Review by Jeff Cross)

Alright, I’m up. What a night!

I took BART into the city so I wouldn’t have to deal with the hassles of traffic. Went to the venue and found Wolf signing autographs and Stephen carrying on a never-ending conversation with some crazy woman (though I don’t know which one of them is crazier). I couldn’t even introduce myself they kept going back and forth. Then Mark came out of the bus and I asked him if he recognized me and he did. He signed stuff for some fans and we chatted. He had to go so I headed to Tommy’s Joynt for the best turkey sandwich ever.
After that I hung out in the merchandise area. I went down front and stayed there for the first half. Every song was spot-on. Super tight showmanship and because of the limited time, Mark did not really talk between songs. This means it was one lashing after another until they had the audience bleeding. I love these kinds of shows! I will add Shadow Soldiers started with a different vibe and I wasn’t sure about it being in this set until they sang the choruses- they were so strong! One of the highlights indeed. In fact, the new songs were really the highlights. It was also great that BttW was stripped down to it’s core (finally!).
So as mentioned, I was standing next to Frank at the soundboard for the second half and during BttW, Frank waves his hand high in the air as a challenge to Peter. Next thing something hits me on the chest and on the ground is Peter’s pick! A 30 yard shot all the way to the back of the hall!
So I said hi to Frank and said I would see him out back. I hung around with the simple intention of saying hello to everyone and not even bothering with autographs. Then Frank opens the bus door and calls me over to invite me aboard! I step in and Peter’s waiting for me. I took a seat on the couch and we talked about San Francisco (I went to culinary school a block away), politics, the state of the music industry as well as the state of our youth. Wolf popped in and it finally clicked who I was once I asked about the thank you posters we made last year. His is hanging in his studio. Mark then came in and joined the conversation. Then Morgan and her husband came in to do an interview consisting of fan submitted questions. She had some good ones until she dared ask “The Question!” I warned “Don’t go there” just as Peter and Wolf refused to answer. After she was done I added a couple of my own- ones that I keep meaning to ask:
To Wolf, who were your influences growing up? He answered Ritchie Blackmore, Uli Jon Roth, Queen, Michael Shenker, AC/DC, Status Quo, Uriah Heep and a few others.
To Peter, do you still go to concerts anymore? Short answer is no and we all discussed why. They both put it that as professional musicians, they get bored very quickly watching other bands. Wolf said he can mabye watch 2 songs at a festival and then feels the need to move on. I guess watching your contempories just is not the same as the fan-musician relationship.
So after an hour and a half we called it a night. I will say that Accept and crew are still very appreciative of all their fans. We are all fortunate for having each other. They are very hard working men. I did not put this together until I realized, when they are not doing Accept, which in the last 3 years was nearly impossible, they are very  busy doing all kinds of things! As for me, I would like to express my deepest thanks for their hospitality. Your music has been the soundtrack of my life for 28 years and it makes me very happy to call you friends.

The Grand Ballroom – SAN FRANCISCO, CA 09/25/2012 (Review by Cdglmagery.com)

The Grand Ballroom – SAN FRANCISCO, CA 09/25/2012 (Review by Cdglmagery.com)

I admit it. ACCEPT was a band that for one reason or another I ignored during the metal heyday of the 80′s, and continued to dismiss over the next 25+ years. Sure, I enjoyed “Balls to the Wall” when it was inevitably played over the PA system prior to every rock concert in the 80s, but I never owned a single album. Then, in 2010, with new vocalist Mark Tornillo at the mic and on the pen, the band released a shockingly stellar metal assault called “Blood of the Nations”. It was not only a comeback album of epic proportions, but arguably the best metal album of the year. In 2012, they equaled the previous effort with the remarkable “Stalingrad” release. Both albums deliver song after song that drive hard with a rare combination of intensity, aggression, top-shelf musicianship, killer guitar tone, massive melody, and perfectly matched lyrics & vocals.

On Sept 25, ACCEPT rolled into San Francisco’s Regency Ballroom amidst their extensive North American Teutonic Terror Attack 2012 tour (co-headlining with Kreator). I anticipated that it was going to be a great show featuring a setlist showcasing a majority of the new songs (how many times has anyone said that?)​, but I was unprepared for just how compelling the performance would be. Accept were stunning. The songs surpassed the studio versions in intensity, Tornillo is a beast on the mic, and the musicians delivered with supreme showmanship, crowd interaction, and sonic precision. Each member, despite their exhaustive touring schedule over the past several years, were clearly enjoying themselves on stage (or doing a damn fine job of faking it).


Roseland Theater – PORTLAND, OR 09/23/2012‏ (Review by Suzie Cera)

Roseland Theater – PORTLAND, OR 09/23/2012‏ (Review by Suzie Cera)

 
I saw the ACCEPT Stalingrad Tour in Portland, Oregon at the Roseland Theater. Incredible energy and vocals were there! No holding back, was loud and aggressive ALL THE WAY THRU. ACCEPT gave us a huge Wilkommen! All of the members make u feel welcome and special and that is without even knowing them personally. That is what I must say I was so impressed with. Honestly it felt like being with old friends or family..a great time that never will b forgotten. And special thanks to Peter who I was standing in front of…TY for playing to the camera and being so cool! I got some nice pics and video…Memorable! Thanks from my Boyfriend Mike ( meine deutscher mann) who took me to the show also. We thank you  for a great night.

Sincerely,  Suzie Cera.


Rickshaw Theater – VANCOUVER B.C., CA 09/21/2012 (Review by Metal Titans)

Rickshaw Theater – VANCOUVER B.C., CA 09/21/2012 (Review by Metal Titans)

Metal through and through is what you can expect from the one and only ACCEPT. Oh was I thrilled to see these guys for the first time. The floor was crammed with people, you couldn’t move, people pushing and shoving to get right up front for full access.

And their set was absolute perfection, so mind blowing. Songs that you could sing along with (always an added bonus). The energy, was unbelievable, never slowing down for a second, which also kept the crowd just pumped. With all those bodies on the floor it was one intense hot show, but no one complained, we were all there to observe one of the greatest bands perform. I am still in awe as I write this. And believe it or not, I was still able to stand up front at the bar, holding on for dear life mind you, but not willing to give my spot to anyone. They played a variety of songs, from old to new, and Mark Tornillo on vocals did an unparalleled job.

Wolf Hoffman, had everyone’s attention, his playing ability, his movements on stage, whether by himself, or with the other members, was phenomenal. But in all fairness, each and every member on stage, were exceptional, and very camera friendly. When they played the renowned song “Balls to the Wall” there was not a single person who was not singing along, we all knew the words, and the crowd went crazy for this song. ACCEPT has left a lasting impression on me. An amazing group of guys who obviously love what they do, and it shows when they are playing to a crowd. If you missed seeing these guys, you missed out on the best performance to date in Vancouver. Don’t make that mistake again, next time they come to town, be there, support ACCEPT, I know that’s where I am going to be. Hope they return soon. There truly are no words to really tell you how fantastic this set was. I didn’t do them justice at all, but damn, they kicked some major ass in Vancouver on Friday night.


Newport Music Hall – COLUMBUS, OH 09/14/2012 (Review by Bill Peters)

Newport Music Hall – COLUMBUS, OH 09/14/2012 (Review by Bill Peters)

ACCEPT stormed the Newport Music Hall stage in Columbus for their only Ohio 2012 tour appearance with “Hung, Drawn and Quartered”, the opening track from their latest “Stalingrad” album. The band received a hero’s welcome from the fans, many of whom traveled hundreds of miles to see the German metal legends (including dozens from this writer’s hometown of Cleveland – a longtime ACCEPT stronghold). There was no need for flashy pyrotechnics or onstage gimmickry. Vocalist Mark Tornillo (ex-TT QUICK), who replaced the iconic Udo Dirkschneider, kept his between song banter to a minimum and owned the stage with confidence the entire evening like he had been fronting the band since its inception.  ACCEPT’s 75-minute, 15 song set was evenly balanced between old and new material.  It was much easier to balance the set on this tour with two Tornillo albums now under their belt. “Losers And Winners”, from the the best selling and most popular “Balls To The Wall” album, was a pleasant surprise.  The rest was the standard fare of classics, including the extended sing-a-long favorite “Princess Of The Dawn” (those ‘whoa’ parts still get me singing every time!). Guitarist Wolf Hoffmann was the undisputed star of the evening, entertaining the crowd with both his playing and commanding stage presence. When he ordered the crowd to clap – they clapped!  When he ordered the crowd to sing – they sang!  When he ordered them to stop – they stopped! Hoffmann is one of heavy metal’s most underrated guitar players.  His classically influenced leads, precise rhythms and on cue low range backing vocals are always a  highlight of any live ACCEPT show.  Even after all this time he still looks like he is having as much fun onstage as when he first formed the band some 30+ years ago. Judging from the crowd response, “Shadow Soliders” should be a set staple for years to come.   The song is Hoffmann’s personal favorite from the latest “Stalingrad” album and has the sound and feel of pre-”Restless And Wild”-era ACCEPT. It’s slower tempo provides a nice contrast and mixes in well with the heavier numbers.   With the set loaded with a healthy selection of some of the greatest songs written of all-time from the Udo years, it’s ironic pre-encore set closer “Teutonic Terror” from the band’s more recent “Blood Of The Nations” album generates the biggest and loudest fan response of the evening.  It’s a true testament to ACCEPT’s current songwriting abilities and fan’s acceptance (no pun intended) of vocalist Mark Tornillo to create a song that already ranks with the best of anything from their past catalog. The band hasn’t missed a beat in recent years and tonight’s show more than sends this message home loud and clear. Encores “Fast As A Shark” and “Balls To The Wall” leave the crowd in a frenzy, closing out a near perfect evening, sans a sorely missing Hoffmann guitar solo and a rarity or two for the diehards from the band’s extensive back catalog. ACCEPT are a tough act to follow. …