MY STORY – Unedited, personal stories written by ACCEPT Fans, 10/23/2012 (By Irfan Berk, Arizona)

MY STORY – Unedited, personal stories written by ACCEPT Fans, 10/23/2012 (By Irfan Berk, Arizona)

The first time I saw Accept was in 83. I saw them 3 times in 7 days. I still remember sitting outside the concert hall in Heidelberg and talking to Herman and Peter. There was a hot chick dressed in all black. We thought she must be a groupie but in reality, she was Accepts manager.
At the last show in 83, we ended up between stage and barrier, I felt like I was a  part of the crew. Over the next few years I saw Accept when I could  here and there, and moved to the United States in 94. 96 a Fare Well Tour. Accept plays in my home town Berlin and I had to be there, I booked a ticket and flew to Berlin Germany to see Accept, friends and family. Last show ever, no Accept anymore?
In 2005, a rumor goes around that Accept is getting back together for a reunion tour. It would be festival tour and a few smaller shows in Japan. Festivals, no thanks, too many people. I was more interested in some of the smaller shows in Japan.
I planned my Accept trip to Japan. How do I get a ticket for a show in Japan? I found a ticket place here in Phoenix, booked my flight and hotel and off I went to the Diamond Hall in Nagoya, Japan. August, 2nd 2005, Accept is on stage, I can’t believe it, I’m in Japan to see Accept one more time.  I’m the tallest and whitest guy there. During the show, Herman looks at me, looks again and points at me. I salute back. Did he remember me after all these years?
The show was great, it is like old times and one more time I am rocking with Accept, headbanging to Fast, Son, Balls, Breaker, London Leather ….. all the songs I love. What a show, I enjoyed every second of it. I felt  like I was 19 again. The show is over, the band bows to the fans and Herman points at me to wait at a door. Cool, I have time.
A few minutes later, Herman comes out the door. “I remember you, what the hell are you doing here?”  We talk a few minutes and he takes me back stage.Here they are. Wolf, Peter … and the hot girl from 83. We started talking and realize that Gaby, the girl from 83, is also from my home town Berlin. Cool. She gives me her All Access Pass for memories, they offer me food and drinks and Stefan gives me a drum stick. I had a great time in Japan with Accept, not because I ended up backstage, no, I always have fun with Accept.
I don’t know if that is a record, well for me it is. A German guy, who lives in Arizona, travels to Japan to see Accept, a German band. Back in Arizona, a few weeks later I send an email to Accept and Gaby to thank her for taking care of me in Japan and for the pass. Over the next few month emails got sent back and fourth and we became good friends. I visited Gaby at her place, she met my wife Veronica and my son Jamon. I became part of her family and we kind of “adopted” each other. One day, I received an email from Gaby which  says, “Check this out”. A demo with two Accept songs. A few weeks later another mail, “We are back”.  What? Accept is back with a new singer. It’s about time.
May 2010, New York, first show with Mark. Gaby invites us and off we go again. Another Accept show and for the first time, we have passes. Off we go. At the door, Gaby is there and greets us, I see Wolf, Peter and Herman is shocked to see me again. The show was fantastic. Mark’s voice is great, perfect for Accept. ACCEPT is back, new CD coming out soon. YEAH.
April 2011, it’s birthday month and Accept is on tour here in the US. This time Accept plays here in Phoenix at a festival but only for 45 minutes or so but it does not matter, I’m there. I see Gaby and the guys at the hotel.
A few days after the Phoenix show, I fly to Portland, Oregon. I take my son on his 8th birthday to an Accept show. On the way over there we practice Balls and Heidiheidoheida as loud as we can. Gaby is at the door and she takes us straight to the sound guy and board. Oh, he is German too but more important, and my son is safe. I hold him in my arms most of the time and we enjoyed his first Accept show together.
In 2012 a new CD and another tour. In April 2012 they play in my home town Berlin Germany, that means, I have to travel to Germany. I don’t know how long the show was but it was long, at least 1 1/2 hours. I’m exhausted, my neck hurts. I have a pass and the sound guy takes me back stage. Another night with Accept. September 2012, the boys are in Anaheim. For me, it feels more and more like a family reunion. Here is the band, the merch guy, the sound guy, the only person which is missing is Gaby. Another great show!
Since 83 I have seen Accept numerous times, still have most shirts even though they don’t fit anymore, my favorite shirt is the one from Japan and a signed from the 83 Tour.

As long as they are touring, I will be there.


Juke Box – BUCHAREST, RO 10/21/2012 (Review by Sirn/m)

Juke Box – BUCHAREST, RO 10/21/2012 (Review by Sirn/m)

Sunday evening downtown the Bucharest, Romanian capital. A very good time  for people to enjoy their free time walking, filling bars or…for real rockers to take part to a real heavy metal event together with the real German legend ACCEPT. After a too long hiatus they succeeded to get in Bucharest as headliners at 2010 Sonisphere festival and now on their own on the Chaos club.
After a greet and meet with the nice, peaceful guys from ACCEPT at 22.00 o’clock they turned into “bad” guys (in the good sense of term) on stage. In the front of it you can’t throw a needle because of the packed crowd, in the back people eagerly to see how could this band could perform. After a beginning full of energy but with artistic expressions given by Hung Drawn and Quarted, they kept on tearing up  the stage, as fuelled by audience energy and the fire inside them. Not letting any representative album aside, they taught  a the public a complete two hours set of a heavy metal lesson. Promoting the  last album with the “Stalingrad” hit, the solid “Hellfire”, the lyrical “Shadow soldiers”, terrorizing us with the ferocious riffs of “Bucketfull of hate”, “Teutonic terror”, “No shelter” from the appraised Blood of the Nations,  classicals “Restless and wild”, “Breaker”, “Neon nights”, taking headbanging to the limit with “Aiming High”, “Losers and winners” and “Monsterman”, oferring an intelligent conception sample like  “Bulletproof”, give us a little break with “Up to the limit” and finally  pleasing anyone no matter the taste with “ Princess of the dawn”, “Metal heart”, “Pandemic” (the song that links the past to the present) and “Balls to the wall”. You don’t know really what you like most: Wolf /Peter guitars/ bass solos or duels, Wolf’s mimic handling the guitar, Peter not letting anyone in the audience to stay still for a second, thundering riffs that coming to you like a hurricane, Stefan crushing drums all the way, Hermann keeping tight the rhythm under control, or Mark getting along unbelievable well with all the songs from the past and and present. After this performance all you can say is: how they can do it ? the show is really over ? why the stage seems too small ? Or the stay in the line to get another autograph from the heavy metal masters who became humans again.

A night always remembered with the hope of their coming back. They had to catch up regarding Romania. And the whole world.


Juke Box – BUCHAREST, RO 10/21/2012 (Review by Ana-Maria Gavrila)

Juke Box – BUCHAREST, RO 10/21/2012 (Review by Ana-Maria Gavrila)

Review of ACCEPT concert from Bucharest by Ana-Maria Gavrila (metalhead.ro) – ACCEPT hit the stage for a royal Teutonic Metal oriented somewhat around “Stalingrad”. True, new songs can be as well received as those well known – are still in a promotional tour. Influenced by events in the history of the Soviet Union, war, hell social realities and rebel attitude that time, the concept is not necessarily one unusual (although I do not remember any other band so explicitly addressing this topic) and accept managed to create an album whose compositions are fantastic consistency – nothing seems exaggerated, resulted in extremely lyrics are inspired interpretation of Mark Tornillo – exemplary.
That happened on stage: Germans have maintained an atmosphere full of energy throughout the concert, since chaotic with two new songs “Hung, Drawn and quartered” and “Hellfire” guitarist Wolf Hoffmann while and has demonstrated skill, making all sorts of theatrical motion without even a moment to look at the neck, and Mark Tornillo interpret old songs with confidence in his own talent. I do not think I felt any moment need to make comparison between his style and that of vocalic Udo Dirkschneider – If “Losers and Winners” simply electrified the audience, “Princess of the Dawn” sounded undeniably brilliant.
And if I said above that they maintained a crazy atmosphere is because, during the concert, I had the feeling that most of the fun takes place – well – on stage, as the Germans would have been delighted to was on stage in Bucharest, playing in front of several hundred people. Few bands so easily transmit this feeling and this is felt in the reaction of those gathered in front of the stage.

When energy spreads in both directions have resulted in a successful evening: a game between the old and new of the Teutonic Metal from ACCEPT audience attitudes he left out “tough” by metalheads upset, even if you may need a circle pit . I’m glad the second night of Chaos Venue, a metal weekend proved to be one awesome: I accept put their heart and soul into the show and it was felt the most.


Principal Club – THESSALONIKI, GR 10/19/2012 (Review by E. Angel)

Principal Club – THESSALONIKI, GR 10/19/2012 (Review by E. Angel)

hmmmm… For me, just 7 single letters: A-M-A-Z-I-N-G !!!
ACCEPT is still the BEST Metal band in the WHOLE Universe! New, fresh, happy, enthusiastic, crazy and most of all, extremely professional band! You gave the BEST and you know how to ROCK the audience!! \m/
Wolf was like a little crazy boy, crazy with his guitar trying to organize the crowd like a bleacher’s leader in a football (soccer) game/arena! ;)
I remember him back in 1994 in “Death Row” Tour, OK, Greeks were more “hooligans” those years and he was surprised from the fans, i was in front of him at the age of 20 in a short stage without security holding his left army-boot and in the beginning he was a little bit “inhibited” but after a few seconds he got so excited from the vibration of the metal atmosphere and was laughing all the time! :)
On Friday it was the opposite:
He was the “20 years old” Leader of the “Pack”, together with Peter they spread ACCEPT’s Metalheart pulse/vibration to the audience!!  Peter was tremendous too.. Mark Tornillo:I always was a hardcore fan of Udo. Last time i’ve seen ACCEPT it was with Udo in 2005 in RockWave Festival. Udo was my God and ACCEPT my religion since 13 years old.
I think the same feeling was for the most old Greek fans of the band.
After “Blood of the Nations” and the sensational sold-out show of Athens on February 2011, reading opinions (i wasn’t there) from younger fans in the internet, everybody was telling that Mark is his own man with a very big voice. He’s a really GREAT vocalist and frontman too, he fits so much to the band that makes you forget there was a time where HE was not there.
Herman and Stefan are GREAT musicians too, very famous and familiar to the fans and to all metalheads of the world, they’re doing great job! Overall, ACCEPT remains the BEST Metal band in the World. Teutonic Terrorists invaded Greece and took our brains and hearts as we say here in Greece.
6 out of 5 STARS for ACCEPT!!
As for the fans in Thessaloniki:
I’m always stringent/strict in matters with Metal shows and i was expecting more from my homemates, i’d like to be more Restless and Wild like old days but it’s OK, it is 2012, not ’90s or ’80s, people changed a lot, music changed, Greece is a bankrupt country, unemployment is more than 30%, national psychology and mood is down.., although under these situations, Northern Greek fans honoured ACCEPT with their presence and they were quite good!
I give’em 4 out of 5 stars.
This is all i had to say about the show and for me it was a MAGIC night, best moment of my life since 2005, you’re still AWESOME and i’m still in love with you guys! :)
I wanna thank ACCEPT again for everything and wish them all the best for the rest of European Tour!! :)

ACCEPT 4EVER and EVER!!! \m/


Fuzz Club – ATHEN, GR 10/18/2012 (Review by Sakis Nikas, Rockpages.gr)

Fuzz Club – ATHEN, GR 10/18/2012 (Review by Sakis Nikas, Rockpages.gr)

There are certain things in life that cannot be changed. Call it fate, call it destiny, call it karma…you can call it whatever you want. Here in Greece, we call it ACCEPT! You see, one has to live in Greece to understand the difficult times that this proud nation is having and how painful it is for the vast majority of the population that is trying to make ends meet. So, when ACCEPT announced the two shows in Athens and Thessaloniki, I had absolutely no doubt that the Greek fans would found a way to purchase a ticket and get lost in the magical world of ACCEPT and quite possibly forget their worries and troubles just for a while. When I arrived at the club, I knew that my initial gut feeling was right. Hundreds of people were waiting impatiently outside the venue in order to find their way onto the club. More than 1000 people packed the venue and the vibe was similar to the monumental 2010 show that the band had put on for us.
At exactly 10:00 the lights went out and the first notes of “Hang Drawn and Quartered” rushed from the speakers upon a frenzied crowd who welcomed ACCEPT like some short of a rock n’ roll saviors! Without any delay, the band continued with “Hellfire” and the crowd was singing along to the new songs from the excellent “Stalingrad” record like there were released decades ago. It was plain clear that at least 4-5 songs from the last couple of records can be easily considered classics!
Wolf Hoffmann was the undeniable key figure; the leader, the mastermind behind the sonic attack! As I told him before the show, I am amazed at how he remains so fit during those tiring road tours. Right next to him, Peter Baltes was giving his own show making all those orchestrated stage moves together with Wolf and Herman who was steadily accurate as the rhythm guitarist. Stefan Schwarzmann was as thunderous as ever behind his gigantic white drum set while the band’s frontman Mark Tornillo -now on his second world tour with the band- proved once again why he is a catalytic element to ACCEPT’s resurrection (both for his voice and his stage presence).
Apart for the aforementioned two new songs from “Stalingrad”, the band chose to perform the title track and “Shadow Soldiers” from the latest record while they pull out 4 songs from the superb “Blood of the Nations” (Teutonic Terror”, “Pandemic”, “No Shelter”, “Bucket Full of Hate”). As for the rest of the gems from the vbacka catalogue, well how can anyone complain when he is treated with such timeless hits as “Restless and Wild”, “Neon Nights”, “Fast As A Shark”, “Breaker”, “Balls To The Wall”, “Up To The Limit”, “Metal Heart”, “Monsterman”, “Losers and Winners”, “Aiming High”, “Bulletproof”?

All in all, it was a night to remember and…don’t forget! Remember that ACCEPT will always be a much beloved band in Greece and definitely the ultimate heavy metal ambassadors from Germany. Remember that this is a band that will never fail to deliver a great show for us all. As for what we forgot that night…we forgot all our problems for a couple of hours and took home some of the most precious memories that will forever follow us! This is the power of heavy metal; this is the power of ACCEPT! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, guys!