Accept have done it again, delivered a concert out of this world. The band was in great shape and looked like they had a great time, the new guys really fit in and are doing a excellent job. The only thing I can put my finger on is that the set should have been longer. When they came off stage the crowd kept singing Balls to the wall as they walked home and I heard a lot of them saying that Accept was the best band today.
A crowd in excess of 18.000 people awaited Accept at their biggest festival show ever in Spain. And the band delivered. Drawing from a wealth of classic metal songs that can raise the dead, Accept were arguably the most powerful classic band at the festival. Yes, they may have a long carreer, but they have managed to reinvent themselves with the last three albums and remain up to date. Classics is what people sing, but new songs are what keep them fresh and they delivered a good mixture of both. From the opening salvo of “Stampede” until the closing with “Balls to the Wall” they played a set that was balanced and intense at the same time, with plenty of guitar solo faces from Wolf Hoffmann, old school raspiness from Mark Tornillo and a refurbished rhythm section where only Peter Baltes remains from the classic line-up and newcomers Uwe Lulis on drums and Christopher Williams on guitar showed that they deserve their place in the band.
Concert Review: ACCEPT; Kuopio Rock Cock 2015; July 31
BY: TJ FOWLER
I have lived here in Finland for about three and a half years, being transplanted from Tennessee into a heavy metal wonderland. In this span of time I have had great opportunities to cover bands I could only dream of back in my home state. One of these great opportunities has been getting the chance of covering the legendary ACCEPT.
The first time was in September of 2014 in Tampere in a moderately sized club and the band commanded the night like no other. This time however they were headlining day one of the Kuopio Rock Cock Festival and this would be my first time seeing them in a larger setting.
Living in Kuopio I have attended this festival every year since arriving here in 2012 and the festival never ceases to amaze in the acts they bring as headliners. Nightwish, Scorpions and now ACCEPT.
To say I was eager is an understatement. The band took the stage as the day had mostly faded away but still glimmers of light were peeking through the clouds which is the norm for long summer nights in Finland.
This night though, the people of Kuopio needed to beware what was lurking in the shadows because they were in danger of getting stampeded by a heavy metal titan.
ACCEPT stormed the stage and proceeded to stampede the audience with…well the song Stampede. The fans went ballistic and cheered the band every step of the way and the band kept rolling its metal wheels and launched into Stalingrad followed by London Leather Boys.
One after the other the band kept delivering hit after hit and the fans screamed in unison with the band. Whether it was Princess of the Dawn, Metal Heart or newer songs like Pandemic and Teutonic Terror, the Finnish fans made their country proud this night and gave the band 110% support. Even the fans off to the side in the drinking areas and not in the main crowd area were standing and head banging to the band.
In Fact, the city of Kuopio itself showed its pride. There were several police officers who actually came to the festival when ACCEPT went on stage to specifically see the band play because they were fans of the band.
The band wasin true form and sounded perfect, and they could have honestly used this show to record some live material. They sounded that good.
It should also be noted the band has a couple new members, guitarist Uwe Lulis and drummer Christopher Williams. I have to say these two guys have made excellent additions to the band and both had more of an active stage presence than some previous members and showed of some great showmanship. It is always great when all the members have some stage presence they can show the crowd. (Scroll down past photo to read more and see thank you video)
If you get the chance to see the band live on their current tour, don’t miss the opportunity, they will blow away any other act they go up against and were the highlight of Kuopio Rock.
My hats off to the band and to the festival itself for bringing them here.
To sum things up I want to use an analogy, I live in an area here in Kuopio called Petonen, roughly translated, it means beast. Well tonight I ran into that beast…in the form of the German Teutonic Metal Machine…ACCEPT!