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!
Greek fans decided to have a good time and skipped the demonstrations in Athens, Greece – instead they had a metal party with ACCEPT! A packed house and a wild audience were singing so loud that they lifted the roof of the great Fuzz Club and are still singing on their way home. Just a few minutes ago – a mesmerizing performance of the band made every body so very happy.”the best show in my life” and “Athens loves accept!”….a fan sent out on is iphone…What a night and what a wonderful start of the second part of Stalingrad Tour 2012. Congratulations, Accept!
ACCEPT has just finished the U.S. and Canada tour with a brilliant response from the public every night in every place that they played! Click here and watch a great Interview with Peter and Mark in Montreal talking ACCEPT in Canada and North America and the up coming STALINGRAD TOUR IN EUROPE starting in Athen, Greece. Band and crew now wants to see you Europe Metalheads, check all the tour dates and tickets info at the Tour link.
German metal veterans Accept just blew threw the Windy City and as expected, they left a serious wreckage in their wake.
Accept are a band that were sorely missed on the metal scene and as the saying goes “don’t know what you’ve got, ’til it’s gone”. But thankfully Wolf Hoffmann and his cohorts decided to pick things up again in 2010 and released undoubtedly the comeback album of the year, if not the decade, “Blood Of The Nations”. This year, they’re back with the equally powerful “Stalingrad”. To see Accept in action, is to see what the definition of true metal is. The band poured through a set that included such classics as “Losers and Winners”, “Restless and Wild”, “Fast as a SharK” and of course arguably their trademark track “Balls to the Wall” but their newer tracks stood out just as much. Songs like “Hellfire” and “The Galley” from “Stalingrad” as well as “Pandemic” and “Teutonic Terror” from “Blood of the Nations”, indeed show that the band have not lost one step through their brief hiatus, much less over the last thirty plus years. It’s amazing that a band can still write, perform and maintain the same level of quality and consistency as they did decades ago.
One perfect example of Accept’s professionalism came when, about an hour into their set during “Up to the Limit”, the stage lights lost power and went completely black. Mind you, most bands would have stopped the show until it was figured out what had happened. Accept did not miss one note, did not stop the show for one second. Guitarist Hoffmann and vocalist Mark Tornillo did indeed look at each other with puzzled faces but still remained in stride continuing on with the title track from 1985′s “Metal Heart”. Stage lighting was finally restored for the encores of “Fast as a Shark” and “Balls to the Wall” but honestly, band and fans alike hardly even noticed the distraction of the lights coming back on. It was indeed full metal onward!
The only bad part of seeing Accept live, is the long wait seeing them return!
Accept are currently on the road in North America through mid October with fellow German veterans Kreator, in a skull crushing coheadlining package that also includes Finnish doom metallers Swallow The Sun.
SHADOW SOLDIERS…past and present are inseparable when looking at endless crosses at military cemeteries. Watching how generations are visiting their loved ones – make one believe, that the loved ones live as long as we and our children and theirs and theirs….are going there to remember them. Darrel Eschedor has captured the vibes of a moving tribute to the fallen….This amazing tribute video made by Darrel, captures the felling of SHADOW SOLDIERS song with a strong vibe!