Tonight I ran into that beast…in the form of the German Teutonic Metal Machine…ACCEPT!

Tonight I ran into that beast…in the form of the German Teutonic Metal Machine…ACCEPT!

Concert Review: ACCEPT; Kuopio Rock Cock 2015; July 31


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. 

Wolf Hoffman Kicking Ass!

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)

Listen Up!
Finland Loves you ACCEPT!

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!

Watch the FInnish Fan Thank you below!!!!

ACCEPT Refuses to be a Nostalgia Act and Racks Up Another Sold Out Show

ACCEPT Refuses to be a Nostalgia Act and Racks Up Another Sold Out Show


ACCEPT’s 2014 BLIND RAGE world tour arrives in Tampere, Finland on September 27th and the show only is SOLD OUT. You don’t want to miss this show as ACCEPT is racking up SOLD OUT shows around the world… New York City, Melbourne Australia, Copenhagen Denmark and Linkoping Sweden.

Göteborg-Posten (Sweden’s second biggest morning newspaper), “It’s a tight and happy Accept who has got the courage to play four new songs before the first classic song, Losers And Winners, is played. The set list’s even share between new and old songs is a good sign that Accept refuses to be a nostalgia act.”

Gaffa (Danish music magazine), “I have been witnessing this year’s best concert experience. Accept has become a highly addictive drug that you just want more and more of. And not just the obvious classics as Restless And Wild, Fast As A Shark and of course Balls To The Wall . The new material is exceptional   and  opening number Stampede is just as good.”

Tour dates and ticket links are available at

ACCEPT: Tampere, Finland Show Sold Out!

ACCEPT: Tampere, Finland Show Sold Out!

Heavy metal giants ACCEPT are currently on tour to promote their latest album “Blind Rage”. The band started out in the USA and are now in Finland, having played their first show of this tour in Seinajoki. The show in Tampere, which hits the stage on 27th September is now sold out! It will take place at the Pakkahuone venue which is used for music shows as well as theatre and exhibitions, with a capacity for 1200 people. Past metal acts appearing onstage there include Motorhead andBlack Sabbath.

Accept Tampere

The next show will take the crowd by storm tomorrow, Friday 26th September in Tornio. For more details see here. Check out the full list of tour dates at this location.


ACCEPT – the German Metal Legend Goes No. 1 in Germany and Finland!

ACCEPT – the German Metal Legend Goes No. 1 in Germany and Finland!

ACCEPT Blind Rage Number One

“Blind Rage” is the 14th Studio – Album of the living legends from Solingen – a number that seems unreachable for musicians nowadays. It’s the dream of every artist. And if that was not enough: The newest Opus is the most successful chart album in the bands long history. “Blood Of The Nation” heralded the modern era of ACCEPT in, and now with “Blind Rage” the band climbed the throne of the charts. In the last four years, after their break of 14 years, ACCEPT released two new albums (“Blood Of The Nation” in 2010 and “Stalingrad” in 2012).

Both of them broke chart records and reached the top of international ranking lists, among other top 5 in Germany, top 15 in Europe and top 40 worldwide.

And now with the pole position in the official German Album Charts the band breaks their own record once again.

Statement Markus Staiger / Owner / Nuclear Blast: “We are proud and thankful to be part of ACCEPTs rebirth in 2010. With a number one position in the German Charts they climbed the to the top of Mt. Olympus. This is the reward of the consequent hard work of the band, their manager Gaby Hoffmann and Deville Schober and the whole Nuclear Blast team – together we stand strong!”

Statement ACCEPT: “Four years ago we decided to start ACCEPT anew. Of course we hoped to reach the fans of Heavy Metal and leave a few more marks in its history. None of us would have thought that we could reach number one in the official German Charts. We would like to thank our team, our label partner Nuclear Blast, Warner Distribution and Brainstorm Music Marketing, all of who gave us enormous strength and the will to continue in order to make this happen.”

What started in the mid 70ties as a worldwide trademark, maintained its status for over three decades.

ACCEPT is a phenomenon.

The German Music industry invests Millions of Euro every year to build up new acts. If you include the budgets for artist finding and development the funding is higher than any other, even higher than the development and research budgets of the automobile industry or the pharmacy industry. (Source IFPI). Still only a vanishingly low amount of German artists manage to be internationally successful.

ACCEPT is an inherent part of the international market, ranks among the biggest music exports from Germany and has influenced many innumerable bands both nationally and internationally.

The release of their new album “Blind Rage” was on the cover of the most influential Rock magazines, anywhere from Brazil to Sweden. Adequate to the resonance is the upcoming tour: Beginning this Fall ACCEPT will be touring the US, Asia, Australia andEurope for the fourth time. ACCEPT was a celebrated headliner at the biggest Heavy Metal Festival in existence, WACKEN OPEN AIR, as well as the WOODSTOCK Festival in Poland, that broke every record with more than 750.000 visitors from every subculture and genre.

The history of ACCEPT is even more unique: there are no drug scandals, no alcohol problems, no sexcapades, nothing for the boulevard press to write about – their personal history is as clean as the water from the mountains. The music stands alone and all for itself. An ACCEPT concert is a storm of Heavy Metal that lasts for hours, the real force of Rock’n’Roll, where the art of the music is the only thing that counts.

ACCEPT was never, in the whole history, influenced by any musical trends or marketing orientated actions, there were no artificial radio singles or fictional media stories, no multimedia show with LED – screens.

In the words of the online platform from N.TV: “ACCEPT is recreating the spirit of the 80ies without losing the power and the driving force behind it. The art of staying true to oneself  without being repetitive pays of, and has so for years.

In the modern era of one hit wonders, fast pace trends, V.I.P. news, the fanatic obsession for scandals, ACCEPTs down to earth way is the true secret behind their success. True to the roots!

Beginning of September ACCEPT kicks off their extensive world tour. The dates are the following:

  • 19.09.2014 Copenhagen (DK), Amager Bio
  • 20.09.2014 Linkoeping (SE), Garden
  • 21.09.2014 Gothenburg (SE), Traedgarn
  • 24.09.2014 Seinajoki (FI), Rytmikotjaamo
  • 26.09.2014 Tornio (FI), Torunda
  • 27.09.2014 Tampere (FI), Pakkahuone
  • 28.09.2014 Helsinki (FI), The Circus
  • 30.09.2014 Stockholm (SE), Debaser Medis
  • 01.10.2014 Oslo (NO), Rockefeller
  • 03.10.2014 Karlstad (SE), Nöjesfabriken
  • 04.10.2014 Hamburg (DE), Docks
  • 05.10.2014 Osnabruck (DE), Hyde Park
  • 07.10.2014 Antwerp (BE), Trix
  • 08.10.2014 Paris (FR), Bataclan
  • 10.10.2014 Pamplona (ES), Totem
  • 11.10.2014 Madrid (ES), Riviera
  • 12.10.2014 Barcelona (ES), Razzmatazz 1
  • 14.10.2014 Toulouse (FR), Bikini
  • 16.10.2014 Straßbourg (FR), La Laiterie
  • 17.10.2014 Milano (IT), Live Club
  • 18.10.2014 Munich (DE), Tonhalle
  • 20.10.2014 Langen / Frankfurt (DE), Neue Stadthalle
  • 21.10.2014 Berlin (DE), Huxleys
  • 22.10.2014 Cologne (DE), Live Music Hall
  • 24.10.2014 Erfurt (DE), Stadtgarten
  • 25.10.2014 Zlin (CZ), Euronics
  • 26.10.2014 Budapest (HU), Petöfi Hall
  • 28.10.2014 Pratteln (CH), Z 7
  • 29.10.2014 Filderstadt (DE), Filharmonie

ACCEPT perform with their famed frenzy and enthusiasm of bands half their age thirsty for first success

ACCEPT perform with their famed frenzy and enthusiasm of bands half their age thirsty for first success


Helsinki – 13 NOV 13

Accept as special guests with The Scorpions

Helsinki tonight witnessed a special event for the two German mega bands: for the first time in history the two performed on the same bill. About time too to cross it from Accept’s “bucket list” as Wolf put it! With over 400 years of Teutonic Craftsmanship on stage, the night is something to remember for all present.

Accept hit the stage with Hung Drawn & Quartered, and perform with their famed frenzy and enthusiasm of bands half their age thirsty for first success. On this fourth visit to Finland of Accept’s current re-incarnation and renewed success, the crowd is ready and welcomes the special guests as warmly as the headliner later in the evening. But this hour belongs to Accept and they parade through a magnificent showcase of old and new material.  Old classics like Metal Heart and a shorter arrangement of Princess of the Dawn are joined by modern day classics like Pandemic and Stalingrad, and the band again connects fully with the fans in their trademark easy-going, entertaining and engaging way.

Simply a brilliant show. Check out the action on YouTube!

By one-of-the-fans