Live Review: ACCEPT, Bloodstock Open Air 2013

Live Review: ACCEPT, Bloodstock Open Air 2013

Review by Ali Blackdiamond

Wolf Hoffmann Bloodstock 2013

Wolf Hoffmann
Bloodstock 2013

I last saw the mighty metal legends ACCEPT twice on their UK “Blood Of The Nations” tour in 2011, so I was really looking forward to seeing some of the new “Stalingrad” material played live, as well as the classics, at this years Bloodstock. I had interviewed their legendary guitarist Wolf Hoffmann prior to the performance on Friday evening and he told me he couldn’t wait to get out there on stage and play a great metal show – ACCEPT did not disappoint us!

I wanted to get as close to the stage as possible, so along with fellow Metal Shock Finland teammate, Di Parkes, I made it to the second row back from the barrier. From my position, I wasn’t able to see a lot of the crowd, but could certainly hear them and there were many excited metalheads around me waiting for the Teutonic legends to appear.

Metal Hammer’s Alexander Milas walked on stage to introduce the band, to a deafening response from the crowd! Stefan was first on stage, quickly running to his drum kit, again to rapturous cheers, then the rest of the band emerged explosively in front of us.

ACCEPT launched straight into the very heavy “Hung, Drawn And Quartered” and the crowd went crazy, singing along with vocalist Mark Tornillo, who sounded on gravelly top form! Those classic deep backing vocals belonging to ACCEPT sounded perfect with Wolf, Peter and Herman.

Next, we were treated to the title track from the latest album “Stalingrad,” a great song for everyone to chant to, which sounded fantastic! All the band members were totally focused yet relaxed in their performance, like the professionals they are, they actually seemed to be having a great metal ball!

The classic ACCEPT anthem “Restless And Wild” was up next, a relentless metal ear bashing throughout, along with a mixture of plenty of grimaces and smiles at the crowd from Wolf, also lots of smiles and crowd interaction from Peter, frequently waving his hand to incite cheers!

Surrounding me were tons of metal voices, clearly loving the show being performed up on  stage, the whole vibe was pure metal and I along with everyone else was loving it.

On stormed ACCEPT through “Breaker,” “Princess Of The Dawn,” “Losers And Winners,” then to “Pandemic” from comeback album “Blood Of The Nations.” All these songs were delivered with the utmost precision from each member of the band, working in total metal harmony together.

To be honest I feel all the songs played during this one hour set (which was not long enough!) were absolute classics and I love them all, but of course “Metal Heart” is one of those up there at the top of the metal tree. The crowd were in fine voice throughout, especially during the solo and Wolf’s latest signature guitar “The Flying Fortress” looked and sounded amazing, its WWII bomber-esque body glinting in the setting sunlight, serenading us all with its solos.

“Teutonic Terror” blasted us all once again with its ferocious onslaught of guitars, mixed with Stefan’s ear shattering drums and Mark’s piercing vocals, what a tune!

Definitely the crowd favourites were the last two of the all too short show, the first being “Balls To The Wall.” One of ACCEPT’s many defining moments in metal history, this track had the crowd in a frenzy, the voices singing and chanting in unison, people jumping around, fists in the air.

Last but definitely not least was “Fast As A Shark,” what an end to a fantastic show! The ACCEPT fans turned crazier than ever and we were almost knocked off our feet amongst the madness! The solo with Herman and Wolf at the front of the stage was flawless and also fascinating to watch the speed and dexterity of their fingers on the fretboard. The band then took their final bow together and guitar picks were thrown into the crowd, Herman going back to his mic stand to fetch more. Stefan was the last to leave the stage after throwing his drumsticks to some lucky fans.

The whole show was a total nonstop blast from start to finish and ACCEPT were on 100% top form, absolutely outstanding, they just seem to get better and better each time I see them play live, if that is possible! The performance from all band members was top class; the way they interacted with each other and the crowd, the execution of the whole show was brought together with their skill and professionalism. If you’re an ACCEPT fan, you know how brilliant the shows are, and in my opinion what contributes to it being such a great metal experience is that the band so obviously enjoy every moment, which shines through every time.

I also spoke to several fans after the show, they all thought that ACCEPT were fantastic and agreed the set should have been longer and look forward to a full UK tour. Lee from Norwich, England commented: “I last saw them ten years ago and they were a lot better tonight, really good! My favourite was “Balls To The Wall.” I saw them at Birmingham before and I’d like to see them tour again.”

Show Rating: 10/10

Stereo Plaza – KYIV, UA 11/13/2012 (Review by Vladislav Tokmenko)

Stereo Plaza – KYIV, UA 11/13/2012 (Review by Vladislav Tokmenko)

When i first heard about Accept show in Ukraine, i was pretty astonished. My favourite rock band first time in its history would come to Kiev. But there was 5 months left till November, i bought a ticket and started to wait. Price was 25$. Stalingrad tour 2012 was in its height, setlist was pretty good.

This fantastic day began with the Meets and Greets with the band in lobby bar of the Kiev hotel. Those fantastic moments are difficult to express by words. Peter and Wolf were so kind to sign all CDs and to take a lot of photos. Then i came to the venue, Stereo plaza club, there was a lot people singing songs, speaking to each other. Audience was pretty mixed, from 10-years old children to solid men over 50 with their wifes. Some hours waiting and i entered a hall, Wolf was just finishing soundcheck. Sound was great. I decided to stand in first row near barriers. ​After a short break, the lights dimmed, intro and taped part Hung, Drawn and Quartered played. A great intro for the band during Stalingrad tour. Then, cutting over the top was that familiar snapping snare from Stefan. The lights came up revealing Wolf, Peter and Herman bent over their guitars then Mark Tornillo walked on stage completeing the band, and the audience clapped and cheered, welcoming Accept in their very first show in Ukraine. The band ploughed through the first three numbers before taking a breath. Setlist was standart and pretty good. 4 songs from Stalingrad album, 4 songs from Blood of the Nations, other – only good old stuff from classic albums of 80’s. While playing Stalingrad Mark came out with Ukrainian flag and then Herman broke string. What a powerful show! For me the highlights were Hung Drawn and Quartered, Stalingrad, Teutonic Terror, Monsterman, Princess of the Dawn. These 5 songs were worth the price of admission alone. Their speed and virtuosity simply blew me away. Wolf’s guitar solo including Hall of the Mountain King was tremendous. During the bass solo in Princess, even barriers didn’t stand for crowd’s pressure and were totally broken. Peter saw this moment and asked people to move back and with smiling face continued to play for the extraordinary joy of crowd. Encores with Metal Heart, Teutonic Terror and Balls to the Wall were accompinied with five thousand voices singing and total madness. Wolf’s guitar solo including Hall of the Mountain King was tremendous. By the way, it was total sold out and this fact added more pride for Kiev show. Everybody after the show was smiling and had a straining voice due to musical excitement. I liked new songs live, Mark is pretty good singer and frontman, Stefan, Herman, Peter, Wolf were fantastic. To sum it up, it was the best show i’ ve ever seen and i thank Accept for it. Using the mobile application Accept by Mobile backstage i learned that guys also liked Kiev show and “definitely want to come back”. That’s fantastic and we are looking forward for a new show.

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.