Having been a HUGE metal fan, and Accept fan for many years, this being my first time seeing the German Metal legends LIVE filled me with a lot of anticipation and excitement. I arrived at the venue early enough to meet up with the Accept Fans Worldwide group outside of Rolling Thunder, an RV owned by Stephan Soto, the group founder. Peter, Wolf, Stefan, Wolf and Herman all stopped by to visit the fans, and say hi. This pleased all of the members who were there!
We headed inside prior to Accept taking the stage, and host of That Metal Show, Eddie Trunk warmed up the crowd! Accept hit the stage right at 10:30pm and from the beginning notes of Hung Drawn and Quartered from their latest release, Stalingrad…through their closing encore song…Balls to the Wall from their fifth studio album of the same name…Accept had this large New Jersey crowd in the palm of their hands. This was a headlining show where the band had the opportunity to perform a full TWO HOUR set packed with 20 songs from their lengthy career!
This was a high energy show with these rockers who have been together fo decades, performing as if they were still in their teens…full of energy, excitement, and happiness! They followed up Hung Drawn and Quartered with Hellfire, my personal favorite from Stalingrad…and went into Restless and Wild from the album of the same title, the 4th in their recording career. This 20 song concert with songs spanning their lengthy career disappointed no one. This was a crowd filled with fans old and new, and many of whom were there to see the return of Mark Tornillo, former T.T. Quick vocalist.
You could not escape the infectious jubilation that the band had with each other performing on stage, and looking around the crowd, you saw the same. Accept has a way of engaging with their fans in the crowd, that makes you feel like they are performing those songs for YOU, as an individual.
Around 1230am, the band finished their performance with an awesome version of Balls to the Wall, the lights came up, and all in attendance were in agreement that this was one amazing night.
Having been my first Accept concert, I certainly was blown away by their energy, diversity in their set list that spanned their career, the amazing light show and sound, and engagement with the crowd. I have Accepted the fact, that this will not be my last Accept show.