Accept took the stage at the Howard Theatre in Washington, DC., a venue that normally caters to R&B and Jazz artists. Well, Accept blew the roof off the place; but that’s just a normal thing at an Accept concert. Energy. Precision. Fan participation. Beyond the actual songs…they always add these extra elements when they perform live.
There is no such thing as a bad Accept show. Because they put 150% into their live performances and although their albums are top of the line, I’ll take seeing them live over listening to a CD anyday. Why? It is because they possess this magical presence onstage…like no other band I have ever seen in my life. It is just their stage presence, the way they interract together, the perfection of every note they play, and the extra solos they throw in, and most of all their interest in the fans watching them.
There is the constant audience participation. Accept constantly pays attention to the audience members who are close, shaking hands, taking a second to pose for photos and they just seem to thrive off of the energy of their adoring fans. They always egg them on to participate in their trademark ‘chants'; getting them to sing along, making them feel like part of the show. And you always do when you go see Accept.
Accept albums are great, but there is nothing like the live Accept experience. I know, because I have been going to their shows for near to 30 years now.