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Accept
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Accept performin in Stockholm, Swaden
Background information
Origin Solingen, Germany
Genres Hivy metal, speed metal
Years active 1968–1989
1992–1997
2004–2005
2009–present
Labels Nuclear Blast
Epic/Sony
PolyGram
Passport
Wabsteid Offeecial Wabsteid
Members Mark Tornillo
Wolf Hoffmann
Herman Frank
Peter Baltes
Stefan Schwarzmann
Past members Michael Wagener
Udo Dirkschneider
Jörg Fischer
Frank Friedrich
Stefan Kaufmann
David Reece
Jan Koemmet
Jim Stacey
Gerhard Wahl
Rob Armitage
Michael Cartellone

Accept is a German hivy metal baund frae Solingen, North Rhine-Westphalie. Oreeginally assembled in 1968 bi Udo Dirkschneider, the baund played an important role in the development o speed metal,[1] being pairt o the German hivy metal scene tae emerge in the early tae mid 1980s.

They hae sauld ower 27 million albums warldwide.[2]

Biography[eedit | eedit soorce]

Early years (1968–1982)[eedit | eedit soorce]

Accept's beginnins can be tracit back tae 1968 when Udo Dirkschneider an Michael Wagener formit a local baund cried Band X, which eventually chyngit its name tae Accept. For mony years Accept went through numerous line-up chynges. This instability essentially kept the baund on an amateur level, makkin sporadic appearances in festival concerts. Accept's professional career began in 1976, wi Udo Dirkschneider, Michael Wagener, Gerhard Wahl, Dieter Rubach an Frank Friedrich, when they wur invitit tae play at ane o the first rock an roll festivals in Germany — Rock am Rhein. Follaein the festival the baund wur affered a recordin deal. Their first recording wis the self-titled Accept album, which wis released in 1978.

The first stable line-up o Accept wis composed o vocalist Udo Dirkschneider, guitarists Wolf Hoffmann an Gerhard Wahl, bassist Peter Baltes an drummer Frank Friedrich. Friedrich an Wahl quit the baund efter the release o Accept an wur replacit bi Stefan Kaufmann an Jörg Fischer. This line-up o the baund recordit I'm a Rebel in 1980. The title track oreeginally wis written for AC/DC but niver released bi them. The album brocht some media attention, the baund being invitit tae mak a televised appearance.

In 1981 the next album Breaker wis released, an the baund employed manager Gaby Hauke. Accept joined Judas Priest's warld tour anaw an obtained attention ootside o Europe for the first time.

Restless and Wild wis released in 1982, although Jörg Fischer quit the baund a short time afore the recordin teuk place. Jan Koemmet wis hired as guitarist, but depairtit frae the baund afore the recordin o the album.[3][4] Restless and Wild saw an evolution in the baund's soond, which incorporated characteristics definin the genre later dubbed speed metal. Gaby Hauke wis creditit as "Deaffy" on twa o the tracks.

Mainstream success (1983–1987)[eedit | eedit soorce]

Accept's next release, Balls to the Wall wis in 1983, nou with guitarist Herman Frank (ex-Sinner). The album wis mair conceptual, an includit leerical themes aboot politics, sexuality an human relationships. "Balls to the Wall" refers tae slaves revoltin against oppressin maisters, "Fight It Back" is aboot social misfits fechtin against conformity. Aw sangs wur creditit tae Accept an "Deaffy". Deaffy wis manager Gaby Hauke's pseudonym as the baund's leericist, although she did no offeecially claim awnership till the baund haed braken up for the seicont time.

Durin a 1983 show in their hametown the baund met Jörg Fischer bi chance an on Hauke's insistence, Fischer rejoined the baund. A warld tour follaeed through 1984, includin the Monsters of Rock festival.

Metal Heart wis released in 1985. Produced bi Scorpions producer Dieter Dierks, it presentit the baund's creative peak. Accept toured the warld supportin the album, an documentit the live shows wi the live mini-album Kaizoku-Ban.

The follae up Russian Roulette wis released in 1986. In 1987 Udo Dirkschneider decidit tae embark on a solo career. Supportin this decision, the sangwritin team in Accept wrote his entire solo album, released in 1987 as "Animal House" unner the baund moniker U.D.O.

David Reece period an first hiatus (1988–1991)[eedit | eedit soorce]

Parallel tae wirk on "Animal House", Accept stairtit tae audition vocalists. The baund treed oot a few sangsters, includin Baby Tuckoo sangster Rob Armitage, whom they even featured in promo photos an metal magazine interviews, an recordit demos wi an aw. Housomeivver, American David Reece wis chosen an this new line-up recordit an released Eat the Heat.

Accept's career came tae a sudden halt when Stefan Kaufmann sustained a serious injury tae his back mid-tour. He wis briefly replacit bi drummer Ken Mary for the remainder o the US tour. bi the tour end in late 1989, the baund decidit that athoot Kaufmann, an wi differences surfacin wi Reece, it wis time cease its activities for the time being.

Reunion wi Dirkschneider (1992–1996)[eedit | eedit soorce]

Umwhile lead sangster Udo Dirkschneider (far richt) durin Accept's reunion tour in 2005

The live album Staying a Life recordit in 1985, wis released in 1990 as a souvenir celebratin their career.

A few years later the ex members met wi Dirkschneider an decidit tae relaunch the baund wi core members Hoffmann, Kaufmann, Dirkschneider an Baltes.

The comeback album Objection Overruled was released in 1993 an wis a qualifeed success in Europe an the USA. A warld tour follaeed, wi anither album entitled Death Row, which wis released in 1994. Kaufmann became unable tae play ance again due tae his recurrin back injury an Stefan Schwarzmann became the temporary replacement.

Predator wis recordit in 1996, in Nashville wi Udo's lang time (schuil) friend an producer Michael Wagener at the helm an wi Michael Cartellone (frae Damn Yankees) guestin on drums. Accept's tour supportin Predator, teuk in North Americae, Sooth Americae, Europe an Asie, wi their last concert in Tokyo, Japan.

Seicont hiatus an brief resurrection (1997–2005)[eedit | eedit soorce]

Atween 1997 an 2005 aw members continued wirkin on their awn projects. In 2005 Accept receivit an invitation frae various European promoters for a short simmer European Festival tour wi Accept's classic line-up (Hoffmann, Baltes, Dirkschneider, Frank an Schwarzmann). These festivals turned oot tae be a stunnin success, wi the last show on 27 August 2005, in Kavarna, Bulgarie at the Kaliakra rock fest.

Asked in Mey 2007 if Accept wur plannin on writin an recordin new material in the near futur, Dirkschneider repleed:

That would be a problem. You know, it's easy to play the old songs, because they already exist. Especially for me it was easier, because I still do those classics with U.D.O., but for some of the guys it was a bit harder. But everybody did a great job on stage. I understand that people want a new Accept album, but composing songs together would have been a disaster. That way we would destroy more than we would create. We have a good relationship now and it's best to keep it that way.
 
— Udo Dirkschneider, Lords of Metal[5]

On 14 Mey 2009 Udo Dirkschneider offeecially annooncit that he wad no be pairticipatin in the rumoured Accept reunion.[6]

Return wi Mark Tornillo (2009–present)[eedit | eedit soorce]

Mark Tornillo (pictured in the middle) wi guitarist Wolf Hoffmann in Stockholm, 20 Mey 2010. Tornillo replacit Udo Dirkschneider as the baund's vocalist when Accept reformit in 2009.

At the end o Mey 2009 rumours again surfacit on a possible Accept reformation when bassist Peter Baltes revealed he spent a weekend at his hoose in Pennsylvania "shreddin awey" wi guitarist Wolf Hoffmann. "Something amazing is in the works," Baltes explained. "As soon as I can, I'll let everybody know. Let's make the 'Metal Heart' beat again."

A coincidental meetin atween Accept an umwhile TT Quick sangster Mark Tornillo at this informal jam session meant shortly efter Tornillo wis annooncit as the new vocalist.[7]

A new album wis written an recordit wi Andy Sneap (o Megadeth, BLAZE, Exodus, Testament, Arch Enemy an Onslaught fame) as producer. Titled Blood of the Nations, it wis the first oreeginal Accept album in fowerteen years.[8]

The new line-up made their live debut on 8 Mey 2010 at the Gramercy Theatre in New York Ceety, their first American concert in fifteen years.[9]

On 21 Mey 2010 their video for "Teutonic Terror" wis number 5 on the warldwide video chairts in aw genres on MySpace, toppin such airtists as Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber an Christina Aguilera. The video topped the MySpace Global Metal Charts at Number 1 an aw.

Wolf Hoffmann wi Accept in Minsk, Belaroushie, 2011.

On 13 Juin 2010 Accept opened for AC/DC in Stuttgart, Germany, an on 25 Juin 2010 heidlined the Sonisphere festival in Romanie an Turkey. Wi a set o ower 2 oors, classics like "Balls to the Wall", "Metal Heart" an "Princess of the Dawn" wur played alang wi the new album material. Blood of the Nations wis released in Europe on 20 August 2010 an made a chairt debut at Number 4 in the offeecial German Media Control Charts, the baund’s heichest chairt debut in their career.

Blood of the Nations wis released 4 September in Japan, an 18 September 2010 in the Unitit States. Accept spent 80 days on a simmer tour travelin ower 65,000 km an playin for ower 450,000 fans. In October, the baund appeared at the prestigious Japanese Festival LOUDPARK ootside o Tokyo tae 40,000 fans alang wi Ozzy Osbourne, Motörhead an Stone Sour.

Athin a month o the release o Blood of the Nations, Wolf Hoffmann tauld "Metal Asylum" ; "We are already thinking about and writing for the next record. We've all missed doing Accept and we realized we missed doing this. Of course we are not 20 years old anymore and not ready to do just anything to be successful, we're not that desperate. [laughs] We are looking to do what makes sense and that's fun."[10]

Accordin tae bassist Peter Baltes, Accept will wirk wi Andy Sneap again tae produce the new album, which he hopes will be completit bi early 2012.[11] On 13 November 2011, it wis annooncit that the album will be cried Stalingrad an is due for release in Aprile 2012.[12]

Lineup[eedit | eedit soorce]

Current members[eedit | eedit soorce]

Umwhile members[eedit | eedit soorce]

Vocals
  • Udo Dirkschneider (1968-1987, 1992-1997, 2005) (U.D.O., The Alex Parche Project)
  • Rob Armitage (1987-1988) (Baby Tuckoo, Jagged Edgу)
  • David Reece (1988-1989) (Bangalore Choir, Sircle of Silence, Stream, Gypsy Rose)
Guitars
  • Michael Wagener (1968-1970)
  • Jan Koemmet (1981) (Bad Steve)
  • Gerhard Wahl (1976-1978)
  • Jörg Fischer (1978-1982, 1984-1988)
  • Jim Stacey (1989)
Bass
  • Dieter "Rubi" Rubach (1968-1975) (Bad Steve)
Drums

Discography[eedit | eedit soorce]

Main article: Accept discography
Studio Albums

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. "In many ways this album [Restless & Wild]was a milestone in Accept's career. With the thundering double bass drum attack of the song 'FAST AS A SHARK,' they helped to spark a genre which would soon be called "Speed Metal."Spirit of metal
  2. "acceptnation.com". acceptnation.com. Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  3. Interview on Metallian website
  4. Answer in the Ask Udo section of www.udo-online.de
  5. "Udo Dirkschneider says it would be a 'problem' to write new ACCEPT songs with Wolf Hoffmann". Lords of Metal. Blabbermouth.net. May 1, 2007. Archived from the original on 23 May 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-19. 
  6. "No Accept Reunion In The Works". Blabbermouth.net. May 14, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  7. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named reunion
  8. 9:19 PM. "Accept Reveals New Album Title - in Metal News". Metal Underground.com. Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  9. "Restless And Wild Again, Accept Storms New York City". Attention Deficit Delirium. May 11, 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  10. "Accept Guitarist: 'We Are Already Thinking About And Writing For The Next Record'". Blabbermouth.net. September 27, 2010. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  11. "Accept Bassist Hopes To Have New Album Completed By Early Next Year". Blabbermouth.net. May 24, 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-24. 
  12. "Accept: New Album Title Revealed". Blabbermouth.net. May 24, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-13. 

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