The German heavy metal legends Accept are experiencing more success than ever, having hit their stride creatively. In the 10th year since the band’s reunion, the quintet can look back on four top 10 albums in their home land, including an unbelievable #1 with ‘Blind Rage’ (2014) and a brilliant #3 with their latest album ‘The Rise Of Chaos’ (2017).
Six months after the success that was ‘The Rise Of Chaos’ world tour, Accept will start their festival season on the 22th of June at Rockfels Open Air, and will play headline shows at legendary Bang Your Head!!! in Balingen as well as at Rock am Stück festival and at Rock am Härtsfeldsee. They will finish the tour leg on July 28th as special guests to the legendary Judas Priest in Vienna.
Over the past few months, the German band has been anything but passive, instead they’ve been finalising their latest project, their upcoming live release ‘Symphonic Terror – Live at Wacken 2017’, which will be released on November 23rd via Nuclear Blast!
Fans can expect a unique two hour Accept show, shot on August 3rd 2017 at the legendary Wacken Open Air, where the band played the biggest and most extraordinary show of their career in front of 80,000 fans present at the festival, on top of thousands more fans watching via the live stream! The show was divided into three parts, showing the full creative power of Accept. Part one hosted the premiere of new tracks ‘Die By The Sword’ and ‘Koolaid’, as well as some of their most popular songs such as ‘Restless And Wild’ and ‘Pandemic’. Part two hosted guitarist Wolf Hoffmann accompanied by a symphony orchestra, presenting a best-of from his recent solo album ‘Headbangers Symphony’, which includes metal interpretations of some of the world‘s biggest classical compositions (e.g. Beethoven, Mozart, Vivaldi…). And last but not least, in part three fans were able to bang their heads to Accept anthems – also accompanied by the orchestra – such as ‘Princess Of The Dawn’, ‘Breaker’, ‘Fast As A Shark’ and ‘Metal Heart’, as well as to newer songs like ‘Stalingrad’, ‘Shadow Soldiers’ or ‘Teutonic Terror’. The finale could be nothing less than an 8 minute version of their eminent hit ‘Balls To The Walls’!
“This was a mash-up of intensity and precision,” Wolf Hoffmann says about the fusion of heavy metal and classical music. “The fans are extremely open-minded, but I was nervous ’till the last minute before the show anyway. After all it’s still a metal festival! But I think that, after many years of Accept combining both worlds, fans have started to really accept this concept.”
What started as a world premiere at Wacken and caused quite a stir worldwide (thanks to the live stream) will be continued in early 2019. This means that Accept are planning to tour across Europe with an orchestra in spring 2019! “I really hope we will be able to fulfill our dream – we are working hard on it!” tells Wolf Hoffmann with eager anticipation. “What I can already say now is that there will be lots of optical and musical surprises, that fans of Accept have never experienced before. We want to multiply what we have achieved in Wacken and are happy about every bit of support we get. One thing is for sure: 2019 will be exciting!”
Accept have some EU/global live dates planned:
22.06. DE St. Goarshausen – RockFels
23.06. BE Dessel – Graspop Metal Meeting
24.06. FR Clisson – Hellfest
30.06. DE Dischingen – Rock am Härtsfeldsee
05.07. ES Barcelona – Rock Fest
06.07. NL Kvinesdal – Norway Rock Festival
12.07. DE Balingen – Bang Your Head!!!
19.07. GR Malakása – Rockwave Festival
21.07. DE Fritzlar – Rock am Stück
24.07. SLO Tolmin – Metaldays
26.07. HU Székesfehérvár – Fezen Festival
28.07. AT Vienna – Stadthalle (w/ Judas Priest, Battle Beast)
28.09. USA Agoura Hills, CA – The Canyon
29.09. USA Pasadena, CA – The Rose
30.09. USA Santa Clarita, CA – The Canyon
06.10. MEX Monterrey – Tecate México Metal Fest
10.10. BR Belém – Botequim
12.10. BR Fortaleza – Complexo Armazém (w/ Korzus, Matanza)
14.10. BR São Paulo – Carioca Club
16.10. BR Belo Horizonte – MG
02.11. DE Weissenhäuser Strand / Ostsee – Metal Hammer Paradise