Accept, "eine unversichtbare Deutsche Band aus Heavy Metal !" or an unmissable heavy metal band from the other side of the Rhine! in English. With a career of more than 50 years and sold-out concerts gathering several generations of fans, Accept has passed into legend!
The band was formed in 1968 by Udo Dirkschneider (vocals) and Michael Wagener (guitar). Three years later, they changed their name to 'Accept'. They were soon joined by Franck Friedrich on drums. However, it was only in the late 70’s that the final lineup was formed, when Wolf Hoffmann (guitar) and Peter Baltes (bass) joined the band. Jörg Fischer became the band's second guitarist, and Wagener became in charge of the production. In 1979, the band released their first album, and from 1982 onwards, the band enjoyed a successful period with albums such as 'Restless & Wild', 'Metal Heart' and especially 'Balls To The Wall'. The latter remains the band's biggest hit to date and has become a heavy metal classic. During the 80s, they were very controversial, the band faced rumors of alleged Nazi sympathies, which fortunately proved to be unfounded.
If Accept's music had to be defined in terms of style, it would be distinguished by its incisive and powerful heavy metal style and by numerous references to classical music. The band has also been involved in hard FM, speed metal, hard rock and alternative metal. Accept also made a name for themselves through the lyrics of their songs, as a large part of their repertoire is marked by committed lyrics about social issues and human rights.
Today, Accept are considered German metal living legends, after Scorpions, despite numerous line-up changes, break-ups and reunions. The last reformation of the band was in 2009. At the end of 2014, Herman Frank (guitar) and Stefan Schwarzmann (drums) left the band to focus on their new project, 'Panzer'. Wolf Hoffmann, the band's guitarist and main songwriter, announced the recruitment of two new musicians (Uwe Lewis & Christopher Williams) to fill the void created by the absence of his two former bandmates.
Accept achieved international stage renown over the years and regularly perform on stage all over the world, particularly in Europe where they are present at numerous summer festivals (Hellfest, Wacken, Graspop, Festival del Diablo...). Do not miss the next performances of this band that has become a standard in the world of heavy metal music!