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ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffmann and the group's manager, Gaby Hoffmann (Wolf's wife), have posted several updates from their current European tour on Joe Schlared's Accept Home Page with U.D.O.:
Gaby's latest entry (dated May 1, 2005) reads as follows:
It has been very, very hectic and we had so many interviews and dinners and traveling to do, that there has not been much time — Internet and phone did not work very well in Russia either. But the shows worked so great and the Russian fans have been amazing and we were treated like kings. What a beginning!
Russia has changed so much, that it is hard to believe. Moscow is now like other world cities and has so many cars, that the traffic jams are permanent and it is very difficult to go from one place to another. They have now shopping malls and boutiques like in Berlin or Paris. Of course there are many things different than in the Western world, but they are like a giant who is slowly awakening and it is unimaginable to predict, how this is going to be in 10 or 20 years from now. We were fascinated all the way through and enjoyed the little glimpses of culture we could get. Especially in St. Petersburg, we got a lot of it......
Here is a very sweet and special story: At our first official dinner in St. Petersburg Udo Dirkschneider gave me the beautiful bouquet of red roses — can you imagine? I could not believe, that he would do such a thing, but the band insisted, that Udo stopped the limousine specially to buy the roses for ME! So, people started to talk about that and somehow it ended there, that it was believed that Wolf and I had an anniversary to celebrate - which was true! However, from that minute on, wherever Wolf and I went, we got bouquets, the most beautiful flowers I have ever seen and they filmed and took pictures of Wolf and me and wished us happiness on Russian national TV..... it was so unreal and we could not believe it! In Minsk, when we arrived, camera teams where there and again: flowers for me! We had so much fun - awesome! Who would have ever thought, that we would get such a treatment! Russian hospitality was unbelievable and I guess the girls in Russia are most beautiful, really!
Tomorrow we are on our way back to my beloved America! Can't wait to be home again!!
Check out a bunch of photos from Accept's recent European shows at Schlared.com.
German metal legends Accept played their very first reunion show in St. Petersburg, Russia on Monday, April 25.
The group's set list looked – according to unconfirmed internet reports - as follows:
02. Living For Tonight
03. London Leatherboys
04. Metal Heart
05. Love Child
07. Bass Solo / Head Over Heels
08. Neon Nights
09. Guitar Solo: Bolero / Sabre Dance / Hall Of The Mountain King / Pomp And Circumstance
10. Medley: Restless And Wild / Son Of A Bitch
11. Turn Me On
12. TV War
14. Flash Rockin' Man
15. Fast As A Shark
16. Princess Of The Dawn
17. Winter Dreams
18. Balls To Tha Wall
Tuska Open Air Metal Festival has added more international and Finnish acts to the 2005 roster. The line-up is almost complete with only 1 more artist to be added for Saturday afternoon as well as the winner from the band contest at Rotonde-Festival, France, which is to be held later this spring. This year's Tuska-Festival is more international than ever, with nearly half of the artists coming from abroad. The evening clubs will most likely see some international action as well.
New additions in Finnish professionalism will be represented by Apocalyptica, whose cello metal is witnessed way too rarely on their native soil. Apocalytica just recently supported Rammstein on their European tour and appeared stateside on a few selected dates.
German precision and universal greatness is brought to you by the mighty Gamma Ray. The band last appeared on the bill at Tuska 2000 and have since built their fanbase by selling out club shows on a regular basis.
Other additions include up-and-coming death metallers Amoral, Finnish-singing Stam1na and Viikate, as well as Callisto who are about to embark on a European tour in a few weeks.
The search continues for one more, either domestic or foreign artist.
Ticket sales for Tuska 2005 start on Friday April 1st. Three-day ticketcosts 67 euro, one-day ticket 32 euro. Go to www.lippupalvelu.fi to purchase tickets.
Current Tuska 2005 line-up reads as follows: More...
Wolf Hoffmann, guitarist for the reunited metal veterans Accept, recently published the following statement:
Accept feel honoured to be able to relive 'the good old days' for their fans this summer at several festivals. But please understand that we will stick to the plan to reunite only this one time. We will go our separate ways after the last show #8211; as friends.
As for all the rumours floating around: We will not be touring after the summer – not even with Judas Priest, who we always admired very much.
Accept will play the following shows:
May 15 D Gelsenkrichen - Rock Hard Festival
Jun. 04 NL Burgum - Waldrock
Jun. 09 S Sölvesborg - Sweden Rock
Jun. 12 I Milano - Gods Of Metal
Jun. 25 BE Dessel - Graspop
Jul. 08 GR Athen - Rockwave
Jul. 17 SF Helsinki - Tuska Festival
Jul. 29 JP Tokyo - Shibuya AX
Jul. 30 JP Tokyo - Shibuya AX
Jul. 31 JP Osaka - Namba Hatch
Aug. 02 JP Nagoya - Diamont Hall
Aug. 06 D Wacken - Wacken Open Air
Aug. 11 HUN Szidget - Szidget festival
A brand new photo of Accept's 2005 touring lineup (minus drummer Stefan Schwarzmann) has been posted online at here (left to right: Peter Baltes, Udo Dirkschneider, Wolf Hoffmann, Herman Frank). Rehearsals are scheduled for search and April in Hannover, Germany.
Gods Of Metal 2005 is scheduled for June 11th - 12th at Arena Parco Nord in Bologna, Italy.
According to all-about-chaos.net, the latest acts confirmed for the festival are EVERGREY and MASTODON. Acts confirmed for the festival now include:
Drummer Stefan Schwarzmann (Helloween, U.D.O., Running Wild) has recently become available and will be rejoining legendary German metallers Accept for the 2005 summer festivals. Stefan has performed with the band since the "good old days" when he replaced original drummer Stefan Kaufmann. This officially finalizes the group's summer touring lineup which includes original members Udo Dirkschneider (vocals), Wolf Hoffmann (guitar), Herman Frank (guitar) and Peter Baltes (bass). Rehearsals are scheduled for March and April in Hannover, Germany.
Upcoming Accept shows:
May 15 Gelsenkirchen, GER @ Rock Hard Festival
Jun. 04 Bergum, NETH @ Waldrock
Jun. 09 Sölvesborg, SWE @ Sweden Rock Festival
Jun. 12 Bologna, ITA @ Gods Of Metal
Jun. 24 Belgium @ Graspop
Jul. 17 Helsinki, FIN @ Tuska Festival
Jul. 29 Tokyo, JPN @ Shibuya AX
Jul. 30 Tokyo, JPN @ Shibuya AX
Jul. 31 Osaka, JPN @ Namba Hatch
Aug. 02 Nagoya, JPN @ Diamont Hall
Aug. 4–6 Wacken, GER @ Wacken Open Air
Aug. 13 Spain @ Cumpo de futbol
Aug. Switzerland @ TBA
Reunited Swedish doom legends Candlessmass have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 4-6 in Wacken.
The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: More...
Reunited San Francisco Bay Area metallers Death Angel have cancelled their previously announced appearance at the 2005 installment of the Waldrock Festival, set to take place on June 4 in Burgum, Netherlands. No reason was given for the cancellation. Currently scheduled to perform at the festival are Dimmu Borgir, Black Label Society, Accept and the latest confirmations, Dio and Soilwork. Tickets go on sale March 1.
For more information, visit www.waldrock.nl.
Hammerfall and Equilibrium are the latest bands to be added to the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, scheduled to take place August 4-6 in Wacken.
Here is the complete roster of confirmed bands thus far: More...
The 2005 edition of the Wacken Open Air Festival is scheduled to take place August 4th - 6th in Wacken, Germany. The latest acts confirmed for the festival are TRISTANIA, NAGLFAR and SONATA ARCTICA.
A complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: More...
When Hammerfall will playing their hometown Göteborg on April 30th, there will be support be a special guest: Pretty Maids. This is a one-off arrangement, other "Icebreaker Festival" dates will feature Lordi plus two other acts.
Confirmed dates are as follows:
Apr. 21 Z7 – Pratteln, SWI
Apr. 22 Filharmonie – Filderstadt, GER
Apr. 23 Stadthalle – Lichtenfels, GER
Apr. 24 Turbinenhalle - Oberhausen, GER
Apr. 30 Scandinavium – Göteborg, SWE
Dronjak is currently travelling through Europe on a promotion tour together with singer Joacim Cans. As Oscar posted on the official website:
I write this in the plane from Milan. We woke up in Madrid this morning, and now we're heading to Athens. Things are going extremely well - everyone seem to share our sentiments regarding "Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken" — and it feels great to travel around Europe, talking to enthusiastic journalists about something you have worked so damn hard for for such damn long time!
In other news, Hammerfall are slated for an appearance at the Gods Of Metal Festival in Italy, taking place on June 11-12th. Other confirmed acts are Motley Crue, Accept, Iron Maiden and Slayer – as Oscar commented: "What was that you said? 1986 all over again?"
The new album "Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken" will be in stores March 7th. The clip for the first single "Blood Bound" has been posted on the website of the major Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet. You can see pictures from the video here.
Sweden's In Flames will be playing at the Graspop Metal Meeting which takes place in Dessel, Belgium on June 24-26. Among the other performers at the 10th-anniversary edition of the festival are: Accept, Grave Digger, Iron Maiden, Lacuna Coil, Dio and Nevermore. You can check out the festival website here.
The eighth annual Tuska Open Air Metal Festival which takes place at Kaisaniemi in Helsinki, Finland from July 15-17th. Reunited German metal legends ACCEPT will headline on the 17th.
Other confirmed acts include: TESTAMENT, CHILDREN OF BODOM, EVERGREY, NAGLFAR, SCARVE, FINNTROLL, ROTTEN SOUND, THUNDERSTONE, AJATTARA, TERASBETONI, TURMION KATILOT, DEATH CHAIN, PAIN CONFESSOR.
Sweden Rock Festival will take place on June 9 to 11, 2005 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The progressive metal band Dream Theater have just been confirmed for the festival. Other confirmed band are as follows:
Swedish bands: Morgana Lefay, Satanic Slauter, Symphorce, Crystal Eyes, Yngwie Malmsteen, Candlemass, Hammerfall, Therion, Hellfueled, Statetrooper, A.C.T, Thryfing
Foreign bands: Mötley Crüe (US), Accept (D), DIO (UK), Saxon (UK), Kansas (US), Styx (US), Blackfoot (US), Magnum (UK), Sebastian Bach (US), Helix (CAN), Vixen (US), Sonata Arctica (FIN), Robin Trower (US), Nazareth (UK), Shakra (CH), Force Of Evil (DK)
SLAYER and OBITUARY are the latest confirmation for the Gods of Metal Festival 2005, set to take place June 11-12, 2005 at Arena Parco Nord in Bologna, Italy.
They join IRON MAIDEN (who headline on the 11th), the reunited MOTLEY CRUE (who headline on the 12th) and ACCEPT, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and YNGWIE MALMSTEEN. More bands will be announced soon.
The re-united Accept have confirmed their new line-up. Joining vocalist Udo Dirkschenider, guitarist Wolf Hoffmann and bassist Peter Baltes (who previously announced thei involvement) are guitarist Hermann Frank (another former member of the classic German band) and drummer Francesco Jovino. The band will play a series of Summer shows in Europe and Japan.
Accept, Black Label Society and Yngwie Malmsteen are the latest confirmations for the Gods of Metal festival, a two-day event scheduled to take place June 11-12, 2005 at Arena Parco Nord in Bologna, Italy. Also set to perform at the festival are Iron Maiden (June 11) and Motley Crue (June 12). More confirmations will be announced soon.
No matter what styles of music have been trendy, Accept always remained on top, were regarded as most important German Metal export of all time besides the Scorpions and wrote music history like no other Metal act. Classics like "Balls To The Walls" or "Metal Heart" mustn't miss in any good collection.
The dream of many Metal fans comes true now as Accept have reunited for a few festivals shows in 2005 – the band announces a best of set par excellence: "With U.D.O., I always play different Accept songs and thus I know pretty exact what the fans want to hear. Wolf, whom I met for the first time since eight years now, has the same set list in mind. But we don't want to give away everything in advance", frontman Udo Dirkschneider explains. "We're really looking forward to playing these shows and we won't disappoint any Accept fan for sure!"
Accept will kick off at the Rock Hard Festival which takes places at the Amphitheatre Gelsenkirchen (Germany) on May 13th – 15th 2005. "Besides the Rock Hard Festival we will only play Wacken in Germany, a tour is definitely not planned", Udo states. "We will play at the Sweden Rock Festival as Scandinavia was one of the biggest markets for Accept ever, and perhaps at two or three more open airs in Europe. Afterwards I'll focus on U.D.O. again completely."
In cooperation with Accept manager Gaby Hoffmann, Nuclear Blast adopts the publicity for the forthcoming festival season. Another result out of the cooperation contact is an exclusive merchandise deal for the upcoming festivals which also includes classic Accept motives.
Accept, Blackfoot, Dio, Kansas, Magnum and Styx are among the first batch of names confirmed for next year's Sweden Rock, which happens in Solvesborg from June 9-11. Also announced are Saxon, Helix, Hammerfall, Robin Trower, Vixen and Nazareth.
Playing on the Blackstage at the 2005 Wacken Open Air Festival is Obituary, Eisregen, Potentia Animi.
Other bands confirmed for W:O:A 2005:
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W:O:A is to take place on August 4-6 in Wacken, Germany.