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Formed: 1971
From: Solingen, Germany
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete Accept news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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U.D.O. To Release "Best Of" Collection

U.D.O., the German band led by legendary ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, will release a "best of" album on December 7 and the fans are invited to contribute to the song-selection process. To take part, send an e-mail with no more than three songs to best-of@udo-online.de. The deadline is September 15.

U.D.O. and PRIMAL FEAR will team up for a European co-headlining tour this fall.

As previously reported, U.D.O. will embark on a North American tour in January/February 2008. It is not presently clear if this will be a package tour or a solo trek. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.

U.D.O. recently signed with Coallier Entertainment (TWISTED SISTER, SEBASTIAN BACH, BELLADONNA, W.A.S.P.) in New York City for booking and is said to be "excited" to come back to America and Canada to play for the fans again.

Fan-filmed video footage of U.D.O. performing the ACCEPT classics "Restless and Wild" and "Son of a Bitch" at the Sweden Rock Festival on June 8, 2007 in Sölvesborg, Sweden has been posted at YouTube.

U.D.O.'s new album, "Mastercutor", entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 39 — the highest German chart position in the band's history.

"Mastercutor" was released on May 18 via AFM Records. Several extra songs were recorded for the CD, with different territories getting their own bonus cuts. The Japanese edition of the CD comes with the track "Man a King Ruler", the Russian album includes "Platchet Soldat", and both feature the song "Streets of Sin". The European limited-edition version of "Mastercutor" includes the songs "Borderline" and "Screaming Eagles".

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Metal Gets Its Due On Massive Rhino Boxed Set

Heavy metal fans will be banging their heads in delight this fall with the release of Rhinos's "Heavy Metal Box," due Oct. 2. The four-disc, 70-song set boasts classic tracks from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead and Slayer, among dozens of others.

Arranged chronologically from 1968 to 1991, the compilation also boasts hits from bands like Deep Purple, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Iron Butterfly, Pantera, Alice Cooper, Venom, Testament, Rush and Megadeth; the project will be packaged in a box resembling a Marshall guitar amp.

The liner notes will include extensive photos, track commentary and interviews with Ronnie James Dio and Lita Ford.

Here is the track list for "The Heavy Metal Box": More...

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Guitar Hero Encore Song List Revealed

The complete list of songs has been revealed for Activision's special 1980s-themed Guitar Hero title, dubbed Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s. The game will ship for the PlayStation 2 on July 24.

According to Gamespot, Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s is rated T for Teen and will be the last game in the series from original developers Harmonix. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater developer Neversoft is taking over the franchise beginning with Guitar Hero III, while Harmonix is preparing rival rhythm game Rock Band. Both titles are set for release later this year for multiple platforms.

Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s tracks:

"Caught in a Mosh" (as made famous by ANTHRAX)
"Balls to the Wall" (as made famous by ACCEPT)
"Electric Eye" (by JUDAS PRIEST)
"Los Angeles" (as made famous by X)
"Police Truck" (as made famous by DEAD KENNEDYS)
"We Got the Beat" (as made famous by THE GO GO'S)
"(I Think I'm) Turning Japanese" (as made famous by VAPORS)
"Seventeen" (as made famous by WINGER)
"Because, it's Midnite" (by LIMOZEEN)
"Hold On Loosely" (as made famous by .38 SPECIAL)
"No One Like You" (as made famous by SCORPIONS)
"Only a Lad" (as made famous by OINGO BOINGO)
"Ballroom Blitz" (as made famous by KROKUS)
"The Warrior" (by SCANDAL)
"What I Like About You" (as made famous by THE ROMANTICS)
"Wrath Child" (as made famous by IRON MAIDEN)
"I Wanna Rock" (by TWISTED SISTER)
"I Ran" (by FLOCK OF SEAGULLS)
"Round and Round" (as made famous by RATT)
"Metal Health" (as made famous by QUIET RIOT)
"Holy Diver" (as made famous by DIO)
"Heat Of The Moment" (as made famous by ASIA)
"Radar Love" (as made famous by WHITE LION)
"18 and Life" (as made famous by SKID ROW)
"Bathroom Wall" (as made famous by FASTER PUSSYCAT)
"Lonely is the Night" (as made famous by BILLY SQUIER)
"Nothing But a Good Time" (as made famous by POISON)
"Play With Me" (as made famous by EXTREME)
"Shaken" (as made famous by EDDIE MONEY)
"Synchronicity II" (as made famous by THE POLICE)

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Guitar Hero Encore: Rockin 80's Style

Recent pre-order boxes for the upcoming Playstation 2 videogame "Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks The 80s" have revealed more tracks for the game, the latest include:

Anthrax - "Caught In A Mosh"
Iron Maiden - "Wrathchild"
.38 Special - "Hold on Loosely"
White Lion - "Radar Love"
Scorpions - "No One Like You"
The Vapors - "Turning Japanese"
Winger - "Seventeen"

It is not known which, if any, of these tracks will be original recordings or covers. They join the previously announced tracks:

"We Got The Beat" (The Go-Go's)
"Balls To The Wall" (as made famous by Accept)
"Only A Lad"(as made famous by Oingo Boingo)
"The Warrior" (as made famous by Scandal)
"18 And Life" (as made famous by Skid Row)
"Bathroom Wall" (as made famous by Faster Pussycat)
"Lonely Is The Night" (as made famous by Billy Squier)
"Nothin' But A Good Time" (as made famous by Poison)
"Play With Me" (as made famous by Extreme)
"Shaken" (as made famous by Eddie Money)
"Synchronicity II" (as made famous by The Police)
"I Wanna Rock" (Twisted Sister) (original recording)
"I Ran" (Flock Of Seagulls) (original recording)
"Round And Round" (as made famous by Ratt)
"Metal Health" (as made famous by Quiet Riot)
"Holy Diver" (as made famous by Dio)
"Heat Of The Moment" (as made famous by Asia)

The game is expected to see a July 17th release date.

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New Tracks Pouring In For Guitar Hero III

Two more tracks have been announced for "Guitar Hero III" which will see a release this fall on the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Playstation 2 and Wii consoles. The latest two to be revealed include:

Pearl Jam - "Evenflow"
Priestess - "Lay Down"

Both songs will be the original studio recordings. More on that can be found here. Similarly, another track has also been revealed for the upcoming "Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks The 80s", it being "We Got The Beat" by the Go-Go's. The game is tentatively planned for a July 17th release date on the Playstation 2 and will also feature tracks from the likes of Twisted Sister, The Police, Dio, Accept, Ratt and more.

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Asguard Record Follow-up To "Dreamslave"

The dark lords from Belarus, Asguard have written and recorded their follow-up to last years Dreamslave. The new work is actually an extension to the album with the working title; Dreamslave... Awakening. The new album will also come with a 10 Year Anniversary DVD featuring live footage from the bands extensive Eastern European tour of 2006. There are twelve original tracks, plus two bonus cover songs, "Golden Age" from Kreator and "Run Through the Night" by Accept and will be released early this year.

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Web Launch Of Accept Bassist's Music School

A new website has been launched for Rockfactory, the new music school formed by Accept bassist Peter Baltes. The following message has been posted:

"Rockfactory offers local guitar, bass, keyboard, drum, and vocal lessons in Newtown, PA. We also offer a KiddyRock early childhood music program. Come see our new studio location at 3 Cambridge Lane in Newtown! We'll be open for business the end of July, 2006. Convenient online lessons are also available, live and in person on the Internet."

To find out more go to rocfac.com.

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Accept To Play Final Show In Bulgaria

According to the FOCUS News Agency, legendary German heavy metal band ACCEPT will put an end to their performing career with a final live performance to be held in the Bulgarian coastal town of Kavarna.

“I am happy with the fact that world-known musicians having extremely successful career like ACCEPT will play for the last time in Kavarna," the town's mayor, Tsonko Tsonev, told the FOCUS News Agency.

"Our town is a sunny and beautiful place which gathers world's greatest music bands," the mayor added. The live concert of ACCEPT on August 27 in Kavarna will mark the end of the Week of the Sea "Kavarna 2005".

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Accept Video Interview Posted Online

A 26-minute video interview (in German) with Accept founding members Peter Baltes (bass) and Wolf Hoffmann (guitar), conducted in the band's rehearsal room, has been made available for download as part of the latest "Bleeding for Metal" TV special. The interview contains background information about the group's current status and includes a journey through the history of the most important German heavy metal band which recently reunited for European festivals and a Japanese tour after being inactive for over nine years. Download the "Bleeding for Metal" special at this location (DivX, 150MB) (German, English subtitles in the works).

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Accept Posts Tour Report

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.

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Accept Setlist Revealed

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:

01. Starlight
02. Living For Tonight
03. London Leatherboys
04. Metal Heart
05. Love Child
06. Breaker
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
13. Monsterman
14. Flash Rockin' Man
15. Fast As A Shark

Encore 1:
16. Princess Of The Dawn
17. Winter Dreams

Encore 2:
18. Balls To Tha Wall

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More Tuska Open Air Details Revealed

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...

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Accept Guitarist Answers Rumors

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.

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Evergrey, Mastodon On Gods Of Metal 2005 Fest

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:

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Drummer Stefan Schwarzmann Rejoins Accept

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

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Candlemass Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

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.

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Death Angel Cancels Waldrock Festival Appearance

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.

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Hammerfall, Equilibrium Added To Wacken Open Air

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...

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Tristania Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2005

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.

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Pretty Maids To Support Hammerfall

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.

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