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Bill Hudson – U.D.O / I Am Morbid / Trans-Siberian Orchestra ” I wrote two songs with David. Actually, me and David together have written many, many songs before this. This is like back where he left Morbid Angel. We wrote a lot of music that he wanted to be a new band, and it’s not Country. It’s not industrial. Its very death metal.”

August 25th, 2017

BILL HUDSON

Bill Hudson may not ring the bells for most of readers out there. However he has carved his talents and skills in several bands and gained the ultimate respect amongst the metal/rock musicians. The Brazilian guitarist wizard joined the U.D.O/Dirskscheinder and has been an guitarist for I Am Morbid led by the former Morbid Angel vocalist. Besides those bands he also belongs to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Therefore Metal-Rules.Com had to sit down with Bill Hudson to talk about his roles in different bands and how he feels about playing different types of metal. 

INTERVIEW AND PHOTOS BY ARTO LEHTINEN AND MARKO SYRJALA


 

 

JOINING U.D.O.  / DIRSKSCHNEIDER

Let’s start with the obvious question, how did you end up playing with Dirkschneider or should we says U.D.O because it’s basically the same band?

As far as I know so far, it’s the same band. We’re just going by name Dirkschneider, while we do this whole Accept thing. They started obviously with Kasperi before, but that’s what I understand so far. It is the same band. The same lineup and everyone.

Did they contact you or did you do a motion about it?

It was a mixture of both. When Kasperi left, I heard from a lot of people that I know that I should contact them. I’m really good friends with Bas Maas from Doro and I know that they’re close with Doro. So I asked Bas if he knew anybody, because everybody was telling me to talk to them. The funny thing is Bas gave me Sven’s cellphone number and I just texted Sven, “Hey, Are you guys looking for a guitarist?” And we didn’t talk very much. That didn’t go very far. Then there is a person that I worked with sometimes. Her name is Kendra. She worked with U.D.O. previously. She’s also really good friend with Kasperi and she made the actual contact. She put me in touch with their management. We discussed a little bit and I don’t know. After three days talking, I was in Germany. They had concerns for the fact that I live in America and I did too. It’s working out so far. It was a mix of things. A lot of people were telling them about me. A lot of people were tell me about them.

How is your Accept history, I mean, how familiar you are with the bands past and music?

I grew up with the bands that copied Accept. Of course I knew the classics. I’ve always known the classics and I have METAL HEART, BALLS TO THE WALL and RESTLESS AND WILD. I own those albums. But I was more of like Helloween fan or the Gamma Ray, maybe because of my age. I was born in ’83. So I heard the bands that wanted be like them. It’s funny, because learning these songs. I got a lot of, oh. This is where Helloween got that from. Oh! This is where that band got this from. So with this set-list. With these songs that we were playing on this tour. I was familiar with most of them, but not all of them. They were songs that were new to me.

Did you ever see the band live with Udo on vocals?

No, no. But I saw U.D.O. in Brazil, back in like 2003. Because I’m born and raised in Brazil and I didn’t move to America until 2005. They were together already. Accept never went to Brazil with Udo. They only went with Mark Tornillo recently.U.D.O. did back in 2003. I don’t know if it’s 2003 or four, but I saw them there

Have you seen Accept with Mark Tornillo?

Yes. I saw Accept. Where did I see Accept? I saw them in Europe somewhere though. It was in… Was it Wacken? Maybe it was in Wacken even. I don’t remember?

As for the set list – it’s only Accept songs as we know, but did you have anything to say about it, I mena, were you able to pick up any/certain songs to be included on the set? 

Yeah, yeah. Basically my job was to step in where Kasperi left. So, we are doing the same songs and I’m even playing the same parts what Kasperi did before. Like for this tour, I don’t get very many solos, because he didn’t either. So everything he played, I’m playing now. Basically stepping in and finishing this part of the tour, as if Kasperi never left.

How familiar are you with the U.D.O. songs then?

I have STEELHAMMER. But no, I can’t say – now I am. Now being in the band, previously I wasn’t that familiar with those sonngs. Honestly, I used to see him because of Accept.

After these Dirkschneider tours are over and done, are there any plans to continue the band as U.D.O and put out some new material as well?

We’ve already written an album. Basically my audition to the band wasn’t really an audition. But my audition was to come to Germany and write an album there basically. We stayed in the studio a week and writing songs together as a band, which by the way I had never done that before. Like sitting with the band, okay. “Here is this riff, you try that. Let’s try.” I’ve never done that kind of thing before. It was awesome. Yeah. There is an album, where the album is almost done. Just Udo has to finish the vocals. I don’t know about the release date or anything like that. But yeah. I’ve already done some music.

And then you will have your own lead parts “Laughs”

Yeah. There we’re 50-50. Hopefully the next tour too. I don’t know how this ended up like this.

Dirkscheider will play three gigs in Finland later this year. U.D.O. usually sells approx 300 tickets per show in Finland whereas Dirkschneider shows sells much better. There’s a big difference and I think that Udo has noticed that as well. 

That’s cool. That’s what I keep hearing too. But I came in here. So as far as I know he’s all big like that.

However, you cannot continue doing that “nostalgia” tour forever. People come to see that once or maybe twice and then they want to hear something else.

Of course, but on the next tour, we’re going have a different – It  is still Accept, but completely different set-list from this. Because he’s been doing the same one for a while from what I understand. Then we have a whole different set for the next tour. We’ll see how that goes.

When the next tour will start?

September, October maybe.  It starts in Europe.

As you’re playing with several bands, how do you coordinate your schedule?

No, I don’t. It’s terrible. That thing with David Vincent and Dirkschneider was a problem, because I got both offers at the same time. And David Vincent and me had been friends since, I don’t know, for like 10 years. We’re really close and that whole I Am Morbid thing really started with a Brazilian tour that was offered to David and I’m from Brazil. So I was going to go with him and from that we ended up starting a band. But he started with that tour idea. We never said;  “Hey. Let’s do a band”. It was just an offer and then we were like, “Why don’t we do that?” I talked to Udo and David Vincent about the tour probably the same week or maybe in a span of two weeks. Then I was like, I don’t know what to do. Actually because of that, it took me a week or so to say yes to Dirkschneider. Which a lot of my friends were like; “You’re crazy. You got to go. You got to say yes”. I’m like, yeah. But I don’t want to be the guy double booking. I don’t want to be unprofessional and I already committed to these other tour. It was cool, because David Vincent was cool enough to let me out of that tour, to do this show. So I’ve done… basically I would finish I Am Morbid show – Then fly to Germany, rehearse with these guys, do Rock Hard and come back to the tour. It was pretty grueling. It was pretty grueling like six weeks. I don’t plan on doing it again either. If I’m booked, I’m booked. I’m never going to do this again.

Dirkschneider on stage

 

WORKING WITH “I AM MORBID”

As you’re the official member of Dirkschneider and U.D.O but you’re also the member of I Am Morbid. Is I Am Morbid actual band or more like a project?

I Am Morbid, it doesn’t have anything booked that I know of right now. But I think I Am Morbid, I can say that I’m an official member. But if the band wants to book the show and I’m not available. I’m not going to stop them from playing and I told David that too. Because coming up here, I have a pretty busy schedule with Dirkschneider. I told David if you want to do shows; “Do them.” Like there is a few guitar players that I recommended for him that was a fill in. But there is no dates right now. So I really don’t know what’s going on with that.

I Am Morbid is kind of relief for many fans, because they are afraid of – “What the hell David is doing now?”-  when he is doing that country and other non metal stuff.

It’s funny. Because personally I really like his country stuff. Because it’s not country, commercial country. It’s soft rock country. It’s like Johnny Cash. It’s cool. It’s not like Carrie Underwood or anything, it’s Johnny Cash. So I really like that to begin with. But a lot of fans in Russia were telling me that, my friend didn’t want to come because he thought he was going to play country. So I was like, “When did he say he was going to play country?” I love that people ended up thinking that. I know that a lot of Morbid Angel fans are also happy with the fact that we’re playing those songs, because Morbid Angel is not doing those songs anymore. They stopped playing the David Vincent material and David was like;” That’s perfect. Because these are my songs.”  It ended up working out. A lot of fans came up to us and said ; “I’m also going to see Morbid Angel, because they’re playing the other songs, Steve Tucker songs”. So I think it was good for everyone.

I remember having read somewhere there would be a chance that I Am Morbid would start working on the new music?

That’s true. I wrote two songs with David. Actually, me and David together have written many, many songs before this. This is like back where he left Morbid Angel. We wrote a lot of music that he wanted to be a new band, and it’s not Country. It’s not industrial. Its very death metal. So we’re thinking about using those songs as an album. But I mean, there is nothing official. It’s just like, he said that in an interview and people pick up on it. But we haven’t done any official work, other than these songs. But Ira and Tim, they haven’t done any work in that yet. If we’re going to do an album, we definitely want to do with everyone.

One more thing about Am I Morbid. You said that you’re a fan of the classic metal bands like Helloween. How do you adjust yourself to this kind of extreme metal thing like Morbid Angel?

I didn’t grow up with Death Metal. That’s for sure. That’s not something I grew up. That’s not something that I was familiar with. But I figured out a way, to me it is all music like my formation, my school formation is classical music. Everything is music. It’s just notes. It’s just like how many hits on the drum you have per bar? So like Helloween has been picking at a certain speed. Morbid Angel does the same thing, but faster. At the end of the day there is this musical differences and aesthetic differences. But it’s just notes and rhythms, like everything else. Now, with Morbid Angel also, I had 10 days rehearsal with the band and David Vincent was showing us every part. That guy knows every single part of his music, on bass, guitar, drums, everything. He knows every part of every instrument. So he would come out;”Okay. That part is kind of right, but not really. Try like this.” It was a lot of work, but he was unimposible. Now, I feel that any death metal song that I hear. I’m always like okay, that’s simple compared to Morbid Angel. It was different. Now, this was a lot easier. U.D.O. like… like all the U.D.O. materials that is what I had been playing. So this was much more natural for me.

Am I Morbid: Billy, David Vincent, Ira Black and Tim Yeung

 

WESTFIELD MASSACRE AND WORKING WITH IRA BLACK

Another interesting band in your career is Westfield Massacre. 

That is a band which I started with the singer. We started that band and wrote all the music on the first album. Then me and this drummer Tim Yeung left and the singer was by himself.That whole thing happened like this, the band Westfield Massacre was myself, Tim Yeung and Tommy Vext, the singer. Just the three of us and we did the album. We played a couple of shows. We found like a line-up. We played a couple of shows, but it didn’t work out for us. So me and Tim left and Tommy ended up hiring new people and Ira… and actually when Tommy asked me who I thought who should be. I’m like, in Los Angeles, Ira is the only guy that could do it. So he got Ira and another drummer, another bass player and everything. Then we left. But now Tommy left also. So Ira has the band name and an album that he didn’t play on. But they’re a new band now. It’s a complicated story. Being a musician happens like that.

How is your relationsip with Ira nowadays?

It’s cool. Ira is a great man. I love that guy. He’s one of my good friends and Ira and I live in Los Angeles. Any time there is a job for me to do that I can’t do, I get Ira in it. It’s funny. Because right now he’s in a band. Right now he owns a band I guess, called Westfield Massacre

Tommy is now helping out Five Finger Death Punch, replacing Ian Moody, every then and now.

Yeah, yeah. He’s not in the band anymore. Tommy is out. So it’s just Ira right now.

You used Ira as a replacement member, but he also sometimes needs replacement members to fill his spot in Lizzy Borden. Did Lizzy ever ask you to fill in for Ira?

I talked to Lizzy Borden a few years ago. It never worked out. Ira just staid in. But I did talk to them a few days ago.

I think he’s kind of back in the band now.

For what I understand Lizzy Borden is doing…

A new album now.

Yeah. But I don’t know if Ira is involved in that. I don’t think he’s in there. But I don’t know. I don’t want to speak for him.

Westfield Massacre in 2014

 

SAVATAGE AND TRANSSIBERIAN ORCHESTRA

What about Trans-Siberian, what is your state with that band at the moment?

Right. That thing, I know nothing about man. They don’t tell me anything. They call me when they need me. That’s the truth. It’s not just me, like everyone. Now with Paul’s death, I don’t even know what they’re thinking. I know they’re going to do a tour again. But last year I didn’t go. I did the 2015 tour. But last year they brought Joel Hoekstra back. So this year, I stayed kind of as what they call a backup musician. So I rehearsed with the band. I knew the songs and I was ready to go if they needed me. But they didn’t, last year. For this year, it’s kind of looking the same. But I don’t know. Honestly, I don’t know. If they call me I’ll go. I love working with those guys. If they call me, I’ll go. But I don’t know,  I really don’t know what their plans are.

Two years ago you were a part of Trans Siberian Orchestra when they did the amaning Wacken spectacle. Tell something about that unique show?

I was a cray amount of rehearsing. I remember when we moved to the Tampa Fairgrounds to do like stage rehearsal and there was sheet between us. So, we couldn’t see the other band. By the time we hit the state, we were good. I think we all kicked ass everyone. From every singer, every instrument. It was perfect. The funny thing is I don’t remember a lot of the show. I remember the preparation. I remember rehearsals. I remember being there, hanging out or whatever. But I don’t remember playing the show. There is one thing I remember, which is like when the pyro came off the first time. One of the things did alight and I got drenched in the fluid. I was like, fuck. I hope I don’t… this doesn’t set me on fire now man. That’s literary the only thing I remember. But it was great. I got a lot of opportunities in my career after that. I got calls from a bunch of bands after that. It was good. It was really good. It was crazy. That’s a show that I wish I saw from the audience. Because it must have been really cool. For us, it was just a regular show. For the people in the stage, it was like its just one stage. We did “Turns To Me” by Savatage with Russell Allen from Symphony X. But I couldn’t see him. I’m just hearing him in my ears. We had Jeff Scott Soto. We had Russell Allen. We had Zak Stevens. We had Nathan James. I think that’s it for the guy singers. It was pretty crazy. It’s crazy when your choir has Jeff Scott Soto and Russell Allen and Nathan James. Yeah. Those were like the backing singers “Laughs”

You also had that army of great looking ladies at the stage as well “Laughs”

I don’t get into that man. But it gets pretty hard to rehearse sometimes. It’s like, fuck. They’re totally co-workers. Like you can’t even look at it.

Bill and Jon Oliva on stage in Wacken

Apparently it seems that Trans-Siberian Orchesta are going to tour in the fall. That tour would be some kind of tribute to the late Paul O’Neill.        

Yeah. Maybe they are. But the last I heard is that they’re doing a tour and the tour is sort of a tribute to him. What I heard. But I haven’t been called about the tour. So I don’t know. Last year was the 20th anniversary of the first album. So that was a special year too. So we’ll see. They normally start calling around September and then they’ll…

Maybe announcing the annual Christmas tour dates.

Yeah, exactly.

Joel Hoekstra is probably going to really busy with Whitesnake because they’re doing a new Whitesnake album, so, maybe the phone will ring again?

Yeah. That’s what I would hope. It’s fucked up, because me and Joel have been friends since before TSO. When I got the job, he actually helped me. They asked him for his opinion and he said that I would be the guy. So I’m thankful to him. But last year rehearsals, it was awkward. He was like, dude. I’m your friend and I’m sorry that this happened. Like we’re fighting for the same job. But it happens. It happens in the industry and TSO is also like a character. They didn’t say, fuck you. We don’t need you anymore. Not at all. I was part of our communication and everything. So like I was still in the band, but I was not. I was basically getting paid to sit at home.

Only the time will tell how things evolve but wouldn’t it be cool to have the Trans-Siberian playing someday in Brazil?

Oh man! That would be awesome. It would be amazing and there was a promoter that was actually trying to bring it for the anniversary of my home town. But it never worked. I don’t know why. But I don’t know how you possibly do that, because they wouldn’t settle for any less of the production than what they have.

Trans Siberian is mostly touring in the North America areas only. Do you see what might be the reason for that?

For what I understand, people care more about Savatage than Trans Siberian in Europe.So always wondered why not do Savatage in Europe in the summer, TSO in winter in America. I don’t know, maybe one day they’ll do something like that.

I heard a rumour that something like that might happen in the next summer?

I keep hearing that too. I heard that too. But I didn’t hear from anybody in the band. Everything I heard so far was here in Europe from people. But nobody has told me shit. Maybe?

One more thing about TSO, does Al Pitrelli run the Trans-Siberian nowadays when Paul is gone?

I hope so.I hope that’s the guy that takes over, but I don’t know. Obviously I don’t know. I haven’t talked to him about it. But he was the musical director of the band. Him and Oliva together, they run the whole thing. Like I will go to each musician and be like, you’re playing is wrong, your playing is wrong. Then at the end everybody rehearses just for Oliva. So yeah. I hope he takes over.

It’s funny how Pitrelli kind grow into that role. Because I remember him from Alice Cooper band, back in ’89 and then he had a band Widowmaker with Dee Snider and then was shortly in Megadeth. He was just a regular player, or a hired gun, but he’s done a great and succesfull career later on.

Yeah. That’s how I am now.

So, you see that you will have a great career in business as well. It’s not easy thing to do nowadays.

Yeah. But oddly enough man. Because a lot of people do ask me, “Why don’t you stick to one band?” Why don’t you do…? Because I know Al. Because All is like my mentor, so to speak. Like he took me under his wing and he started talking about me in interviews, before I was either in the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. I learned from him. The guy went from Megadeth to Michael Bolton, to Celine Deon. That’s a guy that plays anything. I was like, fuck. That’s what I wanted to do and always busy. If Al wasn’t so good, financially speaking with TSO, I’m sure he would be doing other things too.

Do you have plans to expand your musical career outside of metal ?

I have plans. I don’t know if they will happen. Back in Brazil I did… this is before I moved to America. I’ve done some pop albums with like Mainstream pop artist in Brazil. Then in America I’ve done some writing with a pop singer, in America. But I’ve never done anything outside of Rock and metal, that’s been like Mainstream or big or anything like that. I feel that my strengths are kind of in this genre. That’s why I get called for jobs. I would love to do all this stuff.

Gracias. If I can say in Portuguese.

Obrigado in Portuguese. Kiitos, kiitos you guys. Finland is one of my favourite countries.

Another photo of Jon and Bill on stage in Wacken 2015

 

 

BILL HUDSON ON FACEBOOK 

 

DIRKSCHNEIDER PHOSTOS FROM TUSKA FESTIVAL

 

 

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ACCEPT – Guitarist Wolf Hoffmann

July 12th, 2017

WOLF HOFFMANN

INTERVIEW AND LIVEPHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

The German metal legend Accept is releasing its 15th album THE RISE OF THE CHAOS on August 4th. The band’s guitarist and founding member Wolf Hoffman visited Helsinki in early June to promote the new album. Here’s what he had to tell us about THE RISE OF CHAOS and various other topics including the current Accept line-up and the upcoming Wacken spectacle in August.

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DIRKSCHNEIDER – New Live Video from upcoming DVD

June 24th, 2017

DIRKSCHNEIDER present the first live video from their upcoming DVD “Live – Back To The Roots – Accepted!” (out in the US on August 18th/ EU on August 4th):

Watch Udo and his band performing their asses off, bringing back that 80s vibe and good memories of Udo’s time with Accept!

 

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ACCEPT Reveal Cover Artwork for The Rise of Chaos, To Be Released August 4th

May 13th, 2017
Accept - The Rise of Chaos

Accept – The Rise of Chaos

Heavy metal pioneers ACCEPT are back in the game with a new studio album! The record entitled »The Rise Of Chaos«, will be unleashed on August 4th, 2017. The band’s 4th studio release through Nuclear Blast will continue the tradition of its three predecessors – »Blood Of The Nations«,»Stalingrad«, and »Blind Rage« – with grandeur and precision.

Today, the band has unveiled the cover artwork of the new record, which was created by Gyula Havancsák (GRAVE DIGGER, DESTRUCTION a.o.)

“THE RISE OF CHAOS is something I have been thinking about often. Wherever we go – there is some hidden as well as  some visible destruction and it kind of changes the world we know.  What was there today – can be gone tomorrow and it’s kind of irritating, because it happens  on   so many levels and no one knows what comes next.  The cover is our last stage set – but now clearly destroyed –  like…..  after a catastrophe!” explains Wolf Hoffmann.

And if this wasn’t enough, ACCEPT will celebrate the album’s live premiere exclusively on August 3rd, on the day before its release, as a part of a special show at Wacken Open Air, Germany. The set will consist of three parts, which represent the band’s creative power:

Part 1 will bring fans a classic ACCEPT set, packed with new and old hits.

Part 2 will present another premiere: Wolf Hoffmann will be playing tracks from his solo album »Headbangers Symphony«, released in 2016, with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra for the very first time. On this record, Wolf has covered famous opuses by composers such as Beethoven, Vivaldi, and Mozart, in a metal guise. And in Part 3, all elements can be seen and heard together: ACCEPT will make the holy Wacken ground shake by sharing the stage with the orchestra, supported by a complex multimedia show.

This unique concert experience will take place on this year’s »Night To Remember« which makes it even more special. The »Night To Remember« is a celebrated, long-lasting Wacken tradition; for one night of the festival a selection of established bands will do something unique and special with their performance.

Wolf Hoffmann stated: “It’s always impressive to see how bands take this evening seriously and how much love the artists and the organising team put into their work to get a varied result. It’s a great tradition which underlines and documents the top-notch level of the international rock community like nothing else. We also want to present something that ACCEPT has never done before, we hope we can give something really special to the fans.”

“ACCEPT have been and are still a very important part of Germany’s heavy metal scene. We’re really looking forward to having them with us once more. With this epic concept, the Thursday evening will be one to remember for sure,” stated Thomas Jensen, organiser of Wacken Open Air.

ACCEPT at Wacken 2017

Get your tickets for W:O:A here: https://www.metaltix.com/wacken-tickets-4969.html#tour466
More info: www.wacken.com

Get »Restless And Live« physical copies
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More on »Restless And Live«:
Stampede [Live]
Restless And Wild [Live]
Pandemic [Live]
Fast As A Shark [Live]
Shadow Soldiers [Live]

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Sabaton with support on The Last Tour Scandinavian leg 2017 – leg 1 – Sparbanken Skåne Arena Lund,Sweden

May 4th, 2017

Sabaton

The Last Tour Scandinavian leg 2017 – leg 1
Accept – special guest
Twilight Force – support act

Sparbanken Skåne Arena
Lund
Sweden
22/3 – 2017

Live review and pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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The new ACCEPT album is coming

April 16th, 2017

The new record is entitled »The Rise Of Chaos« and will be unleashed on August 4th, 2017. The 4th studio release through Nuclear Blast will continue the tradition of its three predecessors – »Blood Of The Nations«, »Stalingrad«, and »Blind Rage« – with grandeur and precision.

And if this wasn’t enough, we will celebrate the album’s live premiere exclusively on August 3rd, on the day before its release, as a part of a special show at Wacken Open Air, Germany. The set will consist of three parts:

Part 1 will bring fans a classic set, packed with new and old hits. Part 2 will present another premiere: Wolf Hoffmann will be playing tracks from his solo album »Headbangers Symphony«, released in 2016, with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra for the very first time. On this record, Wolf has covered famous opuses by composers such as Beethoven, Vivaldi, and Mozart, in a metal guise. And in Part 3, all elements can be seen and heard together: This will make the holy Wacken ground shake by sharing the stage with the orchestra, supported by a complex multimedia show.

This unique concert experience will take place on this year’s »Night To Remember« which makes it even more special. The »Night To Remember« is a celebrated, long-lasting Wacken tradition; for one night of the festival a selection of established bands will do something unique and special with their performance.

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ACCEPT – Live at Ice Hall, Helsinki

March 14th, 2017

ICE HALL, HELSINKI

24.02 2017

REVIEW AND LIVE PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA

The German metal veterans Accept returned to Finland once again, this time as “a special guest” for Sabaton. The concert was held at the Old Ice Hall of Helsinki, and the venue was completely sold out with approximately 7000 people in the crowd. The band doesn’t have a new studio album to promote, but they just released their first live album, RESTLESS AND LIVE, in January 2017. Maybe this tour is more or less an escape from the studio tour since the band is currently working on its next record which is coming out sometime in the fall. But on the other hand, touring with bands like Sabaton surely helps older groups reach a lot of potential new fans who are not familiar with the legends.

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ACCEPT: Classic album “Platinum Editions” out April 14th!

March 7th, 2017

 

Metal history gets an upgrade! The legendary first four classic albums by ACCEPT (“Accept”, “I’m A Rebel”, “Breaker”, “Restless And Wild”) will be available as CD re-releases (in Digipak format) on April 14th.
These re-issues were compiled in close collaboration with original Accept vocalist Udo Dirkschneider (official) (U.D.O./ DIRKSCHNEIDER). The booklets include the song’s lyrics, old photos from the archives and liner notes by Udo*; “I’m A Rebel”, “Breaker” and “Restless And Wild” in addition come with exclusive (live) bonus tracks, performed by Dirkschneider.
* The “Accept” album instead of written liner notes includes an audio-recorded interview with Udo in which he gives insight on the foundation of the band.
These “Platinum Edition” re-issues will only be available in North & South America, Asia, Russia, Turkey and the Baltic Countries.

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Sabaton + Accept + Twilight Force @ O2 Academy Brixton, London

January 22nd, 2017

Sabaton + Accept + Twilight Force

@ O2 Academy Brixton, London

January 14, 2017

Review by Torbjørn ‘Toby’ Jørstad

Photography by Fabiola Santini

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ACCEPT – Reveal “Fast As A Shark” Live Clip

January 5th, 2017

On January 13th, heavy metal titans ACCEPT will deliver their new live package calledRestless And Live. This set will not only include the entire show that ACCEPT played atBang Your Head!!! Festival 2015 on DVD, but also two live CDs with different recordings from their most recent European tour. Today, ACCEPT release a new live clip to give you a last taste of Restless And Live – watch “Fast As A Shark [Live]” here:

 

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Accept: Release Second Trailer For Restless And Live

December 2nd, 2016
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Accept – Restless and Live

Metal icons, ACCEPT, recently made the release of their new live package called Restless And Live,public. This package will include the entire show ACCEPT played at Bang Your Head!!! Festival 2015on 2 CD/DVD.The release will be available in stores from January 13th, 2017 (Nuclear Blast). To provide you with a taster of this new masterpiece, the band led by axe man Wolf Hoffmann presents their first trailer for their upcoming 2 CD/DVD today. In this clip, Wolf and ACCEPT producer Andy Sneap talk about the setlist and about new as well as old classics from ACCEPT. Today, the band presents their second trailer: In this clip, Wolf and Andy discuss the recording of the show at Bang Your Head!!!. Check it out here:

Wolf explains: “It was actually never really planned, it sort of just happened. At Bang Your Head!!! they always record their shows so we just thought: ‘Yeah, let them film it!'”. After Andy praises their stage show as being crucial for the great atmosphere, Wolf continues: ‘Yes, as well as the crowd. We’ve been there before so it felt familiar to film it and see what happens. Then we got the footage and we thought: ‘Wow, it’s pretty good!'”

Have you missed the first trailer of the DVD? Then make sure to watch it here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=lc-Iytw2Zko&feature=youtu.be

Pre-order Restless And Live now: http://nblast.de/AcceptRestlessLive

Pre-order Restless And Live digitally and receive “Restless And Wild [Live]” and “Stampede [Live]” instantly or stream these songs now: http://nblast.de/AcceptDownloads

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Restless And Live – Tracklisting:
DVD
01. Stampede
02. Stalingrad
03. London Leatherboys
04. Restless And Wild
05. Dying Breed
06. Final Journey
07. Shadow Soldiers
08. Losers And Winners
09. 200 Years
10. Midnight Mover
11. No Shelter
12. Princess Of The Dawn
13. Dark Side Of My Heart
14. Pandemic
15. Fast As A Shark
16. Metal Heart
17. Teutonic Terror
18. Balls To The Wall

CD1
01. Stampede
02. Stalingrad
03. Hellfire
04. London Leatherboys
05. Living For Tonite
06. 200 Years
07. Demon’s Night
08. Dying Breed
09. Final Journey
10. From The Ashes We Rise
11. Losers And Winners
12. No Shelter
13. Shadow Soldiers
14. Midnight Mover

CD2
01. Starlight
02. Restless And Wild
03. Son Of A Bitch
04. Pandemic
05. Dark Side Of My Heart
06. The Curse
07. Flash Rockin’ Man
08. Bulletproof
09. Fall Of The Empire
10. Fast As A Shark
11. Metal Heart
12. Teutonic Terror
13. Balls To The Wall

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Wolf Hoffmann of Accept discusses his addiction to classical music on new CD – Headbangers Symphony

June 25th, 2016
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Wolf Hoffmann – Headbangers Symphony

Interview by Robert Cavuoto

Accept guitarist Wolf Hoffmann has dedicated his life to heavy metal which is well documented in dozens of albums spanning four decades. But beyond heavy metal, many people might not know that he has an incessant craving for classical music! In 1997 he released his first classical CD and now almost 20 years later he is releasing his newest solo CD, Headbangers Symphony due out July 1st on Nuclear Blast Records. Eleven “metaled up” songs by classical composers like Ludwig v. Beethoven, Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to name a few.

I caught up with Wolf to talk about this monster endeavor that took almost a decade to create as well as the work that went into it.

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New ACCEPT Book By Author Extraordinaire Martin Popoff Out Now

June 17th, 2016

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German heavy metal heroes Accept have been headbanging their way around the world since 1979, creating along the way three of the finest metal albums of all time in Restless and Wild, Balls to the Wall and Metal Heart, with 1981’s Breaker even serving as a cult favourite of those in the know.

image002.gifFronted by diminutive shrieker Udo Dirkschneider, the band crafted an intelligent and professional sound somewhere along the axis from AC/DC to Judas Priest, which found Accept going gold on the strength of their superlative Balls to the Wall record of 1983.

Acrimony between Udo and the guys caused the shocking ouster of their lead singer for 1989’s Eat the Heat, and a reunion in the ‘90s didn’t last, causing renewed tensions. Now back with Mark Tornillo belting it out, Accept have created a trio of rock-solid records that finds the band back in charge and cranking out anthems new and old on stages the world over.

Come celebrate the career of heavy metal’s beloved Teutonic terrors, in this first book ever on the band in any language. It’s guaranteed that Popoff’s celebrated song-by-song analysis will have you scurrying back to the catalogue screaming for another love-bite, faster than a shark out of the dark and headbanging over the course of many long neon nights.

Price including shipping:
US orders: 33.00 US funds
Int’l orders (all books go air): $38.00 US funds
Canadian orders: $36.00 Cdn. funds

PayPal happily accepted. Ask me if you’d like a PayPal invoice (please indicate what country you are in), or just do yer usual and direct funds to martinp@inforamp.net

Sweet postage savings to be had for multiple orders (or two of pretty much anything—long story, ask me!), especially for US orders.

Or mail payment (personal check in US funds, cash, or INTERNATIONAL money order), to:
Martin Popoff
P.O. Box 65208, 358 Danforth Ave.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4K 2Z2

Email me at martinp@inforamp.net with any further questions, and see www.martinpopoff.com for descriptions, cover art and ordering info for my other available 30 or so books (and no, the Accept book won’t be up at the site for another 10 days or so but I am indeed taking orders!).

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Dirkschneider with support on Back To The Roots European Tour 2016 at Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden

April 6th, 2016

Dirkschneider
Back To The Roots European Tour 2016
Anvil – special guest
Rampart – support act

Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
25/2 – 2016

Live review and pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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DIRKSCHNEIDER & ANVIL : Live at Tavastia, Helsinki, FINLAND

March 8th, 2016

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DIRKSCHNEIDER 

with support band ANVIL

The 1st of March 2016

Tavastia, Helsinki, Finland

REVIEW AND PICTURES BY ARTO LEHTINEN AND MARKO SYRJALA

“Balls To The Wall”, “Metal Heart” and a great number of other Accept classic ones have been the most important part of Udo Dirkschneider’s career, life and DNA since year zero. Especially those 80’s metal hymns have belonged to the youth of every teenager’s life back in the day. Even though the German metal icon has done those Accept evergreen on his long solo career until now, when he announced about closing the chapter of the Accept years by doing the specific tour under the Dirkschneider moniker. Back To The Roots/Farewell To Accept had been aimed high to cover nothing, but the Accept songs from the 80’s. Before Udo hit the stage smash the balls to the wall for the last time ever, the Canadian threesome Anvil had obtained the opening slot. The Tavastia club was totally packed, the gig was sold out a long time ago. Obviously the Accept nostalgia trip reached these 80’s heavy metal teenagers who had aged quite a lot. Seeing the younger generation in the middle aged crowd was quite rare.

 

ANVIL

Although the legendary Anvil DVD saw the light of day years ago, the band got the well deserved hype to boost the career to survive, but yet the hype still goes on. Frankly good for them, the 60 year old men got the one last chance to enjoy a bit of some kind of success before it was too late. However Lips appears to be a young naïve teenage hippie kid from the suburban area of Toronto, smoking weed and playing rock’n’roll. However Anvil’s simple and tongue-in-cheek mentality with the serious attitude is bloody cute and endearing in a way. Anvil is Anvil, no doubt about that. The songs off from METAL ON METAL played the major role in the set such as “666”, “March Of The Crabs” and of course “Metal On Metal” concluding the 60 minute set. As for the latest album being played a few songs for example “Die For A Lie” and “Zombie Apocalypse”. However that kind of simple metal seems to appeal to the certain group of the hard core metal fans for sure. Anvil is and presents a bit of comical as well as unintended humoristic aspects. The Canucks pounded and forged the metallic anvil for about one hour and left the stage with the overexcite crowd chanting Anvil, Anvil for a long time.

Lips in Helsinki 2016

Lips and the boys in Helsinki 2016

666
School Love
Badass Rock ‘n’ Roll
Winged Assassins
Free as the Wind
Zombie Apocalypse
Mothra
Swing Thing
Die For a Lie
Metal on Metal

OFFICIAL ANVIL WEBPAGE

 

DIRKSCHNEIDER

All right as stated earlier this is supposed to be Udo Dirkschneider’s farewell tour to his Accept era. The tour is massive and it seems like the demand has been incredible, because some festival has booked Dirkscheider. However the U.D.O moniker is on hiatus for the time being. Udo with the back-up band did the 120 minute set of several Accept songs. The packed club went entirely bezerk when the riff of “Starlight” cut the air and followed by all in all 23 Accept songs in a row. All of them had been picked up from the 80’s albums. Unfortunately the 90’s albums had been skipped completely and so was the Accept debut.  It obvious why Udo concentrated on the well-known classics instead but it would have been great to hear at least a couple of tracks from the bands excellent re-union album at the time OBJECTION OVERRULED (1993). In fact the band then played a sold out show in this same venue and for sure there were many fans now present who witnessed that show.  The album tracks “Objection Overruled”, “Slaves To Metal”, “Bulletproof” or “Protectors Of Terror” could all have been great additions on the set list.  The sounds were excellent. Well as for the band in general, they did a solid work and did the justified work for the old classic material. But Accept is Accept with the full metal heart, therefore comparing the back-up band of Dirkschneider for them is pointless and beyond the absurd. However the guitar duet appeared to be enjoying being at the stage. Even though the most ultimate passion and fire have gone a bit down for Udo to perform the immortal metal hymns, but the metal legend performed all of those songs with the professional attitude and proud for sure. At least this is supposed to be the last time to hear classics like “Breaker”, “Princess of the Dawn” and “London Leatherboys” sung by Udo on the Finnish soil.

It remains to be seen if Udo truly leaves the Accept material out from his U.D.O gigs in the future. To be honest the 80’s metal fans are desperately eager to hear those Accept classic stuff, therefore it is going to be quite interesting how this decision will effect on the ticket selling in the future.

Udo in HElsinki 2016

Udo in Helsinki 2016

Starlight
Living for Tonite
Flash Rockin’ Man
London Leatherboys
Midnight Mover
Breaker
Head Over Heels
Neon Nights
Princess of the Dawn
Winterdreams
Restless and Wild
Son of a Bitch
Up to the Limit
Midnight Highway
Screaming for a Love-BiteWrong Is Right
Monsterman
Losers and Winners
TV War
Metal Heart
I’m a Rebel
Fast as a Shark
Balls to the Wall

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MORE PICTURES FROM HELSINKI SHOW

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