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September 1st, 2010

Accept - Blood Of The Nations

Accept - Blood Of The Nations

Blood Of The Nations, the comeback album by Germany’s legendary metal band ACCEPT, just entered the German album charts at #4!  This marks the highest German chart entry ever in the band’s career and beats the #5 position of 1986’s Russian Roulette.

ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffmann shares his thoughts on the news:

“This really swept us off our feet!  Of course, you dream about being on top of the charts, but this was pretty much out of the question.  We tested new waters with our new singer Mark [Tornillo, ex-TT Quick] and emerged as winners!  But even more than that, this is the reward for our unique collaboration with our label Nuclear Blast, Brainstorm Music Marketing, and all the others who gave their everything for ACCEPT.  But most of all, we want to thank our fans without whom we would be nothing!  THANK YOU!”

ACCEPT will be co-headlining their upcoming tour with King’s X, kicking-off with an appearance at the eleventh annual ProgPower USA festival in Atlanta, Georgia.  Confirmed tour dates are:

09/09/2010  ProgPower USA Kick-Off – Atlanta, GA Center Stage (**No King’s X**)

09/23/2010  The Chance  – Poughkeepsie, NY

09/24/2010  Ram’s Head Live  – Baltimore, MD

09/25/2010  The Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ

09/26/2010  ***IN-STORE SIGNING AT VINTAGE VINYL*** – Fords, NJ

09/27/2010  B. B. King’s – New York, NY

09/29/2010  Showcase Live  – Foxboro, MA
10/01/2010  The Silo – Reading, PA
10/02/2010  The Emerald Theatre – Mt. Clemens, MI

10/08/2010  The Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
10/09/2010  The Arcada Theatre – St. Charles, IL

10/12/2010  House Of Blues – Dallas, TX

10/13/2010  House Of Blues – Houston TX

Additional dates for October & November will be announced soon.

Blood Of The Nations was recorded at Backstage Studio in England with famed producer Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Exodus, Opeth, Arch Enemy) and will be released in North America on September 14th.  Exclusive pre-sale bundles can be purchased at the Nuclear Blast Web Store.

ACCEPT’s 2010 line-up includes Wolf Hoffmann on guitar, Peter Baltes on bass, Stefan Schwarzmann on drums, Herman Frank on guitar and Mark Tornillo on vocals.

View footage of Wolf Hoffman & Mark Tornillo on VH1’s “That Metal Show” here.  View the video for “Teutonic Terror” – directed and produced by Dave Blass for Grid 41here.  View the 2-minute behind-the-scenes video here.

Visit ACCEPT online at,,, and


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August 27th, 2010
Accept - Blood Of The Nations

Accept - Blood Of The Nations

To mark the North American release of their twelfth studio album Blood Of The Nations and in celebration of their first U.S. tour in over 14 years, Germany’s metal legends ACCEPT have scheduled an in-store appearance at Vintage Vinyl in Fords, New Jersey, on Sunday, September 26th from 2 – 4 p.m.

ACCEPT will be co-headlining their upcoming tour with King’s X, kicking-off with an appearance at the eleventh annual ProgPower USA festival in Atlanta, Georgia.  Confirmed tour dates are:

09/09/2010  ProgPower USA Kick-Off – Atlanta, GA Center Stage  **No King’s X**

09/23/2010  The Chance  – Poughkeepsie, NY

09/24/2010  Ram’s Head Live  – Baltimore, MD

09/25/2010  The Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ

09/26/2010  ***IN-STORE SIGNING AT VINTAGE VINYL*** – Fords, NJ

09/27/2010  B. B. King’s – New York, NY

09/29/2010  Showcase Live  – Foxboro, MA
10/01/2010  The Silo – Reading, PA
10/02/2010  The Emerald Theatre – Mt. Clemens, MI

10/08/2010  The Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
10/09/2010  The Arcada Theatre – St. Charles, IL

10/12/2010  House Of Blues – Dallas, TX

10/13/2010  House Of Blues – Houston TX

Additional dates for October & November will be announced soon.

Blood Of The Nations was recorded at Backstage Studio in England with famed producer Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Exodus, Opeth, Arch Enemy) and will be released in North America on September 14th.  Exclusive pre-sale bundles can be purchased at the Nuclear Blast Web Store.

ACCEPT’s 2010 line-up includes Wolf Hoffmann on guitar, Peter Baltes on bass, Stefan Schwarzmann on drums, Herman Frank on guitar and Mark Tornillo on vocals.

View footage of Wolf Hoffman & Mark Tornillo on VH1’s “That Metal Show” here.  View the video for “Teutonic Terror” – directed and produced by Dave Blass for Grid 41here.  View the 2-minute behind-the-scenes video here.

Visit ACCEPT online at,,, and


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August 12th, 2010


To celebrate the release of their long-awaited new studio album Blood Of The Nations, Germany’s ACCEPT are proud to announce a 24-hour News Marathon on August 19th in celebration of the album’s European release date on August 20th.

The marathon will take place on the official ACCEPT website and all accompanying Social Networking sites (Facebook, Twitter and MySpace) for 24 hours straight.  Fans will gain access to exclusive ACCEPT news from all over the world, see personal video messages from the band members, take part in a variety of raffles and giveaways, and much, much more.

The ACCEPT News Marathon will begin at 12 midnight PACIFIC / 2 a.m. CENTRAL / 3 a.m. EASTERN.  Up-to-the-minute news on ACCEPT will be posted and updated every hour all day long.  Fans are encouraged to be a part of this historic event!

Blood Of The Nations was recorded at Backstage Studio in Derbyshire, England with acclaimed British producer Andy Sneap (Exodus, Arch Enemy, Megadeth).  The track listing for the album — which marks the recording debut of the band’s latest addition, ex-TT QUICK vocalist Mark Tornillo — is as follows:

01. Beat The Bastards
02. Teutonic Terror
03. The Abyss
04. Blood Of The Nations
05. Shades Of Death
06. Locked And Loaded

07. Time Machine (Bonus Track)
08. Kill The Pain
09. Rollin’ Thunder
10. Pandemic
11. New World Comin’
12. No Shelter
13. Bucketful Of Hate

Blood Of The Nations will be released in Japan on September 4th and in the North America on September 19th.  Nuclear Blast USA’s Webshop is now taking pre-orders for the exclusive mail-order digi-pak edition, which features the bonus track “Time Machine.”  The pre-order bundle includes an ACCEPT “Teutonic Terror” t-shirt and can be ordered here.

ACCEPT’s 2010 line-up includes Wolf Hoffmann on guitar, Peter Baltes on bass, Stefan Schwarzmann on drums, Herman Frank on guitar and Mark Tornillo on vocals.

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August 11th, 2010


After debuting their new line up to a sold-out audience in New York this past May and then traveling to Europe to devastate the masses with shows in 16 different countries in 80 days (including two shows opening for AC/DC), Germany’s legendary metal band ACCEPT will return to tour the U.S. for the first time in 14 years on a co-headlining tour with King’s X.  Their first show will kick-off the eleventh annual ProgPower USA festival in Atlanta.

Guitarist & songwriter Wolf Hoffman checks in about the band’s time in Germany & their upcoming North American trek:

“Believe me, this was boot camp, but we loved every minute of it!  Twelve months ago, there was nothing on the horizon that would have made us believe we would be on the stages of the world again as ACCEPT… and here we are!   [New lead vocalist] Mark Tornillo inspires us to get it all out in a way we have not been challenged before.  We can’t wait to be on stage with him!!!!   He is the new kid on the block and he is the reason we are back again.  It is such a relief, such vitamin shot!!!  And if we could, we would never stop!!!”

When asked what has surprised the band the most about their fans, Hoffman responds enthusiastically:

“NO DOUBT ABOUT IT – the biggest surprise is the way they make us feel welcomed.  Of course we hoped the fans would be happy to have us back – who would not believe that about their fans? –  but, what is happening here, EVERYWHERE we go, is a TOTAL KNOCK-OUT for us.  WE HAVE NOT SEEN FANS SO HAPPY IN A LONG, LONG TIME.”

Confirmed tour dates are:

09/09/2010  ProgPower USA Kick-Off – Atlanta, GA Center Stage

09/23/2010  The Chance  – Poughkeepsie, NY

09/24/2010  Ram’s Head Live  – Baltimore, MD

09/25/2010  The Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ

09/27/2010  B. B. King’s – New York, NY

09/29/2010  Showcase Live  – Foxboro, MA

10/01/2010  The Silo – Reading, PA

10/02/2010  The Emerald Theatre – Mt. Clemens, MI

10/09/2010  The Arcada Theatre – St. Charles (Chicago), IL

10/12/2010  House Of Blues – Dallas, TX

10/13/2010  House Of Blues – Houston TX

More October dates will be announced soon.

ACCEPT’s 2010 line-up includes Wolf Hoffmann on guitar, Peter Baltes on bass, Stefan Schwarzmann on drums, Herman Frank on guitar and Mark Tornillo on vocals.

Blood Of The Nations, ACCEPT’s twelfth full-length studio album recorded at Backstage Studio in England with famed producer Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Exodus, Opeth, Arch Enemy), will be released in North America on September 14th.  Exclusive pre-sale bundles can be purchased at the Nuclear Blast Web Store.

View the video for “Teutonic Terror” – directed and produced by Dave Blass for Grid 41here.  View the 2-minute behind-the-scenes video here.

Visit ACCEPT online at,, and


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August 5th, 2010

Nuclear Blast USA’s Webshop is now taking pre-orders for the exclusive North American mail-order digi-pak edition of ACCEPT’s Blood Of The Nations album.  This exclusive release features the bonus track “Time Machine.”

The pre-order bundle includes an ACCEPT “Teutonic Terror” t-shirt and can be ordered here.

Tracklisting for the Blood Of The Nations digi-pak is:

01. Beat the Bastards

02. Teutonic Terror

03. The Abyss

04. Blood of the Nations

05. Shades of Death

06. Locked and Loaded

07. Time Machine (North American Bonus Track)

08. Kill the Pain

09. Rollin’ Thunder

10. Pandemic

11. New World Comin’

12. No Shelter

13. Bucketful of Hate

Blood Of The Nations, ACCEPT’s twelfth full-length studio album recorded at Backstage Studio in England with famed producer Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Exodus, Opeth, Arch Enemy), will be released in North America on September 14th.

ACCEPT’s 2010 line-up (which features three on-going members) is: Wolf Hoffmann, guitar; Peter Baltes, bass; Stefan Schwarzmann, drums; Herman Frank, guitar; and Mark Tornillo on vocals.

View the video for “Teutonic Terror” – directed and produced by Dave Blass for Grid 41here.  View the 2-minute behind-the-scenes video here.

Visit ACCEPT online at,, and


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German Legends ACCEPT sign Japanese priority record deal with Universal

August 2nd, 2010


Following the incredible success stories and sold-out shows from Europe and the United States, Germany’s ACCEPT are proud to announce their latest news from Japan: ACCEPT have signed a new recording deal with Universal Japan. The new ACCEPT album “Blood Of The Nations” will be released by Universal in Japan on September 4th, 2010.  The band’s and Universal’s promotional machines for this highly anticipated release have already shifted into high gear. The interest by the Japanese media is at an all-time high, and the first high-profile press representatives are on their way to conduct face-to-face-interviews with ACCEPT at their home in Nashville, USA next week.

As ACCEPT’s guitarist Wolf Hoffmann explains: “Japan was our last missing component in the international marketplace, which we have completed now with Universal! They are the perfect partners for us over there. Japan has always been a terrific market for us. We had tremendous success there in the past, so we are very happy to come back to Japan after all these years. Rock music is still a big thing in Japan and every good rock band in the world has Japan on their wish list. We can see from our website that we have a lot of fans there. We are excited and looking forward to bring them our new album and our great live shows.”

“Blood Of The Nations”, the new, long-awaited studio album from ACCEPT, will be released on the following dates:

August 20: Europe (via Nuclear Blast)

September 4: Japan (via Universal Japan)

September 14: North America (via Nuclear Blast)

“Blood Of The Nations” was recorded at Backstage Studio in Derbyshire, England with acclaimed British producer and SABBAT guitarist Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE, MASTERPLAN and many more). The 80 + min long CD marks the recording debut of the band’s latest addition, vocalist MARK TORNILLO (ex-TT QUICK) and contains 12 tracks, including “The Abyss”, “Shades Of Death”, “Teutonic Terror”, “Blood Of The Nations” and “Pandemic”….

ACCEPT 2010 is:

Wolf Hoffmann: Guitar

Peter Baltes: Bass

Mark Tornillo: Vocals

Herman Frank: Guitar

Stefan Schwarzmann: Drums

ACCEPT confirmed for Japans biggest Heavy Metal Festival LOUDPARK

After traveling over 60.000 miles and visiting 16 countries and performing in front of 450.000 people in 80 days, the unstoppable ACCEPT virus has spreading all over the planet. To top it off, the band conducted more than 150 interviews and uncountable meet & greets to get up and personal with their fans. Now ACCEPT is ready to conquer the next continent!

ACCEPT have just been confirmed to appear at this year`s LOUDPARK in JAPAN at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama City, Tokyo.

Loudpark is the biggest heavy metal festival in Japan. Situated just north of Tokyo, the Saitama Super Arena holds over 40.000 rock fans. ACCEPT will perform on Saturday,October 16th. Other acts appearing at the Loudpark Festival include Ozzy.

ACCEPT – First video “Teutonic Terror” from the upcoming album “Blood Of The Nations”



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ACCEPT: fresh 10 minutes video INTERVIEW from Sonisphere

July 6th, 2010

A fresh 10 minutes video interview with three members of the legendary german metallers from ACCEPT can be viewed on METALHEAD accesing the link below:

Accept Video Interview

Accept played in Bucharest, Romania, on the 25th of June 2010 @ Sonisphere Festival.

Photos from the show are also available on METALHEAD here.


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ACCEPT confirmed for headliner slots for the mega events SONISPHERE

June 17th, 2010


After a 15 year break Germany`s hard rock legend ACCEPT is back in the game and success stories are coming daily.

Short overview:  ACCEPT killed Twitter – ACCEPT main support for AC/DC stadium shows – ACCEPT`s video “Teutonic Terror” worldwide on no. 1 on the MYSPACE Video Charts – ACCEPT sold out the first European warm up tour.

Now ACCEPT are announcing the next highlight. The band got just confirmed for the headliner slots for the SONISPHERE festivals in Bucharest (Romania) and Istanbul (Turkey). On the three days now the following acts are headlining: Metallica, Rammstein and ACCEPT.

The ACCEPT Headliner Shows are on the following dates:

25th of June Bucharest

26th of June Istanbul

ACCEPT`s new album „BLOOD OF THE NATIONS“ will be released via NUCLEAR BLAST as follow:

Release Europe: 20th of August 2010
Release US: 14th of September 2010

Confirmed Tourdates and Ticketorder



JULY 18th – CZECH REPUBLIC, MASTERS OF ROCK Festival order Tickets here

JULY 25th – BULGARIA, KAVARNA ROCK Festival order Tickets here

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ACCEPT – Wolf Hoffman and Mark Tornillo

June 3rd, 2010



Transcription by M H aka Psychophobe


Accept, the legendary heavy metal band out of Germany, conquered the metal world back in the 80’s with thunderous classic catchy songs such as RESTLESS AND WILD, BALLS TO THE WALL, BREAKER, METAL HEART, and the list continues. The legendary five piece made a triumphant return to the limelight in 2005, crisscrossing European metal and rock festivals and received excited reception from metal fans. However, things within the band didn’t work out and the band went on hiatus. Finally Accept got back together, but without vocalist Udo Dirkschneider. The former TT Quick frontman Mark Tornillo stepped in to take over on vocals. Original members Wolf Hoffman and Peter Baltes had plenty of new strong sounding Accept material written and the new album BLOOD OF THE NATIONS was recorded during last year at the helm of Andy Sneap who had a strong input on new songs and album. The whole band was on a promotion trip and doing some shows here and there. Metal-Rules.Com got an excellent opportunity hear the new album and then hav a chat with Wolf Hoffman and the new singer  Mark Tornillo.

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Udo Dirkschneider

December 11th, 2005



Udo Dirkscheider’s band U.D.O. recently released a brand new studio album “Mission X” which, as the name says, is their tenth studio album to date. Last summer he also did a kind of re -union tour with his old bandmates Accept and together they did a series of succesfull gigs along with headlining huge festivals like Wacken, Swedenrock, Gods Of Metal and Tuska. While Udo is waiting a new U.D.O. tour to start in January he’s working on several other projects like the one he already did with Russian pop band Factor 2 and now another one with Finnish monster band Lordi. I met Udo when he flew to Finland in early November to do vocals for the Lordi album and we talked about all these things. At the end of our discussion the main monster Lordi himself showed up and we talked some more about their collaboration as well as some other interesting topics … 

Interview and pictures by Marko Syrjälä

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Wacken Open Air 2005

October 22nd, 2005

Wacken Open Air 2005
Review By Brat
Good photos by Metaltix (
Not so good ones by Brat
Other photos acknowledged as they appear

What a line-up this year! W:O:A 2005 was to be my biggest and best Wacken festival since my virgin outing in 2002, when I was forced to watch so many half sets because a lot of the bands I wanted to see clashed. Over the years the organisers have improved scheduling immensely from a power/melodic metal perspective with very few power/melodic metal bands clashing by firstly, swapping the positions of the True and Black stages putting the Black stage further from the Party stage; secondly, running the Black stage and Party stage almost simultaneously; and thirdly, running a band competition (Metal Battle) and low profile or relatively new acts on the Wet stage.

For those not familiar with the festival set up of Wacken Open Air, the True and Black stages are the two main stages set side by side and run bands alternately. The True stage usually features melodic, power and old-school bands, while the Black stage usually features the more extreme styles of metal. The Party stage is a smaller outdoor stage set to the far left of the festival area, and in past years, has been dominated with melodic metal. The aptly named Wet stage is in a large tent and in hot conditions resembles a sauna making it somewhat uncomfortable. Ironically, this was the only dry stage this year.

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ACCEPT – Wolf Hoffmann

September 28th, 2005



Pictures by Marko Syrjala and Transcription by Blake Wolfe

There’s no doubt that Accept is a legend and one of the major infuences on the development of many bands in today’s metal scene. Accept was originally formed in the early seventies by vocalist Udo Dirkscheinder and some years later the stable lineup was completed with bassist Peter Baltes and guitarist Wolf Hoffmann among other musicians who were soon replaced with guitarist Jorg Fisher and drummer Stefan Kaufmann. This classic lineup recorded such metal classics as BREAKER, RESTLESS AND WILD, METAL HEART and RUSSIAN ROULETTE before they split up with Udo and Jorg in 1988. In 1989 Accept did another album, EAT THE HEAT, with U.S singer David Reece, but after some unsuccessfull touring and then a split with Stefan Kaufmann the band soon disbanded and nothing was heard of Accept for the next few years. The praised reunion album OBJECTION OVERRULED came out in 1992 and Accept was back in action with classic lineup of Baltes, Kaufmann, Dirkscneider and Hoffmann but without Fisher this time. The new album did relatively well in Europe and Japan and over the next few years Accept continued touring and released two more albums DEATH ROW and PREDATORbefore they disbanded again in 1997. Udo then continued working with his solo band U.D.O. and Stefan Kaufmann joined him. Peter Baltes then actually gave up playing and so did Wolf Hoffmann excluding one classical solo album which he did in 2000. But now it’s year 2005 and Accept are back once again. During their visit to Scandinavia I sat down with Hoffmann and we talked about reasons behind this “third coming”, what happened in the past and what might happen in the future?

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METAL-RULES: Well after several years break you are now back with Accept, why?

WOLF: Yeah but remember, we don?t do a “real” re -union “laughs”

METAL-RULES: I know. That’s what Peter told me yesterday. Tell us how it came about and why it happened now?

WOLF: Well, it came out, it started about two years ago with some people from the Rock Hard magazine, Gotz Kuhnemund, the editor-in-chief there, or whatever he is, the main guy at Rock Hard magazine. He kinda was in contact with Gaby, my wife and the manager, the long-time manager for Accept. They were kind of dreaming about the old days, and twenty years, a twenty-year reunion, a twenty-year anniversary came up for Rock Hard magazine. So a twenty-year anniversary came up, and they said “How great would it be at this festival that we had an Accept (interrupted) if at that occasion there was like, maybe, Accept would play again, and ?How great would it be??.” So they were talking, and that?s kinda what got the whole ball rolling, and we got some offers from other people, like from festival promoters saying “Well, we would surely…”, you know.

METAL-RULES: I’d imagine that maybe some people from Wacken Festival tried to have you on their 25-year anniversary ’cause of last year, am I right?

WOLF: Yeah, they did. Everybody wanted us to be on there, and we contacted Udo, and he turned us down. He said, “No, can’t do it because I’ve got my own career, and U.D.O. is more important,” even though he is only playing clubs in front of several hundred people some times. He said, “No, I don?t want no part of it,” and I said, “Udo, man, here look at that – you can play in front of 30,000 people, and this is Accept, and lots of money, lots of audience – “No, don’t wanna do it?.” So we said, “Okay, whatever.” So we tried again this year, and he was ready this year. So thank god, and here we are. So we started rehearsing early on, in the first of the year in January, and we wanted to have? You know originally, Udo?s suggestion was to take all his crew and all his people and his drummer. We tried his drummer and liked him, but then Stefan Schwarzman became available, from Helloween, because he just left the band, and we took him on because we thought, “Heck, he?s the original Accept drummer,” so we?re almost original, as much as we can at this time. At least all the members have been in Accept at one time, so it’s as original as it can be these days.

METAL-RULES: Did you try to get Stefan Kauffman to play second guitar at any point?

WOLF: Yeah, but he had no interest, first of all, and then we figured Stefan was an original Accept guy, but he was never an Accept guitar player. At least Herman Frank was an original guitar player in Accept in the ’80s during BALLS TO THE WALL.

METAL-RULES: How did he (Herman) react when you asked him?

WOLF: He was excited about it, very excited. Yeah, he said “yes” right away. Before we asked him we were trying to find original guitarist Jorg Fischer for a little bit, but we don’t know where he is. No contact whatsoever, we have no idea?

METAL-RULES: I know he hasn?t played at all in 15 years or something?

WOLF: Have you heard of him?

METAL-RULES: What I know is that he had some band in the States, something in the early ’90s, that?s the last thing I’ve heard about him.

WOLF: Yeah, same here. We tried to contact people who knew him, but we don’t know where he is, and I don’t think he plays guitar anymore. At least Herman is a working musician, and he?s in bands, and he produces bands. He’s involved in all kinds of projects. He’s producing bands all the time, and playing guitar all the time, so he?s right in the middle of all this kind of stuff.

METAL-RULES: When Stefan Schwarfmann came back to the band, am I wrong, but he had some major disagreements with Udo when he left from U.D.O.?

WOLF: I think he did, but it?s all put aside, and this is not U.D.O., this is Accept. He didn’t have to deal with Udo too much because he’s dealing with Gaby and me. So he knew he could trust us and he knew he’d get paid and everything would be fine (laughs). I don?t know what the disagreements between him and Udo were??

METAL-RULES: I interviewed Stefan last year when he (Stefan) was playing in Helloween, and he then said that he was never too happy with Udo. He said, “Yeah, this is the first time I ever said this, but all the drums for the U.D.O. albums were made by Stefan Kauffman, and I’m not playing on them. I don’t care anymore.”

WOLF: Well. Everybody’s in a? Now we all get along pretty well, we’re trying to be very civilized about it and try to really give the fans a good show, and so far the shows have been really good. The funny thing is, it?s really difficult to get to the point where we?re an stage, because of all the haggling and negotiations behind the scenes. It?s a nightmare, to tell you the truth. But then, once we?re up on stage, everything’s pretty smooth. It’s really well, between Udo and myself, and Peter and Udo. Everything is really smooth.

METAL-RULES: I already read some great reviews from some Accept shows in Russia.

WOLF: So far, they’ve been great. Hopefully tomorrow’s going to be great again! “laughs”

 Accept alive on stage again!

 METAL-RULES: Do you think that Accept needs two guitars on stage?

WOLF: I don’t think it needs it, but see, what we wanted to do on this show, well we thought, “Hell this might be the last time people are ever gonna see Accept live ever, so what would people like to see most?” We always had this sort of twin guitar thing. When we were a four-piece band, I had all these people come up to me and say, “I like the twin guitar thing.” I personally like the four-piece band much better, but it’s always this twin guitar thing, nagging away. So we thought, “Well, if we’re gonna do it we might as well do it as a twin guitar thing,” and get another guitar player in the band. Because it’s closer to the 80s. We wanted to sort of represent the 80s on this tour. We?re kind of trying to relive the 80s as much as we can and go back to those days. And also from the songs we play – it’s everything from  ’82 to ’86.

METAL-RULES: Is there any chance that you might add some newer songs to the set?

WOLF: We dig out a couple of songs that we haven’t played that much, like “Love Child” or “Monster Man”, or some other stuff that we haven’t played that much before. It would be cool to get a DVD of properly recorded live footage.

METAL-RULES: Still how about doing some songs from OBJECTION OVERRULED?

WOLF: We made the decision early on that we didn’t want to do that.

METAL-RULES: You are still playing parts in your solo from DEATH ROW -album, am I right?

WOLF: I do, just because that little bit is sort of a classical piece. I do a little six or eight minute segment in the show where I do a compilation from my classical record, an instrumental thing, instead of a guitar “noodly-noodly-noodly” kind of solo. I wanted to do something that was a little more interesting and took certain elements out of my classical record, and combine it with a piece that was in “Sodom And Gommorah”.

METAL-RULES: It’s funny, because on some Accept discussion boards they’re like “Yeah, play some stuff from DEATH ROW!”

WOLF: Yeah, it’s really not from DEATH ROW as much as it’s from a classical piece that I incorporated into that song.

METAL-RULES: Anyway, it’ll be nice to hear OBJECTION OVERRULED tracks.

WOLF: I’d like to, but then we get into this whole discussion about “Is this the 90s version of Accept?” And should we play something from DEATH ROW, and that’s clearly not to some fans, that’s not Accept anymore, and to stay away from all that we said “Why not just stop it at ’86 or ’87″?

METAL-RULES: How much did you have to change your playing style for this tour because you did a couple of tours with you being the only guitarist on stage?

WOLF: Honestly, not really that much. For me it’s a little harder to play with two guitar players, but it?s really no big deal. It’s about the same. Maybe if anybody has to play a little different, it’s the bass guitar because when we were a four-piece band Peter filled in, he played more licks and now he is more like a rhythm player, like a bass player only. So for me it’s really not that difficult.

METAL-RULES: You last time visited in Scandinavia during “the farewell tour” and then you had Michael Cartellone playing drums on that tour. Do you have any special memories from that tour then?

WOLF: I need to think here… I mean, I always liked going up to Scandinavia. The Finnish people were always hardcore fans. Pretty wild fans. I don’t have any special recollection from that concert, though, but I always enjoyed being up here, honestly. It’s a very cool part of the world, the people are very friendly and love the peaceful heavy metal atmosphere, you know? It’s not a whole bunch of idiots. They’re very sophisticated and educated people, yet they like heavy metal. I like that.

METAL-RULES: Cause I?m from Finland I have to ask if you have any special memories from our country?

WOLF: That Midsummer Night? Whatever, I remember the sun never went down, so it was like that Midsummer festival?

METAL-RULES: I think you must mean Giants Of Rock festival where you played in 1993 prior the release of DEATH ROW album?

WOLF: Yeah it must have been that one!

Wolf having fun !


METAL-RULES: Let?s go back to the first re -union and OBJECTION OVERRULED days. Then, you really tried to have a real re -union back then?

WOLF: Yeah, we did. We really wanted to stay together for a long, long time and tried really hard to make that happen.

METAL-RULES: It really started really well, I think. You received lot?s of positive publicity and there were interviews and stuff everywhere and OBJECTION OVERRULED did sold pretty well, I think?

WOLF: It did.

METAL-RULES: What but what happened then?

WOLF: Well, several things happened. In the ’90s, it wasn?t particularly popular. OBJECTION OVERRULED was in ’91, so it was still on the end wave of the whole ’80s, kind of. Heavy metal was still popular. You still had bands like Skid Row selling millions of records. But then something happened called Nirvana in the ’90s, and slowly but surely, the whole music scene didn?t want to hear about traditional heavy metal, melodic metal that we played, and we were aware that we couldn’t continue to do the same shit again and again. We tried to change with the times, basically, and that was our desperate attempt to stay up-to-date and it didn?t quite work. And unfortunately, also the production wasn’t very good on that record. I think we had some great song ideas, but maybe they weren’t executed all that great. I would probably do it way different today. I said it again and again, I can?t look back at these times and our records and say it was a mistake because at the time I was 100 per cent convinced this is the right way to go. It turned out later on that it was maybe not a big success, but I’m not the guy who goes back and says, “I knew it all, right away,” ?cause I hate it when people do that. At the time I thought, “Yeah, this is what we need to do,” and I stood 100 per cent behind it, so I’m standing behind it now and saying this what I felt at the time, so it was the right decision, yeah. I?ve heard that even in my own band, when people go, “Oh, I never liked that song.” Then why the heck did you do it? I always liked everything I did, kinda, at the time.

METAL-RULES: Was it like, after DEATH ROW everything slowly went down and you knew what was going to happen?

WOLF: Oh yeah, we felt the vibes at the time. It was like a slowly sinking ship, in a way. And we tried to stop it from sinking, but we didn’t (laughs).



Predator promoshot 1996

METAL-RULES: But you still released third album PREDATOR. How was that period for Accept?

WOLF: PREDATOR was just another attempt to make a record that would fit in the times. What we did on that record – we already knew that was going to be our last record, honestly. It was a very unique situation because Udo was already on the way out, and we knew it, and he knew it. He came with a sort of attitude, like “Alright, I?m gonna sing these songs…,” but he wasn?t even trying at all. He was against the songs, he was against everything, he didn’t want to be there, he didn’t try, so his vocal performance was like so bad that we decided to go ahead and use Peter’s scratch vocals. One thing you have to realize is that Udo never been part of the song writing process, even in the 80s. The creative team was Peter, myself, and Stefan Kauffman. We always finished the songs before he ever entered the studio.

METAL-RULES: Well if Udo never did too much writing for the band then who did wrote the lyrics for PREDATOR and the rest of the albums?

WOLF: Deaffy, my wife Gaby. All of them. In the 90s she kind of phased out from that, and we got some other guy in there, an English guy who kind of helped us with the lyrics. But everything was always done to the point, to the melody, to the note – everything was done before Udo ever even showed up. We always worked the same way. We did it the same way on PREDATOR. Peter and myself, we wrote all the songs, and then Udo’s performance was so bad that we kind of kept some of Peter’s original vocals, which in turn upset Udo so much that he left the band. Udo was so offended by that. Our point was that “Hey, your original version was so terrible that we couldn’t leave it.”

METAL-RULES: But you recorded Udo’s “scratch” vocals also for all songs on PREDATOR?

WOLF: did. But we didn’t use ‘em. It was just another instance of hurt ego. In a way, I can understand Udo’s reaction, from his point of view. We wanted to have the songs sung in the way they were meant to be, ’cause we had this sort of, the way we worked in the band, we finished all the songs before he ever came and there were certain melody lines and certain characters of the songs. As soon as Udo sang them they changed dramatically, a lot of times for the worse.

METAL-RULES: It had to go his way, because his voice range is so limited, right?

WOLF: Right, and certain key notes and melody lines or phrasing – his timing is so different. When you sing that kind of music you have to be a certain way, and it was always not the way we wanted it to be. So there was this eternal frustration, all the time, every record… We felt with this one record, this one instance, we know it’s gonna be our last record any how, let’s just at least release it the way the song was intended to be. Even if it’s not going to please all the Accept fans, even if it’s going to piss Udo off – let’s at least do it for our own sake, let’s at least please ourselves.

METAL-RULES: I can imagine that you did a lot of work for that record?

WOLF: Yeah, we always did! Heck, we always did the work behind the scenery. That was our reasoning for doing it, and it was probably wrong, and we kind of knew it, but we knew he was going to leave the band any how, and we felt like “Whatever.”

METAL-RULES: Actually, it?s not so bad album after all and at least that album has a lot better sound than DEATH ROW has?

WOLF: Oh, much better, ’cause Michael Wagener mixed it. DEATH ROW is like a home made production. It was recorded in our rehearsal facility, in our own kind of studio by Stefan Kauffman. No outside person was involved. It was something that we did on our own, and in retrospect, those records sometimes don’t turn out as good.



 Accept promo 1989 with David Reece and Jim Stacey

METAL-RULES: When we both now know some of the limitations of working with Udo, how it was working with David Reece then?

WOLF: Artistically, it was much better because he had more of a range, a vocal range, but of course it was different problems with David Reece. The sky was the limit, all of a sudden. We could do things we had never done before, which, I found out during that process, that?

METAL-RULES: Was it frustrating finding it out at that point of your career?

WOLF: No, but I tell you there’s a certain, as much as I bitch about Udo’s, sort of limit, the fact that he was so limited, there’s a certain comfort in that also, because it defines your style right away.You know right away that “you can’t do this, you can’t do that,” so you kind of try to focus on what you can do. And with David Reece, we didn?t really focus on that anymore, because we could do just about anything. We could do a ballad, we could do this, we could do that, so we did it all. But that?s why we lost the Accept style on that record.

METAL-RULES: There are songs like “XTC” ja “D-Train” which are brilliant metal songs so musically it?s not a bad album at all in my opinion?

WOLF: No, I don?t think it is bad either. It’s just not as narrowly defined in a style sense as all the other Accept records. And that’s only because for the first time, we could do songs that we couldn?t do before like more of a pop, more of a melody, more of a like, different, creative tools that we didn’t have.

METAL-RULES: Whatever happened to the guitar player Jim Stacey who played second guitar on that record?

WOLF: I don’t know, we kind of lost track of him.

METAL-RULES: Did he play any notes on that album?

WOLF: I don’t think he did. I played most of the guitar tracks all the time (laughs).

METAL-RULES: Well then I’m going to ask how much Herman has played on Accept albums?

WOLF: He did play some, not a lot, but he did some “laughs”

METAL-RULES: Why did you decided to re-record EAT THE HEAT track “Generation Clash” again for DEATH ROW?

WOLF: I think it was Stefan’s idea? I think we felt it wasn’t originally produced correctly, and that our demo version was a little better.

METAL-RULES: More raw, or something?

WOLF: Yeah, some of the details were better about it, we felt. We thought, “We need another song.” Why not re-do that song the way it was meant to be?

METAL-RULES: To you, which version do you think sounds better?

WOLF: What do I think now? I don’t know – I haven’t heard it in so long. I know I wasn’t happy with the way EAT THE HEAT was produced.

METAL-RULES: On EAT THE HEATit was the drums that were really lacking in my opinion.

WOLF: It sounds terrible. You know why that is? Because of electronic drums which were used. That was the thing at the time, and Dieter Dierks was way into that. He mixed it so loud in the mix. We tried to stop him, but?

METAL-RULES: Drums really sounds like a drum machine on that album.

WOLF: It’s terrible, and I can’t listen to that record to this day. The drum arrangement is so weird. He made Stefan not to play the way he normally plays.

METAL-RULES: I was going to ask if the drums were played or are they just computer stuff but?

WOLF: Yeah, they’re played. They’re not programmed. He played them that way, but he played them really weird, because Dieter Dierks produced him that way, and every little drum beat and lick was arranged by Dieter.

METAL-RULES: Otherwise it’s a good sounding record. It’s just the drum sound which really s***!

WOLF: Yeah, they’re triggers, so you know they’re gonna be the same – boom, boom, boom – all the time, so that’s why it’s almost like a drum machine. What we used was this weird thing by Simmons drums I think. Very expensive first electronic drum kit with pads, and it has little intensity, but not a lot. A little dynamic but very limited. It’s really on or off, all the time, whether you hit it hard or not. You don’t get all the dynamics you normally get, and all the spectrum. If you hit a snare ten times, it’s gonna sound different ten times. But if you hit a sample, it’s gonna sound the exact same, every f****’ time. It was called SDX at the time. It was very expensive, and didn’t work worth a crap.

METAL-RULES: Those were the kind of drums Eric Carr (KISS) used to play live in the 80?s. During the solo he was using them.

WOLF: It was one of those things. It just wasn’t worth a damn.

METAL-RULES: When you were making a tour for EAT THE HEAT is U.S and?

WOLF: Oh yeah – bad tour! It was bad, pretty bad! Yeah, I tell you, that was a situation. It was a sinking ship, really! “laughs”

METAL-RULES: I understand. You had Ken Mary (Alice Cooper, House Of Lords) playing drums on that tour. What happened to Stefan Kauffmann back then?

WOLF: Yes we had Ken Mary. One thing after another happened. Stefan left the band, we had to try and find a different replacement drummer from one day to the next, and then we had Jim Stacey in the band, and he wasn?t an original band member, and we had a new singer. So all of a sudden there was three new guys and only two original guys, and it was like, I looked around and one day I realized no stage “this is really not as good as I wish it was.” It was kind of a sinking ship. And on top of all that we had these personal problems, and all of sudden there was this sort of famous fist fight between Peter Baltes and David. That’s when we talked to each other and we thought “Man, we should just pack up and go!” This is not like what we wanted to do. It was like beating a dead horse. I think the last straw was Stefan Kauffman leaving the band. Mid-tour, too.

METAL-RULES: Was it because of the back problems?

WOLF: I think it was, but honestly, it was as much a mental thing as it was a health thing. Yeah, he had a back problem, but he was sick of it also. It was many things coming together. I?m no doctor – I don?t know how fucked-up his back really is?

METAL-RULES: On that tour you also had W.A.S.P. with you. How was it working with Blackie and the guys? I?ve heard so many bad stories about them?

WOLF: They were just dicks, honestly. They were trying to play superstars, and they weren’t. W.A.S.P. was really bad at that bullshit kind of behaviour. There was one other band – Twisted Sister. In the 90s, we played with them in Belgium, I think in, maybe ninety something?

METAL-RULES: It must have been in the 80s because they broke up in ?89?

WOLF: Right. Maybe it was ’86 or ’87? And they closed off the whole backstage area, and on the way to the stage, they had several security guards with them. There were several bands before them – it was a mini-festival, or some shit – and all of a sudden, there were these ropes, and you could not walk from here to there, and there were big security guards, and I was wondering “What the hell is going on here?” “Uh, Twisted Sister is coming through here any moment, so you better step back.” And I thought “What the fuck?!” You know what I mean? It was like, all they did was walk on stage, but they closed off the whole area, and “Sir you can?t be here. Sir.” It was like the CIA, like the president or something. It was so ridiculous.

METAL-RULES: Same thing happened in Swedenrock in 2001 when WASP was playing there?

WOLF: Oh my gosh! Still the same big stardom “laughs” See, to me, I’ve always been a sort of cynic in a way. To me, that sort of shit is so laughable. I don’t even know what to say about it. We tried to never do any of that. All we are is just a bunch of guys going up there and playing some songs. If you even think about the whole perspective of that, that’s why I always, I mean, I always try to take my job seriously, but never the whole person. Wolf Hoffman? I mean, you can’t take that too seriously. All we are is just a bunch of guys playing some songs. It’s people who get so carried away with that shit, they’re so full of themselves it’s just ridiculous. It’s not like their curing cancer or doing some really important job for mankind. They’re just a bunch of dumb guys going up there and making a bunch of noise. It’s cool, but that’s all it is, and you should treat it as that, in my mind.




METAL-RULES: I talked with Peter yesterday and he said that he has found something new in his life?

WOLF: The spirtituality?

METAL-RULES: Yeah. Do you know something more about that?

WOLF: No, I don’t. I mean, he’s sort of found this religious thing, and I know nothing about it because I didn’t find it, so it’s all really up to him to explain it.

METAL-RULES: Do you know when it started?

WOLF: Since the last few years. We’ve been away for ten years, so everybody sort of did different things, and I think he became religious or something. But it’s everybody’s own belief, and I don’t get involved in that. It’s got nothing to do with the band.

METAL-RULES: Is there any new music coming out from Wolf Hoffman?

WOLF: I hope there is!

METAL-RULES: Do you already have some ideas?

WOLF: Yeah, I have lots of ideas, but you gotta, you know, make ‘em come true. That’s my sort of goal for the next year, is to actually make that come true, because now, I’m all inspired, I’m all fired up about playing music again. Through the help of these fesitvals – I was not playing much music in the last few years at all, and the longer you stay away from it, the bigger step it seems to be to actually come back to it. Now that I’ve been on stage again, I’m thinking like “Well hey, this is fun, nothing to it.” So I think I want to do that, something more. I made this little record five years ago, and it was a studio project only, and I had a ball with it. I want to do one more. It was a lot of work, but at the same time, it was very peaceful and very easy, because I didn’t have to compromise. No singer-egos, no lyrics, no bullshit, you know? It was just me and a bunch of friends.

METAL-RULES: Some years ago you did some song writing and recording together with Sebastian Bach?

WOLF: That was the same – it was just a day or two in the studio. I live in Tennessee on sort of a farm setting, and there’s a building that we have a recording studio in, on that farm property. Michael Wagener is working out of there, the L.A. producer. He was working there with Sebastian, and Sebastian used to be a huge Accept fan and he still is, I think. So he kind of thought “Hey, why don’t you write a song?.” We did, and I had a ball. That only lasted for a day or two, though?

Alive and kickin’ !

METAL-RULES: Are there any other projects you’ve been involved in like that one?

WOLF: I played on a Randy Rhodes tribute, did a bunch of songs on that, whatever Michael Wagener talked me into over the years. Then we had a band called Hammerfall in there, and they recorded a record in there. They almost talked me into playing on their record, but they didn’t succeed!(laughs). Other people ask me from time to time. My thing is if I like the song, I’ll play on it. If it’s something that aort of flows from the hand, and it bleeds with my kind of playing, then I’ll play on it.

METAL-RULES: But could you still imagine having a new band by yourself?

WOLF: Sometimes I think about it, but I think about the consequences, and then I think if I did anything I’d probably make that classical record and go on tour with on orchestra. Something, that’s totally different. I don’t know if you’ve heard the record or not?

METAL-RULES: I have it. Actually it’s in my bag “laughs”

WOLF: Well, thank you. I think this is something that says “It’s totally me.” It’s different enough from Accept, and I could still be me enough. I wouldn’t try to be something I can’t.

METAL-RULES: Is there any guitar player that you would like to play with someday, or would have liked to play with?

WOLF: There’s lots of good guitar players, but I don’t know?

METAL-RULES: Would you ever consider to do something like Yngwie Malmsteen did with Steve Vai and Joe Satriani, like G3 tour they did together?

WOLF: No, I see myself totally different from those guys. If I ever did anything, it would be with an acoustic guitar player who’s phenomenal. Somebody, maybe, nobody’s ever heard of. It would be way different from the G3 bullshit thing that you’ve seen. Which is a genre in their own mind – I don’t want to knock ‘em, because they do what they do, but I’m not in that same league by any means. I’m not as good as they are, I’m not as flashy, I’m not as fast. I don’t want to be, either. I do what I do, and it’s different. It’s more slow and tasteful, whatever.

METAL-RULES: So do you like more guitarists like Ritchie Blackmore then??

WOLF: There you go! I like him a lot. He’s cool. I don’t want to say to much before I ever do it, because who knows if I ever get to that point. I like Ritchie Blackmore, I’m not sure if I like his new stuff as I did his old stuff. He’s into this baroque kind of music, and I hate that shit(laughs).

METAL-RULES: When he did the first album with Blackmore?s Night, it was kind of great and funny and refreshing thing but now after four or something BN albums it?s not too great anymore?

WOLF: I agree. I don’t get this whole barouqe, renaissance, the outfits. I don’t get it, I don’t like it, I think the songs are terrible, I don’t like this woman. I’m not saying he should only play Deep Purple music but?

METAL-RULES: Maybe some Rainbow stuff?

WOLF: That’s kind of what everybody’s waiting for, honestly.

METAL-RULES: I think he will, but do you know the reason he stopped doing that? Because he’s married to that woman, and there’s a mother-in-law.

WOLF: Yeah, I heard about that.



 METAL-RULES: Well I must ask again. After this tour is over is that the real end of the Accept?

WOLF: Well, I hope it would happen again, honestly. I wish we could do this every ten years, or every five years. But it’s pretty unlikely, the way Udo’s behaving and shit. He’s making it really hard for us. We’re trying everything we can, but it’s always us against Udo.

METAL-RULES: That’s strange?

WOLF: I know. I can’t understand it either, because I think he would help himself with his own career, if he was more cooperative. He’s just totally counter-productive every step of the way.

METAL-RULES: Because then he would sell more copies of his brand new album, which is soon coming out?

WOLF: I know! You would think so. I don’t see why he can’t say “Yes, this is Accept, this is the real thing.”

METAL-RULES: As you know he plays mostly Accept songs on tour with U.D.O. What do you think about that?

WOLF: I know! But he’s trying to think like he’s as good or better than Accept. Which is silly, because history teaches everybody that if you, imagine like Bruce Springsteen, I mean Bruce Dickinson, and Iron Maiden – if Bruce Dickinson had his own band and played 80 per cent or 60 per cent Iron Maiden, he still wouldn’t be as good as the real thing. You never can be, because the real thing is the real thing. You’re best off, if you start your own band, to be totally different from what you’ve been. That’s kind of why, about ten years ago, I walked away from this music scene. I had the choice too – I could’ve started my own band, but I could already see that people would always compare me to Accept. I’m “the old Accept guitar player,” and if I did anything that’s rock-related, people would almost force me to play Accept songs at my own shows. It would be very close to Accept, but it wouldn’t be the real thing. It never can be, so I think the only choice you have, once you’ve been in a successful band like Accept for that long, once you start you’re own band you have to be totally different.

METAL-RULES: Is there going to be a live album or a DVD from this tour?

WOLF: I don’t know about a live album. My hope is that we can record some material for a DVD. That’s my big hope. And hopefully, Udo will agree to that? So far, we’re still fighting. If he says no, we can’t do it. We’ll see, hopefully. Like I said, he’s difficult every step of the way. I hope that he will agree to that, ’cause that will be something for the fans that people can remember for a long time, and it could be sort of a testimony – “this was the last version of Accept that you saw.” Hopefully we can release something, because we never really made any good DVDs.

METAL-RULES: Yeah, to be honest that one, “Blast From The Past”, is not too great release from Accept?

WOLF: Yeah, I know. I wasn’t involved in it, and I don’t want to knock it, but what are you gonna do?

METAL-RULES: It was the first and only official tour video from Accept?

WOLF: I know. I didn’t think it was great, but I didn’t think it was that bad that I should stop it. So I let them have it, and I let them release it. I make a little money on it too, so whatever. At this point now, I think another live CD from Accept, in this version now – I don’t know. We’re essentially playing the same songs we played years ago.

METAL-RULES: Do you have any unreleased stuff from any past tours?

WOLF: No, we don’t. I walked away from everything ten years ago. I didn’t listen to any of the U.D.O. stuff, I didn’t listen to anything these guys did. And they released everything – Live here, Live there, Live in Russia. So they kind of milked that whole Accept thing to death, in my mind. It’s the same thing over and over again. I said “Whatever, guys. If it makes you happy, here’s my signature – go for it.” If I’m not involved, I don’t want to stop it just for the sake of saying no. Why would I do that?

Balls to the wall !


METAL-RULES: You also said in some interviews, about six or seven years ago, that it’s really ridiculous when guys over 45 play the same old songs, and they keep on touring with their old bands, and stuff like that??

WOLF: I made a really nasty remark in one of the magazines, I know. It was called like Classic Rock Magazine or something. I really went at it! You’re the first one to even challenge me on that one! “laughs”

METAL-RULES: Was it on purpose, you really wanted to say those things that way?

WOLF: Totally.

METAL-RULES: It was funny “laughs”. I remember when that interview came out and it was before the re ?union boom. I mean bands like Twisted Sister, Motley Crue, and others who are now back in action.

WOLF: It’s just coincidence. What I meant by that, I meant it’s silly, if you’re like 45 or 50, you’re slightly overweight, and you try and fit in these old spandex jeans and try to behave like “I’m still the same cool guy I was 20 years ago!” when you’re not. That’s what I meant, but we’re not trying to do that.

METAL-RULES: It would really get silly, if you would wear some wigs and old clothes now?

WOLF: Yeah, and I think that’s when it gets a little silly. At this point in my life, I’m not trying to start a new career. With Accept, this is sort of a special occasion, only kind of thing. We’re all coming together to do this from different parts of life, and we all have our own individual careers, doing different things.

METAL-RULES: Tell us something about your photography career?

WOLF: I’ve been taking pictures for almost 20 years now. It started as a hobby, and I got more and more involved in it during the 80s. I was a serious amateur, taking pictures on the road when we were travelling, and I got bigger and bigger cameras. Even in that break we had from ’89 to 90 or whatever, I was trying to start working with other photographers as an assistant, and I wanted to be a full-time photographer, and then the band got back together, so I stopped. When we really quit for good in ’96 I said “I wanna walk away from everything, but what else can I do in life?”, and this is what I thought I could do.

METAL-RULES: You have been making a living doing that?

WOLF: I have been making a living for the last eight years with just that. It was very hard the first three years, but for the last five years I’ve been having a great career and having a fabulous life just doing photography for advertising agencies and magazines and things like that.

METAL-RULES: How does it feel to be on the “other side” of camera?

WOLF: It feels great, and what I like about is the fact that it’s not a group effort. I’m just sort of my own guy. I hire an assistant, I hire a makeup artist for the day, but other than that I’m my own one-man company. A one-man army. I love that aspect of it. Whether the photo’s great, or if it sucks, it’s really up to me, in a way. Not because the singer is pissed off or the drummer didn’t show up, you know what I mean? At the same time, it’s a totally different field that nobody knows me in. I’m a schmuck just like everybody else. I don’t get any special treatment just because I’ve been in a metal band. Nobody knows what I’ve done. There’s no crossover. There’s no crossover ever, except for I did a very cool project where I photographed the personal guitar collections of world-famous guitar players, like Chet Atkins and Les Paul. I went to their homes and photographed the personal guitar collections of Les Paul and Chet Atkins. Those are sort of collector’s books that come out, with beautiful, glossy pictures. That was a lot of fun, because as a guitar player I had a special interest in all these prototype Les Paul guitars from like 1953.

METAL-RULES: Did you ever asked any autographs from your guitar heroes?

WOLF: From Les Paul, you mean? I did. I made him sign this little Polaroid or something. I took some Poloroids and said “Hey Les! Can you sign this for me?” Of course he did, and I don’t know where the heck it is, but it was pretty cool. And he’s still a cool guy. He’s like 90 years old, or maybe 88? And he still plays, and he’s still a pretty cool guy.

METAL-RULES: So there we go?

WOLF: There – I talk enough. I talked your ears off. Time to go to bed.

METAL-RULES: This was really great. Thank you!

WOLF: Thank you. I had fun!

METAL-RULES: Hopely I did some new questions for your ears also?

WOLF: Yeah man, that was very interesting, honestly.

METAL-RULES: You know, I never do questions before an interview.

WOLF: Good. I hate those things. You know those people who ask you all these questions? And sometimes, they have this list there, and they ask you one question up here, and you cannot answer certain things that come back later on. You’ve already answered it, but just because it’s on their fucking list they ask it again. “Well, it’s like I said earlier…”, so you answer the same fucking thing–

(knock on door)

WOLF: I think this is a sign for us. I think they want us out of here?

METAL-RULES: Yeah. Thanks once again and see you on the show!




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Tuska Open Air Metal Festival 2005 – Helsinki Finland

August 28th, 2005

The Central Park Of Kaisaniemi ? Helsinki ? Finland
15th ? 17th of July 2005

Pics and reviews by team Finland

What happens in the middle of July in the central park of the summer city of Helsinki every year? Well, what a easy question, the annual Tuska Open Air Metal festival takes place every year at that time. It pulls in over 33.000 metal hearts of all ages and all kinds of persons to spend an unforgettable metallic feast in the heart of Helsinki. As it is said The Gods made heavy metal which has turned out be nothing but right in every aspect as the weather was extremely warm and hot during the whole weekend apart from a few darker clouds having gathered around the area when Dimmu Borgir stepped on the stage and in general the atmosphere was peaceful and bigger problems managed to be avoided, thanks to the common metal spirit of the Finnish die hard metal freaks.

The bill of 2005 didn?t offer any offer so-called any big selling names like Nightwish being one of the headlining acts at Tuska last year, but instead a variety of different metal genres were at present ranging from a hyper-blasting grindcore to a more melancholic Finnish mainstream rock. Having a large range of metal proves Tuska is not limited to one certain metal category as everyone had something to feel, taste and see during the three long days.

The Tuska Open Air festival has reached and gained a lot of positive attention amongst the metal people around the world. There were people having arrived from Russia, Estonia, Sweden, all around Europe and even from some Far East countries. Despite not having a big name, the metal festival was totally sold out and even a few hundred leftover tickets for Friday were sold after all.

As usual it has turned out to be an annual mandatory tradition for having an article of the Tuska festival in Metal-Rules.Com, therefore the Finnish Metal-Rules.Com pain squad spent the whole weekend testifying several acts in action and tried to feel the spirit of Heavy Metal and enjoy the pleasure of the flesh as well during the three insane long days in the beautiful central park of Kaisaniemi and in the heart of Helsinki with several friends as well as everlasting enemies. Enjoy?


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Giants of Rock in Copenhagen Denmark 2005

July 25th, 2005

Giants of Rock
Gentofte Stadion
10/7 ? 2005

By: Anders Sandvall

Pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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Udo Dirkschneider

January 6th, 2004

Interview with Udo Dirkschneider

Interview by Marko Syrjala & Luxi Lahtinen,

pics by Marko Syrjala


Udo Dirkschneider is a living legend. He?s one of the founding members of Accept which is one of the most important bands in heavy metal history. Together they released series of classic albums like Balls To The WallRestless And Wild and Metal Heart which sold millions of copies worldwide. After he left Accept in the late eighties, Udo started a new band which was simply called U.D.O. They released four very successful albums before Udo decided to reunite with Accept but just a few years later Accept break up again and it was time to regroup U.D.O in 1997.  Now the voice of Accept has once again returned with his brand new album called Thunderball and I was lucky enough to talk with master himself before their show in Finland in October 2004.


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