Sung by Mark Tornillo...
Accept is a German heavy metal band from the town of Solingen, originally assembled in the early 1970s by vocalist Udo Dirkschneider. They played an important role in the development of speed metal,being part of the German heavy metal scene to emerge in the early to mid 1980s. The band's 1983 album, Balls to the Wall, subsequently became their most successful release, featuring its well-known hit with the same title. Following their disbandment in 1997 and brief resurrection in 2005, they reunited in 2009 with former T.T. Quick frontman Mark Tornillo replacing Dirkschneider, and consequently releasing their highest charting album to date, Blood of the Nations. They have sold over 27 million albums worldwide.
he band who eventually became Accept was originally founded in 1968 by Udo Dirkschneider and Michael Wagener under the name Band X. For many years, Accept went through numerous changes to its line-up. This instability essentially kept the band on an amateur level, making sporadic appearances in festival concerts. Accept's professional career began in 1976, when they were invited to play at one of the first rock and roll festivals from Germany — Rock am Rhein. Following the festival, the band received a recording deal. Their first recording was the self-titled Accept album which did not achieve much commercial success.
The first stable line-up of Accept was composed of vocalist Udo Dirkschneider, guitarists Wolf Hoffmann and Gerhard Wahl, bassist Peter Baltes and drummer Frank Friedrich. Friedrich and Wahl quit the band after the release of Accept, since they did not intend to pursue a professional career in music. They were replaced by Stefan Kaufmann and Jörg Fischer, and with this line-up the band proceeded to record I'm a Rebel in 1980. The title track originally was written for AC/DC but never released by them. This was the album which brought media attention to the band, which was subsequently invited to make its first televised show.
Three important events took place in 1981. First, the album Breaker was released. Second, a contract with manager Gaby Hauke was signed, an agreement which lasted for the whole of the band's career. Third, Accept joined Judas Priest's world tour and obtained a fair amount of success, making the band known outside of Europe.
The next album — Restless and Wild — was released in 1982, but did not have the presence of Jörg Fischer, who quit the band a short time before the recording took place. Jan Koemmet was hired as Accept's new guitarist, but departed from the band before the recording of the album. Restless and Wild saw an evolution in the band's sound, which incorporated several characteristics of the genre which would later be called speed metal. Gaby Hauke is credited as "Deaffy" on two of the tracks.
Accept became successful with their next release, Balls to the Wall (1983), now with Herman Frank (ex-Sinner), which would prove to be something different from what they had previously recorded. The album was of a conceptual nature, and included songs which spoke about themes such as politics, sexuality and different kinds of human relationships. For example the title track "Balls to the Wall" refers to slaves revolting against oppressing masters. "Fight It Back" is about the social misfit, fighting against conformity. All songs were credited to Accept + "Deaffy". Deaffy was later revealed to be their manager Gaby Hauke's pseudonym for her contribution to the band's lyrics. She proceeded to compose the lyrics of all of their songs from that album on, except a couple of songs on their final album Predator. She did not officially claim authorship of the songs until the band had broken up.
During a show in their hometown in the year of 1983, the band ran into Jörg Fischer by chance. On Hauke's insistence, Fischer was made part of the band once more. A world tour followed which would take them through all of 1984 — with the historic Monsters of Rock festival as a mid-year highlight.
Metal Heart was released in 1985. Produced by Scorpions producer Dieter Dierks, it presented the creative career peak for the band. Accept went on to tour around the globe in front of packed houses, soon documented by the live album Kaizoku-Ban. Russian Roulette continued the series of albums, released in 1986. In 1987, in spite of their tremendous success, Accept and Udo decided together that Udo would embark on a solo career to pursue his own happiness. Supporting this decision, the songwriting team of Accept wrote an entire album for him. Accept and their management were eager to help him launch this solo career. It was released in 1987 with the title "Animal House" under the band moniker U.D.O. which Udo Dirkschneider continues to tour with to date.
On June 13, 2010 Accept opened for AC/DC at a concert in Stuttgart, Germany, and on June 25, 2010 they were headliners in the Sonisphere festival in Romania and Turkey, playing for 2 hours, including their classics "Balls to the Wall", "Metal Heart" and "Princess of the Dawn". Accept also played tracks off their new album. Blood of the Nations was released in Europe on August 20, 2010 and made a sensational chart debut at Number 4 in the official German Media Control Charts. It marks the band’s highest chart debut in their entire career.
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