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This Just In: Peter Baltes Leaves Accept!!!

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The Press Release:
ACCEPT’s founding bassist Peter Baltes has announced his exit from the band. He said in a statement: ” To all ACCEPT fans: I hereby announce my departure as bass player from ACCEPT. I have been with the band from the very beginning. Many of you were there as well. I‘d like to thank you all for the great years we shared together. Keep it metal.“

ACCEPT’s founding guitarist Wolf Hoffmann commented: “We spent four decades together through thick and thin, ups and downs and I remember some incredible moments on stage. There was a blind understanding between us, personally and musically, which is very rare in this business! Looking back, I will forever cherish the carefree early years, the countless hours we spent writing songs, goofing around or roaming cities together on tour – just having a good ol’ time! Especially these last 10 years, after the revival of ACCEPT being so much fun and so successful that I thought we would continue forever and sail into the proverbial sunset together – maybe until one of us would drop dead on stage. But I guess I was wrong, it wasn’t meant to be. To see Peter leave ACCEPT now saddens me immensely but there’s nothing I can do but to wish him well – hoping that this is the right decision for him and that he will find whatever he is looking for… I will certainly miss my musical brother! One thing is certain, however: ACCEPT will continue full steam ahead!”

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Overkill & Accept @ Best Buy Theater (4/16/2011)

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Artist: Overkill
Venue: Best Buy Theater (New York, NY)
Opener: Accept, Sabaton, Cypher Seer
Date: 4/16/2011
Label: E1 Entertainment

I know that just by saying this that a lot of Metal fans will think me having a screw loose or not really knowing about the genre but here goes nothing. I am really tired about hearing about the “Big Four” concert that is happening way out in a California desert in a week or so. Yeah its cool that Metallica has chosen to do a show where Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax will all open up for them, but in truth we hear from and about these bands so much that I prefer to focus my attention on the other bands that are working their collective tails off to entertain you and not getting as much internet ink so to speak. With that being said, how cool is it that the mighty Overkill was once again in NYC and hosting an event with Accept as their direct support? In a quick answer, it was super frigging cool. The gig would be at the Best Buy Theater and find both Sabaton and Cypher Seer serving as the first bands on the line. Sadly I would not be able to arrive in time for the Nightmare Records artist Cypher Seer but I can safely say that they are a good band and one that is worth your looking into. They recently released their debut on Nightmare so help them out by ordering yourself a copy.
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Accept @ Gramercy Theatre (5/8/2010)


Artist: Accept
Venue: Gramercy Theatre (New York, NY)
Opener: unknown
Date: 5/8/2010
Label: Nuclear Blast Records

So should I lie to you or should I be totally honest with you? That is the question that comes to my mind when it relates to the band Accept and I have to be brutally honest with you all before I even begin this narrative because I am one of those Metal heads that while enjoying a handful of songs, was never someone who could be considered a diehard supporter of the music of Accept. Historically speaking I only have one album on vinyl but several more on CD and to the best of my knowledge, I had only actually ever seen them perform once in my life and that was when the band was opening up for KISS on their “Lick It Up” tour and were themselves supporting the “Balls To The Wall” album. Oddly enough this was the vinyl that I owned. I admit this because I don’t say it with malice and as years went by I came to enjoy a lot more from the band and would eventually agree that more than a dozen of their tunes were bona fide classics. It’s just at the time that I first heard them it was not my thing. The sad part of the bands existence for the USA fans was that their appearances in this territory were sporadic and no new material had been recorded since 1996 with their album “Predator”. Add to this the exit of singer Udo Dirkschneider, the future truly seemed bleak for the band.
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“Metal Blast From The Past” by Accept

Artist: Accept
Title: “Metal Blast From The Past”
Label: Music Video Distributors
Release Date: 6/2/2006
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 7/10

Germany’s Accept are one of the true Legends of Heavy Metal and this DVD captures the bands early years to some success. Released as a dual disc, one side features a concert and video film that is chock full of footage from a concert in Osaka Japan (1985) as well as a number of the bands videos from that time as well. The concert was their first in Japan and seems taken at around the time of the “Metal Heart” album and a couple of the performances leave you with this impression. Accept were one of those bands that you either loved or hated and this was primarily based on singer Udo Dirkschneiders unique voice, his gravelly tone a far cry from some of the screaming vocals coming from Priest and Maiden during this time in Metal history. The live portion of the film originally comes to us as the concert CD and VHS “Staying A Life” and the only omission from the release are a few songs and the guitar solo by Wolf Hoffman. Inter laced between the live footage are the bands video films which by today’s standards are a bit cliché. However, it was great to be able to see Metal bands doing videos back then, and everyone seemed to do them no matter what kind of music they played.
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