Accept To Release New Single “The Undertaker” In October

Accept will be releasing a new single titled “The Undertaker” on October 2. The two-track single will be available digitally and on 7 inch vinyl and it will also include a live version of “Life’s A Bitch” from a 2019 show in Oulu, Finland. “The Undertaker” will appear on the band’s upcoming album.

Watch Three Former Members Of Accept Reunite In “Where The Angels Fly” Video

Former Accept members Udo Dirkschneider, Peter Baltes, and Stefan Kaufmann have shared a video for their song “Where The Angels Fly.” The track, which also features Sven Dirkschneider and Manuela Markewitz, was recorded in support of frontline workers.

Accept Singer Mark Tornillo’s 26-Year-Old Son Michael Tyler Tornillo Passes Away

Michael Tyler Tornillo, the son of Accept singer Mark Tornillo, has sadly passed away at the age of 26. The band issued the following statement:

“In Loving Memory of Michael Tyler Tornillo. It is with great sadness that we join Cheri and Mark Tornillo as they mourn the loss of their beloved son, Michael Tyler Tornillo, who passed away on Sunday, August 9th. Their grief is unimaginable and we ask everyone to kindly respect the family’s privacy during this difficult time. We appreciate your love and support for Cheri, Mark, their daughter Nicole and her husband Matt and baby Nate. May they find peace and comfort in the days to come! The ACCEPT Family”

Accept Working On “Heavy And Dark” New Album

During a recent appearance on the “Rock On The Rise” podcast, Mark Tornillo offered an update on the new Accept album. The singer said the band are about “nine songs in” and that the new material is “heavy and dark.”

Tornillo said the following:

“When this [coronavirus pandemic] first started, I had been back and forth to Nashville a few times — or a couple of times, anyway — working with [guitarist] Wolf [Hoffmann]. And when they found out that the JUDAS PRIEST tour was getting canceled also, [longtime ACCEPT producer] Andy [Sneap, who plays guitar for JUDAS PRIEST] had some free time, so Andy went to Nashville. So I went back, and we damn near recorded the whole new album.”

“We’re nine songs in. They’re not all complete… We’ve written, I would say, somewhere around 15 or 16 songs, so that’s what we actually got to record. There are some rhythm tracks done on some of the other ones, but I didn’t get to sing them. And some things, I think, might actually be complete, which Andy may be mixing at this moment. But there’s talks of us dropping a single this summer and hopefully getting this thing out by Christmas, if possible. We’ll see how that plays out.”

“There’s gonna be some surprisingly really good shit on this record… They’re my children at this point, so I’m kind of proud of ’em. We’ll see how they turn out. We’ll see what they grow up to be… There’s gonna be some different kind of things on this one — heavy and dark.”

He also added the following about the departure of bassist Peter Baltes:

“We kind of knew it was coming. He was unhappy for, I’m gonna say, a couple of years — from ‘Blind Rage’ [2014] on. And, really, nobody could get a grip on why or what was going on. We were touring, and he’d be staying away from everybody. It was kind of weird. So we had a kind of feeling that something was gonna happen. I think he and Wolf and Gaby [Hoffmann, ACCEPT’s longtime manager and Wolf’s wife] might have actually been talking about it at the time, but nobody saw it coming like that. We got blindsided.

“This is the first [album] without him playing bass, and it’s also the first album without him as a writer. So the weight of the whole thing pretty much falls upon Wolf and I, relying on the other guys for help. And Gaby” — also known throughout the ’80s by the mysterious alias “Deaffy” — “still has her two cents in there sometimes, which she does. I write all the lyrics at this point, but I still rely on her for some lyrical ideas, and she never disappoints.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Accept Recruit Third Guitarist Philip Shouse

Accept have welcomed Philip Shouse to the band as their third guitarist. Shouse was originally recruited to fill in for Uwe Lulis, who is recovering from surgery, but the group have now decided to keep him on as a permanent member.

The band commented:

“BIG NEWS!!!!!! – ACCEPT are getting ready for two upcoming North American dates next week on November 8th at the Arcada Theater in St. Charles, IL and November 10th at the Foamhenge Festival in Houston,TX.

Unfortunately, Uwe Lulis will not be able to join us for these two shows as he recuperates from recent reconstructive surgery on his leg from injuries he received to it in a near fatal motorcycle accident a decade ago. Uwe has dealt with the injury for a long time and has had many surgeries as a result.

In the process of finding coverage for Uwe for these shows, everybody remarked how they loved working with Philip Shouse during this year‘s Symphonic Terror Tour so we asked if he could help us out for these two shows. To our and Uwe’s great relief – he said yes!

During the next few days as lots of e-mails and discussions about the Ins and Outs for the 2 gigs and rehearsals in Nashville lead the band to an unexpected question: Why doesn‘t Phil join us and stay as a permanent member of ACCEPT? The answer? It was unanimous! Everyone agreed and Phil did too!

After his recovery, Uwe will continue to tour with ACCEPT and rejoin the guys for the upcoming South American shows in December. Wolf in support of his bandmate says, “Uwe became a great friend for all of us and after his recovery he might need to adjust his stage moves a bit – which is no problem with all the support he has from us! We are here for you, brother!”

ACCEPT would like to welcome Phil into the band and wish Uwe a speedy recovery and invite the fans to see this brand new ACCEPT version with PHIL, UWE & WOLF on Guitar, CHRISTOPHER on drums, MARTIN on bass – and THE Voice: Mighty MARK TORNILLO!”

Listen To New Accept Song “Life’s A Bitch”

Accept have released a new 7″ single titled “Life’s A Bitch.” The effort comes with the new title track on the a-side and a live version of “Restless And Wild” from Wacken 2017 on the b-side. You can stream “Life’s A Bitch” below. Wolf Hoffmann commented:

“We love the title of the single… Who does not agree to that ‘life’s a bitch’? It is universal, even if the stories are different. Everybody knows what that means!”

Accept Announce New Bassist, Recruit Violinist For “Symphonic Terror” Tour

Accept have welcomed bassist Martin Motnik to the band as a replacement for Peter Baltes. With this news, the group have also recruited Ava-Rebekah Rahman to play violin on their upcoming “Symphonic Terror” tour.

Wolf Hoffmann said the following about Motnik:

“We were overwhelmed and honored by the musicians who auditioned for the open position. The level of talent we saw was unprecedented, and we believe Martin Motnik is a perfect fit as he’ll be joining us for the ‘Symphonic Terror’ tour and upcoming ACCEPT shows.”

He also added the following about Rahman, who is a descendant of Bengali Royalty:

“For the orchestra shows, we decided to pair an electric guitar with a violin, making for an interesting duet, and Ava-Rebekah Rahman takes it to a whole other level. The show is still very METAL, but with a classical touch.”

Tour Dates:

04/20 Wuppertal, GER – Stadthalle Wuppertal
04/21 Leipzig, GER – Haus Auensee
04/22 Hamburg, GER – Mehr! Theater am Großmarkt
04/23 Fürth, GER – Stadthalle
04/25 Kiev, UKR – National Palace of Arts
04/27 St. Petersburg, RUS – DK Lensoveta
04/28 Moscow, RUS – Crocus City Hall
05/18 Plovdiv, BUL – Ancient Theatre
05/19 Plovdiv, BUL – Ancient Theatre
05/25 Saarbrücken, GER – Congresshalle
05/27 Munich, GER – Circus Krone

In other news, Accept will also be releasing a new 7″ single titled “Life’s A Bitch” on Friday (April 19). The effort will come with the title track on the a-side and a live version of “Restless And Wild” from Wacken 2017 on the b-side. Pre-orders can be found HERE. Hoffmann commented:

“We love the title of the single… Who does not agree to that ‘life’s a bitch’? It is universal, even if the stories are different. Everybody knows what that means!”

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This is the week! Have you already pre-ordered our special 7" vinyl single featuring a brand new studio track titled 'Life's A Bitch', as well as live single 'Restless And Wild (Live at Wacken 2017)' which will be on the B-side. It will be released on April 19th and you can pre-order it now, here: Guitarist Wolf Hoffmann commented: "We love the title of the single… WHO does not agree THAT: 'LIFE’S A BITCH'? It is universal, even if the stories are different. Everybody knows what that means!" Life's A Bitch – Tracklisting: Side A: Life's A Bitch Side B: Restless And Wild (Live At Wacken 2017) Please note: There are only very few quantities left and US release date is 4/26! #lifesabitch #accept #acceptworldwide #vinyl

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Peter Baltes Exits Accept

Accept’s founding bassist Peter Baltes has announced his departure from the band. He said the following:

“To all ACCEPT fans: I hereby like to announce my departure as bass player from ACCEPT. I have been with the band from the very beginning. Many of you have been there as well. I like to thank you all for the great years we shared together. Keep it metal.”

The band added:

“We are all heartbroken! Peter needed a change in his life and we wish him all the best. He will always be part of the ACCEPT family and to honor his tribute to music history, we should all wish him well. Gaby, Wolf, Mark, Uwe & Christopher …in deed ACCEPT WILL KEEP IT METAL!”

Accept Share “Shadow Soldiers” Video From “Symphonic Terror – Live At Wacken 2017”

Accept have shared footage of “Shadow Soldiers” from their new live release “Symphonic Terror – Live At Wacken 2017,” which was released today (November 23). That effort features the band’s August 3, 2017 performance at the Wacken Open Air festival. That two-hour concert was divided into three parts, with the first part featuring new tracks like “Die By The Sword” and “Koolaid”, as well as some hits like “Restless And Wild” and “Pandemic,” the second part featuring guitarist Wolf Hoffmann and a symphony orchestra playing tracks off his “Headbangers Symphony” album, which includes metal versions of classical compositions from Beethoven, Mozart, etc. and the third part featuring Accept and an orchestra playing hits like “Princess Of The Dawn”, “Breaker”, “Fast As A Shark” and “Metal Heart”, as well as new songs like “Stalingrad”, “Shadow Soldiers” and “Teutonic Terror”. The event was closed out with an eight-minute version of “Balls To The Wall”.

Accept Announce German “Symphonic Terror” Shows With An Orchestra

Accept will be playing some April shows with an orchestra in Germany. The idea for these concerts originated from the band’s special set at the 2017 Wacken Open Air festival. That particular performance is the focus of the band’s new live release “Symphonic Terror – Live At Wacken 2017,” which will be available on November 23. Here’s the dates.

04/20 Wuppertal, GER – Stadthalle
04/21 Leipzig, GER – Haus Auesee
04/22 Hamburg, GER – Mehr!Theater
04/23 Fürth, GER – Stadthalle
04/25 Saarbrücken, GER – Congresshalle
04/27 München, GER – Circus Krone