ACCEPT: 'Fast As A Shark' Performance Clip From 'Restless And Live' DVD And Blu-Ray
January 4, 2017
German/American metallers ACCEPT will release a new live set titled "Restless And Live" on January 13 via Nuclear Blast. This package will include the entire show ACCEPT played at 2015's Bang Your Head!!! festival in Balingen, Germany on Blu-ray/DVD plus two CDs.
A performance clip of the song "Fast As A Shark" — taken from "Restless And Live" — is available below.
ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffmann 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!'"
"Restless And Live" track listing:
Blu-ray / 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
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
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
Commented Hoffmann: "We didn't know exactly what would happen back in 2010, what happens if... But this was six years ago and we've released three records since then. With 'Blind Rage', we had our first No. 1 chart record! There can be nothing nicer!"
The package's title, chosen by the band couldn't be more suitable: "'Restless And Live' simply fits what we experienced at Bang Your Head!!! and for what we stand for until today!" Wolf says. "It goes on and on and on! We're already working on a new production. The thought of being on the road again soon gets our blood flowing: And it is possible to overcome everything that happened before."
Asked why it's so important for ACCEPT to still make new music after all this time, Wolf recently told Canadian rock journalist Mitch Lafon: "For us, it was very important, especially since we got [singer] Mark [Tornillo], and when we had our reunion with Mark, the new singer, we really wanted to show to the fans and to us that we still can write relevant new songs, and so that's why we really did three albums in five or six years — really banged them out, one after the other. And those three albums are, in a lot of fans' views, as strong as most of the stuff we've done in the eighties, if not stronger. So I think it's very important for us to come up with new songs, 'cause, you know, once you stop trying, or you're just living on the past, I think that's no good. We're trying to stay relevant, and the fans really appreciate that."
Regarding what Mark Tornillo has added to ACCEPT's sound, Wolf said: "He very much inspired us to write songs, because all of a sudden, he can pretty much sing anything we want him to do. With Udo [Dirkschneider, former ACCEPT singer], it was much more limited, what worked and what didn't work. And Mark, man, anything Peter [Baltes, bass] and I come up with, he can perform, and so that opened a lot of doors, musically, for us, and that inspired us totally. But, like I said before, we always try to stay close to what ACCEPT fans are wanting to hear from us, 'cause we could write a bunch of stuff that was left and right, genre-wise, but I'm not sure if fans would really appreciate it that much. And that's also where [producer] Andy Sneap came in, especially during the 'Blood Of The Nations'  recording. He really, sort of, forced us more to stay true to the course. 'Cause he grew up being an ACCEPT fan and listening to the old albums, and he came in with an expectation, 'All right, we're gonna make a great new ACCEPT album, but it'd better sound like I want it to sound as an ACCEPT fan.'"