Metal Fanzine's Ken Kitt has uploaded multi-camera video footage (see below) of ACCEPT performing the song "Balls To The Wall" on October 8, 2010 at the Agora in Cleveland, Ohio. The show, which also included performances by KING'S X and Cleveland's own SHOK PARIS, was professionally filmed and recorded for possible future release.
A poster for the concert was created exclusively for the band by German design artist Claudia von Bihl and can be viewed below.
"If there is any American city being essential in engraving our love for America, it has been Cleveland," ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffmann previouslt said. "That is where we had the first impression of being 'KINGS IN AMERICA!' I believe any rock band knows if you make it in Cleveland, you make it anywhere. And so we did."
The live recording was done by Cleveland-based Spectrum Sound, with Tony Alberts engineering. Alberts has engineered live recordings from STARZ, ANVIL, TROUBLE, TRIVIUM, RAVEN, PILEDRIVER and JAG PANZER, to name a few.
This was the band's second official live recording in Cleveland. In 1984 on the "Balls To The Wall" tour, ACCEPT recorded its performance at the Agora Ballroom for the syndicated "King Biscuit Flower Hour" radio program. Over the years the show has become a popular fan favorite. The original broadcast can be heard in its entirety online at Wolfgang's Vault.
ACCEPT, in the midst of its "Blood Of The Nations" world tour, spent two days in Cleveland. The band paid a visit to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame during the afternoon of October 7 for a private tour and then hosted a retail in-store signing session on October 8 at The Exchange in Parma Heights, Ohio.
Released in North America on September 14 via Nuclear Blast Records, "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, MASTERPLAN). The CD marks the recording debut of the band's latest addition, vocalist Mark Tornillo (ex-TT QUICK).
”Our story is this, a little over 12 months ago none of us could have even been thinking about ACCEPT," said ACCEPT manager (and Wolf's wife) Gaby Hoffmann. "And look where we are now and in record time. We wrote an album, produced it, toured in 17 countries from living room size clubs to playing in front of 80,000 people as special guests for our favorite band AC/DC to headlining the Sonisphere festival. On top of all that, we had the highest chart entry in our entire career — wherever we played live. We call it a miracle!"
ACCEPT 2010 is:
Wolf Hoffmann: Guitar
Peter Baltes: Bass
Herman Frank: Guitar
Mark Tornillo: Vocals
Stefan Schwarzmann: Drums