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U.D.O. Announces 'Touchdown', First Studio Album With PETER BALTES As Official Member

After touring Australia and Japan as well as kicking off this year's festival season by introducing new bassist Peter Baltes last month, U.D.O. — the heavy metal five-piece led by former ACCEPT vocalist Udo Dirkschneider — let the next cat out of the bag today: In between various live activities thr...
May 19, 2023

Watch: ACCEPT Performs In Santiago Without Drummer CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS And Guitarist PHILIP SHOUSE

ACCEPT drummer Christopher Williams was forced to sit out the band's concert in Santiago, Chile Sunday night (April 23) after coming down with a case of food poisoning hours before he was due to take the stage. Filling in for him for was ACCEPT's drum technician Daniel Douchette. The news of Christo...
April 24, 2023

Watch: UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER And TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS Perform JUDAS PRIEST Classics At Santiago Concert

Tim "Ripper" Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) and Udo Dirkschneider (ACCEPT, U.D.O.) have joined forces for a string of shows in South America where they are performing JUDAS PRIEST and ACCEPT classics. Fan-filmed video of the April 21 concert at Teatro Cariola in Santiago, Chile can be seen below....
April 23, 2023

ACCEPT Guitarist PHILIP SHOUSE Collapses Due To 'Food Poisoning And Dehydration'

ACCEPT will perform without Philip Shouse tonight (Sunday, April 23) in Santiago, Chile after the guitarist collapsed on a plane in Lima, Peru prior to take-off due to "food poisoning and dehydration". Part of ACCEPT's three-guitarist lineup, Shouse originally filled in for Uwe Lulis during 2019's "...
April 23, 2023


Former ACCEPT bassist Peter Baltes has officially joined U.D.O. and DIRKSCHNEIDER, the two bands fronted by original ACCEPT singer Udo Dirkschneider. Baltes has been playing bass for U.D.O. since last September, initially as a temporary replacement for U.D.O.'s then-bassist Tilen Hudrap who was hosp...
April 13, 2023

Watch Pro-Shot Video Of ACCEPT's Concert In Paris

Duke TV has uploaded professionally filmed video of ACCEPT's January 18 concert at Bataclan in Paris, France. Featured songs: 0:15 - Zombie Apocalypse 5:15 - Symphony Of Pain 9:55 - Restless And Wild This past January, ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffmann was asked in an interview with Made In Metal if t...
April 1, 2023


In a new interview with Australia's Silver Tiger Media, ex-ACCEPT singer Udo Dirkschneider spoke about what it has been like to work again with his former ACCEPT bandmate Peter Baltes on U.D.O.'s recent tours. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "Yeah, [Peter] was helping us out on [U.D.O....
March 31, 2023

Watch: ACCEPT's WOLF HOFFMANN Teaches You How To Play 'Midnight Mover'

ACCEPT's Wolf Hoffmann recently launched a new YouTube channel where he teaches you how to play some of the band's most popular songs, including "Balls To The Wall" and "Fast As A Shark". Check out the most recent clip, for the track "Midnight Mover", below. This past January, Hoffmann was asked in...
March 26, 2023

WOLF HOFFMANN Thought Heavy Metal Was 'Dead' And Would 'Never Come Back' After Rise Of Grunge In 1990s

In a new interview with Headbangers Latinoamerica, ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffmann reflected on the band's ill-fated late 1980s period when they were fronted by American singer David Reece. Reece was recruited for ACCEPT's "Eat The Heat" LP in 1989 following the departure of Udo Dirkschneider. Reece'...
March 23, 2023

ACCEPT's WOLF HOFFMANN: 'The Business Of Music Has Changed So Much'

In a recent interview with France's Duke TV, ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffmann spoke about how the introduction of social media and the emergence of music streaming services like Spotify has affected the music industry. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "In the '80s, when we started, it was...
March 19, 2023

PETER BALTES Reveals He Was 'Extremely Unhappy' In ACCEPT, Says He Found Out He Was Just 'A Hired Gun' In The Band

Former ACCEPT bassist Peter Baltes says that he was "extremely unhappy" toward the end of his four-decade tenure with the band. The 64-year-old German-born musician discussed his decision to leave ACCEPT in a new interview with Scott Itter of Dr. Music. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET):...
March 17, 2023

IRON ALLIES Feat. Former ACCEPT Members HERMAN FRANK And DAVID REECE: Video Of Trübbach, Switzerland Concert

IRON ALLIES, the new band featuring former ACCEPT members Herman Frank and David Reece, played its second concert on March 11 at Jonnys Lion-Cave in Trübbach, Switzerland. Fan-filmed video of the show can be seen below. IRON ALLIES' debut album, "Blood In Blood Out", arrived last October via AFM Rec...
March 15, 2023

ACCEPT's WOLF HOFFMANN Names His Five Favorite Albums Of All Time

In the video below, which was originally uploaded to TikTok, ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffmann names his five favorite albums of all time. He says (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "I'm gonna use 'British Steel' by JUDAS PRIEST as number one. Number two's gonna be 'Highway To Hell' by AC/DC. Number...
March 14, 2023

Watch: ACCEPT's WOLF HOFFMANN Teaches You How To Play 'Balls To The Wall' And 'Fast As A Shark'

ACCEPT's Wolf Hoffmann has launched a new YouTube channel where he teaches you how to play some of the band's most popular songs, including "Balls To The Wall" and "Fast As A Shark". Check out the first few clips below. This past January, Hoffmann was asked in an interview with Made In Metal if ther...
March 11, 2023

ACCEPT's MARK TORNILLO On Possible Solo Album: 'It's Definitely In The Back Of My Mind'

In a new interview with Finland's Sysi Media, ACCEPT singer Mark Tornillo was asked if he has ever given any consideration to making a solo album. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "Yeah, I've tossed it around a bunch of times. I have so much material that I could do, to put on it,...
March 6, 2023