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JOEL HOEKSTRA Explains How He Landed Gig As ACCEPT's New Touring Guitarist

In a new interview with The Logan Show, Joel Hoekstra spoke about how he was recruited to play guitar for ACCEPT for all of the band's European festival appearances in 2024 and the South American tour in May. Hoekstra will be standing in for Phil Shouse, who will remain with the band as their perman...
February 3, 2024
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Ex-ACCEPT Singer DAVID REECE Releases Music Video For New Solo Single 'Enemy Is Me'

American singer David Reece, who fronted ACCEPT in the late '80s, will release a new solo album, "Baptized By Fire", on March 1, 2024 via El Puerto Records. The official music video for the LP's first single, "Enemy Is Me", can be seen below. With "Enemy Is Me", Reece sends a first hint at the music...
February 1, 2024
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Watch: ACCEPT's WOLF HOFFMANN Reveals Gear He Uses For His 'Electrifying Stage Performances'

ACCEPT has shared a new video in which guitarist Wolf Hoffmann reveals what he uses and plays on stage. In the five-minute clip, which can be seen below, Wolf "takes us through the gear that creates his electrifying stage performances," according to a message accompanying the video's YouTube release...
January 17, 2024
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ACCEPT Recruits WHITESNAKE Guitarist JOEL HOEKSTRA For South American Tour, European Festivals

ACCEPT will perform at all European festivals in 2024 and the South American tour in May with Joel Hoekstra. Hoekstra will be standing in for Phil Shouse, who will remain with the band as their permanent live guitarist for all other gigs. New York-based Joel Hoekstra is best known to fans as a curre...
January 11, 2024
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DORO PESCH Says She Never Takes Vacations: 'I Don't Really Recharge My Batteries'

In a new interview with Brazil's Heavy Talk, German metal queen Doro Pesch was asked if she is spending the holidays recharging her batteries or if she is already planning her activities for 2024. She responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "Actually, lots of touring and festivals. And then,...
December 26, 2023
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U.D.O. Announces September/October 2024 North American Tour

U.D.O., the German metal band fronted by former ACCEPT singer Udo Dirkschneider, has announced the rescheduled dates for its North American tour. The 22-date trek, which was originally scheduled to kick off on November 3, 2023 in Frenchtown, New Jersey and make stops in Houston, San Antonio, Dallas,...
November 10, 2023
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U.D.O. Postpones North American Tour To 2024

U.D.O., the German metal band fronted by former ACCEPT singer Udo Dirkschneider, has postponed its recently announced North American tour. The 22-date trek, which was originally scheduled to kick off on November 3 in Frenchtown, New Jersey and make stops in Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Los Angeles,...
October 29, 2023
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PETER BALTES On Leaving ACCEPT: 'Once You're Not Involved Anymore In The Decision Making, What's The Point?

In a new interview with Jorge Botas of Portugal's Metal Global, former ACCEPT bassist Peter Baltes was asked about his decision to exit the band in 2018 after spending more than three decades with the Wolf Hoffmann-led outfit. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "Everybody knows now....
October 18, 2023
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UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER Is 'Talking About' Staging 'Big Event' In 2025 To Celebrate 50th Anniversary

German heavy metal singer Udo Dirkschneider, who started his professional career in the mid-1970s with ACCEPT, has told Belgian Jasper in a new interview that he is contemplating staging a "big event" to celebrate his decades-long involvement in the music industry. Speaking about the possibility of...
September 17, 2023
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UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER Knew For 'A Long Time' PETER BALTES Was Going To Leave ACCEPT

In a new interview with Robert Cavuoto of Metal Rules, original ACCEPT singer Udo Dirkschneider was asked if he was surprised to see bassist Peter Baltes exit the band in 2018 after spending more than three decades with the Wolf Hoffmann-led outfit. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET):...
September 2, 2023
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U.D.O. Announces Fall 2023 North American Tour

U.D.O., the German metal band fronted by former ACCEPT singer Udo Dirkschneider, will embark on a North American tour this fall. The 22-date trek will kick off on November 3 in Frenchtown, New Jersey and make stops in Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Columbus, Mon...
September 1, 2023
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UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER Says Younger Metal Bands Need A 'Concept' In Order To Stand Out

In a new interview with Let's Talk Music, former ACCEPT and current U.D.O. frontman Udo Dirkschneider spoke about his recent switch from longtime record label AFM to Atomic Fire. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "I was together with AFM for 14, 15 years. So then there came up a French i...
August 30, 2023
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UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER Doesn't Believe OZZY OSBOURNE Will Ever Perform Live Again: 'I Think This Is Over'

During a new appearance on the "That Metal Interview" podcast, former ACCEPT and current U.D.O. frontman Udo Dirkschneider was asked if he thinks Ozzy Osbourne will ever be well enough to be able to perform live again following his recent health issues. Udo responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH....
August 27, 2023
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Touchdown

Good old Udo Dirkschneider. 44 years since the release of the first ACCEPT album, the German legend is still bashing away on the metal frontlines. "Touchdown" is the 18th album under the U.D.O. banner and, notably, the first to feature ex-ACCEPT bassist Peter Baltes. The likelihood that this will be...
August 22, 2023
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U.D.O. To Launch North American Tour In November 2023

In a new interview with George Dionne of KNAC.COM, former ACCEPT and current U.D.O./ DIRKSCHNEIDER frontman Udo Dirkschneider was asked if there is any chance that his fans in America will get to see him perform this year. Udo, who turned 71 in April, responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET):...
August 17, 2023