After debuting their new line up to a sold-out audience in New York this past May and then traveling to Europe to devastate the masses with shows in 16 different countries in 80 days (including two shows opening for AC/DC), Germany's legendary metal band ACCEPT will return to tour the U.S. for the first time in 14 years on a co-headlining tour with King's X. Their first show will kick-off the eleventh annual ProgPower USA festival in Atlanta.
Guitarist & songwriter Wolf Hoffman checks in about the band's time in Germany & their upcoming North American trek:
"Believe me, this was boot camp, but we loved every minute of it! Twelve months ago, there was nothing on the horizon that would have made us believe we would be on the stages of the world again as ACCEPT… and here we are! [New lead vocalist] Mark Tornillo inspires us to get it all out in a way we have not been challenged before. We can't wait to be on stage with him!!!! He is the new kid on the block and he is the reason we are back again. It is such a relief, such vitamin shot!!! And if we could, we would never stop!!!”
When asked what has surprised the band the most about their fans, Hoffman responds enthusiastically:
"NO DOUBT ABOUT IT - the biggest surprise is the way they make us feel welcomed. Of course we hoped the fans would be happy to have us back - who would not believe that about their fans? - but, what is happening here, EVERYWHERE we go, is a TOTAL KNOCK-OUT for us. WE HAVE NOT SEEN FANS SO HAPPY IN A LONG, LONG TIME.”
Confirmed tour dates are:
09/09/2010 ProgPower USA Kick-Off - Atlanta, GA Center Stage
09/23/2010 The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY
09/24/2010 Ram's Head Live - Baltimore, MD
09/25/2010 The Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ
09/27/2010 B. B. King's - New York, NY
09/29/2010 Showcase Live - Foxboro, MA
10/01/2010 The Silo - Reading, PA
10/02/2010 The Emerald Theatre - Mt. Clemens, MI
10/09/2010 The Arcada Theatre - St. Charles (Chicago), IL
10/12/2010 House Of Blues - Dallas, TX
10/13/2010 House Of Blues - Houston TX
More October dates will be announced soon.
ACCEPT's 2010 line-up includes Wolf Hoffmann on guitar, Peter Baltes on bass, Stefan Schwarzmann on drums, Herman Frank on guitar and Mark Tornillo on vocals.