May 10, 2021
Atlanta, GA
Often viewed as a 3rd rate version of the Scorpions and UFO (which they have a lot in common with), Accept was one of the biggest groups in hard rock in Germany in the Eighties. The group has a pretty obvious Judas Priest/Sabbath influence in their sound, and led by vocalist Udo Dirkschneider, who often sounds like an asthmatic version of Klaus Meine of the Scorpions, and they are also known for their lead guitar attack played on Gibson Flying Vs, and later on Jackson Flying V copies. The guy who managed the group, Dieter Dierks, was a German music executive who had also signed The Scorpions and UFO to their first recording contracts, which often explains why the two bands torued together and formed around the same time.

The group still tours to this day, but with new lead singer, American Mark Tornillo, who replaced Udo in the late 2000s. (Udo now has his own band, which mainly covers Accept songs.) Accept's
album, Balls To The Wall, was released in 1983 on a CBS Records subsidiary, and stands as one of the biggest hard rock albums ever made. It got heavy airplay on MTV, and its thrashing arrangements saw Accept tour with the likes of Blue Oyster Cult, The Scorpions and Rush.

Their other big song, Midnight Mover, was released in 1985. They still tour and record to this day, and still tour the nostalgia circuit with the likes of UFO and Heart. Why Accept is no longer played as much on radio is beyond me, as they also had a good AOR/speed metal/heavy metal sound.

If you like edgy, blues rock like metal, please let me know. Michael Schenker just got some pretty stiff competition.

But if you don't like a lot of hard rock, then skip bands like Accept completely.


Friend of Leo's
May 15, 2016
Bremerton, WA
I liked Accept back in the day, but I liked Raven better (BMX armor and all...:lol:). They've done tours with Accept and even collaborated with Udo on a song or two.

And the guitarist plays a Telecaster with humbuckers... bonus!


Poster Extraordinaire
Jan 18, 2010
on my bike
Saw them numerous times in the 80's, and more "recently" (2012?) with Tornillo singing. That first album with him kicks so much a$$.

I was back in the midwest a couple weeks ago pilfering through all my childhood stuff. 'Lo and behold I found this from '86 with Dio.
I still have the '85-'86 concert tees too. Restless And Wild / Balls on the flipside of the cassette and all was right in the world.

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