ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffmann says that he has “numerous ideas” about Udo Dirkschneider‘s choice to embark on one last tour throughout which the singer is performing nothing however ACCEPT songs.
The DIRKSCHNEIDER tour, which was launched in early 2016, was initially purported to conclude with the band’s North American run in January/February 2017, has now been prolonged via the autumn of 2018.
Asked by SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation” radio present what his ideas are about his former bandmate taking part in a full set of ACCEPT classics whereas the Mark Tornillo-fronted model of ACCEPT continues to be actively recording and touring, Wolf mentioned: “Well, I’ve numerous ideas about that, however I am not gonna share ’em with you. I might slightly not touch upon that, as a result of that appears a lot ‘backwards and forwards,’ and I feel I ought to avoid it… You can draw your personal conclusions all day lengthy, however I am not gonna get into it; it is simply not price it.
“I get requested [about Udo] so many instances, and, man, it has been so a few years — it is such an previous story by now,” Wolf continued. “We’ve moved on well past that, and we have had 10 good years [with Mark Tornillo], we’re making cool albums; I feel we’re doing superb. So I do not spend any time eager about it.
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“I am very pleased with the historical past we now have collectively and all that, however I am simply not gonna get into the present ‘he mentioned, she mentioned’ no matter — it is not price it,” Hoffmann concluded.
Udo instructed rock journalist Mitch Lafon that his choice to carry out ACCEPT materials one final time took place on account of his want to “shut [the] guide, and say, ‘Okay, that is it. I learn it.'” He defined: “Sometimes you must come to an finish with one thing. I wanna shut up all the things with ACCEPT. And this would be the final time.”
Dirkschneider added that he did not need to proceed being in comparison with the present lineup of ACCEPT. He mentioned: “Now ACCEPT continues to be on tour, and so they have a brand new singer, and they’re doing additionally ‘Balls To The Wall’ and they’re doing additionally ‘Metal Heart’, they do ‘Princess Of The Dawn’. And I do not wanna be all the time in contrast and should say, ‘What do you concentrate on this and this and this?’ This can be one more reason. I wanna shut the ACCEPT chapter.”
Dirkschneider confirmed to Greece’s Rock Overdose that he’ll now not carry out any ACCEPT songs dwell as soon as he has accomplished his present touring obligations together with his DIRKSCHNEIDER undertaking. “I did now the DIRKSCHNEIDER factor for practically 300 exhibits — I performed solely ACCEPT songs,” he mentioned. “If [the fans] wanna hear some ACCEPT traditional stuff, what can I say? Then please go to [see] ACCEPT; they’re nonetheless touring.”
Back in 2015, Hoffmann dismissed Dirkschneider‘s remark that the band’s present lineup performs dwell “with none emotion,” “It’s simply hilarious at this level,” Wolf mentioned. “It’s only a large joke in our lives. And we simply go on about our lives, and we do our factor, and we simply… We let these items go by and chortle about it. He’s really form of our press agent, in a means. He retains us [in the news].”
ACCEPT in 2005 accomplished a 25th-anniversary tour with a touring lineup of unique members Dirkschneider, Hoffmann and Herman Frank (each on guitar) and Peter Baltes (bass), together with drummer Stefan Schwarzmann.