The legendary heavy metal band Accept from Germany have officially reformed with new lead singer Mark Tornillo (ex-TT Quick) and are planning to hit the road later this year. A new studio album is also in the works.
"It all happened in minutes," says lead guitarist Wolf Hoffmann. "Peter [Baltes, bass] and I were working on some tunes in a studio in New Jersey. Somebody suggested we give this guy Mark a call to see if he would join us on vocals. So when he arrived we started jamming on some old Accept tunes — just for fun. As soon as Mark started singing we looked at each other and realized the impossible just happened: we found a new voice for ACCEPT! The timing could not have been better! Now or never... We are re-energized and excited..."
"I want to point out," says Gaby Hoffmann, the longtime Accept manager, "that Udo Dirkschneider [original Accept singer] has always been our first choice and was asked again to join us for touring and recording. However, after a career of more than 20 years with his own band U.D.O., we understand and respect his decision to focus on his own project and hope that all his fans continue to support U.D.O. as they have until today! More music is better for the fans; there is room for Accept as well as U.D.O. We wish Udo all the best and thank him for his continued inspiration NOT to give up Accept and for reviving out 'metal hearts!' Mark Tornillo knows he has big shoes to fill but he has proven to us at first sight that he can expand with ease the level of Accept's well-known songwriter talent. Wolf Hoffmann, Peter Baltes, Herman Frank [guitar] and Stefan Schwarzmann [drums] have been Accept for a long time and are looking forward to jump back into action and produce great music."
"We can't wait to go out and play again," says Baltes. "Just because Udo isn't available doesn't mean we'll have to sit idle any longer. We feel Mark is the perfect fit. Mark is an experienced veteran singer who is aware of the Accept legacy and his voice fits the sound of Accept perfectly. We can't wait to hear him on new material. Wolf and I have already begun the process of writing songs for a new studio album. He and I have always been a great songwriting team — most of the classic Accept tunes were written that way; together with Deaffy, a.k.a. Gaby Hoffmann, as a lyricist."