In a brand new interview with Zisis Petkanas of Greece’s Rock Overdose, ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffmann spoke about his long-lasting working relationship with singer Mark Tornillo, who joined the band in 2009. He mentioned (as transcribed by Phoosi): “I believe it simply proves what I’ve at all times felt. It is a partnership, and except you have got the proper associate, yeah, it isn’t gonna work. It is virtually like a wedding or one thing. Simply because it did not work as soon as with any person else does not imply there’s not the proper particular person on the market someplace, and I believe we discovered that proper particular person. And he is acquired the proper voice, he has an excellent perspective, he is acquired the appears to be like, and he is a complete steel freak. So I believe we simply have a profitable crew right here.”
When Petkanas requested Hoffmann about unique ACCEPT singer Udo Dirkschneider‘s remark that the band’s present lineup is “not ACCEPT” anymore as a result of Wolf is the one remaining unique member left, the guitarist responded: “Yeah, yeah. After all. I do know. What else is new? After all he is gonna say that. What else is he gonna speak about? See, that is the factor — in the event you continuously speak about one thing that occurred 30 years in the past, what does that let you know about your individual profession? That is all I’ve to say about that. I at all times assume the proof is within the pudding — make some nice music and the remaining will kind itself out. And that is all we’re attempting to do. We’re not attempting to compete with anyone. We do not have to show ourselves. We’re ACCEPT and we make nice albums. That is all I do know.”
Final month, Udo mentioned in an interview with Australia’s “Scars And Guitars” podcast that he has had no contact with Wolf in recent times. “And I do not wanna have any contact with him,” he added. “I am actually good pals now once more with [former ACCEPT bassist] Peter Baltes; he did all of the bass guitars on [my new] cowl album [‘My Way’], for instance. I nonetheless have relationship with [ex-ACCEPT drummer] Stefan Kaufmann. Through the years, he was the guitar participant in U.D.O. [and] he was producing U.D.O. and stuff like that. And the one man I do not wanna discuss to — as an instance it this manner — is Wolf. There’s numerous the reason why. I want him all the most effective. [He’s] an excellent guitar participant anyway, however for me to work with him once more — by no means.”
Throughout the identical chat, Udo was requested if he has ever had a chance to satisfy Tornillo. Dirkschneider mentioned: “There was a competition, Masters Of Rock, occurring within the Czech Republic, and I used to be a visitor singer of LORDI — I did a track along with LORDI. And LORDI was headlining and ACCEPT was the particular visitor of this competition, not the headliner. And on the lodge, we [Mark and I] have been ready each for a driver, and he by no means mentioned to me hiya or one thing like that. Okay, I imply, what can I do? Why not say hiya? I am additionally actually good pals with David Reece who did [ACCEPT‘s] ‘Eat The Warmth’ album. We’re actually, actually good pals; we discuss generally on the telephone and blah blah blah. I do not know… What I heard from Peter is that it was not allowed that he discuss to me. Do not ask me. Neglect it…”
Udo added: “He is singer, he is doing job now with ACCEPT, and I want him good luck. And possibly in the future [we will meet and speak to each other]. You by no means know.”
Final December, Udo instructed Simfonia Metàl·lica that dropping the rights to the ACCEPT identify was the most important mistake he made in his skilled profession. “That is the one factor I am actually not proud of,” he mentioned. “I used to be creating the identify ACCEPT. After which, after we got here — as an instance in ’80, ’81, we needed to signal numerous paperwork. And generally you are probably not wanting on this. After which, ultimately, after they fired me [from] my very own band, I discovered a paper [saying] all of the rights [to the ACCEPT name] go to Wolf Hoffmann. And that is actually an enormous level, a nasty level for me. The identify is often on me and never on Wolf Hoffmann.”
He continued: “This was an enormous mistake — probably not to look what you are signing. However anyway, that is historical past — [it happened] a very long time in the past. And I believe ultimately now, in a means I do not care. However generally [I think] I did an enormous mistake. However anyway, it occurred.”
Final yr, Udo dominated out the potential of a reunion with ACCEPT, telling TNT Radio Rock: “I do not wanna say something unhealthy. Wolf is a good guitar participant. He is an excellent man — I do know that. However one factor, and that is why by no means ever can occur once more a reunion or stuff like that, is he was stealing my identify. A very long time in the past, in ’81, after we needed to signal some papers. I used to be actually younger, and, ‘Yeah, okay,’ I signed my contracts. There was some paper in between [all the others], and he [got] the rights [to the ACCEPT name]. Nevertheless it was not Wolf [who orchestrated it]; I believe it was now his spouse. She was the supervisor of ACCEPT, and she or he was intelligent to place the [ACCEPT] identify on Wolf Hoffmann. And that is the factor that makes me nonetheless offended — he was actually stealing the identify. I imply, I used to be making ACCEPT in ’68.
“In the long run, as an individual, [he’s] undoubtedly an excellent guitar participant, an excellent man,” Udo added. “It is historical past. I believe I am fairly profitable with U.D.O. If I would like, I can do anytime a tour below [the name] DIRKSCHNEIDER and play ACCEPT songs. If I actually say, ‘Okay, I wanna do that once more,’ no issues in any respect. However the remaining, in a means, is historical past.
“For instance, I used to be working with Peter Baltes and Stefan Kaufmann collectively on the only ‘The place The Angels Fly’, and everyone was, like, ‘Oh, what is that this? That is extra ACCEPT than ACCEPT is doing now in the meanwhile.'”
Dirkschneider‘s long-running steel band U.D.O. launched an album in July 2020 known as “We Are One”, that includes contributions from Baltes and Kaufmann. Baltes and Kaufmann additionally reunited with Dirkschneider within the studio to report an EP below the DIRKSCHNEIDER & THE OLD GANG banner, titled “Arising”, which got here out in August 2021.
In January 2021, Hoffmann was requested by SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk” if he was stunned to see Baltes working with Dirkschneider on some new music final yr. He responded: “Yeah, I most likely should not say a lot about that. Once more, I can solely speculate what that was all about. On the finish of the day, we do our factor, and everyone has to know for themselves what they wanna do. Yeah, let me not say as a lot about that as I can, please.”
Again in 2015, Hoffmann dismissed Dirkschneider‘s remark that the band’s then-lineup — which included Baltes and Tornillo — carried out reside “with none emotion.” “It is simply hilarious at this level,” Wolf mentioned. “It is only a huge joke in our lives. And we simply go on about our lives, and we do our factor, and we simply… We let this stuff go by and snigger about it. He is really form of our press agent, in a means. He retains us [in the news].”