Author Archives: aliblackdiamond
Interview By Clive Tomlinson
Metal giants ACCEPT have been back on the road since early January for “The Rise Of Chaos” European Tour – an extensive one with 28 shows in 14 countries! Ahead of the band’s UK date in London on 8th February, we asked UK fan Clive Tomlinson to write some questions for axeman Wolf Hoffmann, check out the interview below!
The band have been in one form or another for many years. What drives you to carry on/ what makes you guys still hungry?
WOLF: Good question! It was always ACCEPT, the restless workers – with different “players”. When we found our heart and soul of typical ACCEPT distinction as song writers and performers and followed out natural evolvement, we reached a point of security. It took a long break to make a blind man see and a deaf one hear in 2010 to convince myself of something – many never reach – we have “arrived” – it was indeed our destiny. And that – to have reached the place where you should be and seeing all your doubts and questions fade – that gives you strength and factor the time in – that gives you some kind of urgency I never had before.
With all the albums that you have released over the years what is your personal favourite?
WOLF: Anytime a different one…every new release has this “getting to know each other” period, like the fans have and only time is telling. But looking back, I have to say – it varies!
Would you ever consider doing an anniversary tour for a particular album or era with former band members?
WOLF: No – I don’t think so…but who knows! Right now – we have no time for that…we need to hurry to get everything out! We sure are on the run!
Your music is awesome even when you integrate classical pieces into your bridges or solos. What gives you the inspiration to join the two genres together?
WOLF: That started over 3 decades ago and it was a natural for me – never thought about it. It just happened and stayed with me. Where there is a me – there is Classical Music.
The flying V has always been an integral part of the Accept attack. Apart the early days when you also used to use a Stratocaster. Has the V always been your favourite?
WOLF: Always and now I have my own signature Guitar the FLYING FORTRESS – where FRAMUS gave me the chance to get EVERYTHING I ever dreamed off! It is love…yes!
The first time I saw you guys was supporting Judas Priest on the Point Of Entry tour in Newcastle. You guys rocked and I’ve been a fan ever since. Last time I saw you guys was on the Russian Roulette tour back in ’86.
What are the chances of a full UK tour as you have fans all over the UK?
WOLF: We are working on it and yes this will happen.
You’ve probably played with ever band under the sun. Are there any you haven’t played with, or would love to play with again?
WOLF: I am with ACCEPT since I was 16 years old and – except one time – I played as a surprise guest with Sebastian Bach exactly ONE song many years ago – it’s not my thing!
I’m not going to ask who you wouldn’t want to play with.
WOLF: Oh, you can – my answer is easy, since I never did that and can not imagine I ever will – I can not name anybody! But – I know where I will always be – it’s with ACCEPT!
Rock geek time – what does your gig rig consist of?
WOLF: KEMPER .. I AM HOOKED…I love Kemper!!! And the way we are touring and traveling this is IT!
WOLF: Thanx you for having me!!!! See you around!
ACCEPT are playing at the Koko in London on Thursday 8th February. For the rest of the tour dates and more information, visit the official ACCEPT website here.
Today, May 17th is the 40th anniversary of the release of the timeless masterpiece, “Rising”, by iconic heavy rock band RAINBOW. The album was the second studio album of the band, featuring legends Ritchie Blackmore (Guitar), Ronnie James Dio (Vocals), Cozy Powell (Drums), Jimmy Bain (Bass) and Tony Carey (Keyboards, orchestron), released in 1976.
To pay tribute to this very special event, five Iranian rockers joined forces with Iranian rock and metal music journalist and producer, Mohsen “Stargazer” Fayazi, to cover the brilliant ‘Stargazer’ song, which is indeed like a shiny jewel in the rock music world. After spending about four months practicing, recording, mixing and mastering in their tiny home studios, they made a video from their time together working on this effort. They planned to publish the video online today on YouTube, but unfortunately it was not that simple.
“From the very beginning, our goal was to show respect and love to everyone who was a part of that magical record,” commented Mohsen. So to share their passion, he sent an email to Ritchie Blackmore‘s agent to check that it was ok to publish this video online. “It was not as simple as I thought. I really had no clue that the copyright of the first two albums by Rainbow does not belong to them anymore,” Mohsen said. He continues “I had to discuss and explain our situation for a few publishing companies and every time a new company approached me, I had to explain it from the beginning.
I think they were a little bit confused, which I don’t blame them for, I am sure it was their first time to receive an email from someone in Iran asking for permission like this. I should mention they were all nice, kind and helpful during the discussion. But after about many emails back and forth, I received the news that the right holders rejected our request, but may consider it if we paid a license fee, though still no guarantee. There is no chance for us to pay any fee as earning money from this was never our plan, we were not selling a recording. Also, due to sanctions, no foreign banks currently work with Iran, so transferring money is impossible. I was really shocked at the way this turned out, all we wanted was to share our excitement, passion and love for this song with rest of the rest of the world. It is a shame we could not do that, though I still feel that they did not fully understood our situation here in Iran.”
“Art is valuable and good music is priceless and that’s why we spent lots of time and energy on this effort. We decided to not publish the video in the end as we really don’t want to be disrespectful. We had lots of great times working on this project and we celebrated this event with a huge amount of love and passion. We really appreciate what those guys did in 1976 and we truly and deeply miss Ronnie, Cozy and Jimmy, they will never be forgotten. We also would like to send congratulations to Mr Ritchie Blackmore for all great things he has done for the music world!
I also would like to thank all the members of this project for their awesome work and passion, you all did an amazing job!
R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio, Cozy Powell, Jimmy Bain and Long Live Ritchie Blackmore!”
The personnel who were part of this project are:
Hadi Kiani – (Vocals and sound recording)
Ehsan Imani – (Guitar, sound recording, mixing and mastering, video editor)
Morteza Hosseini – (Guitar, sound recording)
Hamid Alizadeh – (Guitar)
Mohammad Nik – (Bass)
Mohsen Fayazi – (Producer, video editor and director)