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Date: Nov 9 11:03:38 2009
Powerline A.D. Interviews Wolf Hoffmann

Powerline A.D. recently interview the Accept guitarist Wolf Hoffmann.  Here are a few excerpts from the interview:

Powerline A.D.: Word has it the new album is almost finished. Is that true? If so, any word on a release date? Title? etc?
Wolf Hoffmann: Right now we are recording at Andy Sneaps studio in the UK. Its going great. Andy is an incredible talented producer and we all are enjoying the recording process very much. Actually, we just finished recording drums. Release is planned for early 2010.

Powerline A.D.: New singer, Mark Tornillo, is exciting to fans. He has a good Bon Scott raspiness to his voice. A much more appropriate replacement for Udo than, say, another David Reece. His arrival into the history of Accept happened pretty fast, no?
Wolf: Yeah, very fast indeed. Peter and I were jamming one weekend near his home in Pennsylvania this is all after Udo had just announced there was no chance of a reunion with him. So, needless to say, we wanted to let off some steam and just shred. We were tossing some ideas around like we always have. Peter and I have always been a good team when it comes to writing songs. Of course, jamming is a lot more fun with a singer and somebody suggested to give Mark Tornillo a call to see if he would join us. He lived around the corner and when we called him he said he had tough cold that had been dragging on for some time but he was gonna come anyhow. One thing led to another and before we knew it we were jamming Accept tunes. Turns out Mark knew a bunch of the Accept classics from having covered them back in the day with his band TT Quick. Mark started singing and within a few moment Peter and I looked at each other: Are you thinking what I am thinking?... A couple of songs from this impromptu jam session were later posted online.

Powerline A.D.: Herman Frank (guitar) is back for this new Accept line-up, but no Stefan Kaufmann (drums). Health problems still prevent him from playing drums? Stefan Schwarzmann is the definite drummer? Was Jörg Fischer available?
Wolf: It worked so well with Herman before so we are happy and proud to have him on board once again.  He is a great player and a good friend. The same goes for Stefan Schwarzmann, who replaced Kaufmann back in 1994 after he quit during the recording of the Death Row album - due to health problems. As far as I know Kaufmann has not played drums since he is now Udos man, meaning his producer, songwriter and guitar player. No word on Jorg, - for us he has disappeared 20 years ago without a trace.

Powerline A.D.: Some might say that's the beginning of true speed metal or power metal. Do you like Accept being known as the forefathers of speed metal, power metal?
Wolf: I leave it  to fans to decide what Accept is known for. But I think it's true. "Fast as a Shark" inspired a lot of other bands who took it much further and started what  become known as speed metal. If we had anything to do with that well, thats just great and a great honor, isnt it?

Read the entire interview HERE


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