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Accept's Wolf Hoffman: 'Nobody knew how long this could go on for'

Exclusive video: Accept guitarist Wolf Hoffman reflects on the band's international breakthrough and career longevity

While the roots of teutonic metallers Accept can be traced back to the late 60s, and it's been more than four decades since they first played the legendary Rock am Ring Festival in Germany, the band didn't really get going internationally until signing a worldwide deal in the early 1980s and Balls To The Wall became an unlikely hit on MTV.

More than three decades later Accept are still going strong, and are about to release their 15th studio album, The Rise Of Chaos. It's out next month on Nuclear Blast, and guitarist Wolf Hoffman is still coming to terms with the years and the numbers and how it's all worked out.

"Back in those days, the oldest guys were in their thirties," says Hoffman. "There were no rock musicians who were 50 years old! That didn't exist back then. When we started with Accept I was 16. In those days, the Rolling Stones were probably not even 30! There was nobody older than that, and nobody knew how long you could do this. It's a crazy thing."

Watch the full video below.

Accept play Wacken Open Air next month, followed by dates in North America, Japan, Australia and South America (full list below).

The Rise Of Chaos will be released on August 4, and is available to pre-order now.

Accept tour dates

Aug 03: Wacken Open Air, Wacken, Germany
Sep 07: Saban Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA
Sep 10: Drum Logos, Fukuoka-Shi, Japan
Sep 12: Umeda Club Quattro, Osaka, Japan
Sep 13: Bottom Line, Nagoya-Shi, Japan
Sep 14: Nakano Sun Plaza Hall, Nakano-Ku, Japan
Sep 17: 170 Russell Melbourne, Australia
Sep 26: Irving Plaza, New York, NY
Sep 28: White Oak Music Hall, Houston, TX
Sep 29: The Arcada, Saint Charles, IL
Sep 30: The Rose, Pasadena, CA
Nov 17: El Teatro Flores, Buenos Aires City, Argentina
Nov 19: Sala del Museo, Veinticinco De Agosto, Uruguay
Nov 21: Teatro Cariola, Santiago, Chile
Nov 23: Paraguay Alternativo, Asuncion, Paraguay
Nov 25: Festival del Diablo III, Bogota, Colombia
Nov 27: Peppers, San Jose, Costa Rica

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Rise Of Chaos Tracklist

  1. Die by the Sword
  2. Hole in the Head
  3. The Rise of Chaos
  4. Koolaid
  5. No Regrets
  6. Analog Man
  7. What’s Done Is Done
  8. Worlds Colliding
  9. Carry the Weight
  10. Race to Extinction

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