Heavy metal legends Accept went on a mini North American tour in support of their new album, Blind Rage. Metal Church was to be the support for the tour, but they dropped due to singer Ronny Munroe undergoing surgery. So instead, the heavy metal band Raven filled in. Accept is one of the biggest bands of the 80’s with many singles and metal anthems and have returned after a 15 year hiatus and have brought with them a new singer, Mark Tornillo making Blind Rage the third album with him. Fans of all ages eagerly waited for the show to begin. On September 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California at the Saban Theatre, both Accept and Raven were prepared to melt everyone’s faces with their musicianship. This was my first time being at this venue, but with it having “theatre” in its name, I knew more or less what it looked like and I was right. This was also my first time seeing Accept and Raven so I couldn’t wait to hear all those sweet riffs ripping through my ears.
Raven Started things off nicely with their classic heavy metal-sounding music. The crowd was into them as they raised their fists in the air, sang along, headbanged, and anything else they felt like doing. Once they were finished, the stage was cleared to make way for the metal legends from Germany.
Accept’s setlist composed of a range from newer material to their best known classics. They opened with the first track from their new Blind Rage album called, Stampede. Other songs for the night included: Restless and Wild, Teutonic terror, Ahead of the Pack, Stalingrad, and Pandemic. The song highlights had to have been their best known hits which were: Metal Heart, Fast as a Shark (which will get anyone standing around to get crazy), and their metal anthem called Balls to the Wall.
The entire time, the crowd was on their feet singing along, headbanging, and raising and pounding their fists in the air. The age diversity had to be one of the best parts. There were young fans, young adult fans, and the obvious Accept fans of the 1980’s. Accept never showed signs of slowing down, it was monstrous song after monstrous song. Accept have a long career ahead of them still and time itself will not slow them down!
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