JAM Magazine Concert Reviews

October 12, 2010
House of Blues - Dallas
Dallas, TX USA
Review by Roy Turner
Photos by Roy Turner

Accept - Accept, King's X

With a New Album, Accept is Ready to Hit the Road

Touring in their first record in 14 years, the ferocious Blood of the Nations, Accept put on old-school show of the highest order. We're talking dual Flying V guitar solos, synchronized stage poses, bottom-feeding bass solos, and many fist-pumps and double bass drums on standout performances of Restless and Wild, Metal Heart, Losers and Winners , Fast As a Shark and of course Balls to the Wall.

If I had any doubts about new vocalist Mark Tornillo's ability to step in for original growler Udo Dirkschneider, that shit was put to rest by the third song of the night. The main thing I enjoyed was the look on Guitarist/bandleader Wolf Hoffmann's face, ecstatic about another go-round with Accept. And while his hair may have disappeared, the energy and passion certainly hasn't.

Now let's get to the crowd: - I am a metal fan and am proud to count myself among their loyal ranks, however, let's be honest – do you personally know anyone that would be willing to fork out 40 bucks to see Accept in 2010? - You are not alone, as the cavernous House of Blues that can hold over 3k, there was easily less than 200 people there at any given time. Now a lot of that could be due to the fact that it was the final game of the ALDS that would send locals, the Texas Rangers to their first ALCS in franchise history playing on the big screen in the other room, or why people decided to stay at home in the first place. Or it could be that only that sort of die hard fan is becoming an increasing rarity. So you can imagine what those that were like. I could over hear people talking about the recent passing of Ronnie James Dio as they were talking about a deceased family member.

What was so great about the show, was it wasn't trying to be anything other than just a fun , at times, even silly, kick-ass rock show, and that's exactly what it was. It was freaking loud, and long as hell too, over two hours of stuff that covered their whole career.

Opening the show was King's X, whom sadly I missed most of because of a scheduling conflict and erroneous information. A more die-hard fan base you are not likely to find, as King's X has the reputation for not only being one of the most solid outfits ever to do it, but when people talk about them it's always accompanied by this tragic story of how they have never been properly recognized, or given the due respect and compensation en masse, so it's like their fans are there to make up for that, and they carry an air of elitism that you're a fool if you don't get this and they are special because there are obviously more fools than believers.

I'm a huge King's X fan, and I just appreciate that they are still around making great music. Always the favorite band of your favorite musicians, the band was joined onstage by Pantera bass player Rex Brown where he played bass and bassist/vocalist Doug Pinnick just sang on the song King. Long time local fans of the band will surely recall seeing the Abbot brothers at just about gig this band has ever done around here while Dime was still alive.

Their set was almost like a co-headlining slot as they played for almost 80 mins, running through a greatest hits variety that included their always a live highlight, Over my Head. Unfortunately, there were even less people there when they were on. Can't wait to see what they will release next.