ACCEPT and Wolf Hoffmann are on top of a high mountain now. Releasing two successful albums and selling out many shows during their last worldwide tour are good examples of this claim. However they still have a shining career in their background. That’s why we call them legends. Blackdiamond recently conducted an interview with Wolf, some excerpts of which can be read below.
Whilst discussing Ronnie James Dio, Wolf expressed the following thoughts:
“Not only was he an awesome singer, everybody worshipped him, he was also a very nice person to be around; gentleman like.
We toured with him in 1986, did a whole North American run, opening up for him. He was always very generous and let us use the stage, gave us sound checks and all that kind of stuff. I remember it was a very pleasant tour.
He wasn’t a guy who would hang around all the time – he would do his thing and keep to himself. Then we’d exchange pleasantries and say hi, then we had a beer together. That’s the extent of what we do when we open up for other bands, but he was very nice.“
Wolf revealed his opinion on the classic DIO album Holy Diver:
“Oh man, classic riffs and classic songs, it doesn’t get much better than that! From the ultra heavy metal era that I know, this is one of the classic albums. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Probably Holy Diver is my favourite track.“
Wolf explains the highlights in his and ACCEPT‘s career:
“Coming back after this long break with Mark Tornillo, that was to me the highlight of our career. It was such a crazy story, nobody thought it was going to work, everybody said ‘who needs ACCEPT with a new singer?’ Nobody’s expectations were high, everybody had written it off before it had started.
Then when the album came out and everyone saw us on stage and how on fire we were and how much alive we were, everything turned around and that was a crazy experience. That’s really a story that doesn’t happen very often.
Monsters Of Rock, Castle Donington, that was another highlight of my musical career, back in ’86. It was an amazing bill: AC/DC, Van Halen, Ozzy Osbourne, Gary Moore, Accept, Motley Crue, imagine that bill!“
You can listen to the whole of the interview on the audio player below: