Accept is in search of a new bass player.
Founding member Peter Baltes revealed this week that he has left the band. He made the announcement in a shortly-worded news release, which offered no explanation for his departure.
“To All Accept fans, I hereby announce my departure as bass player from Accept,” Baltes said. “I have been with the band from the very beginning. Many of you were there, as well. I’d like to thank you for all the great years we shared together. Keep it real.”
Baltes’ now former band mates offered praise to him in their responses, and also offered no explanation for his departure. Founding guitarist Wolf Hoffman said in his own prepared statement,he appreciated his years working with Baltes.
“We spent four decades together through thick and thin, ups and downs, and I remember some incredible moments on stage,” Hoffman stated. “There was a blind understanding between us, personally and musically, which is very rare in this business! Looking back, I will always cherish the carefree, early years, the countless hours we spent writing songs, goofing around or roaming cities together on tour, just having a good ol’ time! Especially these last 10 years, after the revival of Accept being so much fun and so successful that I thought we would continue forever – maybe until one of us would drop dead on stage, but I guess I was wrong. It wasn’t meant to be.”
Hoffman added Baltes’ departure is discouraging.
“To see Peter leave Accept now saddens me immensely, but there’s nothing I can do but to wish him well – hoping that this is the right decision for him, and that he will find whatever he is looking for…I will certainly miss my musical brother! One thing is certain however: Accept will continue full steam ahead.”
Full steam ahead includes a series of live dates in 2019 in support of the band’s recently released live recording Symphonic Terror. The recording was released Nov. 23 via Nuclear Blast Records. The band’s currently announced live dates are noted below.
20.04.19 Wuppertal – Stadthalle
21.04.19 Leipzig – Haus Auesee
22.04.19 Hamburg – Mehr!Theater
23.04.19 Fürth – Stadthalle
25.05.19 Saarbrücken – Congresshalle
27.05.19 München – Circus Krone
Pre-orders for tickets to the noted shows are open now.
Accept Drummer Christopher Williams offered his own thoughts on Baltes’ announcement, offering a small explanation behind Batles’ departure from the band.
“I want to wish Peter nothing but the best in his future endeavors,” Williams said. “Peter simply needed a change in his personal life. It has been an absolute blast sharing the stage with him over the last four years. He is one of the most solid rock and roll bass players I’ve had the pleasure of working with, and I’ve worked with many. One thing is for certain: I will miss my friend! Thank you Peter, for the great memories and the great music. Cheers!”
Additionally, Williams addressed the band’s fans in his statement.
“To the fans: I’m sure this is a shocking moment for many of you,” Williams said. “As a diehard fan of many bands myself, I understand that transitions like these are never easy, especially with the legacy someone like Peter has with their band. From one fan to another, thank you for all your continued support!”
The band in whole, echoed Williams’ and Hoffman’s thoughts, in a collective statement about Baltes’ departure.
“We are all heartbroken!,” the statement reads. “Peter needed a change in his life an we wish him all the best. He will always be a part of the Accept family, and to honor his tribute to music history, we should all wish him well.”
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