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Accept was formed in 1971 by vocalist Udo Dirkschneider and guitarist Michael Wagener. During their 25-year history the band has endured lineup changes, infighting, break-ups and health problems to emerge as one of Europe's most enduring and calamitous heavy metal rock acts.

Taking their name from a Chicken Shack album, Dirkschneider and Wagener formed Accept in 1971 and, five years later, added second guitarist Joerg Fischer, drummer Frank Friedrich and bassist Peter Baltes to the lineup. In 1976 Wagener left the group to pursue a career as a record producer; he was replaced by guitarist Wolf Hoffmann for Accept's 1978 self-titled debut album. Three albums followed in quick succession, including 1980's I'm a Rebel, 1981's Breaker and 1982's Restless and Wild. Breaker made the band a household name and a huge success throughout Europe. After they released Balls to the Wall in 1983, the band spent the following year on the road with the Monsters of Rock tour. 1985's Metal Hear was Accept's first conceptual album and the first political statement from a metal group, depicting a futuristic nation populated by people with computerized, metal hearts.

After the release of 1986's Russian Roulette, Dirkschneider and Hoffman had a falling out over the commercial future of the band. Dirkschneider, who wanted to pursue more experimental rock avenues, eventually left to form his own band, Udo. After a brief break-up, the band decided to forge ahead with a new vocalist, the British-born Rob Armitage. Michael Reece, an American, then took Armitage's place to record the group's most commercial effort, Eat the Heat in 1989. While on tour, Stefan Kaufmann replaced Friedrich on drums. A back problem forced him to quit the tour and as a result of this and other problems, the band broke up once again.

In 1996 the original members reunited one last time. The result was Predator, an album produced by former band member Michael Wagener. In 1998 the group released their farewell album, The Final Chapter, which contained live versions of their biggest hits.

The biography was taken from Rollingstone.com.

The band reunited in October 2004 and were quickly confirmed to play at the German festivals Rock Hard and Wacken Open Air in the summer of 2005.
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Stefan Schwarzmann1994-1995, 2005-2005, 2009-DrumsSee also Helloween, Krokus, Paradox, Running Wild, Skew Siskin, U.D.O., X Wild
Peter Baltes1976-1997, 2004-2005, 2009-Bass
Herman Frank1983-1984, 2004-2005, 2009-GuitarsSee also Hazzard, Sinner, Victory
Wolf Hoffman1976-1997, 2004-2005, 2009-GuitarsSee also Skew Siskin
Former members Add - Fetch
Jörg Fischer1978-1982, 1984-1988Guitars
Frank Friedrich1976-1980DrumsSee also Bad Steve
Michael Cartellone-1995-1997DrumsSee also Tall Stories
Gerhard Wahl1976-1978Guitars
Jim Stacey-1989-Guitars
David Reece1988-1989Vocals
Rob Armitage1987-1988VocalsSee also Jagged Edge
Ken Mary-1989-Drums
Stefan Kaufmann1980-1989DrumsSee also U.D.O.
Jan Komet1971-1975GuitarsSee also Bad Steve
Dieter "Rubi"-1975BassSee also Bad Steve
Birke Hoe1971-Drums
Michael Wagener1971-1976Guitars
Francesco Jovino2004-2005DrumsSee also U.D.O.
Udo Dirkschneider1971-1987, 1992-1997, 2004-2005VocalsSee also U.D.O.
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1979AcceptCBS Records
1980Balls To The WallCBS Records
1981BreakerCBS Records
1982Restless And WildCBS Records
1983Balls To The WallCBS Records
1985Metal HeartCBS Records
1985Kaizoku-Ban (live EP)CBS Records
1986Russian RoulettePortrait
1989Eat The HeatEpic Records
1990Staying A Life (live)Epic Records
1992Objection OverruledCMC
1994Death RowRCA Records
1996PredatorRCA Records
1997The Final Chapter (live)CMC
2010Blood of the NationsNuclear Blast
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