04/28/11 Regency Ballroom San Francisco CA
First off, a big thank you to the Regency Ballroom for allowing me to photograph and review this show. I cant say thanks enough !
A quick review of the Regency Ballroom itself since this was my first time attending a show there.
THIS PLACE KICKS ASS!!!!!
Located in the Regency building that was built in 1909, it holds about 2300 folks and the interior is done in a Scottish Rite style and is stunning ! The RB has a very nice sized stage and floor. There is balcony seating available upstairs. Looks to me that there’s not a bad seat in the house. The sound system sounded great and the light show was impressive. Downstairs is a beautiful lounge with a kitchen/bar. Prices were a little steep but the nachos and Jack & cokes were good.
I cant speak more highly of the staff I encountered. They could not have been more friendly and helpful. My compliments to all at the RB !
Accept…… What to say about one of my all-time favorite bands. Last time I saw these guys was back on their 86/87 Russian Roulette tour opening for DIO at the Shoreline Amphitheater. So to say I was a little more than excited is an understatement. Accept is touring in support of their latest offering “Teutonic Terror”. This album is the first with new singer Mark Tornillo (ex TT Quick) and drummer Stefan Schwarzmann. The new album is very solid and is getting great reviews.
I wont go into most of the songs they played for I don’t like ruining set list for folks who have not seen them yet. From the opening song to the end Accept covered pretty much their entire career. They played two of my favorite songs which I didn’t expect to hear and that was “Aiming High” off 1986’s Russian Roulette and “ Bulletproof” off 1993’s Objection Overruled.
Mark Turnillo nailed all the songs from the UDO years. His voice was Awesome. The band as a whole could not have been tighter. Peter Baltes (B) and Wolf Hoffmann (LG) dueled each other with their instruments in the middle of the show. WOW! Unbelievable. What talent ! Herman Frank (G) couldn’t have been enjoying himself anymore. He had a smile on his face the whole show and his playing proved it. Stefan Schwarzmann is their latest drummer and what an incredible drummer he is. I was very impressed.
I got to meet the band before the show and they were all way to cool. They took their time to sign autos, answer questions and took pictures with all that were there. I was in heaven.
If Accept is playing in your area you got to go see them. They wont let ya down. Pure talent. One of my favorite shows in the last five years.
Regency Ballroom: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Sabaton: 4 out of 5 stars
Accept: 5 out of 5 stars
Pictures at bottom of review