ACCEPT Announces New Guitarist, Drummer

ACCEPT Announces New Guitarist, Drummer

German/American metallers ACCEPT have announced the addition of guitarist Uwe Lulis (GRAVE DIGGER, REBELLION) and drummer Christopher Williams to the group's ranks.

Says the band: "'Blind Rage' tour 2015 part II is on the move again, returning to South America with OZZY OSBOURNE, KISS, JUDAS PRIEST, MOTÖRHEAD and many other greats! Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and more are already in their intense battle plan for 2015!

"The past, present and future for ACCEPT was, and still is, beyond the band's imagination, but not beyond their reach! We all know they could not have come so far without their fans and the endless gifted people who are working so hard for ACCEPT! Thank you to all of them from all of us with the promise that we will come back — better and stronger and even more devoted than the last time!"

ACCEPT parted ways with guitarist Herman Frank and drummer Stefan Schwarzmann last December. The band explained in a statement at the time: "We and the fans all knew that [Herman and Stefan] had their own careers and that eventually we would run into scheduling and other conflicts beyond our control."

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Herman joined ACCEPT in 1982 shortly before the release of the band's "Restless And Wild" album and exited the group for the first time after the arrival of 1983's "Balls To The Wall" LP.

When ACCEPT reunited for festival appearances in 2005, Herman handled second-guitar duties alongside founding axeman Wolf Hoffmann, with Schwarzmann sitting behind the kit.

Frank and Schwarzmann were involved in ACCEPT's comeback with new singer Mark Tornillo and have appeared on their last three studio albums: 2010's "Blood of the Nations", 2012's "Stalingrad" and 2014's "Blind Rage".

Frank and Schwarzmann are currently involved in a new project called PANZER, also featuring vocalist and bassist Schmier, best known as frontman of DESTRUCTION.

PANZER's debut album, "Send Them All To Hell", was released on November 28, 2014 via Nuclear Blast.

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