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Accept Live @ 170 Russell, Melbourne

Restless And Wild

Following on from their very successful jaunt of Australia a few years ago, Accept returned to our shore for a one-off night in the nations home of Metal… Melbourne.

There was a buzz in the air about this gig for a long time and also complaints from other states that the tour was not getting to them.

I am not privy to the logistics of why this was such a compressed tour and I think for all who were in attendance last night, such matters are irrelevant.

Accept are a no-frills, good-time, classic Heavy Metal band! You know what they’re gonna bring to the table each and every time. The band has been considerably freshened up since they last toured with the inclusion of two new members on drums and guitar. (Christopher Williams and Uwe Lulis).

As good as they sounded last time they toured, they sounded a whole lot better tonight brining Melbourne to an absolute stand-still.

“Gig of the year!” most punters cried out after the gig and sure enough, the show was an absolute pearler.

The stage set and lighting at 170 Russell is the best I have ever seen at this venue and I have been photographing bands here for close to 10 years. It was perfect and the stage looked massive with all the faux-metal backboards and paraphernalia.

Photographically, a bit of a challenge tonight. First of all, who enters a photo pit armed with a point-n-shoot camera and another ‘photographer’ with an iPhone? What the hell is going on? It is crowded enough in there without having to deal with utter ineptitude. Don’t have a pro camera, you’re not ready for this caper!

Secondly, the monitors were wedged right in the middle of the photo-pit. There was no way to get to one side or the other so you had to plant yourself pretty much in the one spot. First time this has ever happened at this venue but you make do with what you’ve got. I was having too much fun to worry about that!

The smiles on people’s faces said it all, as did the ear-to-ear grins of the band themselves.

As balls-to-the-wall as it gets!

Photographed for Metropolis Touring

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