Acceptin Wolf Hoffmann muistelee kilpailua Scorpionsin kanssa: ”He eivät koskaan puhuneet meistä tai tunnustaneet meitä”

Saksalainen heavy metal -veteraani on julkaisemassa uuden, ”Too Mean To Die” -nimisen albuminsa tammikuun 29. päivä Nuclear Blast Recordsin kautta. Yhtyeen legendaarinen kitaristi Wolf Hoffmann on vieraillut hiljattain Machine Headin kitaristi-laulaja Robb Flynnin luotsaamassa No Fuckin’ Regrets With Robb Flynn -ohjelmassa keskustelemassa bändin tulevasta albumista ja vastannut myös kysymykseen siitä, kokeeko Hoffmann Acceptilla ja Scorpionsilla olleen kilpailua alkuaikoina, kun molemmat bändit olivat kovassa nosteessa. Hoffmannin mukaan hän ei itse oikeastaan pitänyt sitä mitenkään kilpailuna, sillä Scorpions oli aloittanut uransa aiemmin ja oli jo tavallaan suuri bändi, kun Accept vasta aloitteli uraansa. Hoffmann kuitenkin ihmetteli haastattelussa, miksi Scorpions ei koskaan haastatteluissa maininnut Acceptia tai tunnustanut bändin olemassaoloa. Hoffmann kertoi bändin välisestä ”kilpailusta” seuraavaa:

”The SCORPIONS were already up. When we got started, the SCORPIONS were already big. They had already released ’Tokyo Tapes’ and then it was ’Lovedrive’, and they were huge in our minds. They were touring America, and they were always way ahead of us. So we always looked at them as our goal or our hero — maybe one day we could be half as good as they are. And they never mentioned us, oddly enough, and they never talked about us, they never acknowledged us in a way, or so it felt. And we always felt it a little odd that they almost were a little afraid of our competition. It almost felt like they maybe wanted to be the only German successful band, and they resented the fact that we were even recording at the same studio with the same producer. We always had this idea that they were thinking, like, ’Who’s this other band? Who do they think they are?’ They wanna be the only ones… I don’t know. This might be total speculating on my part, but it felt a little bit, like, why are they so…? They don’t have to be afraid of us. We’re doing something completely [different]. And they are huge. Why are they afraid of this little other German band in their footsteps?”

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