Changing vocalists can prove fatal to a band’s career. Especially when the former singer is a Legend with a capital L. Germans Accept have passed this test with flying colors. The band’s reunion, with American Mark Tornillo (ex-TT Quick) in lieu of Udo Dirkschneider behind the microphone, has been a tremendous success.....
Their comeback album ”Blood of the nation” (2010) was met with raving enthusiasm and its sequel ”Stalingrad” (2012) repeated the success. But ”just” because Accept has entered a new golden age, they haven’t forgotten about the old one. Mega classics like ”Balls to the wall”, ”Fast as a shark” and ”Metal heart” are usually still in place in the setlist when one of the world’s most legendary heavy metal bands hits the stage.
JON ENGLISH (AUS)
UK born Australian Jon English became a household name in Scandinavia in 1980, when he when he appeared in the lead role of the incredibly popular TV mini-series “Against the wind” as the convict Jonathan Garreth.
Together with writing partner Mario Millo he also wrote the theme song of the series, “Six Ribbons”, which became a number one hit in six countries. In Sweden and Norway he became something of a superstar.
He had his big breakthrough in Australia as an artist as early as in 1972, when at the age of 22 he was given the prestigious and demanding lead role of Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar. The show’s success kept him busy for the next five years, touring all over Australia and New Zealand. During the same time, Jon also recorded four albums. But after his third chart topping hit single, “Words are not enough”, and an Australian tour with Thin Lizzy in 1977, he took a break from music to focus on his acting career.
In the 80’s, Jon returned to rock and got widespread recognition in most of the western world.
Now the time has come for Jon English to return to Scandinavia and at his Sweden Rock Festival debut he will be backed by Swedish hard rockers Spearfish, so expect some powerful rock music spiced with Jon’s outstanding and soulful whisky-laden voice. And yes, he will play “Six ribbons”!