Happy Birthday today (Dec. 10) to Wolf Hoffman. The guitarist for heavy metal band Accept is 57.

Wolf Hoffman has been the guitarist for German metal band Accept since 1976. The Classic Accept lineup featured Hoffman on guitar, Udo Dirkschneider on lead vocals, Herman Frank on guitar, Peter Baltes on bass, and drummer Stefan Kaufmann. The band was important to the development of speed and thrash metal in the early to mid 1980’s. Accept achieved commercial success in 1983 with the album Balls to The Wall and the title cut became a well known hit. The album remains Accept’s only U.S. gold album.

Accept has gone through various breakups and reunions with various lineups over the years. The current lineup features Hoffman, Baltes, and singer Mark Tornillo. The band continues to record and tour, and they sound better than ever (see the video clip below.) Tornillo officially joined the band as Udo Dirkschneider's replacement in 2009 and the band has forged ahead. Check out the official band website here.

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