Accept frontman Wolf Hoffmann recently had an interview and one of the questions was about one of the band’s most popular songs ‘Stalingrad,’ which Wolf mentioned that they don’t perform it live due to the Russian – Ukranian War. Regarding the matter, the guitarist stated that although it’s difficult, he tries to empathise with people who are suffering from the war:
“You know, we have a lot of fans in Russia, and they see things, of course, quite differently. Or actually I don’t know how they see it, because it’s a subject that nobody talks about, but I could imagine.”
Hoffmann explained the stances of both Accept and himself, and his reasoning:
“Political things like that are really something that we’d like to stay out of. Because eventually, whether you want it or not, you’re going to piss off somebody when you take sides. And even though I have a personal opinion, I’d like to not voice it publicly.”
Wolf also expressed his frustration about the current situation of the band’s Russian fans:
“What about these poor Russian fans? Will they never get to see Western metal bands again or what? Nobody’s gaining anything from that. We should just be able to go and entertain no matter what.”
Wolf Hoffmann isn’t the only metal musician who is frustrated about the situation. Amon Amarth vocalist Johan Hegg tweeted in 2022:
“My lyrics are often about glorious battles & brave warriors, but they’re just stories, sometimes based on history. That doesn’t mean I condone war as a matter of solving conflicts. War is never a solution to any dispute. It can only generate more animosity & hate between people.”
Russian deathcore band Slaughter to Prevail posted on their Facebook page, again in 2022:
“No to war! Our band has nothing to do with politics, we do not take sides. We are for all peaceful inhabitants of this world and for world peace. We do not accept any military action. We wish all of you and your loved ones, relatives and friends to stay safe and hope this nightmare ends as soon as possible.”
You can watch the whole interview below.
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