Founding Accept bassist Peter Baltes revealed that he will be leaving the band’s ranks. The German heavy metal band has been rocking off and on ever since 1976 with Baltes along for every lineup.
“To all Accept fans: I hereby like to announce my departure as Bassplayer from ACCEPT,” Baltes wrote on the Accept Facebook page. “I have been with the band from the very beginning. Many of you have been there as well. I like to thank you all for the great years we shared together. Keep it Metal.”
The rest of the bandmates shared their own update, saying Baltes needed a change in his life. “He will always be part of the ACCEPT Family and to honor his tribute to music history, we should all wish him well,” they said.
Baltes played on all 15 of the band’s albums, which have sold more than 17 million copies around the world, including their hit “Balls to the Wall.” Accept has not announced a replacement bassist.