Gaby Hoffmann (manager)

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Gaby Hoffmann (née Hauke; born in Berlin, Germany) is primarily known as songwriter under the pseudonym Deaffy [1] and manager for the heavy metal band Accept. [2] She has also contributed cover art concepts, marketing ideas for the band and even stage moves and wardrobe. [3] She is married to their guitarist Wolf Hoffmann.

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Work for Accept

Accept hired Gaby Hauke as their manager in 1981, after releasing Breaker . [4] She secured a spot supporting Judas Priest on their World Wide Blitz Tour the same year, and is credited for songwriting for the first time on Accept's next album Restless and Wild (1982). She is credited as lyricist on all songs on their albums from Balls to the Wall (1983) to Death Row (1994), with the exception of two instrumentals on Death Row. She's credited on several songs on Predator (1996). [5] Since 2010, Accept's new vocalist Mark Tornillo has been credited for their lyrics, although Tornillo has acknowledged her ongoing influence when discussing the title track from Stalingrad (2012) [6] and their 2014 album Blind Rage . [7]

<i>Breaker</i> (Accept album) 1981 studio album by Accept

Breaker is the third studio album released by German heavy metal band Accept. It was once again recorded at Delta-Studio in Wilster with Dirk Steffens producing, and was the first Accept album engineered by Michael Wagener. Bassist Peter Baltes sings lead vocal on "Breaking Up Again," and the bridge vocal on "Midnight Highway."

Judas Priest British heavy metal band

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The World Wide Blitz Tour was a 1981 concert tour by British heavy metal band Judas Priest where the band toured in Europe and North America from 13 February to 14 December 1981 in support of the album Point of Entry.

Hoffmann is credited for the cover art concept for Balls to the Wall , Metal Heart and Russian Roulette , [8] as well as their 2014 album Blind Rage . [9]

<i>Balls to the Wall</i> 1983 studio album by Accept

Balls to the Wall is the fifth studio album by German heavy metal band Accept. European label Lark Records released the album in December 1983, but its United States release was delayed until a month later in January 1984 as to not compete with the band's then-current album Restless and Wild, which had arrived in the US in early 1983. It is Accept's only record to attain Gold certification in the US. The album's title track became Accept's signature tune and remains a metal anthem and trademark in the genre.

<i>Metal Heart</i> 1985 studio album by Accept

Metal Heart is the sixth studio album by German heavy metal band Accept, released in 1985. Although the group had recorded before at Dierks-Studios, this was the first album produced by Dieter Dierks himself. It marked the return of guitarist Jörg Fischer after a two year absence, with Herman Frank having been his replacement. This album was a cautious attempt to crack the lucrative American market with more accessible songcraft and emphasis on hooks and melodies. Although critically panned at the time, today Metal Heart is often considered by fans as one of the band's best records. It contains several of their classic songs such as "Metal Heart" and "Living for Tonite". The band also makes a detour into jazz metal territory with the unusual song "Teach Us to Survive".

<i>Russian Roulette</i> (Accept album) 1986 studio album by Accept

Russian Roulette is the seventh studio album by German heavy metal band Accept, released in 1986. It was again recorded at Dierks-Studios, but the band chose to self-produce rather than bring back Dieter Dierks as producer. It would be the last Accept album to feature Udo Dirkschneider as lead vocalist until the 1993 reunion album Objection Overruled.

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Hoffmann is credited for the cover art concept for U.D.O.s 1988 album Mean Machine [10] as well as songwriting on their 1987 album Animal House and their 1991 album Timebomb under the Deaffy pseudonym. [11]

U.D.O. German heavy metal band

U.D.O. is a German heavy metal band founded by lead vocalist Udo Dirkschneider in 1987.

<i>Mean Machine</i> (U.D.O. album) 1989 studio album by U.D.O.

Mean Machine is the second studio album by the German heavy metal band U.D.O.. It was released in 1989 by RCA Records. After their previous album, Animal House, Peter Szigeti had been replaced by Andy Susemihl from Sinner, Frank Rittel by Thomas Smuszynski and Thomas Franke by Stefan Schwarzmann. Dieter Rubach, who joined the band after the recording of Animal House left and was replaced by Smuszynski.

<i>Animal House</i> (U.D.O. album) album by U.D.O.

Animal House is the first album by U.D.O. after Udo Dirkschneider's departure from Accept. It was recorded August–October 1987 at Dierks Studios, Cologne. Released in 1987, it charted at #41 in Sweden.


Hoffmann assisted Don Dokken in his pursuit of a record deal after recording demos with Michael Wagener in Germany in 1981, which eventually led to Dokken's debut Breaking the Chains . [12]

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Michael Wagener is a music producer, mixer, and engineer from Hamburg, Germany, best known for his work with many top hard rock and heavy metal bands in the late 1980s. He is particularly renowned for his multi-amping and reamping techniques. Wagener's works have sold over ninety-four million albums worldwide.

Dokken American heavy metal band

Dokken is an American metal band formed in 1979. It split up in 1989 and reformed four years later. The band had many charting singles like and have sold more than 10 million albums worldwide. The live album Beast from the East was nominated for the inaugural Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 1989.

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Hoffmann wrote the lyrics for the song "All of My Heart" on German heavy metal band Mad Max' 2008 album Here we are. [13]

Mad Max is a hard rock band from Münster, Germany. In 1988, the band consisted of Michael Voss (vocals), Jürgen Breforth (guitars), Roland Bergmann and Axel Kruse (drums). Mad Max's self-titled release was in 1982. They faded away in 1989. Voss and Breforth reunited and put out a comeback album in 1999. At the beginning of 2015 bass player Roland Bergmann left Mad Max and since then, the band no longer has its original line-up.

Together with her husband Wolf, Hoffmann also wrote the song "One Of These Days" on the album One Night Stand (1992) by Casanova, a band formed by former Warlock members along with vocalist Michael Voss from Mad Max. [14]

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  1. Blabbermouth December 22nd, 2004
  2. Decibel Magazine's article about Restless and Wild
  3. Mosqueda, Ruben: "Wolf Hoffmann brings a rejuvenated Accept to Portland" on Oregon Music News April 20th, 2011
  4. Hoffmann, Gaby: "ACCEPT - True Metal Hearts" on Wacken Music Festival's web page
  5. Liner notes for Accept's albums 1982-1996
  6. Reesman, Bryan: "Interview with Mark Tornillo from Accept: Living The Metal Scream Dream" in The Aquarian Weekly, April 13th, 2012
  7. Blabbermouth April 4th, 2014
  8. Liner notes for Balls to the Wall (Polydor 1983), Metal Heart (Polydor 1985) and Russian Roulette (Polydor 1986)
  9. Müller-Hansen, Niclas: "ACCEPT: Wolf Hoffman är för första gången på länge riktigt nöjd med senaste albumet" in English on Rocksverige June 25th, 2014
  10. Liner notes on inner sleeve of LP release
  11. Liner notes for U.D.O.: Animal House (RCA 1987) and U.D.O.: Mean Machine (RCA 1988)
  12. Biography section on Michael Wagener's web site
  13. Entry about Gaby Hoffmann on Encyclopedia Metallum
  14. Interview with Michael Voss on