Tesla announces the Details on Real to Reel
TESLA has always been revered as a bluesy, no-frills, ’70s-style hard rock band, concentrating on solid musicianship more than the trends of modern music. Now, after selling over 16 million albums worldwide since bursting onto the scene in 1986, they’re paying homage to their hard rock heroes on their sixth studio album, “Real To Reel”, due out June 5 on their own independent label, Tesla Electric Company Recordings (in partnership with Ryko Distribution).
The first single, LED ZEPPELIN’s “Thank You” (listen to the track at this location) is currently being serviced to radio on May 1, but it has been receiving early airplay for the past few weeks on such stations as KRXQ in Sacramento, The Bone in San Francisco, WHOG in Milwaukee, KZRR in Albuquerque and KDKP in Phoenix and KISW in Seattle. A video for the track is forthcoming.
“Real To Reel” — produced by TESLA and Tom Zutaut and recorded at the Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, TX — is a two-disc 25-song collection of classic rockers from the ’60s and ’70s, recorded through a vintage Neve console directly to Ampex 456 analog tape to capture the purity of these timeless and legendary songs. Songs include “Space Truckin’”, “I’ve Got A Feeling”, “Ball of Confusion”, “All The Young Dudes” and “Street Fighting Man”.
The first 13 tracks will be available on June 5 at retail outlets, while the second disc containing the remaining 12 songs will be available this summer along the band’s tour route with the purchase of a concert ticket. Details are forthcoming.
TESLA first tested out some of their favorite rock classics with their fans in the summer of 2006 during the “Electric Summer Jam” tour (the first tour with guitarist Dave Rude, who replaced original guitarist Tommy Skeoch). While UFO’s “Rock Bottom” went down like a storm to a standing, cheering, grandstand crowd of 10,000 in Milwaukee, BLACK SABBATH’s “War Pigs” engaged 6,000 people in Lansing, Michigan so much that they refused to leave during a torrential rainstorm which lasted throughout the entire two-hour show. After getting such a positive reaction from their fans, the band knew making “Real To Reel” was a logical next step for them.
“‘Real To Reel’ is a collection of songs that inspired us back in the day when we first heard them in the ’70s,” says singer Jeff Keith. “We originally had a large list of songs in mind for the record, and we had a lot of fun picking out the ones that ultimately made it onto the album. Making music is all about feeding off of your inspirations and putting your own touches to it. We feel we’ve accomplished this to the highest extent.”
In talking about the first single, “Thank You”, Keith explains, “That’s my favorite song on the album, and it’s funny because we never discussed covering that particular song. We went back and forth about a lot of LED ZEPPELIN songs. We had planned on doing ‘The Song Remains The Same’, and it was Frank who thought we should do ‘Thank You’ instead. The guys actually recorded it while I was at my casita feeding the abandoned pups and their mom that I found in a vacant lot. When I returned to the studio and heard what they did, I was so blown away that it inspired me to sing what I think is my best vocal performance on the record. When I finished recording in one take, it was just mind-blowing. Everyone in the studio was in tears. Sometimes that’s how it works and that’s the beauty of making music. We all felt it was the perfect choice for the first single. If you think about TESLA, the lyrical message of the lyrics throughout the years, they’re very similar to ‘Thank You’. It’s that same positive message that we try to get across in every TESLA song. It’s a sacrilegious song to cover and we didn’t think we’d do it justice, but we were up for the challenge.
“Jimmy Page once told Brian that he had bought the ‘Five Man Acoustical Jam’ record and thought it was a really great album. That was a huge thrill for us to hear because we’ve always had a love of LED ZEPPELIN and they were so important to all of us growing up. There’s always been this reverence for ZEPPELIN. So hearing Jimmy Page say he loved TESLA too, we were honored and it enlightened our spirits. LED ZEPPELIN inspired us to be a band in the first place.”
On the touring front, TESLA will launch a summer U.S. headlining tour starting June 7 in Santa Rosa, CA at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. They’ll make a stop in Las Vegas at the House of Blues on Thursday, June 14. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday, April 27. The band will perform three more House of Blues shows in Anaheim (Friday, June 8), West Hollywood (Saturday, June 9), in San Diego (Monday, June 11), which go on sale this Saturday, April 28. More dates will be announced in the coming weeks. Fans can stay plugged into all things “Real To Real” and purchase VIP ticket packages at the band’s new web site, http://www.teslarealtoreel.com.
Here’s the complete track listing of “Reel One” (sold at retail):
01. Space Truckin’ (DEEP PURPLE)
02. Walk Away (JAMES GANG)
03. Hand Me Down World (GUESS WHO)
04. Bad Reputation (THIN LIZZY)
05. Thank You (LED ZEPPELIN)
06. I’ve Got A Feeling (BEATLES)
07. Day Of The Eagle (ROBIN TROWER)
08. Ball Of Confusion (TEMPTATIONS)
09. Rock Bottom (UFO)
10. Stealin’ (URIAH HEEP)
11. Bell Bottom Blues (ERIC CLAPTON)
12. Honky Tonk Women (ROLLING STONES)
13. Dear Mr. Fantasy (TRAFFIC)
Here’s the complete track listing of “Reel Two” (available with concert ticket purchase only):
01. All The Young Dudes (MOTT THE HOOPLE)
02. Make It Last (MONTROSE)
03. Shooting Star (BAD COMPANY)
04. Not Fragile (BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE)
05. Street Fighting Man (ROLLING STONES)
06. Is It My Body (ALICE COOPER)
07. I Want To Take You Higher (SLY & THE FAMILY STONE)
08. Do You Feel Like We Do (PETER FRAMPTON)
09. Beer Drinkers And Hellraisers (ZZ TOP)
10. Seasons Of Wither (AEROSMITH)
11. Saturday Night Special (LYNYRD SKYNYRD)
12. War Pigs (BLACK SABBATH)
RATT / POISON /WHITE LION TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED!!!
POISON and RATT (featuring singer Stephen Pearcy) will join forces for a summer trek starting June 13 at the Bi Lo Center in Greenville, S.C., and wrapping in early September.
The tour, which brings RATT and POISON onstage together for the first time since 1999, will visit amphitheaters, festivals and fairs in such cities as Boston, Detroit, New York, New Jersey and Los Angeles, said Troy Blakely, who books POISON with the Agency for the Performing Arts.
“Generally we’re going to play 50-60 dates,” Blakely told Billboard.com. “I’d say 30-35 are sheds. The rest are various festivals, fairs and indoor shows.”
Jun. 13 – BI-LO Center Greenville, South Carolina
Jun. 15 – The Ampitheatre at The Wharf – Orange Beach, Alabama
Jun. 16 – City Stages/ Miller Light Stage – Birmingham, Alabama
Jun. 17 – Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre – Charlotte, North Carolina
Jun. 19 – Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnatti, Ohio
Jun. 20 – Post Gazette Pavillion – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Jun. 22 – Bay City River Roar – Bay City, Michigan
Jun. 23 – Blossom Music Center – Cleveland, Ohio
Jun. 24 – Germain Ampitheatre – Columbus, Ohio
Jun. 26 – Chevrolet Theatre – Oakdale, Connecticut
Jun. 27 – Sovereign Center – Reading, Pennsylvania
Jun. 29 – The Summer Stage at TAGS – Big Flats, New York
Jun. 30 – Tweeter Center Boston – Boston, Massachusetts
Jul. 01 – Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre – Virgina Beach, Virginia
Jul. 03 – House of Blues – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Jul. 04 – House of Blues – Orlando, Florida
Jul. 06 – Grand Casino – Kinder, Louisiana
Jul. 07 – Sam Houston Race Park – Houston, Texas
Jul. 08 – Nokia Live Theatre – Grand Pairie, Texas
Jul. 12 – Hard Rock Biloxi Hotel and Casino – Biloxi, Mississippi
Jul. 13 – Pryor Creek Music Festival – Pryor, Oklahoma
Jul. 14 – Oklahoma City Zoo Ampitheatre – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Jul. 15 – Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre – Kansas City, Kansas
Jul. 17 – First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre – Chicago, Illinois
Jul. 18 – The Myth – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jul. 20 – Waukesha County Fair – Waukesha, Wisconsin
Jul. 21 – Fond Du Lac County Fair – Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin
Jul. 22 – Heritage Landing Muskegon, Michigan
Jul. 24 – Nikon @ Jones Beach Theatre – Wantagh, New York
Jul. 26 – Meadowbrook Musical Arts Center – Gilford, New Hampshire
Jul. 27 – Etess Arena @ Trump Casino – Atlantic City, New Jersey
Jul. 28 – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, New Jersey
Jul. 29 – Nissan Pavillion Stone Ridge – Washington DC
Jul. 31 – DTE Music Theatre – Detroit, Michigan
Aug. 03 – Mississippi Valley Fair – Davenport, Iowa
Aug. 05 – The Legendary Buffalo Chip – Sturgis, South Dakota
Aug. 08 – Oregon Gardens – Silverton, Oregon
Aug. 09 – uglas County Fair – Roseburg, Oregon
Aug. 10 – Salinas Sports Center – Salinas, California
Aug. 11 – Hyundai Pavillion – San Bernardino, California
Aug. 12 – Gibson Ampitheatre – Los Angeles, California
Aug. 14 – Coors Ampitheatre – San Diego, California
Aug. 15 – Dodge Theatre – Pheonix, Arizona
Aug. 17 – The Pearl Concert Theatre @ The Palms – Las Vegas, Nevada
Aug. 18 – USANA Amph. – Salt Lake City, Utah
Aug. 19 – Coors Ampitheatre – Denver, Colorado
Aug. 21 – Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre – Indianapolis, Indiana
Aug. 22 – Darien Lake PAC – Buffalo, New York
Aug. 25 – Toyota Pavillion – Scranton, Pennsylvania
Aug. 26 – Saratoga Performing Arts Center – Saratoga, New York
Aug. 31 – Ford Ampitheatre – Tampa, Florida
Sep. 01 – Sound Advice Ampitheatre – West Palm Beach, Florida
Paul has since formed a new four piece band called Adrenaline Factor that features many of the AC/DC like aspects of Broken Teeth, and if anything, this band may be a little better.
Adrenaline Factor is Lee Scott on lead vocals, Paul Lidel on guitar, Steve Sweat on bass, and
Armando Reyes on drums.
Singer Lee Scott sounds like he came from the Bon Scott family. The songs on this disc are not very complex. It is the same three chord style that you are accustomed to hearing from AC/DC. The music will not surprise you, unless you are astounded how close Lee sounds to Bon.
Some of these tracks demand to be heard! The opening track track Ride is a smoking hard track that just kicks your ass right out of the gate.
Boozin’ Susan is the fist in the air, beer swilling rocker that makes you beg for more.
Seven Year Bitch is a foot tapping, catchy song that will have you singing along in no time.
The closing track Goin’ Nowhere is closer to Deep Purple in sound than AC/DC (no, I am not kidding.).
Paul Lidel has been playing similar riffs in Dirty Looks, and Broken Teeth for years, and he has the AC/DC sound down pat. If you are tired of waiting for the new AC/DC disc, as am I, then you could do a lot worse than picking up Adrenaline Factor’s debut. I went back and listened to the last couple of AC/DC discs after this one, and I think is better than anything than AC/DC has done in a while. Do yourself a favor and go check this out!
Rating: out of 10
- Wrong Number
- Boozin’ Susan
- Your Side
- Bad Habit
- Seven Beer Bitch
- No Warning
- Bet Your Life
- Hook Slide
- Goin’ Nowhere