SIMPLICITY is the band’s seventh studio full length LP and fifteenth release overall. The new effort is the followup to FOREVER MORE, which was released in October 2008 and featured the single “I Wanna Live.”
I knew when I saw the announcement for the lineup at M3 in 2014, it was going to be an awesome show. As Friday night, and the first half of Saturday had already proved at M3, this was the Festival show to be at this year.
One of the acts that I was most anxious to see at M3 was Red Dragon Cartel. This return of Jake E. Lee to the big stage is something that I could not miss, and judging from the capacity crowd at the second stage, Jake E. Lee’s fans were in full force. Red Dragon Cartel did a great selection of tunes including music from Ozzy Osbourne, Badlands and of course Red Dragon Cartel. Darren Lewis did a fine job on vocals, and Jake E. Lee was freakin’ amazing, just as I had expected. As great as Red Dragon Cartel was, the evening was only going to get better from there.
Next up on the main stage was Queensryche. This was Queensryche with Todd La Torre on vocals in case you were wondering which version. I have not seen Todd LaTorre with Queensryche before, but I recall Queensryche’s last appearance at M3. It was obvious there was tension in the band at the time, and it ended up being one of the band’s last shows with their former singer Geoff Tate. With that being said, this was a different Queensryche than the one I saw previously, and I gotta say, I was impressed as hell. Queensryche was on fire at M3. They came out with all guns blazing, and Mr. LaTorre was absolutely incredible. As soon as I heard the opening riffs of “Nightrider” I was hooked. I haven’t heard Queensryche do this song in years. I was also super excited to hear “Queen of the Reich”. Man…oh Man, Queensryche practically stole the show, and I am pretty sure Todd LaTorre made about 10,000 new believers at the M3 Rock Festival. They were fantastic! A couple of days after M3, it was announced that Geoff Tate will and Queensryche have come to an agreement, and that Tate will no longer use the Queensryche name. This is good news, and I look forward to supporting both Queensryche and Geoff Tate in the future.
Our day was super packed, and I am sad to say that I missed Autograph. This was due to a conflicting schedule for an interview that we had lined up with Brad Gillis and Kelly Keagy from Night Ranger. (coming to HRH soon).
Next band up was Sebastian Bach and his solo band. As much as I love Sebastian, his performance at M3 this year was not my favorite. He kept going on and on about how his new album was # 1 on iTunes, and while I think that is great, and a hell of a hard accomplishment for any hard rock / musician from the 80’s, it came across kind of douchey. Sebastian seemed upset that folks still want to hear Skid Row songs, and while he did them and sound great, it kind of set the mood for his show. He was good, but he could have been so much better. He was amazing at the 2012 M3.
L.A. Guns was up next on the second stage. Aside from Kix, L.A. Guns has probably played more M3 Rock Festival’s than any other band, and always enjoy their shows. This year the band has a new guitarist, former Endeverafter frontman and guitarist Michael Grant. I have been fortunate enough to see Michael play with his former band, and I already knew that he is one bad ass dude. Grant does a great job as the band’s latest Axe slinger, and of course Phil Lewis and company were great. I can’t understand why they were on the second stage, but I digress.
I am embarrassed to say that the first time I saw Night Ranger live was at the 2012 M3 Rock Festival. Since then, I have made up for lost time and have seen them play live several times. The reason why I have gone, and will continue to go to Night Ranger concerts is that the band puts on an incredible live show. Brad Gillis and Joel Hoekstra really tear it up on stage, and are a blast to watch play. Jack Blades and Kelly Keagy still deliver some of the best rock vocals on the planet. Night Ranger’s set was far too short, but their condensed set was damn impressive, and I thought they were easily the best band of the day. The joy of music always comes out on the faces of Night Ranger. They always seem to enjoy playing as much as I do hearing and seeing them. Night Ranger also debuted their new song “High Road”, and I gotta say the new song is pretty good. I look forward to hearing the rest of the new album soon.
I didn’t make it over the hill again for Slaughter as the sky had opened up and turned what was an awesome weather day, into a rather soggy evening. I chose to protect my gear from the rain, and hung near the main stage for Tesla.
Tesla has been one of my favorite bands for a long time, and it has been a couple of years since I have seen them play (ironically Night Ranger opened up for them then too!) Night Ranger is always a tough act to follow in my opinion, but Tesla lived up to the challenge. Not only did Tesla debut a new song “MP3” off of their soon to be released album Simplicity, they also played killer set of tunes that covered the majority of their discography. I was a little disappointed that I didn’t hear “Song and Emotion” (one of my personal favorites) or Cumin’ Atcha Live, but it was still a great show. The Merriweather Post Pavilion was jam packed to one of the biggest crowds that I have ever seen for M3, and Tesla kept them all standing. This was a true testament to one great band.
Of all of the M3 Rock Festival’s I have been to, this one was by far my favorite. It was a great time with my good friend Ryo Vie, packed with awesome music and memories that I will never forget. I am already counting the days until M3 Rock Festival # 7 in 2015. I don’t know how they will top this lineup next year, but I have a feeling the next M3 Rock Festival is going to be even better!
sim·plic·i·ty noun \sim-‘pli-s?-te, -‘plis-te\
: the new album by TESLA
: the quality of being easy to understand or use
: the state or quality of being plain or not fancy or complicated
: something that is simple or ordinary but enjoyable
Check out the debut single “So Divine…” here!
Simplicity is something we all strive for in a modern world filled with technology and stress, it is also the title of the new album by TESLA, and it describes the formation of the music it contains.
The band locked themselves away for weeks in isolation with long time co-producer and A&R man Tom Zutaut’s on his 150 acre ranch in the woods of Virginia. There the band discovered and wrote the music that was still inside their imagination and quickly allowed the ideas to flow, transforming those ideas into 14 powerful tracks filled with emotional, powerful subjects relevant to the band’s current state.
From the opening track “MP3” to the explosive “TIME BOMB,” the music takes the listener on a journey with its songs about the ups and downs of life. The lighthearted “CROSS MY HEART” tells the story of a musician on the road proclaiming his commitment to love, while the songs “RISE AND FALL” and “SO DIVINE” speak of the supernatural and the loss of special friends.
The tracks “FLIP SIDE” and “LIFE IS A RIVER” give a lyrical look at the dualities in life, one being humorously about hippies smoking weed for medication, and the other being almost spiritual, suggesting that we just “Let it Flow…”
TESLA immediately jumped into the Brian Wheat’s Sacramento recording studio after returning from Zutaut’s ranch to record one song a day. The idea was to capture the moment rather than spend weeks overdubbing after the fact.
As soon as the band had something recorded, guitar textures and vocals were added. The music was then sent to the legendary mixing engineer Michael Wagener (Metallica, Skid Row, Motley Crue) to put the final touches on the final product.
Ultimately the process of making the album was very simple on a production level, but complex emotionally as the band and co-producer Tom Zutaut poured every ounce of passion and thought into the process during the two month period. This resulted in hours and hours of listening and collaborating over every detail but usually ending up being the most obvious choice; the simplest thing was always the best.
SIMPLICITY: the new TESLA album.
Sacramento rock band TESLA have announced an all new LP titled SIMPLICITY due out June 10th, 2014 via Tesla Electric Company Recording’s arrangement with Entertainment One Music and Distribution.
SIMPLICITY will be the band’s seventh studio full length LP and fifteenth release overall. The new effort will be the followup to FOREVER MORE, which was released in October 2008 and featured the single “I Wanna Live.”
TESLA locked themselves away for weeks writing the new material that would become SIMPLICITY with long time A&R man Tom Zutaut. Fourteen solid tracks later the band sank their teeth in while recording began at bassist Brian Wheat’s very own J Street Recorders. Legendary engineer Michael Wagener (Metallica, Skid Row, Motley Crue) was then tapped to put the final touches in place.
Fresh off the MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE, the band has quite the itinerary of tour dates throughout the rest of 2014. Click here for all tour dates.
Formed in 1981, TESLA have firmly carved out their own space in rock and roll history. The band saw great success with their own rendition of the 1971 classic “Signs” and their own hit single “Love Song” from the The Great Radio Controversy, released in 1989.
Tesla is the headliner Saturday night at the M3 Rock Festival, and it is almost a given that you will get to hear one of their new songs at the show. While I am anxious to hear the new material from Sacramento’s finest, nothing beats some classic Tesla rock & roll. Check out the clips “Modern Day Cowboy”, “Edison’s Medicine”, “What You Give”, “Fallin’ Apart” and “I Wanna Live”.
Tesla – Modern Day Cowboy
Tesla – Edison’s Medicine
Tesla – What You Give
Tesla – Fallin’ Apart
Tesla – I Wanna Live
Tickets are STILL available for the M3 Rock Festival. Get your tickets here!!
The Sixth Annual M3 Rock Festival starts next Friday, and the 2014 lineup is stronger than ever. Each year, the fine folks at the Merriweather Post Pavillion bring in some of the finest classic rock acts in the U.S This year’s festival includes some first time acts at M3 including Autograph, Heaven’s Edge, Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel, Femme Fatale, and John Corabi. (Corabi has been at M3 before with RATT, but never as a solo artist).
Friday Night’s headliner is Kix, and Saturday Night’s is Tesla. If you haven’t had a chance to check out Queensryche with Todd La Torre, or Jack Russell’s Great White, look no further. If you haven’t seen Extreme, Night Ranger or Stryper live, don’t miss this excellent opportunity to see them perform.
Overall, it is seventeen bands for a reasonable price, and tickets are STILL available. Don’t miss your chance to check out one of the coolest music festivals of the year.
Check out clips from Heaven’s Edge, Femme Fatale and Autograph below.
Heaven’s Edge – Skin to Skin
Femme Fatale – Falling In And Out of Love
Autograph – Turn up the Radio
Tesla has released a brand new song “Taste My Pain”. Check it out below! Like what you hear? You can buy “Taste My Pain” on iTunes!
The Monsters of Rock Cruise has added three bands to its 2013 Voyage. Bang Tango, The London Quireboys, and Rhino Bucket join a jam packed lineup which has KIX, Tesla, Lita Ford, Y&T, Great White, Dangerous Toys, Nelson, Loudness, Lynch Mob, TNT, L.A. Guns, JSRG, KEEL, Helix, Faster Pussycat, Enuff Z’Nuff, XYZ, Femme Fatale, Black N’ Blue, Alcatrazz and more.
The Monsters of Rock Cruise takes place March 16th – 20th, 2013.
Check out the Monsters of Rock Cruise website to book your cabin now!
For the first time ever, Tesla is going to give their fans the opportunity to take home the show they just heard, in the form of limited-edition, individually numbered CD sets available immediately after each show! The band has partnered with DiscLive Network, the global leader in producing instant content, and as of today, fans may pre-order the CDs online at www.disclivenetwork.com, where they may opt to either pick up the CD at the show they are attending, or to have it conveniently shipped home to them. The CD sets are available to ALL Tesla fans, whether you are attending the shows or not! This is the ultimate collectible – a high quality audio recording of the show you just heard packaged in a heavyweight DigiPak – and a second disc containing extra Tesla bonus material! These are *strictly* limited edition in nature – only 500 per show will EVER be produced – so make sure and pre-order your copy now so you don’t miss this amazing chance! Just go to www.disclivenetwork.com, and reserve your copy now!
Tesla has released a new video for their of the Climax Blues Band’s song “I Love You”. This song is on Tesla’s Twisted Wires CD which is available for purchase at Amazon.com. Check it out!
Top Ten Rock Albums Of 2011 – This Top Ten Rock Album list comprises various genres, the likes of: Blues, Alternative, Rockabilly, Acoustic, New Wave, some shades of Hard Rock and of course, Rock itself. Isn’t Rock a grand blanket term for such incredible music diversity? I love Rock. Without Rock, there wouldn’t have been Heavy Metal.
If you are counting, there are actually thirteen Rock albums in this Top Ten list. Admittedly, compiling a “Top Ten” of anything is grueling for me, therefore the two “ties” below are as honest as I could ever possibly be, without pulling what hair I have left off of my head. Furthermore, I couldn’t resist adding Jeff Beck – Rock ‘n’ Roll Party/Honoring Les Paul as an “Honorable Mention”. It’s a good times, roots of Rock ‘n’ Roll listen, one that I’ve enjoyed time and again.
I chose the following Rock albums due to how memorable, fun and interesting they came across to my senses. The quality of Rock contained in these following albums, I simply revere. There are some elite musicians and bands on this list for certain. They all have proven to me just how diverse Rock ‘N Roll really is, with their respective albums. These are the Rock albums that I gravitated to and became inspired by most often during 2011. I highly recommend you check ’em out, if you haven’t already.
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STONE’S TOP TEN ROCK ALBUMS OF 2011
JEFF BECK – Rock ‘n’ Roll Party Honoring Les Paul
AFTERLIFE PARADE – REBIRTH
DARYL HALL – LAUGHING DOWN CRYING
TESLA – Twisted Wires & The Acoustic Sessions…
(Tesla Electric Company Recordings, Inc.)
CHRIS CORNELL – SONGBOOK
GREGG ALLMAN – LOW COUNTRY BLUES
SOCIAL DISTORTION – Hard Times And Nursery Rhymes
FOO FIGHTERS – WASTING LIGHT
LOS LONELY BOYS – ROCKPANGO
(Playing In Traffic Records / LonelyTone Records)
THE CARS – MOVE LIKE THIS
(Hear Music / Concord Music Group)
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS – I’M WITH YOU
JOE BONAMASSA – DUST BOWL
THE TREWS – HOPE & RUIN
(Bumstead Productions Ltd.)
Hope & Ruin took me by surprise in 2011. THE TREWS captured a Rockin’ vibe that made my mood soar anytime I listened to this album. Melodic songs that glisten lyrically and musically, Hope & Ruin can easily become someone’s Rockin’ companion. THE TREWS are that Rock band you need to know about. This band defies the illogical American Rock mainstream press, proving that exquisite and blue-collar Rock music does exist in places other than Billboard or Rolling Stone magazine.
When I listen to Hope & Ruin, I’m not hearing a Rock band that is out to prove themselves. I’m instead hearing a Rock band that created a complete album of songs, which is straight from their Rock ‘N Roll hearts.
* To read my review on Hope & Ruin, (posted on August 5th, 2011), click on the large header link below:
Thank you to all the Rock bands & musicians above! Happy Holidays & Happy New Year To All!
LONG LIVE ROCK.
Hard Rock Hideout has an awesome Merch Pack giveaway for one lucky Tesla fan! This prize pack includes the following:
A signed photo of the band
1 Shot glass
Enter your name and email address to enter the drawing, and don’t forget to pick up a copy of Tesla’s new CD, Twisted Wires today!!
The Monsters of Rock Cruise announced the addition of UFO to their star studded lineup which includes Cinderella, Tesla, Kix, Keel, Stryper, Lynch Mob, Y&T, Firehouse, Faster Pussycat, XYZ, Bang Tango, Black N’ Blue, Eric Martin and Jon Corabi.
The Monsters of Rock departs Fort Lauderdale on February 25th, 2012. For more info, please visit, MonstersofRockCruise.com
Tesla is back with their latest offering Twisted Wires.
Twisted Wires offers fans acoustic versions of some of Tesla’s classic tunes. Half of the songs recorded feature former Tesla guitarist Tommy Skeoch, the other half Dave Rude.
I have to be honest, I have mixed feeling about this release. While I love Tesla, I can’t say that Twisted Wires feels like an essential release.
The two new songs “2nd Street” are “Better Off Without You” are pretty good, but I wouldn’t rate them amongst Tesla’s best works. I did like Tesla’s rendition of the Climax Blues Band’s tune “I Love You”.
The acoustic versions of the songs are good, but some of the songs lose their power by unplugging them. A perfect example is the song “Hang Tough” which I have heard hundreds of times prior to this acoustic version. This song really loses its energy without those blazing solos from Frank Hannon and Tommy Skeoch. The acoustic version isn’t bad, but it just isn’t as good. I felt that was about a few of the songs on Twisted Wires.
I did like hearing the acoustic versions of “Shine Away” and my all time favorite Tesla tune “Song and Emotion”.
Overall, Twisted Wires isn’t a bad CD, but your enjoyment of it will greatly depend on how big of a Tesla fan you are. I am a huge fan of the band, so needless to say, I will buy anything they put out. While I enjoyed this CD, I thought it was good, but not great.
It will definitely hold me over until the next Tesla CD comes out.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Into the Now
2. Hang Tough
3. 2nd Street
4. Edison’s Medicine
5. What You Give
6. Better Off Without You
7. Shine Away
8. I Love You
10. Lot To Lose
11. Caught In a Dream
12. Song and Emotion
Jeff Keith – vocals
Brian Wheat – vocals, bass
Frank Hannon – vocals, guitar, piano
Troy Luccketta – drums, percussion
Dave Rude – guitar
Tommy Skeoch – guitar
Tesla has just released their new album Twisted Wires and The Acoustic Sessions, which feature the last recordings with original member Tommy Skeoch. The album is composed of 6 tracks that were recorded back in 2005 at bassist Brian Wheat’s J STREET RECORDERS studio and 6 newly recorded tracks which include acoustic remakes of songs from their entire catalog as well as two brand new tracks called “Second Street” and “Better off Without You.”
Twisted Wires and the Acoustic Sessions is the follow up to 2008’s critically acclaimed album Forever More.
TESLA TO RELEASE TWISTED WIRES AND THE ACOUSTIC SESSIONS ON JULY 12TH FEATURING THE NEW SONGS “SECOND STREET” AND “BETTER OFF WITHOUT YOU”
2011 MARKS TESLA’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY
Rock group Tesla will be releasing Twisted Wires and The Acoustic Sessions on July 12th. The album will feature 6 tracks that were recorded back in 2005 at bassist Brian Wheat’s J STREET RECORDERS studio (which are the last recordings with original member Tommy Skeoch) and 6 newly recorded tracks which include acoustic remakes of songs from their entire catalog and two brand new songs called “Second Street” and “Better Off Without You.” Twisted Wires and The Acoustic Sessions is the follow up to 2008’s Forever More.
Official site: www.teslatheband.com
TESLA is releasing a new album titled “TWISTED WIRES & the acoustic sessions…” this July of 2011. The self produced album of 12 songs features two new unreleased songs called “Second Street”, and “Better Off Without You”, as well as never before heard recordings of the last acoustic studio sessions with former original guitarist Tommy Skeoch from 2005.
The aptly titled album is not only called “TWISTED WIRES & the acoustic sessions…” for the way Tesla has always seemed to seamlessly blend acoustic and electric guitar sounds in their music, but is also descriptive of the bands continuous and tumultuous ride over the past 25 years, overcoming the ups and downs of rock and roll.
From the band that sparked the “unplugged” craze of the 90’s with “5 Man Acoustic Jam”, and the radical electric guitar riffs of “Modern Day Cowboy” featured on the latest Guitar Hero game, now comes “TWISTED WIRES & the acoustic sessions…” a creative mix of past and present, as well as a classic rendition of Climax Blues Band’s “I Love You” which so happens to be the first song TESLA recorded together after reuniting from a painful 5 year break up.
Take a spin of the new disc by TESLA and enjoy the celebration of 25 years with America’s gritty blue collar band of survivors who still rocks today, and will for another 25 years!
Tesla’s Brian Wheat, Frank Hannon, and Jeff Keith have reviewed the tracks from the last recording sessions with former guitarist Tommy Skeoch from the 2005 “Acoustic Jam” tour, as well as the recently recorded tracks featuring the new TESLA song “Second Street” to be released this year.
TESLA’S RECORD COMPANY has signed a deal with EONE distribution to release this new CD..tentatively titled “TWISTED WIRES”…(the acoustic sessions).
Troy Luccketta, will be joining Frank and Brian at Sonic Ranch studios where the REAL to REEL sessions were recorded and they will collectively wrap up the recording and mixing of “TWISTED WIRES”simultaneously, utilizing the studio’s amazing analog equipment to record and mix down the tracks. The album will consist of 6 tracks recorded back in 2005 at Brian’s J STREET Studio (luckily these tracks survived the infamous fire!) and 6 newly recorded tracks recorded at Frank Hannon’s studio including acoustic remakes of songs from “Bust a Nut” and a brand new song “Second Street”. During all of this JEFF KEITH and his wife will be welcoming the arrival of their baby boy due at the end of February! After all this mayhem is finished…
TESLA will be writing a follow up studio album of all new material with guitarist Dave Rude starting in March 2011 and performing select dates across the USA. In the meantime Dave Rude Band, SoulMotor, and FHB will be finishing up some tour dates supporting their solo efforts.
Last night as I was leaving the Hard Rock Cafe, the video “Hang Tough” started blasting across all of the TV Screens in the restaurant. Needless to say, I stopped in my tracks. The thing I love about this video is it shows Tesla doing what they do best, rocking out! Check out the clip below!
After 25 years, 12 albums, over 2,500 shows, over 16 million albums sold worldwide, Tesla is stronger than ever.
Continuing on that momentum, Tesla: Jeff Keith (vocals), Frank Hannon (guitars), Brian Wheat (bass), Troy Luccketta (drums) and Dave Rude (guitar) have toured Europe after the successful release of their latest studio opus “Forever More” on Frontiers Records.
As a testament to a very creative and productive chapter in the history of the band, Tesla release what can be considered their first “proper” and “electric” live album recorded on various locations during the shows in support of the release of “Forever More” in the summer of 2009.
“Alive In Europe” is filled with sweating live music including all the band’s classics such as “Modern Day Cowboy”, “Signs”, “What You Give”, “Little Suzi” and songs from the newest release such as the single “I Wanna Live”, the title tracks and others.
A sincere and truly live sounding album which closes a chapter in the band’s history and shows a healthy band ready for the next step !
Tracklisting: Forever More; I Wanna Live; Modern Day Cowboy; Heaven’s Trail; What a Shame; Shine Away; Love Song; What You Give; The Way It Is; Breakin’ Free; Hang Tough; So What!; Signs; Lil’ Suzie; Into the Now.
Alive in Europe will be released on April 23rd, 2010.
The Track Listing is as follows:
01. Forever More 4:57
02. I Wanna Live 3:47
03. Modern Day Cowboy 5:40
04. Heaven’s Trail 5:42
05. What a Shame 4:45
06. Shine Away 7:16
07. Love Song 7:29
08. What You Give 7:09
09. The Way It Is 6:09
10. Breakin’ Free 5:15
11. Hang Tough 4:35
12. So What! 3:49
13. Signs 3:23
14. Lil’ Suzie 4:41
15. Into the Now 5:13
One of earliest videos on MTV back in the 80’s was Ph.D’s “Little Susie’s on the Up”. I have no recollection of this video whatsoever, and had no idea that Tesla’s “Little Suzi” was a cover song until just a few weeks ago.
Who should win Video Showdown # 17? Check out both video clips below, and decide with your vote!
Tesla has released another new video in support of their album, Forever More. Check out “Breakin’ Free” below.
Tesla’s Brian Wheat was on Bruce Dickinson’s Friday Night Rock Show. If you missed the show yesterday, you can listen to the show in its entirety, at this link.
Tesla will be a guest on the Bruce Dickinson Radio Show today.
Listen to the broadcast live via the Internet between 9:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. (midnight) U.K. time or at 4 p.m. EST in the U.S.
Bruce Dickinson’s show can be found at this link BBC.co.uk
Tesla returned to Cincinnati, Ohio a couple of weeks ago, this time in support of their latest album Forever More.
Tesla always manages to bring some new bands with them each tour and this time it was not different. Opening up for the Sacramento rockers, where Southern California’s Damage, and Kansas City’s The Leo Project.
I must admit that I have only heard a song or two from either of the opening acts so I didn’t have any expectations of any kind.
Damage took the stage first, and I was pleasantly surprised by this band. I thought Damage was a tad bit harder than The Leo Project, and had better songs. Their music has an interesting twist due to the Cello playing of Erin Shawn Hawkins. Hawkins dishes up some heavy cello work as well as some solid back ground vocals for this band. Damage is an up and coming band worth keeping an eye on.
You can hear some of their songs at this link.
The Leo Project was up next, and put on a solid performance. They did not impress me as much as Damage. I thought The Leo Project has more stage presence than Damage, but I believe Damage has better songs. Of course I prefer more hard rock than alternative, and The Leo Projects songs have more of an alternative/modern rock slant. The Leo Project did play a pretty cool cover of the Mr. Mister song, “Broken Wings”. This was the only song I knew, and I liked that pretty well. Overall, they did a pretty good job getting the crowd warmed up for Tesla. I checked out some of the band’s songs on myspace, and found some cool stuff. I will give them another shot if they come back around. Check out The Leo Project at this link!
This show was on a Wednesday night, so the overall attendance swelled from about 200 people to nearly 500 by the time Tesla took the stage. I have been fortunate enough to see Tesla three times in the last three years, and this was my favorite performance by the band out of their most recent shows that I have seen. The band played several songs from Forever More, but also broke out some classic songs that I haven’t ever seen them play before.
The set list was something like this: “Forever More”, “I Wanna Live”, “Modern Day Cowboy”, “Breaking Free”, “Hang Tough”, “Heaven’s Trail”, “Call It What You Want”, “Shine Away”, “Paradise”, “Love Song”, “Fallin’ Apart”, “What You Give”, “Little Suzi”, “Signs”, “Into The Now”, “Cumin’ Atcha Live” and “Rock Me To The Top”.
During their set, Tesla brought out their friend Dale Lutz from Dayton, Ohio who played the mandolin on the songs “Little Suzi” and “Signs”. That was a pretty nice touch to their show in my opinion.
I am a huge Tesla fan, and actually was indecisive about going to this show. It was already a long tiring work week, and I almost skipped this show.I watched the live DVD (Comin’ Atcha Live) again, and shook off whatever crazy notion I had about skipping this show. I am so glad that I went. Tesla rocked the crowd so hard that someone actually lost their dentures during the show. That had to be one of the funniest things to ever happen at a live concert.
Tesla put on another amazing show. Jeff Keith’s voice was excellent, and guitarist Frank Hannon was on fire all night. Frank has got to be one of the most under rated guitar players of all time. This guy should get a lot more attention than he does today. Dave Rude’s playing compliments Frank Hannon’s well. He is proving to be a great addition to Tesla.
I truly enjoyed getting to see some of the songs that I haven’t seen Tesla play including Shine Away, and Paradise. I am still hopeful that they will work Song & Emotion back into their set someday, but I was still extremely pleased with this show. I had a great time, and can’t wait to see the band play live again!
Check them out if they hit your town! You wont be disapponted!
TESLA have announced the Summer European Tour dates in support of the release of their successful come back album “Forever More”
June 11 Belfast, UK – Spring & Airbrake
June 13 Dublin, Eire – O2 (Classic Rock Festival)*
June 14 Donington, UK – Download Festival
June 15 Newcastle, UK – Academy
June 17 Glasgow, UK – Cathouse
June 18 London, UK – Islington Academy
June 20 Paris, France – La Boule Noir
June 21 Pratteln, Switzerland – Z7
June 23 Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz 2
June 24 Madrid, Spain – Heineken
June 26 Zaragoza, Spain – Metalway Festival
June 27 Balingen, Germany – Bang Your Head/Milan, Italy – Gods of Metal Festival**
June 30 Bochum, Germany – Matrix
July 01 Hamburg, Germany – Knust
July 07 Aschaffenberg, Germany – ColosSaal
July 08 Munich, Germany – Metropolis
July 10 Kerkade, Holland – Rocktemple
July 11 Zoetermeer, Holland – Boerderij
July 12 Bospop Festival, Holland
* With Whitesnake, Journey and Def Leppard
** Two shows in one day
Tesla has released a new video clip for their song, “Fallin’ Apart”. You can pick up a copy of Tesla’s new CD, “Forever More” at this link.
Tesla has announced the following tour dates for April.
|Wed 4/1/2009||Warnors Theatre||Fresno||CA|
|Thu 4/2/2009||Fox Theater||Oakland||CA|
|Sat 4/4/2009||Showbox SoDo||Seattle||WA|
|Sun 4/5/2009||Roseland Theater||Portland||OR|
|Tue 4/7/2009||Knitting Factory||Spokane||WA|
|Wed 4/8/2009||Knitting Factory||Boise||ID|
|Fri 4/10/2009||Shrine Auditorium||Billings||MT|
|Sat 4/11/2009||The Venue at the Hub||Fargo||ND|
|Tue 4/14/2009||Meyer Theatre||Green Bay||WI|
|Wed 4/15/2009||Barrymore Theatre||Madison||WI|
|Fri 4/17/2009||Genesee Theatre||Waukegan||IL|
|Sat 4/18/2009||Piere’s||Fort Wayne||IN|
|Sun 4/19/2009||Rialto Square Theatre||Joliet||IL|
Tesla has the following tour dates listed on their website. Don’t miss them if they hit your town!
Fri 2/20/2009 Carolina Theatre Greensboro NC
Sat 2/21/2009 House of Blues Myrtle Beach SC
Sun 2/22/2009 House of Blues Orlando FL
Tue 2/24/2009 Lincoln Theatre Raleigh NC
Wed 2/25/2009 Amos’ Southend Charlotte NC
Fri 2/27/2009 Bijou Theatre Knoxville TN
Sat 2/28/2009 Orange Peel Asheville NC
Fri 3/13/2009 Route 66 Casino Albuquerque NM
When 2008 started if you would have told me that new releases would come out by Whitesnake, Motley Crue, AC/DC, Tesla, Judas Priest and Sammy Hagar, I probably would have looked at you like you were crazy. All of these bands put out new videos in 2008. Vote for your favorite band, and help push them to the HRH Bowl next Saturday.
Whitesnake – Lay Down Your Love
Motley Crue – Saints of Los Angeles
AC/DC – Rock N Roll Train
Tesla – I Wanna Live
Judas Priest – War
Sammy Hagar – Cosmic Universal Fashion