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!