Iconic rock band TESLA celebrates their 30th anniversary on tour with special guests Voices of Extreme and Weapons of Anew to open the show. The band’s lineup features lead vocalist Jeff Keith, guitarists Frank Hannon and Dave Rude, bassist Brian Wheat and drummer Troy Luccketta. Their journey kicked into high gear with 1986’s platinum-certified debut, Mechanical Resonance, which produced signature songs such as Little Suzi, Modern Day Cowboy, Cumin’ Atcha Live, and Gettin’ Better.
TESLA is a multi-platinum-selling rock band from Northern California known for their melodic songs and down to earth appeal. Thanks to their die-hard, loyal fan base and their younger generation offspring, TESLA continues to tour to sold-out crowds around the world. TESLA formed in 1984 in Sacramento as City Kidd, and was renamed TESLA during the recording of their first album, 1986’s Mechanical Resonance, on the advice of their manager that City Kidd was not a great name (in addition, there was already another band going by that name). The band derived their name, certain album and song titles, and some song content from events relating to inventor and electrical engineer NIKOLA TESLA.
TESLA’s music is often referred to as heavy metal, but is better described as blues metal. The band’s lyrics also strayed from the themes popular in heavy metal, particularly in the 1980’s at the beginning of their career. A further distinction from their contemporaries was their blue-collar, T-shirt-and-jeans image which was in strong contrast to glam bands of the time, which were characterized by big hair, leather pants, and flashy makeup.
Fans were lined up and ready to rock with Tesla at the House of Blues in Orlando. The show was sold out and it was standing room only with all the fans on their feet and signing along to the music we all grew up on. In every corner you could find fans reminiscing and telling stories of memories of the past concerts they attended. Mid set the stage was set for the Five Man Acoustical Jam, acoustic renditions of hits such as ‘Signs” and “Paradise”. Tesla closed out the show with “Little Suzi” and one of the crowd favorites “Modern Day Cowboy”
I must say, one of the best live performances I have ever attended. The lights, the sound, the song selections and crowd interaction were on point. If you haven’t seen them already this tour and have the chance, be sure to catch one of their remaining dates: http://teslatheband.com/tours