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10
Sep

TESLA - Mechanical Resonance Live (Review)

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2016
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Worldwide
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Hard Rock
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85
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I love this album from the bottom of my heart. Well, the original at least! Mechanical Resonance is I think, one of the greatest debut albums of all time. It’s still the best Tesla album ever (although their catalogue is wonderfully consistent) and it’s hard to believe its 30 years old.
Recorded over the course of a tour of the USA, the original 12 songs are compiled here in order of that magnificent debut in a very nice tribute to it.
 
The band is still kicking ass and there was never going to be any question of how good these songs were going to sound. They rock of course!
The only fear I had was going to be the quality of Jeff Keith’s voice. 30 years of rockin and rollin will do a lot of damage to a vocalist and its clear to hear that he has aged and the pitch is a little rougher and raspier, but hell, he still sounds good to me and the energy portrayed by him and the whole band on these performances means that Mechanical Resonance is given the fitting tribute it deserves.
 
A 13th track is a preview from the band's upcoming new studio album co-written and co-produced with Def Leppard's Phil Collen. A great taste of what's to come too. A mid-tempo melodic rocker that's old-school Tesla.

A nice raw, rough and raspy rock n roll retro rollercoaster.
 

 

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Thu
23
Jun

TESLA Revisit Classic Debut on 'Mechanical Resonance Live'

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TESLA Announce Album 'Mechanical Resonance, Live!' to be Released August 26
 
2016 Summer Tour With Def Leppard set to Kick off on June 22 in Boston

It's been said that lightning never strikes the same place twice. However, it does in the case of Tesla. The band is thrilled to announce the release of a live recording of their classic album, 'Mechanical Resonance LIVE!', celebrating the original multi-Platinum record's 30th birthday in style. With a few surprises up their sleeve, including the single 'Save That Goodness' written and produced by Phil Collen of Def Leppard, he album will be released in Europe on August 26th on Tesla's longtime label partner Frontiers Music Srl. The record is being released in conjunction with Tesla's USA summer tour opening  up for Def Leppard,  where they will perform in front of over half a million fans.
 
Said Frank Hannon, '30 years later and the songs on our first album still rock! Making this new live album of Mechanical Resonance was a reminder of the innocence and creative beginnings of Tesla.'
 

Added Brian Wheat, "It was a lot of fun to re-visit some of the songs we hadn't played in decades and had a great time recording it. "
 
Over the course of their thirty-year career, which started in 1986, the iconic Sacramento melodic hard rock quintet'Frank Hannon [guitar], Brian Wheat [bass], Jeff Keith [lead vocals], Troy Luccketta [drums], and Dave Rude [guitar]'has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide and played to sold out crowds across the globe, their three albums that followed 'Mechanical Resonance' all went multi-Platinum in the USA. To say Tesla live is absolutely bombastic is an understatement, they are a hard rock band to beat all hard rock bands.
 
The 21st century has become something of a renaissance for Tesla. Most recently, 2014's Simplicity bowed at #14 on the Billboard Top 200. The group ignited ABC's Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! in addition to scorching stages at festivals such as Rocklahoma, Graspop Metal Meeting, and Sweden Rock Festival as well as the cruise Monsters of Rock! As they prepare to cut their ninth full-length album with Phil Collen in the producer's chair, Tesla takes another monumental leap forward as they glance back on Mechanical Resonance Live!
 
Mechanical Resonance Live tracklisting:
 
1. Rock Me To The Top
2. Ez Come Ez Go
3. Gettin' Better
4. Comin' Atcha Live
5. Changes
6. Before My Eyes
7. 2 Late 4 Love
8. We're No Good Together
9. Love Me
10. Cover Queen
11. Lil Suzie
12. Modern Day Cowboy
13. Save That Goodness (Studio Track)
 

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Wed
22
Jun

TESLA Celebrate 'Psychotic Supper' 25th Anniversary with LP Reissue

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UMe MARKS 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF TESLA’S 1991 PSYCHOTIC SUPPER ALBUM WITH TWO-LP VINYL RELEASE, ON JULY 22
 
Classic Geffen release includes five Mainstream Rock hits in “Edison’s Medicine,” “Call It What You Want,” “What You Give,” “Song & Emotion” and “Stir It Up”
 
TESLA's third album, Psychotic Supper, the band’s third studio album, released on August 30, 1991, was the follow-up to the live Five Man Acoustical Jam, peaking at #13 on the Billboard 200, featuring an aggressive change in direction from the previous disc, landing an impressive five songs on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, including “What You Give,” which went to #7 and even cracked the Billboard Hot 100 at #86. Other memorable songs include “Edison’s Medicine,” which spotlights how its subject received credit for harnessing electricity over the band’s own namesake, Nikola Tesla, which climbed to #20 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks, along with “Call It What You Want” (#19), “Song & Emotion” (#13) and “Stir It Up” (#35).  Produced by Michael Barbiero (Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Anthrax) - who also helmed the band’s first two studio efforts -- the album was eventually certified platinum in 1993 by the RIAA, and was included in German magazine Rock Hard’s book of “The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.” The band themselves have been quoted as considering Psychotic Supper their best record.
 
To help mark the album’s 25th anniversary in August, UMe is reissuing the album for the first time as a two-LP standard issue vinyl set on July 22. 

Tesla was formed in Sacramento in late 1981 by bassist Brian Wheat and Frank Hannon, with lead vocalist Jeff Keith, drummer Troy Luccketta and guitarist Tommy Skeoch joining them by 1984, settling on the name Tesla two years later.  Their debut album, Mechanical Resonance, came out in 1986, with many of the band’s themes and song titles inspired by the electrical engineer who gave them their name.  In the early days of their career, the band toured extensively, opening for David Lee Roth, Alice Cooper, Def Leppard and Poison.
 
And while their first two albums, Mechanical Resonance and 1989’s The Great Radio Controversy, both charted on the Billboard 200, 1990’s live Five Man Acoustical Jam, proved a breakthrough, peaking at #12, producing the Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 single “Signs,” a cover of the 1971 song by the Five Man Electrical Band.
 
On Psychotic Supper, the band largely eschewed the live album’s acoustic bent and let loose with a stripped-down production that enhanced the band’s bluesy take on rock and roll.  “Edison’s Medicine” is highlighted by Jeff Keith’s frenetic, yet soulful vocals and some scorching guitar solos by Tommy Skeoch and Frank Hannon. Skeoch also rocks out on theremin, while Hannon straps on a bass for a memorable solo.
 
25 years after its release, Psychotic Supper still holds up for its impressive musicianship by the band and its mix of hard rock and anthemic ballads.
 
The complete album track list is as follows:
 
SIDE 1
1. Change in the Weather
2. Edison’s Medicine
3. Don’t De-Rock Me
 
SIDE 2
1. Call It What You Want
2. Song & Emotion
3. Time
4. Government Personnel
 
SIDE 3
1. Freedom Slaves
2. Had Enough
3. What You Give
 
SIDE 4
1. Stir It Up
2. Can’t Stop
3. Toke About It
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Mon
13
Jun

One On One With Mitch Lafon - TESLA & REB BEACH

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WHITESNAKE guitarist REB BEACH and Mötley Crüe The End director CHRISTIAN LAMB join Mitch on episode 229 of One On One With Mitch Lafon.

LINK TO INTERVIEW: http://www.spreaker.com/user/talkingmetal/1on1-mitch-lafon-229-reb-beach-christian

In the episode's first interview WHITESNAKE guitarist REB BEACH discusses the band's current Greatest Hits tour, making The Purple album, getting the Whitesnake gig, his time with ALICE COOPER, WINGER, DOKKEN and making the Erase The Slate album. Plus, much much more.

Quotes from the REB BEACH interview:

New solo album (time 2.03): "I've been working on my solo album that is instrumental forever and I'm like sick of it already, but it's really really good. It's done, but I just need the drummer to come play on it."

Getting into Whitesnake (time 4.31): "I wanted the gig badly and called everyone I knew and said, 'Do you know someone in the Whitesnake camp.?'"

The Whitesnake Greatest Hits tour (time 10.22): "People want to hear familiar songs. When you start playing an unfamiliar song, be it a new song or a really old song (that they don't know), a lot of people just start texting or the take a bathroom break."

Dokken's Erase The Slate (time 21.04): "They were going to release a Beatles' album basically and I'm like, 'No, you're DOKKEN. I love Dokken. It's got to be ROKKEN WITH DOKKEN."

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In this episode's second interview director Christian Lamb discusses the making of the Mötley Crüe final concert film The End.

The Interview starts at the XX.XX minute mark.

Quotes from the CHRISTIAN LAMB interview:

The interviews interspersed in The End movie (39.26): "There's this finality to it and we absolutely had to get into that story. Those points all had to be made. We had to hear the guys. We had to hear their perspectives and what was going on in their heads approaching this. In the end, it was always going to be more of a narrative."

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TESLA drummer TROY LUCKETTA joins Mitch for episode 230 of One On One With Mitch Lafon.

LINK TO THE INTERVIEW: http://www.spreaker.com/user/talkingmetal/1on1-mitch-lafon-230-tesla-troy-lucketta

In the show's only interview, drummer Troy Lucketta discusses the band's current tour with Def Leppard & REO Speedwagon, the upcoming 30th anniversary Mechanical Resonance LIVE album, working with Def Leppard's Phil Collen on new music, Whitford/St.Holmes, Keith Emerson and so much more.

Quotes from the interview:

Joining Tesla (time 2.30): "Back in 1985, when I hooked up with the band and I heard Jeff's voice. I always knew there was something really special about the band."

The upcoming MECHANICAL RESONANCE Live album (time 6.02): "We knew our anniversary was coming up. Phil Collen of Def Leppard really spearheaded this thing. So, what we did... We would open the show with a couple Mechanical Resonance songs, change it every night and we did that over a couple of weeks and we managed to get the record. Phil Collen wrote a song called 'Goodness' (it's a beautiful awesome song). It's a bonus track for the record."

Are you locked in to the 'Tesla sound' (time 13.13)...

Def Leppard (22.11): "The band all of us (speaking for all of us not just myself) we all love that band and respect that band so much. We've been blessed over thirty years to do different things and dates... We spent fifteen months on Hysteria. Every time we've crossed paths, it's always felt like family."

Keith Emerson (27.47)...

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Tue
01
Mar

DEF LEPPARD Lineup 55 North American Dates for 2016

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DEF LEPPARD have announced they will return to the road this summer for an extensive tour across North America due to overwhelming demand. The Live Nation promoted outing will storm through 55 cities across all parts of the U.S. and Canada.  It is set to kick off on May 1st in Orlando, FL and wrap on October 10th in Cedar Rapids, IA.  Joining Def Leppard on their mighty summer outing are REO Speedwagon and TESLA.   Tickets will go on sale starting on March 4th at Livenation.com.
 
Rock Brigade Concert Club Pre-Sale & VIP Packages are available March 1st at 12 pm (local)  RE-SALE & VIP PACKAGES ARE AVAILABLE MARCH 1 at 12pm (local).
 
May 1 – Orlando, FL (Moonstone Festival)  – On Sale now
May 4 – Lafayette, LA (Cajundome)*  – On Sale now
May 5 – Corpus Christi, TX (American Bank Center)* – On Sale now
May 7 – Hidalgo, TX (State Farms Arena)* – On Sale now
May 10 – Bossier City, LA (Century Link Center) – On Sale now
May 11 – Little Rock, AR (Verizon Arena)
May 13 – Greensboro, NC (Greensboro Coliseum) – On Sale now
May 15 – Uncasville, CT (Mohegan Sun Arena) – On Sale now
May 17 – Allentown, PA (PPL Center) – On Sale now
May 18 – Huntington, WV (Big Sandy Arena) – On Sale now
May 20 – Orlando, FL (Amway Center)** – On Sale now
June 22 – Boston, MA (Xfinity Center)
June 24 – Bangor, ME (Darling’s Waterfront)
June 25 – Quebec City, QC (Videotron Centre)
June 27 – Syracuse, NY (Lakeview Amphitheater)
June 29 – Hershey, PA (Hershey Park Stadium)
July 1 – Indianapolis, IN (Klipsch Music Center)
July 2 – Chicago, IL (Hollywood Casino)
July 5 – Cincinnati, OH (Riverbend Music Center)
July 6 – Milwaukee, WI  (Summerfest)
July 8 – Pittsburgh, PA (First Niagara Pavillion)
July 9 – Grand Rapids, MI (Van Andel Arena)
July 11 – Wantagh, NY (Nikon at Jones Beach)
July 13 – Holmdel, NJ  (PNC Bank Arts Center)
July 15 – Detroit, MI (DTE Music Theatre)
July 16 – Toronto, ON (Molson Canadian Amphitheater)
August 6 – Madison, WI (Alliant Energy Center)
August 8 – Evansille, IN (Ford Center)
August 10 – Bristow, VA (Jiffy Lube Center)
August 12 – Atlanta, GA (Aaron’s Amphitheater)
August 13 – Raleigh, NC (Walnut Creek Amphitheater)
August 17 – Birmingham, AL (Oak Mountain Amphitheater)
August 19 – Austin, TX (Austin 360)
August 22 – Houston, TX (Cynthia Woods Pavilion)
August 24 – Dallas, TX (Gexa Energy Pavilion)
August 26 – Kansas City, MO (Sprint Center)
August 27 – ST. Louis, MO (Hollywood Casino Amphitheater)
August 29 – Cleveland, OH (Blossom Music Center)
August 31 – Darien Center, NY(Darien Lake PAC)
Sept 14 – Billings, MT (Metra Park)
Sept 16 – Salk Lake City, UT (USANA Amphitheater)
Sept 17 – Denver, CO (Pepsi Center)
Sept 19 – Albuquerque, NM (Isleta Amphitheater)
Sept 20 – Phoenix, AZ (Ak-Chin Pavilion)
Sept 22 – Irvine, CA (Irvine Meadows Amphitheater)
Sept 24 – Sacramento, CA (Toyota Amphitheater)***
Sept 25 – Mountain View, CA (Shoreline Amphitheater)
Sept 28 – Boise, ID (Taco Bell Arena)
Sept 30 – Eugene, OR (Matthew Knight Arena)
Oct 1 – Tacoma, WA (Tacoma Dome)
Oct 4 – Omaha,NE (CenturyLink Center)
Oct 5 – Minneapolis, MN (Xcel Center)
Oct 7 – La Crosse, WI (La Crosse Center Arena)
Oct 8 – Toledo, OH (Huntington Center)
Oct 10 – Cedar Rapids, IA (U.S. Cellular Center)
 
*STYX to appear  / No REO Speedwagon
**No REO Speedwagon
*** No TESLA
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Wed
20
Jan

MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE PreParty Headliners

MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE: SHREDDERS FROM THE DEEP
 
--FOUR-DAY, FOUR-NIGHT VOYAGE OUT OF OUT MIAMI THIS FEBRUARY 22-26
FEAT.40-PLUS BANDS (INCLUDING HEADLINERS TESLA, STEVE VAI, EXTREME, SEBASTIAN BACH AND QUEENSRYCHE) , PLUS THE ULIMATE GUITAR FANTASY CAMP--
 
ANNOUNCES ARTIST LINE-UPS FOR COMPLIMENTARY PRE-CRUISE FESTIVAL
OVER TWO DAYS (2/20-2/21) AT MAGIC CASINO (MIAMI, FL)
 
CABINS STILL AVAILABLE STARTING AT $499
 
 
The 2016 MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE, fittingly titled "Shredders From The Deep," has announced the talent for its official two-day pre-cruise festival (complimentary for all cruise attendees) which will kick off this year's four-day, four-night voyage out of Miami this February 22-26 aboard the NCL Pearl.
 
As if this year's cruise lineup of 40-plus bands--led by headliners Tesla, Steve Vai, Extreme, Sebastian Bach, Queensryche,Helloween and Y&T--wasn't enough, this year's official two-day pre-cruise festival will really amp things up and feature band performances, guitar giveaways, artist meet & greets and a "Monster" beer tasting event at Magic City Casino's Club 305 (450 NW 37th Ave. / Miami, FL 33125) on Saturday, February 20 and Sunday, February 21.
Day 1 (2/20) of the pre-cruise festival will be highlighted by a performance from Lynch Mob with special guests Killer Dwarfs and Kickin Valentina. The following day (2/21), cruisers will be invited to "Shredder's Ball," featuring performances from Sebastian Bach, Steve Vai, Winger, Saigon, D-A-D, Paradise Kitty and a special all-star jam from Hurry, an all-star RUSH tribute featuring bassist James LoMenzo (John Fogerty, Megadeth, Black Label Society), guitarist Brent Woods (Sebastian Bach, Vince Neil), drummer Brian Tichy (Bonzo Bash, Whitesnake, Foreigner) and keyboardist Stephen Le Blanc (Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience). The official two-day pre-cruise festival is open to the public (non-cruisers) and tickets can be purchased at the door.
 
Confirmed line-up for the 2016 MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE--visiting the private island of Great Stirrup Cay and the cosmopolitan resort meccas of Nassau and Paradise Island in the Bahamas, plus a full day of Metal mayhem at sea--includes headliners Tesla, Steve Vai, Extreme, Sebastian Bach, Queensryche, Helloween and Y&T. Joining the MOR headliners is an epic Metal lineup featuring Gotthard, Doro, Lynch Mob, Vixen, Dangerous Toys, Michael Monroe, Kingdom Come, Armored Saint, Saigon Kick, XYZ, Killer Dwarfs, Metal Church, Hardcore Superstar, Michael Angelo Battio, Akira Takasaki (Loudness), Jeff Scott Soto, Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne), Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions), Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake), Helix, Michael Angelo Batio, Vinnie Moore, Madam X, Tyketto, Anvil, Hellion, Dio Disciples, Lilian Axe, Soto, D-A-D, Heavy Mellow, Brandon Gibbs, Paradise Kitty, The Kix and fan-favorite Winger.Plus, Eddie Trunk and comedian Don Jamieson (VH1's That Metal Show),San Francisco bay area radio host Nikki Blakk and Luc Carl (SiriusXM's "Hair Nation") are the official cruise hosts and will moderate Q&A's.
 
New to this year's cruise are the complimentary Rock Star Dream Shredder Clinics--available to all passengers aboard the cruise. Clinics will be led by instructors Steve Vai, Vinnie Moore (UFO), George Lynch (Dokken and Lynch Mob), Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne), Michael Angelo Battio, Akira Takasaki (Loudness), and Jerry Finn and Gina Stile (Killer Dwarfs and Vixen). According to cruise spokesman, Larry Morand, "The guitar clinics are designed to give our passengers the opportunity to hone their guitar skills in an up close and personal experience with some of rock's greatest shredders. Fans don't just watch the artist perform, they make music with the artists." Artists in each clinic will also give away an autographed guitar to one lucky fan in attendance.
 

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In addition to the performances and clinics, the cruise will feature over-the-top special events only experienced on this voyage, including: Artist Meet & Greets, Monsters Rock & Roll Prom 1987,Shotgun Wedding Vow Renewal, Monster Passenger Talent Contests, 80's Hair Style Contest, Tattoo Contest, Rock Star Dating and much more.
 
Cabins are still available, starting at $999 per person (double occupancy), with Special EZ Pay financing options available for as little as $499 USD per person down (double occupancy), with the remaining balance payable over 12 equal monthly installments beginning the month after the initial reservation is completed. For booking and more info, visit monstersofrockcruise.com/east/ and connect on Facebook and Twitter.
 
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Thu
29
Oct

DEF LEPPARD, STYX Team to Rule Night in L.A. Forum Concert

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By Gerry Gittelson
Melodicrock.com Los Angeles correspondent
 
LOS ANGELES -- Styx is a tough act to follow, but Def Leppard was up to the challenge recently, when the two classic-rock icons teamed for well-received concert at the Forum, as both acts pushed one another before a capacity crowd of nearly 20,000 at one of the USA's most storied and prestigious arenas.
 
By the end of Styx's near-hour set culminating with "Come Sail Away," the audience was going absolutely crazy, and that's something you don't usually see for a support act, particularly in Los Angeles, where crowds are more apt to fold their arms.
 
The bands have been touring together for the summer -- in addition to third-billed Tesla, no slouch in its own right -- and this event was the acid test.
 
Opening with "Rock Rock Till You Drop" (aptly titled considering the members, now in their 50s, have been together together since the 1970s), Def Leppard showed straight away that the fivesome was taking things seriously.
 
No, Def Leppard is no over-the-hill gang simply looking to cash in with nostalgia. Everyone still has great chops, particularly Joe Elliott, who proved in fine voice through the proceedings. He sang loud and clear, everyone knew all the words to just about every song, and what a performance by guitarists Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell. 
 
The crowd was jumping up and down for "Foolin'," while "Bringin' On The Heartbreak" proved a big crowd-pleaser, too. Bassist Rick Savage and drummer Rick Allen were holding down the rhythm section to such a hearty degree that we could feel the beat against our chests; Allen is especially inspirational, of course, because he has one arm, and the crowd showed a lot of adoration for him.
 
By the time Def Leppard got around to the closing "Pure Some Sugar on Me" and encores "Rock of Ages" and "Photograph," the crowd remained all theirs. 
 
Definitely a triumphant night for the Brits.
 
 
Meantime, Styx absolutely kicked ass. It wasn't so long ago the group was headlining arenas in their own right -- including a three-night stint on the very same stage back in the day -- and now that singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw has adopted Los Angeles as his home town, the performance felt like a celebration.
 
"Grand Illusion" came first, and there aren't many classic-rock favorites that have a bigger hook. "Fooling Yourself" found Shaw getting the cougars up front all hot and bothered. "Miss America" saw James Young singing loud and proud, and the execution by all involved was spot-on.
 
Lawrence Gowan has a heck of a voice in his own right, so what you have with Styx is this: three excellent singers, crisp musicianship surpassed only perhaps by Rush in North America, plus songs that lodge themselves on your brain and refuse to leave for days.
 
Tesla was excellent, too. Jeff Keith sung his butt off, and among the most well-received selections were "Gettin' Better," "Hang Tough," "Signs" and the awesome "Modern Day Cowboy."
 
Story by Gerry Gittelson. Photos by Joe Schaeffer.
 
    
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Thu
26
Feb

Monsters Of Rock Cruise Approaches Sellout

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THE MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE, the world’s largest and longest running Heavy Metal and Hard Rock cruise, has only 34-cabins available before selling out its fourth consecutive year. Tickets for the remaining 34-cabins aboard this musical playground will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, starting at $1,099 per person (double occupancy) and are available at MonstersOfRockCruise.com
Sailing the Bahamas this April 18-22 aboard the MSC Divina, the four-day-and-night cruise celebrating the original legendary Castle Donington music festival held in England in 1980, will showcase Heavy Metal and Hard Rock music icons (including artists on the original festival bill)--such as Tesla, Europe, Night Ranger, Tom Keifer of Cinderella, Extreme, KIX, Queensryche, Krokus, Stryper, Lita Ford, Black Star Riders, Y&T, plus many more (full lineup below)--and feature a full schedule of events and activities designed to encourage interaction between artists and fans.
 
This year’s cruise itinerary is kicked off by a two-night pre-party event at Miami’s Magic City Casino on April 15, featuring performances by Queensryche and Lillian Axe, and April 17, featuring performances by Stryper, Tyketto, Gabbie Rae and a special surprise guest artist. The fun continues the moment fans board the ship, meeting new friends poolside during the kickoff Sailaway Concert featuring cruise alumni, Tesla. This will set the tone for the next four days of events, including: Artist Meet & Greets, all-day stops at the private Monster Beach at Poseidon’s Grotto and the cosmopolitan resort mecca of Nassau, Bahamas, the Hot Tub Time Machine 80s Prom, “So You Think You Can Shred” fan competition, Fantasy Night Masquerade, “Rock Anthems Fan Jam” hosted by Izzy Presley, Cooking With Rock Stars, plus more events to be announced.
 
The official line-up for the 2015 MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE is as follows: Tesla; Europe; Night Ranger; Tom Keifer of Cinderella; Extreme; KIX; Queensryche; Krokus; The Winery Dogs; Stryper; Lita Ford; Black Star Riders; Y&T; Zebra; Black ’N Blue; Faster Pussycat; Honeymoon Suite; Tyketto; Keel; John Corabi; Kip Winger; Michael Sweet; Richie Kotzen; Mike Tramp; Joel Hoekstra; Derek St. Holmes; Ron Keel; Leatherwolf; Babylon AD; Bang Tango; Heavens Edge; Frank Hannon Band; Lillian Axe; Rhino Bucket; Pamela Moore; Gabbie Rae; Atomic Punks; and AJ’s Bravehearts.
 
Says Larry Morand of ON THE BLUE, “The Monsters of Rock Cruise has always been about fan and artist interaction and we have more bands and events this year than ever before.  Fans don’t just watch the artists perform, they make music with the artists. If you’re looking for all things Hard Rock and Heavy Metal, this is the cruise for you.”
 
Visit monstersofrockcruise.com or connect on Facebook and Twitter to be the first to know about upcoming announcements.
 
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Fri
13
Feb

DEF LEPPARD Announce Summer Tour with STYX & TESLA

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–  Tickets on Sale Starting Feb. 20 at LiveNation.com –
 
– Styx and Tesla Set To Join The Tour As Special Guests –
 
“…the greatest power-pop band ever to masquerade as metal."
- New York Magazine
 
LOS ANGELES (Feb. 12, 2015) – Def Leppard returns to the road this summer for an extensive North American tour.  The Live Nation-promoted tour hitting nearly 50 cities across the U.S. and Canada will kick off on June 23 in Tampa, Fla. at MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre. Joining Def Leppard on their massive summer outing are rockers Styx and Tesla. Please see full tour routing below. Citi® cardmembers will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 12 p.m. local time through Citi's Private Pass® Program. For complete pre-sale details, visit www.citiprivatepass.com. General tickets for the tour go on sale starting Friday, Feb. 20 at 10 a.m. on www.livenation.com. Please see below for full details and on sale information.
 
Def Leppard’s influential career includes numerous hit singles and ground-breaking multi-platinum albums—including two of the best-selling albums of all time, Pyromania and Hysteria, capturing the group’s legendary tracks, bringing together classic Leppard hits such as “Rock of Ages,” Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Foolin.” The upcoming tour follows on the heels of the band’s massive 2014 co-headlining tour with KISS, last summer.
 
2015 TOUR DATES
All dates, venues and cities below subject to change.
All shows on sale Feb. 20 unless otherwise noted.
 
June 23 - Tampa, FL (MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre)
June 25 - West Palm Beach, FL (Cruzan Amphitheatre)
June 27 - Birmingham, AL (Oak Mountain Amphitheatre)
June 28 - Atlanta, GA (Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood)
June 30 - Charlotte, NC (PNC Music Pavilion)
July 2 - Bristow, VA (Jiffy Lube Live)
July 3 - Virginia Beach, VA (Farm Bureau Live)
July 5 - Uncasville, CT (Mohegan Sun Arena)
July 7 - Gilford, NH (Bank of NH Pavilion at Meadowbrook)
July 9 - Mansfield, MA (Xfinity Center)
July 11 - Bethel, NY (Bethel Woods Center for the Arts)
July 12 - Darien Center, NY (Darien Lake Performing Arts Center)
July 14 - Toronto, ON (Molson Canadian Amphitheatre)
July 15 - Youngstown, OH (Covelli Centre)*
July 17 - Clarkston, MI (DTE Energy Music Theatre)
July 21 - Mt. Pleasant, MI (Soaring Eagle Resort & Casino)*
July 23 - Wantagh, NY (Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre)
July 24 - Saratoga Springs, NY (Saratoga Performing Arts Center)
July 25 - Holmdel, NJ (PNC Bank Arts Center)
Aug 7 - Sturgis, SD (Buffalo Chip Campground)**
Aug 8 - Sioux Falls, SD (Sioux Falls Arena)
Aug 10 - Oklahoma City, OK (Chesapeake Energy Arena)*
Aug 11 - Kansas City, MO (Starlight Theatre)
Aug 14 - Sedalia, MO (Missouri State Fair)
Aug 15 - Des Moines, IA (Iowa State Fair)
Aug 17 - Cincinnati, OH (Riverbend Music Center)
Aug 18 - Nashville, TN (Bridgestone Arena)
Aug 21 - Dallas, TX (Gexa Energy Pavilion)
Aug 22 - Woodlands, TX (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion)
Aug 23 - Austin, TX (Austin360 Amphitheater)
Aug 27 - St. Paul, MN (Minnesota State Fair)
Aug 28 - Grand Forks, ND (Alerus Center)
Aug 30 - Noblesville, IN (Klipsch Music Center)
Sept 1 - Allentown, PA (Allentown
Sept 3 - Louisville, KY (KFC Yum! Center)
Sept 4 - Maryland Heights, MO (Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre)
Sept 5 - Tinley Park, IL (First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre)
Sept 16 - Auburn, WA (White River Amphitheater)
Sept 17 - Ridgefield, WA (Northwest Amphitheater)
Sept 19 - Mountain View, CA (Shoreline Amphitheater)
Sept 22 - Chula Vista, CA (Sleep Train Amphitheatre)
Sept 23 - Phoenix, AZ (Ak-Chin Pavilion)
Sept 25 - Albuquerque, NM (Isleta Amphitheatre)
Sept 26 - Denver, CO (Pepsi Center)
Sept 28 - West Valley City, UT (USANA Amphitheater)
Sept 30 - Spokane, WA (Spokane Arena)
Oct 2 - Bozeman, MT (Brick Breeden Fieldhouse)
Oct 4 - Bismarck, ND (Bismarck Civic Center)
 
* - Def Leppard & Tesla Only
** - Def Leppard Only
 
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Mon
09
Feb

Double Stop Podcast - DAVE RUDE (Tesla)

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On The Double Stop Podcast this week, Dave Rude (Tesla, Dave Rude Band) discusses how he got started as a guitarist and singer, and we learn how he got his big break with Tesla (it's really rather remarkable luck!). He discusses the making of Tesla's Real to Reel, Forever More and Simplicity. As well as the Dave Rude Band self-titled release, plus "Carry Me Home" and "The Key". He also gives his thoughts on Spotify, discusses a possible guitar instrumental album, an upcoming Tesla box set and his work as a writer for other artists, as well as TV and film.

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Tue
02
Dec

One On One With Mitch Lafon - TESLA & HEAT

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TESLA's Troy Lucketta and H.E.A.T's Erik Grönwall join Mitch for Episode 73 of One On On With Mitch Lafon. Troy discusses his new project, Saville Row, and their new album The Way Around It. He also talks about Jeff Keith's recent medical procedure that has kept Tesla off the road and the band's upcoming return to touring, making new music and much more. In the episode's second interview H.E.A.T's Erik Grönwall discusses the band's most recent album Tearing Down The Walls, replacing the band's original singer, the pros and cons of being on 'Swedish Idol', the band's upcoming LIVE IN LONDON album, touring and much more.

The Killer Dwarfs, RUSS DWARF, co-hosts this episode.

Listen and subscribe to the One On One With Mitch Lafon Podcast on iHeartRadio, iTunes, Spreaker, TuneIn and Stitcher.

For more about about TROY's Saville Rowvisit: http://savillerowmusic.com on TWITTER: @SavilleRowMusic

For more about H.E.A.Tvisit: http://www.heatsweden.com  on TWITTER: @heatsweden @erikgronwall

Follow Mitch Lafon on Twitter: @mitchlafon

Follow RUSS DWARF on TWITTER: @RussDWaRf and his band the KILLER DWARFS: @KillerDwarfs

One on One With Mitch Lafon's Official Twitter is: @1On1WithMitch

And Official Facebook page is: http://www.facebook.com/OneOnOneMitchLafon

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Thu
30
Oct

SAVILLE ROW Debut Featuring Troy Lucckette, Marc Bonilla & Mika Greiner

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Saville Row began in 2011 when Troy Luccketta, drummer for the legendary band, Tesla, introduced Mika Greiner, former lead singer of the West Coast band, Redline 5, to Marc Bonilla (Toy Matinee, Keith Emerson Band), a prominent guitarist and composer in the L.A. Music scene. Marc and Mika began writing material in between television and movie projects and brought in Troy to handle drums and assist with the recording process.
 
The trio was now ready to expand to a full band and needed to recruit a fourth member to complete the lineup. After an exhaustive search, they found bassist, Travis Davis, who had responded to a national ad. The newly-founded Saville Row have spent the last 3 years honing their musical chemistry through recording and live performance and are preparing for the August release of their debut album, The Way Around It, with producer, Ryan Greene (Dishwalla).
 
Currently, the band’s song, “Last Goodbye,” has been featured twice on the hit show, Justified, and they have also been internationally featured on the NBC hit show, Las Vegas, with their ballad, “Hard To Let Go,” both of which have created a groundswell of reaction from viewers coast to coast and overseas.
 
Saville Row is:
Marc Bonilla: Guitars, Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Troy Luccketta: Drums, Percussion
Mika Greiner: Lead & Backing Vocals
 
Travis Davis: Backing Vocals
 
Track List:
1. Insight
2. Out Of Reason
3. Lying To Myself
4. Everlasting Low
5. Hard To Let Go
6. Mayfly
7. Blessings
8. Deep Inside
9. Tidal Wave
10. Last Goodbye
11. Between The Eyes
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Thu
14
Aug

Sex Drugs & Rock N Roll Show - Featuring TESLA

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Sex Drugs & Rock N Roll Show - Featuring TESLA
 

We had 6,000 listeners in the first month.
Then 5600 listeners in week #5!
Hit #6 in iTunes new and noteworthy
#57 in overall comedy (out of about 100,000 podcasts)
 
Really want to continue to build the momentum.
 
The logo is attached.
 
www.theSDRshow.com
 
iTunes: www.theSDRshow.com/ios
Android: www.theSDRshow.com/stitcher
 
Upcoming guests:
 
Russell Allen of Symphony X/Trans Siberian Orchestra
Dave Z of Zrock/Rubix Cube/Trans Siberian Orchestra
Bobby Blitz of Overkill & John Garcia of Kyuss.
 
Upcoming guests include
 
Porn stars, rock stars, actors, celeb chefs and more!
 

 

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Mon
04
Aug

TESLA Returns to the Canyon Club with Simplicity

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From Joe Dolan in LA:

Touring in support of their seventh studio release, Tesla performed to a sold out crowd at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA on August 2nd, 2014. The new album, titled Simplicity, features 14 original songs with two bonus tracks on the Japanese released version of the CD. Gaining immediate traction upon release, the straight forward hard rockers landed on the Billboard Top 200 at number 24 with first week sales boasting over 14,000 copies; a more than admiral feat for a band that got it's legs during the MTV Headbanger's Ball generation.

Simplicity was released to the general public on June 10th through all music retail outlets. The bands easily identifiable logo graces the jacket in black and white and the songs feature founding guitarist Frank Hannon's unique and straight from the gut blues laden rhythms and melodious solos. Throughout the CD, songs offer hook laden acoustic guitar rhythms that delicately blend with clean distortion to create an evolution of sound for the band that holds true to their history in creating hard rock classics.

Front man and vocalist Jeff Keith shares, 'We always make a record we love and you guys say, we don't like it, but we like it and that's good enough for us.'

When asked about the recording sessions, where rumors have circulated about the band having recorded 28 tracks for CD, Keithshares, 'We decided on the bus the other day that all these demos songs that didn't make the record, for our 30th anniversary we can put out a box set. The problem is, we have to find all those old recordings.'

On June 7th, the band released a video for the song So Devine, a chilling homage to a close friend of the band that had recently passed away. Response to the video has earned more than 86,000 views on YouTube and Vevo in the first two months and has gained a new following for the band in both listenership and concert turnout.

On stage, four of the founding five members of the band performed with guitarist Dave Rude who has been the consistent rhythm guitarist in the band since replacing Tommy Skeoch, who took time off for personal reasons in 2006. The set list offered tracks from the new album and a friendly reminder of the music that broke the band in the 80's, ending with three tracks from the bands first CD,Mechanical Resonance.

The set was performed as follows:

01. MP3
02. Edison's Medicine
03. I Wanna Live
04. Hang Tough
05. So Devine
06. Heaven's Trail
07. Mama's Fool
08. Life Is A River
09. The Way It Is
10. Burnout To Fade
11. What You Give
12. Signs
13. Love Song
14. Getting' Better
15. Modern Day Cowboy
16. Little Suzi

The show at the Canyon Club marks the end of the western leg of the tour and offers the band an eight day reprieve before continuing at the Hampton Beach Club Casino in New Hampshire and crossing the Midwest to bring the band back to California, and as scheduled, a finishing performance in Las Vegas at the East Side Cannery Casino.

Tesla is also scheduled to perform as part of the line-up on the Monster's Of Rock Cruise Miami on April 22nd, 2015.

Follow the band online by visiting their official website at www.TeslaTheBand.com. Social media links are available on the website.

 
 

 
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Thu
26
Jun

TESLA - Simplicity (Review)

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A few classic Tesla tracks, and a few great ballads also, but too few rockers that deliver and way too many tracks overall – and slow ones at that.
Coupled with the stripped back production, Simplicity isn’t good enough to match what is otherwise a very consistent and impressive catalogue of albums over the years.
I remain a huge Tesla fan, but won’t be coming back to this album too often. Just a few individual tracks.
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70%
Produced By: 
Tesla
Running Time: 
65
Release Date: 
2014
Released: 
Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Melodic Hard Rock
Score: 
70
Label: 
Frontiers Records
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As a longtime fan of this band – since the very beginning actually – I feel that I’m more than qualified to call this new album the band’s weakest to date.
The essential quadrilogy of Mechanical Resonance (one of the best debut albums in history), The Great Radio Controversy, Psychotic Supper (again, utterly essential) and Bust a Nut are four of the best American hard rock albums I own.
I’ve not rushed into this review hoping the album would grow on me more than it has. But I’m still stuck in a middle ground of appreciating some of the tracks on here as classic Tesla brilliance, but overall, there are several tracks that fall flat and simply drag.
 
Simplicity is a case of what could and should have been rather than what is.
Style wise the band has stripped the sound right back. This is a pretty raw affair, with a live in the studio feel.
That in itself is ok, but the album is way too bloated at 15 tracks. An 11 track album would have flowed better and maintained a better tempo. As it is, the album drags through too many slower tracks and a couple of true fillers.
 
I don’t think they do themselves any favors leading off with the plodding MP3 as an opening track. It’s an ok song, but it is a mid-album track I think. The faster and more classic sounding Ricochet would have made a much better opening track.
Rise And Fall is another pretty decent track and is reminiscent of the classic Tesla sound, but I’m not sure about the sequencing at all as this track also has that mid-tempo pace.
So Divine is a uptempo rocker. Better for rocking, but let down by not being one of the band’s better tracks.
The slow bar room boogie of the acoustic driven Cross My Heart again affects the flow of the album.
The heartfelt rock ballad Honestly is a great track, but this album really has no flow.
 
Flip Side is another bar room boogie track that highlights the back and forth nature of the style and tempo within the album.
Other Than Me is another ballad and a pretty decent track in many ways, but as a die-hard Tesla fan, I’m hanging out for a classic rocker at this stage.
Break Of Dawn delivers the tempo, but perhaps not the song quality. It’s pretty raw and does grow on you and might have fared better in a revised shuffle of the running order.
Burnout To Fade is yet another slower track – another acoustic ballad which is one of my preferred slower tracks on the album, but I’m really suffering from lack of tempo.
And what do we get now, yes, another slow ballad. Life Is A River is once again, a decent enough track, but to many slow tracks are killing this album.
Sympathy picks up the pace with a heavy, but it’s a modern rocker with little redeeming value.
Time Bomb is almost there – the twin guitar attack and frantic pace is great and long overdue on the album.
Closing out the 14 new studio tracks is yet another acoustic driven ballad. Fortunately for the band it is the album’s best ballad. Classic Tesla all the way.
 
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Wed
28
May

ONE ON ONE WITH MITCH LAFON - TESLA

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Episode 15 of One On One With Mitch Lafon: In part one Mitch sits down Tesla from man, Jeff Keith. The two discuss the band's latest album, Simplicity, as well as the band's storied history, The Mechanical Resonance album, Jeff's country & Bar 7 albums and much more.
In part two, Mitch sits down with legend George Thorogood. The pair discuss George's longevity, his 40th anniversary tour, the pros and cons of Bad To The Bone, his health, plans for a new album, bands with gimmicks and much more.
The episode of One On One With Mitch Lafon was co-hosted Talking Metal's Mark Strigl.
WebLink: www.spreaker.com/user/talkingmetal/one-on-one-with-mitch-lafon-episode-15.

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Fri
02
May

TESLA - Simplicity (Showcase)

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Simplicity
Produced By: 
Tom Zutaut
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65
Release Date: 
June 6
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World
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Melodic Hard Rock

“Simplicity” is TESLA’s seventh all original studio album which follows a 6-years creative break from the release of the previous album “Forever More”.

The band has certainly not been lazy during this period, as they have made several successful laps around the world and put out several new products anyway. But Tesla are now back to present a brand new album of all original material called “Simplicity”.
The first new song, "Taste My Pain", was released last summer digitally via iTunes and Amazon. The track was recorded during a two-day (June 5-6, 2013) session at J Street Recorders in Sacramento. The new song is, according to the band, "A heavier song with a hard-driving beat and TESLA trademark blazing guitars."

After a string of shows in the USA in 2013, the band went back into the studio in early 2014 and came out with a new album, which goes straight back to the TESLA roots. The band worked and produced it as they did with “Into the Now”, their successful come-back album from 2004. Helped by the legendary Tom Zutaut who was the man behind the best TESLA albums, this new album rocks from start to finish, showing a variety of emotions where each song has its own twist--not sounding like another.
The opening track is called “MP3” and starts off with an opus intro that orchestrates into a heavy slow groove with lyrics about technology and how we miss simplicity, vinyl albums, family values... and has a heavy ass riff! This sets the pace for a great Rock album which is set to please all fans of classic TESLA sound!

Nearly 30 years after their debut album, hard rockers Tesla are still bringing the goods to their fans! With an energy that belies their veteran status, Tesla is well-oiled and ready to deliver another electric round of performances on the road. Don’t miss them!

TESLA:

Jeff Keith: Lead Vocals
Frank Hannon: Guitars, Vocals, Piano, Bass
Brian Wheat: Bass, Vocals, Piano
Troy Luccketta: Drums and Percussion
Dave Rude: Guitars, Vocals, Bass

Produced by: Tom Zutaut and TESLA
Mixed by: Michael Wagener

EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
05/01/2014 -Milan, IT
06/05/2014 -Sölvesborg, SE
06/06/2014 -Copenhagen, DK
06/08/2014 -Gelsenkirchen, DE
06/09/2014 -Aschaffenburg, DE
06/10/2014 -Pratteln, CH
06/12/2014 -London, UK
06/13/2014 -Donington, UK

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