Gorgeous Chattanooga mountain views set the stage for the long-awaited Tennessee TESLA show. Fans traveled from as far as Alaska to wrap eager smiles around the venue awaiting a night with the legendary California band. TESLA’s vast catalog of melodic, bluesy-hard rock and acoustic masterpieces offers endless variety and set possibilities. Even thunderstorms were no match for the happiness pouring from this line. When the doors opened, locals ‘Hour Late’ received a warm welcome during their solid, energetic rock set, and gained many new fans and friends.
Concert goers explained hopes that TESLA would include Mechanical Resonance hits since they’re celebrating *30 YEARS* of their timeless debut album. While some came for a first live experience, others were counting 50 plus shows. An empty drink line was left behind when the lights dimmed. All hands went up to greet the band with the expectant chant amidst screams: ‘TESLA TESLA TESLA!!
Nikola himself must have thrown sparks on the first note of ‘Rock Me’. The joint continued to erupt as fans witnessed a tightly delivered rock and roll show and absorbed hit after hit from master artists at the top of their game. Jeff’s voice was fresh and spot on. Frank’s skills were divine. Dave took no prisoners. Troy pounded his home state. Brian ‘Bdub’ drew the bottom lines to our bones.‘Five man acoustical jam’ tributes left few dry eyes and even security was singing along! Tesla performed to a large audience despite the Monday date.
Two special guests from the chart-topping band ‘SHINEDOWN’ came to witness the event before leaving on tour; they offered respect and admiration for TESLA’s inspiration and shared that the legends had influenced their music careers. These artists relished the show as fans along with an ecstatic audience. Wishes for several MR songs were indeed granted.
SET LIST, PHOTOS, VIDEOS, LINKS below:
- Rock Me To The Top VIDEO
- EZ Come EZ Go
- Edison’s Medicine
- Gettin Better VIDEO
- Hang Tough
- Heaven’s Trail
- Mama’s Fool
- Comin’ Atcha Live/ Truckin’ (Acoustic)
- Thank You (Acoustic)
- Paradise (Acoustic)
- The Way It Is
- What You Give
- Love Song
- Little Suzie
- Modern Day Cowboy
If you’re familiar with a Tesla experience, you may already be planning your next encounter. VISIT: www.teslatheband.com for TOUR and MORE!
According to Tesla ‘Freaks’ and friends, ‘love finds a way’ and ‘what you give’ is always the answer. To say this night was refreshing and inspiring would be an underrating. Fan Forward’s travel team and SHOWCATCHERSOfficial recommend catching TESLA when they’re in your area! We’ll be back.
TESLA’s currently writing, touring with Def Leppard, plus offering headline shows with 2 hour sets. They’re producing a NEW Mechanical Resonance LIVE album and recently launched ‘Big Break’ Sessions for rising musicians from Brian Wheat’s J Street Recording studios. Each member is active with solo ventures, other bands, and charity events. Check out their individual fb pages and links below. Watch for more big news from these ‘Long-haired Hippie Peace Freaks’ who seem to rise forevermore.
Edited By/Photography: Brigette Olender
Fan Forward Entertainment #Wearefanforward
FOR MORE from TESLA:
Lead Vocals: Jeff Keith (Higher Purpose events) www.higherpurposeevents.com/
Lead Guitar/Vocals: Frank Hannon (Red Hawk Studios, Frank Hannon Band) www.frankhannon.com/
Rhythm Guitar/Vocals: Dave Rude (Dave Rude Band) www.daverudeband.com/
Bass Guitar/ Vocals: Brian Wheat (J Street Studios) www.facebook.com/jstreetrecorders/
Drums/Percussion: Troy Luccketta (A Song for Wellness) www.songforwellness.org/