Northfield, Ohio- The eighties powerhouse Tesla did a one off from their US Tour supporting Def Leppard to delight a sold out crowd at the Hard Rock Rocksino last night . The band has always had drawing power playing on a strong reputation of spectacular live shows and performances and last night was no different . I have been a fan since their heyday and have seen them on several occasions through out the years but last night but quite honestly the best show I have ever seen of theirs.
The night started out started out with ” MP3″ one of their newest songs and continued with a plethora of hits including an almost note for note recreation of their ” Five Man Acoustical Jam ” album from years ago .Other songs included ” The Way it Is ” , ” Signs”, ” Paradise ” and ” What You Give ” .
One of the best received songs was of course ” Love Song ” followed up by ” Little Suzi” and ” Modern Day Cowboy ”
The band is a solid unit featuring skilled musicians playing well written material.No special effects needed here and no auto tune either , singer Jeff Keith’s vocals are still strong thirty years later. The current members of the band are,
- Frank Hannon – lead guitar, bass, mandolin, keyboards, backing vocals (1981–1996, 2000–present)
- Brian Wheat – bass, keyboards, backing vocals (1981–1996, 2000–present)
- Jeff Keith – lead vocals (1984–1996, 2000–present)
- Troy Luccketta – drums, percussion (1984–1996, 2000–present)
- Dave Rude – guitar, bass, backing vocals (2006–present)
Music industry talent runs in Jeff’s family as his brother is noted rock photojournalist James Bruner who I have had the fortune occasion to work with from time to time.
The chance to see a band with most of their original line up in tact , with the ability to still play the songs with vigor and passion of an upcoming artist is becoming a rare commodity these days. My suggestion if Tesla is coming to a city anywhere near you , run dont walk and get to a show as soon as possible because this band continues to kick major A**.