On Saturday Sept. 28, 2013 Tesla closed out the Summer Concert Series at Thunder Valley Casino Resort to a sold-out Outdoor Amphitheater. Although the venue is in Lincoln Ca. 99.8 of the fans were from Tesla’s hometown of Sacramento Ca.
Opening for Tesla was another local Sacramento band, 58 Fury.
The venue was totally packed as you would imagine for a Tesla hometown show. They played a very good set with all the crowd favorites. Frank Hannon and Dave Rude were in top form as was all of the band.
Tesla is an American rock band formed in Sacramento, California in late 1982. They have sold 14 million albums in the United States.
In late 1982, bassist Brian Wheat (age 20) and guitarist Frank Hannon (age 15) formed City Kidd, a band that then spent time gigging at Sacramento’s defunct Oasis Ballroom. They also began working with American rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose towards writing hard rock hit singles, reasoning “We wanted to get signed, and we thought the way to do that was to write a hit single.”
New producers and managers turned the group towards radio pop rock and, to come up with the appropriate material, band manager Steve Clausman hired Grammy award winner Duane Hitchings, who provided the music to Rod Stewart songs such as Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? and Infatuation.
A representative from Geffen Records then saw where the City Kidd band was headed and let them know that he would only sign them if they “wrote from the gut and not from formulas.”
By 1986, the band had again changed its direction under a new name, Tesla.
Tesla’s members still include, Frank Hannon-(guitar, keyboards, piano, organ, backing vocals), Brian Wheat-(bass, piano, backing vocals), Jeff Keith-(lead vocals), Troy Luccketta-(drums, percussion) and Dave Rude-(guitar, backing vocals).
The set lasted nearly two hours and went like this, (from the set list on stage)
“I Wanna Live”, “Hang Tough”, “Taste My Pain” (new song), “Heaven’s Trail (No Way Out)”, “Mama’s Fool”, “Cumin’ Atcha Live / Truckin'” (Truckin’ cover by Grateful Dead), “Into The Now”, “Paradise”, “Signs” (Five Man Electrical Band cover), “Song And Emotion”, “The Way It Is”, “What You Give”, “Love Song” and three encore songs, “Lazy Days, Crazy Nights”, “Modern Day Cowboy” and “Little Suzi”.
Tesla fans came to get their socks blown off and that’s exactly what they got. Every song sounded great and there was plenty of singing and dancing throughout the whole venue. They are definitely one of the most fan friendly bands out there, they really appreciate their fans and it shows. For example, Tesla’s drummer Troy Luccketta was out in front of will-call before the show handing out VIP passes to some fans, now that’s awesome, who does that.
Tesla is and will always be one of this examiners favorite bands to see live, they really know how to please their fans with ripping guitar solos, great vocals, thumping bass lines, incredible drumming and of coarse, great songs.
Starting the night off was …. 58 Fury.
These guys were a perfect start to a great night of rock & roll. (sorry no set list for this one)
Members include, Darin Wood-(vocals), Ned Hammad-(guitars), Chris Estes-(guitars), Bill Hunting-(drums), Virgil McKenzie-(keys/organ) and James Pope-(bass)
Here is what Tesla had to say about the band, “TESLA is excited to announce “58 FURY” will be joining us at Thunder Valley Casino Sept. 28, 2013. Our Friendship with “58 FURY” dates back to our “City Kidd” days and this makes for a Truly “Hometown” show”.
This show was a perfect ending to Thunder Valleys Summer Concert Series, with all the great acts they had this year, it will be very hard to beat next Summer. We’ll just have to wait and see …..
A great time was had by all.
There’s still plenty of great stuff going on at Thunder Valley, to see what’s next (click here)
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