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 2, 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.
When asked about the recording sessions, where rumors have circulated about the band having recorded 28 tracks for the CD, Keith shares, “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 Divine, 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:
02. Edison’s Medicine
03. I Wanna Live
04. Hang Tough
05. So Divine
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
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 22, 2015.
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