“Keepin’ It Real” Tour with Tesla

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By: Christie Bilbo

The House of Blues in Dallas, TX, hosted the iconic hair metal band Tesla on May 31, 2024. The band played for two days, with each event being a sold-out show. There is nothing more spectacular than seeing a band from my era selling out a venue and kicking ass and taking names as Tesla did.

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Tesla 5 31 2024 House of Blues Dallas Fans

During the 1980s, metal music broke out into a “hair metal/glam metal” genre, with bands like Tesla, Winger, Motley Crue, Whitesnake, and others. The music was fast and loud, with power ballads, guitar riffs, and some hard-kicking drums. The men wore their hair ratted up like the women’s, makeup, spandex, mesh crop-top shirts, and the all-important headbands.

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Jeff Keith

When Tesla came on the scene in 1986, their debut album was Mechanical Resonance. Their second album, The Great Radio Controversy, released in 1989, helped put the band on the map as a contender in the rock scene. They were touring with big names like David Lee Roth, Def Leppard, and Poison. There was no stopping the guys until 1996 when they all went their separate ways.

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Tesla brought with them the opening act of Kurt Deimer. His stage presence was strong and backed up by a fantastic band. He has a new song out called “Dance” that’s hard-hitting. He belted out tunes like “Hero” and “My Dad.” Also, Mr. Deimer is an accomplished actor, and you can see him in the upcoming movies “Hellbilly Hollow” and “Scared to Death” which have been completed, but release dates have not been announced.

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Kurt Deimer House of Blues

When Tesla hit the stage, the crowd was ready. Everyone was on their feet and ready to rock. They opened the show with “Lady Luck.”  When they broke into their second song and one of their biggest hits, “Modern Day Cowboy,” the crowd went wild. The entire venue was singing, and hands were in the air. They did play a new song off their latest album, “All About Love,” which was like their older music but great.

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With songs like “Love Song” and “Paradise,” the band made sure that everyone in the venue was there to enjoy the show. The place was packed, and in front of the stage, there was hardly any room to move. You could feel the vibe that not one person was walking out without hearing one of their favorite songs sung that night.

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Tesla

Tesla didn’t disappoint. Jeff Keith, still strong with his vocals and stage presence, was joined by Frank Hannon and Dave Rude on guitar. Brian Wheat played bass, and Troy Luccketta kept banging it out on drums. The guys showed they still had it to pull off a great rock show.

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One thing that is being proven lately is that 80s bands are making a huge comeback. The bands are selling out venues. People like me who grew up in that era loved music and missed that time are ecstatic to see a glimpse of our youth. One thing that never grows old…great music. Tesla is proof of that when they put on two sold-out shows.