Opening the show with “MP3” from 2014’s Simplicity and going right into 2004’s “Into The Now,” the band hit the ground running and never slowed down.
After “The Way It Is” singer Jeff Keith asked “What’s it been, thirty plus?” After a brief pause he declared “We’ve been kicking ass for thirty years!” Indeed they have. The band still sounds excellent and Keith’s voice is as strong as ever, hitting and sustaining notes all night long.
In the middle of the set, the band broke out some bar stools and acoustic guitars to do a little five man acoustical jam that included “Cumin’ Atcha Live” which segued into the Grateful Dead’s “Truckin.” Next up was “Paradise” and rounding out the acoustic set was their Top Ten hit “Signs.”
During “What You Give” the three large video screens on stage showed various pictures of the band from throughout their career. Audience members got the sense that these guys have a true camaraderie and brotherhood between them. I guess thirty years of being together will do that.
The band then played a newer song called “Save The Goodness” that was produced by Def Leppard’s Phil Collen. “Song and Emotion” was dedicated to another Leppard alum, Steve Clark.
Power ballad “Love Song” saw the audience break out their lighters, er cell phones,to light up the Rocksino just like it was 1990.
The show ended where it all began for the band with “Modern Day Cowboy” from 1986’s Mechanical Resonance.
Tesla is a great rock and roll band that got their start in the ‘80s. However, to call them a “hair band” does them a disservice because there has always been more substance to this band than that moniker.