Tesla 03.25.16

Tesla plays live at the Talking Stick Resort Showroom on March 25, 2016.

Tesla plays live at the Talking Stick Resort Showroom on March 25, 2016.

American Rock band Tesla played at the Talking Stick Resort Showroom on March 25, 2016.  Tesla was formed in 1981 by Frank Hannon and Brian Wheat. In 1984, Jeff Keith and Troy Lucckette joined the band. They disbanded in 1996 but reformed in 2000 with Dave Rude joining the group. The current band consists of Jeff Keith (Lead Vocals), Frank Hannon (Guitar), Dave Rude (Guitar), Brian Wheat (Bass and Piano) and Troy Lucckette (Drums). During the 80’s they toured with Poison and Def Leppard, and got misclassified as a “Hair Band”. In reality, they are just a high energy rock band with blues overtones in their music.

This was the first show I had seen at the Talking Stick Resort Showroom where the fans actually moved to the front of the stage and stood for the entire show (though no pushing and shoving like some metal shows). It sounded like the band utilized the theater’s sound system well, so their sound was loud but perfectly clear for the venue. Both the band and the audience seemed to really get into the show. Jeff would run around the stage and high-five audience members and the crowd would sing along with him. Brain and Dave would also run around on the stage to play to both sides of the audience. Frank played everything from acoustic to Les Paul’s to double neck guitars during the show. About half way through the show, they did a 3 song acoustic set which included a cover of the Grateful Dead song, Truckin. They concluded the show with their best-known hit, Modern Day Cowboy.

Review and photos by Fred Kuhlman

Photos © Fred Kuhlman 2016


If you missed this show, they will be touring again this summer with longtime friends, Dep Leppard.  If you like 80’s high-energy rock, this will bea show you don’t want to miss.

The setlist included:

  • Rock Me To The Top
  • Edison’s Medicine
  • Getting’ Better
  • Cover Queen
  • Hang Tough
  • Heaven’s Trail
  • Mama’s Fool

(acoustic set)

  • Comin’ Atcha Live / Truckin’
  • Thank You
  • Paradise

(set change, back to electric)

  • Signs
  • The Way It Is
  • What You Give
  • Love Song
  • Lil Suzie


  • Modern Day Cowboy

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