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Still Uniquely Unpretentious, See TESLA at Silver Legacy

2007 (c) Charr Crail

2007 (c) Charr Crail

Multi-platinum pop-rock revolutionaries and Northern California Natives TESLA are bringing their unique music style to Silver Legacy Resort Casino on Friday, November 19.  From die-hard fans to newcomers who probably already know a few songs, TESLA will play both their acoustic and hard rock favorites in the Grande Exposition Hall starting at 8 p.m.

TESLA was formed in Sacramento in 1985, named after the eccentric inventor Nikola Tesla, who pioneered the radio.  They quickly scored a deal with Geffen Records and released their debut album, “Mechanical Resonance” in 1986 with hard rock hits and crowd favorites “Modern Day Cowboy” and “Little Suzi.” But it was the follow-up album titled “The Great Radio Controversy” that truly broke the band. The first single, “Heaven’s Trail (No Way Out),” was a hit with hard rock audiences, setting the stage for the second single, a comforting ballad called “Love Song” which substituted a dash of hippie utopianism for the usual power ballad histrionics.

In keeping with their unpretentious, blue-collar roots, TESLA responded to stardom not with the glam theatrics of their tour mates and peers of the era, but by stripping things down. The idea behind 1990 album “Five Man Acoustical Jam” was virtually unheard of—a pop-metal band playing loose, informal acoustic versions of their best-known songs along with a few covers.

TESLA’s music was sturdy enough to hold up with audiences and helped directly inspire a new movement in music.  Its relaxed vibe had enough edge to prove acoustic music could sound vital and energetic. The album “Five Man Acoustical Jam” is credited for starting MTV’s “Unplugged” craze of the ‘90s which included artist like Eric Clapton, Nirvana and many others following suit with acoustic live albums.

Next up came “Psychotic Supper” in 1991, spawning the greatest number of TESLA hits like “Edison’s Medicine,” “Call it What You Want “ and “What You Give.”  They followed up with one more album in 1994 before internal problems caused the band to split.  The band reconciled after years apart and created a new album filled with original music in 2004.  

In 2009 TESLA released their newest album “Forever More” which gives the audience a look through their 25-year musical journey.  Prepare for the album’s self-titled track to open the show on this tour along with singles “I Wanna Live” and “Breakin’ Free.”  The band now owns and operates under its own record label, TESLA Electric Company Recordings.

Get your tickets to see revolutionary pop-rockers TESLA perform live in Silver Legacy’s Grand Exposition Hall on Friday, November 19 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available from $45 with premium seating for $60.  Reserve seats online at www.silverlegacy.com.

-Diana Rogers

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