TESLA – Shock (Album Review)

TESLA – Shock (Album Review)

Remember when Tesla put out their way-over-the-top CD back in the ’80s? Oh, you don’t? That’s probably because they never did. They may have come out during the hair metal era, but they never fell into that group. Yes, they’re an 80’s hard rock band, but they offer musicianship and substance that many bands from those days lacked. That’s why I find it odd that they put that album out now with Shock.   Phil…

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Tesla Drummer Troy Luccketta: “Ronnie Montrose brought ‘Little Suzi’ to the band”

Tesla Drummer Troy Luccketta: “Ronnie Montrose brought ‘Little Suzi’ to the band”

As part of their “Albums Unleashed” series, the Decibel Geek Podcast interviewed Troy Lucketta of Tesla to discuss the making of the bands 1987 debut record Mechanical Resonance.  During the interview, conducted by hosts Chris Czynszak and Aaron Camaro, Troy shares all sorts of interesting aneqdotes related to the writing and recording of the record including how it came to be that the band record a cover of the Ph.D song and Tesla staple“Little Suzi”…

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Albums Unleashed – TESLA Mechanical Resonance with Troy Luccketta Ep349

Albums Unleashed – TESLA Mechanical Resonance with Troy Luccketta Ep349

This week Tesla‘s Troy Luccketta joins us to discuss the making of Mechanical Resonance. Released in December of 1986, Mechanical Resonance introduced this Sacramento-based 5 piece to the world. Produced by the duo of Steve Thompson and Michael Barbiero, the album peaked at 32 on the Billboard charts. Additionally, it provided Tesla with some bonafide material that still gets played live today including Modern Day Cowboy, Cumin’ Atcha Live, and Little Suzi. Mechanical Resonance  …

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Album Anticipation – Ep348

Album Anticipation – Ep348

We look to the year in music ahead this week with Album Anticipation! This week we’re discussing albums that are in production for a 2019 release. You’re getting great new tracks from Shark Island, Axl Rose, Yellowcake and Tora Tora. Additionally, we’re discussing bands that are rumored to be making a return to the studio this year. As a result, you’re getting some classic tracks from Dokken, Poison, Tesla, the Wildhearts and more! Album Anticipation…

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25 Albums Turning 25 That Don’t Suck

25 Albums Turning 25 That Don’t Suck

This is my fifth edition of “25 Albums” for Decibel Geek. And things were getting a little thin by 94. Grunge had basically morphed into top forty “alternative” music like Weezer and Belly causing Kurt Cobain to blow his brains out. Pearl Jam sued Ticketmaster and lost. Gotta love those service charges.  Green Day ushered in the pop-punk movement that would influence future greats like Fall Out Boy and Panic At The Disco. Pink Floyd toured…

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GRAND ROCKTEMBER VI – End of Summer – Festival Review

GRAND ROCKTEMBER VI – End of Summer – Festival Review

“Summer will end soon enough, and childhood as well.” – George R.R. Martin For the past five years, thousands of aging metal heads have spent their last days of summer in Hinckley, MN for the annual Grand Rocktember Festival. With bands featured in the pages of Circus Magazine and Hit Parader between 1982-1990 filling the stage over two days.  For the sixth year the folks at Grand Casino decided to add a third day.  Who…

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Radio Sucks Radio Show v34 – Ep332

Radio Sucks Radio Show v34 – Ep332

Digital Killed the Radio Star host David Hudson is here to spin killer tunes with Radio Sucks 34! David was one of the many awesome VIP donors to ROCKNPOD and this week we’re returning the favor. In this hour-plus chat David digs into some great rock tunes that radio just won’t touch. Radio Sucks 34   This episode is full to the brim with killer tracks from some of your favorite artists. You’ll get ear…

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STYX, JOAN JETT & TESLA – Huntington Bank Pavillion (Photo Gallery/Concert Review)

STYX, JOAN JETT & TESLA – Huntington Bank Pavillion (Photo Gallery/Concert Review)

Styx, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Tesla! First off, yes the show was amazing! You really can’t go wrong with any of these bands, and putting them together is just genius! Since Styx is a Chicago band they always have an exceptionally great crowd when they play in Illinois, and last night was no exception! If you hadn’t heard, this tour is the first time Styx has performed “Mr. Roboto” in 35 years! It…

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FRANK HANNON – Twisted Spoke Saloon, Pekin, IL (Photo Gallery)

FRANK HANNON – Twisted Spoke Saloon, Pekin, IL (Photo Gallery)

Decibel Geek‘s Alex Dale was on hand at The Twisted Spoke Saloon recently for Frank Hannon. The Tesla founder rolled into town, delivering a fantastic performance. Here’s what Alex had to say: “We Cranked The Frank and Drank The Drank St. Patrick’s Day at the Twisted Spoke Saloon in Pekin Illinois! Frank Hannon Of TESLA was amazing.. as usual! They played some solo material, covers and of course some TESLA songs! It was a great…

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TESLA – Monsters of Rock Cruise 2018 (Photo Gallery)

TESLA – Monsters of Rock Cruise 2018 (Photo Gallery)

Decibel Geek‘s ace photographer Brian Ronald spent his time aboard the Monsters of Rock Cruise 2018 capturing as many fantastic performers in action as he could. Consequently, in this gallery of shots, he showcases TESLA as they rocked the Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas! OFFICIAL WEBSITE / FACEBOOK Be sure to check out Brian‘s other MORC Photo Galleries, with more coming soon! Posted so far are: (AUTOGRAPH Gallery / RAVEN Gallery / BRITISH LION Gallery / DORO PESCH’S WARLOCK Gallery / KEEL Gallery /…

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