Tesla – “Mechanical Resonance Live” (Frontiers Music)
It’s been 30 years since the release of the multi-platinum debut from hard rockers Tesla. Originally called City Kidd, the band renamed themselves during the recording of this album, and then went on to sell in the region of 25 million albums worldwide before disbanding in 1996. Reforming after the turn of the century still with founders bassist Brian Wheat and guitarist Frank Hannon, Tesla have enjoyed a resurgence for their catchy stadium rock, resulting in 2014’s “Simplicity” hitting The Billboard 200 chart, igniting ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! in addition to scorching stages at festivals such as Rocklahoma, Graspop Metal Meeting, the Sweden Rock Festival and the Monsters of Rock cruise. Now, as they prepare to cut their ninth full-length album with Phil Collen in the producer’s chair, they release “Mechanical Resonance Live” in conjunction with Tesla’s US summer tour opening up for Def Leppard, where they will perform in front of over half a million fans. A live recording of their classic album taking in all 12 original tracks including hits like ‘Modern Day Cowboy’, the anthemic ‘Lil’ Suzie’ and the hard n fast ‘Comin’ Atcha Live’, along with new single ‘Save That Goodness’ written and produced by Collen, the recordings are fresh but moreover, attest to the timeless lure of the material so this will evoke many an 80s memory for any fans. Once again propelled by Hannon’s fast warbles and red blooded rock riffing – not to mention his impassioned soloing – Jeff Keith faithfully delivers his raw edged vocals as Tesla prepare to take another monumental leap forward in history!