By Melissa DeBrigida-Parent
California's legendary rock band, Tesla, cruised into town last weekend, turning up the summer heat on their “Time To Rock! 2023 Summer Tour.” The sold-out crowd at Parx Casino Xcite Center (Bensalem, PA) was all set to rock and roll! As the band members took the stage, the crowd rose from their seats and erupted with excitement as they kicked off the first song “Lady Luck." The song, taken from the 1989 album The Great Radio Controversy, set the tone for an electrifying night.
For nearly two hours, the high-energy set served up fan favorites from seven albums spanning over three decades. Songs like “Hang Tough”, “Changes”, “Modern Day Cowboy”, “Heaven’s Trail (No Way Out)," “Miles Away,” “Pvt. Ledbetter,” “Love Song,” “Call It What You Want,” "Edison’s Medicine," “Love Me,” “Little Suzi,” “What You Give,” “Lazy Days, Crazy Nights,”and a new offering "Time To Rock” from their 2023 album Full Throttle Live had the audience riding the waves of nostalgia and pure rock bliss.
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And for the grand finale? An encore performance of the band's 1990 hit “Signs,” from their live album Five Man Acoustical Jam. This gem was originally recorded at Philadelphia's iconic Trocadero Theatre, adding a dash of local flavor to the show.
One of the standout features of Tesla’s music, at least to me, is its genre-bending appeal. It's a great mix of classic rock, blues, and soul, making their music timeless and still incredibly relevant after all these years.
Frontman and singer Jeff Keith leads with a commanding and purposeful stage presence, perfectly complemented by the amazing talents of his bandmates, Frank Hannon (guitar), Dave Rude (guitar), Brian Wheat (bass), and Steve Brown (drums). This explains why after thirty six years, Tesla is still a force to be reckoned with, selling out venues both nationally and internationally.
So here's my advice: If Tesla is performing near you, don't miss the opportunity to see them live!
RIP Sinead 👑
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