Tesla’s Frank Hannon has revealed that he is planning to work on a new book. The guitarist told Rockin’ Metal Revival the following about that:
“Yes, I do have a concept for a book that I’ve been working on in my mind. And the tentative title of it is ‘Modern Day Cowboy’. Because I do a lot of horse activities and I work with a lot of people in a different culture — the true authentic cowboy culture down in Texas. Whether you’re a musician or you’re a cowboy or whatever you are in life, there’s a mentality that goes with staying strong and fighting through adversity, and that’s really the true meaning of a cowboy. So I kind of have that concept in my mind about the book I wanna write.”
Tesla drummer Troy Luccketta has revealed that he will be taking a break from touring to focus on his family and friends. During his absence, Steve Brown will be filling in.
Luccketta issued the following statement:
“Dear Tesla Fan‘s!
After 35 plus years of touring with Tesla I have decided to take a little time from the road to spend with family and friends.
I am happy and well, and couldn’t be more grateful to my bandmates for this opportunity.
I am also looking forward to some musical ventures closer to home so I will keep you all updated👍
In my absence please show some love to Steve Brown.
Steve is a dear friend, and great drummer!
He has played with Oleander, Ronnie Montrose just to name a few. He is one of Sacramento‘s finest, The perfect choice so to speak!
I am filled with nothing but Love and gratitude. I look forward to reconnecting with you all again in the near future.￼
And yes! I’ll be back…👍
Much love and respect Troy. 👍❤️🙏🤠.”
During a new interview with Ultimate Classic Rock, Tesla’s Frank Hannon opened up about his recent battle with COVID-19. The guitarist said the following:
“I waited too long to get the vaccine. I’ll be honest, I listened to too many opinions that weren’t qualified. That’s a big mistake that’s happening in the world today. I paid the price for it. I ended up getting it too late, too close to the tour when we were supposed to leave and I got sick.”
“[My wife and I are] fully vaccinated now and this is real, man. This shit ain’t no joke. We just lost three more friends. You know, you’re either going to make it or not. This is a very bad thing that we need to come together and get this thing killed.”
Tesla have premiered a new video for their new song “Cold Blue Steel.” Guitarist Frank Hannon commented:
“‘Cold Blue Steel’ is influenced by current events of the world, just like our debut single ‘Modern Day Cowboy’ (1986) and touches on the subject fairly and open-minded by asking, ‘What’s to blame?’ when it comes to violence in the world. More importantly, the recording and production of the song and video are kept raw and real, just the way Tesla fans want to see and hear us. We are survivors and have been rocking for 35-plus years!”
Tesla’s Frank Hannon has confirmed that he is currently battling COVID-19. This news comes after the guitarist missed two of the band’s recent shows. It also comes after the group postponed several other concerts due to more positive tests within their camp. Hannon said the following:
“I want to thank my friend Howie Simon for stepping in to help us. Please accept my apology for not saying anything sooner, but I’ve not been able to move all week in pain. The day the bus was leaving I woke up w 102 fever, shakes and couldn’t hardly breathe. So I stayed home. I’ve been unable to hardly move or function since. Tested positive for Covid. (yes I got the vax, thought maybe it was side efx). Howie did the 2 Oregon shows for me, and the guys are postponing more dates until we’re all cleared up and safe .. I love you all LET’s GET REAL @howiesimon @teslaband”.
Tesla have postponed several shows due to members of their touring party testing positive for COVID-19. The band issued the following statement:
“Attn: Fans TESLA to postpone their next few engagements due to members of the touring party contracting COVID. The band look forward to returning to the road soon. Please check the official website TeslaTheBand.com for updates.”
Tesla will be releasing a new song titled “Cold Blue Steel” on August 27. The track is expected to serve as the first in a series of singles leading up to a new album.
Guitarist Frank Hannon told Rob Rush Radio the following about the new song:
“[It’s] a very real-sounding rock and roll new song. It’s influenced by Ronnie Van Zant. It just turned out that when I was in the garage playing my guitar, writing the riff for the music, [Jeff Keith] had called up and he was listening to ‘Saturday Night Special’ by Lynyrd Skynyrd. And so we decided to kind of touch on that subject. And we wrote that song. And we’re really happy with the way it sounds. It’s really raw and edgy. And we kept all the recordings of the demo is what we made for the single. We didn’t overproduce it. And that’s where we got the idea, ‘Let’s get real. Just keep it real.’ The lyrics even say ‘Let’s get real’ in there. And that’s what our whole motto is.”
He continued when asked if “Cold Blue Steel” will appear on Tesla’s new album:
“We’re gonna put all our new songs together on an album and approach it that way after the songs are done. So rather than putting the pressure up, ‘Okay, we’ve gotta write an album,’ and commit to 10 or 12 songs before they even got written, we’re gonna do it the other way — we’re gonna do it the other way. We’re gonna write the songs and release ’em as singles, and then at the end of it, we’ll put ’em all together on a collection. And that, creatively, just makes much more of a free-flowing creative thing. You’re not fabricating anything for the sake of making an album.”
“The world is different now. People listen to their iPhones and they listen to a song or an album, and it’s over as quick as you came out of it, because of [people’s] attention span. I like [the idea of the releasing singles first] because each song comes out in its own time, and you’re not putting that idea in your mind that you have to create this bulk of material. You can just make each song as good as it can be.”
Tesla have announced the dates for their “Let’s Get Real” tour. The trek will include headlining shows, as well as select dates opening for Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kid Rock, and Styx.
08/05 Grants Pass, OR – Josephine County Fairgrounds
08/06 Grand Ronde, OR – Spirit Mountain Casino
08/09 Sturgis, SD – Full Throttle Saloon
08/11 Harris, MI – Island Resort & Casino
08/12 Harris, MI – Island Resort & Casino
08/14 Dubuque, IA – Q Casino & Hotel: Back Waters Stage
08/15 Mt Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort (feat. Kid Rock)
08/18 Des Moines, IA – Iowa State Fair (feat. Styx)
08/20 Island Lake, IL – Bands in the Sand at 3D Sideouts)
08/21 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
08/24 Anderson, IN – Paramount Theatre
08/25 Wabash, IN – Honeywell Center
08/27 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center (feat. Lynyrd Skynyrd)
09/16 Roanoke, VA – Dr Pepper Park
09/17 Ocean City, MD – O.C. Bike Fest
09/19 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
09/21 Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom)
09/23 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center (feat. Lynyrd Skynyrd)
09/27 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre (feat. Lynyrd Skynyrd)
10/01 Irvine, CA – Fivepoint Amphitheatre (feat. Lynyrd Skynyrd)
10/16 Pigeon Forge, TN – Monsters on the Mountain Festival
10/25-30 Quintana Roo, MX – The Sands 2021 at Dreams Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort
11/05 Knoxville, TN – Thompson Boling Arena (feat. Lynyrd Skynyrd)
11/06 Charleston, WV – Charleston Coliseum (feat. Lynyrd Skynyrd)
11/09 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
11/13 Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum (feat. Lynyrd Skynyrd)
11/14 Atlanta, GA – Coca Cola Roxy
11/19 Bossier City, LA – Century Link Center (feat. Lynyrd Skynyrd)
11/20 Tupelo, MS – BancorpSouth Arena (feat. Lynyrd Skynyrd)
Tesla have shared a quarantine performance of “Breakin’ Free.” The video serves as the latest installment in the band’s “Home To Home” series.
Tesla have shared a quarantine performance of “Lazy Days, Crazy Nights.” The video serves as the first installment in the band’s new “Home To Home” series.