Tesla’s Frank Hannon Planning To Work On New Book

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.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Tesla’s Frank Hannon Says Judas Priest’s Richie Faulkner Underwent 10-Hour Open-Heart Surgery Following A Heart Attack

As previously reported, Judas Priest recently postponed the remaining dates on their U.S. tour after Richie Faulkner was hospitalized with “major medical heart condition issues.” The guitarist ultimately had to undergo emergency heart surgery and is now recovering. Now, more details on the operation have surfaced via an Instagram post from Tesla guitarist Frank Hannon:

“Sending love and healing power to Richie Faulkner @falconfaulkner .. I haven’t met him yet but he’s a rock n roll brother that my guitar playing friends all love very much and they tell me how cool of a guy he is. I heard he played a show then walked off stage having a heart attack and had 10 hr open heart surgery last night. Hang in there Richie and I look forward to meeting / jamming with you someday! You got this! 🤘❤️🙏”

[via Blabbermouth]

Tesla’s Frank Hannon Opens Up About His Recent Battle With COVID-19: “I Waited Too Long To Get The Vaccine”

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.”

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Tesla’s Frank Hannon Confirms He Has COVID-19

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 To Release New Single “Cold Blue Steel” This Month

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.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Halestorm, Tesla, Etc. Members To Perform During “Rock To Remember” Virtual Concert

Gibson Gives and Guitars For Vets have announced a special “Rock To Remember” virtual concert to raise money for music programs for U.S. military veterans who are suffering with PTSD. The event, which will be hosted by Jared James Nichols, will stream tonight (November 11) at 7:30 PM, CT and it will feature: Don Felder, Big & Rich, Joe Bonamassa, Phil X and The Drills, Travis Denning, Lee Roy Parnell, Orianthi, Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale and Joe Hottinger, Meghan Patrick, Frank Hannon (Tesla) with JT Loux Band, Jimmy Vivino and Friends, Meghan Linsey and Tyler Cain, Honey County, Bones Owens, Nick Perri and The Underground Thieves, Laine Hardy and many more. Several U.S. veteran graduates of Guitars For Vets programs will also perform.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Halestorm, The Black Crowes, Etc. Members To Take Part In “Six String Salute” Virtual Concert

A number of artists will be joining forces for the “Six String Salute” virtual concert. The event will take place on September 17 and proceeds from it will benefit Crew Nation. Here’s the artists that are set to appear: Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Steve Vai, Tommy Shaw (Styx) with the Cleveland Youth Orchestra, Rich Robinson (The Black Crowes), Halestorm, Rik Emmett (Triumph), Joe Satriani, Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake), Frank Hannon (Tesla), Alice Cooper’s Nita Strauss, Tommy Henriksen and Ryan Roxie with Kansas’ Richard Williams, Alex Skolnick (Testament), Jennifer Batten, Dave Pirner (Soul Asylum), Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Damon Johnson (Thin Lizzy), Steve Cropper, Jesse Dayton, Steve Hackett (Genesis), Jeff Watson (Night Ranger), Nick Perri (The Underground Thieves), Sammy Boller, Ross the Boss, and Joyous Wolf. “Six String Salute” will be hosted by Steve Black (“The Chop Shop”) and it can be viewed on Live Nation’s YouTube channel. Limited edition merchandise will be also be available during the stream.

David Ellefson (Megadeth) Shares Cover Of Def Leppard’s “Wasted”

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson has released a cover of Def Leppard‘s “Wasted.” This track is from his guest-filled covers album “No Cover,“ which will be released on October 2. This cover features drummer Dave McClain (Sacred Reich, ex-Machine Head), vocalist Jacob Bunton (Mick Mars, Lynam), guitarist Frank Hannon (Tesla), vocalist Thom Hazaert, guitarist Andy Martongelli, and guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Sons Of Apollo, ex-Guns N’ Roses).

David Ellefson (Megadeth) Recruits Anthrax, Sacred Reich, Crobot, Etc. Members For New Covers Album

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson will be releasing a new covers album titled “No Cover” on October 2. The 13-track record will feature covers of tracks by Motörhead, W.A.S.P., Def Leppard, Cheap Trick, Queen, Judas Priest, Twisted Sister, and more.

Ellefson recorded the album with vocalist Thom Hazaert, guitarist Andy Martongelli, guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Sons Of Apollo, ex-Guns N’ Roses), drummer Paolo Caridi, and the following special guests:

– Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
– Eddie Ojeda (ex-Twisted Sister)
– Brandon Yeagley (Crobot)
– Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth)
– Frank Hannon and Troy Lucketta (Tesla)
– Mark Slaughter
– Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys, ex-Watchtower, Evil United)
– Greg Handevidt (Kublai Khan, Ex-Megadeth)
– Chuck Behler (Ex-Megadeth)
– Gus G (Firewind)
– John Aquilino (Icon)
– Doro Pesch
– Dave McClain (Sacred Reich, ex-Machine Head)
– Dave Alvin (White Trash)
– Todd Kerns (Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators)
– Andy Freeman (Last In Line)
– Jacob Bunton (Mick Mars)
– Dead By Wednesday

Ellefson said the following:

“Before any of us started writing our own songs, we all began playing cover songs by our heroes during our formative years as musicians. So, it’s fun to go back in time and revisit those songs which helped us to become the artists we are today, especially when, ironically, many of those artists have now become peers and friends.

During the process of recording some covers for B-Sides and bonus tracks for the upcoming Ellefson solo LP, Thom and I just said, ‘This is a blast, let’s just do a whole album of covers!’ Literally, within 2 weeks, we had the songs recorded, and began calling our friends to join us, many of whom we had just performed with on the MEGA-Cruise back in October. From there, the album just fell into place.”

“A lot of our buddies have been playing covers and quarantine jams on the Internet during the pandemic, so this is really just an extension of that, but we took it the next level and actually recorded a full studio album.

We’ve been working remotely anyway, as we’re all over the Globe, so it was easy to incorporate some guests jumping in with some outstanding performances of their own. It’s been a really fun nod to making great music with our friends, who are kick-ass players, and many legends in their own right, which is the whole reason we got into this in the first place!”

Hazaert added:

“It’s all songs and artists that really mutually influenced both myself and David, especially a lot of early ‘metal’ and harder classic rock. Some stuff I picked, some stuff he picked, but for the most part is was all artists that we both loved. What’s funny, as there’s a bit of an age gap, we were sometimes more influenced by different eras of the same bands. But it was really him saying, ‘Let’s do this song,’ and me saying, ‘Yes!!! And let’s do this song.’ And before we knew it, we had over 15 songs. And it’s a lot of album tracks, deep cuts, early tracks, stuff people might not expect, which was what was so fun.”

“It was also great that we were able to work in a lot of nods to David’s history, getting Chuck Behler to play with us, bringing in original Megadeth guitarist Greg Handevidt to play on ‘Love Me Like A Reptile’, a song they used to play in cover bands together before they moved to L.A. (which we wrote about in ‘More Life With Deth’), and Randy Burns is going to mix a track or two. As a singer, these are literally bands I’ve listened to, and covered all my life, and for me, getting to play with Eddie Ojeda, the Tesla guys, Charlie Benante, Jason McMaster, Mark Slaughter, etc, and sing these songs that mean so much to me. I mean, literally, the entire record is my bucket list of people I’d love to play with, and some of my favorite bands. So, it’s truly an honor to put together something so fun, and really as effortless as this was. It truly is a love letter to rock n’ roll, an homage to what made us, musically, who we are today.”

Megadeth, Five Finger Death Punch, Anthrax, Etc. Members To Take Part In “Oh Say Can You Stream” Fundraising Event

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson’s David Ellefson Youth Music Foundation has teamed up with the Grammy Music Education Coalition for a special “Oh Say Can You Stream” online benefit concert to raise money for the “School’s Out” initiative, which provides online lessons, instruments and gear for kids and aspiring musicians during quarantine, and other COVID-19 relief charities. The livestream will launch on April 11 at 3PM CT / 4PM ET on Ellefson’s Facebook page and YouTube channels as well as the Grammy Music Education Coalition’s Twitch and Facebook pages. In addition to Ellefson the benefit will also feature: Alice Cooper, Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Chris Kael (Five Finger Death Punch), Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth), Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth), Darryl “DMC” McDaniels (RUN DMC), Frank Hannon (Tesla), Elias Soriano (Nonpoint), Carla Harvey (Butcher Babies), Rob Caggiano (Volbeat), Alex Skolnick (Testament), Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper), and tons more. You can find additional details HERE.