Styx, Tesla, Loverboy, Etc. Set For 2023 RokIsland Fest

The lineup has been revealed for next year’s RokIsland Fest. The event will take place in Key West, FL on January 17-21 and it will feature the following: Styx, Tesla, Loverboy, 38 Special, Queensrÿche, Extreme, Stephen Pearcy, Stryper, Steven Adler, Quiet Riot, Enuff Z’Nuff, Honeymoon Suite, Helix, Black ‘N Blue, Autograph, Wig Wam, Jetboy, and Pretty Boy Floyd. Eddie Trunk will serve as the host.

Tesla Planning To Release New Single “Time To Rock” In July

During a recent interview with Sonic Perspectives, Tesla’s Frank Hannon revealed that the band are planning to release a new single, titled “Time To Rock,” in July. According to him, the track is “frickin’ rocking.”

Hannon said the following when asked if the band will be working with producer Phil Collen (Def Leppard) once again:

“The ‘Shock’ album that Phil did, they worked really hard on that. When I say ‘they,’ I’m talking about Phil Collen and Brian Wheat, our bass player. Man, they really worked hard on the album. It was a collaboration. Phil wrote most of the songs. And some people thought it was a great album and other people didn’t like it. But we gave it a shot. But from now on… Brian and I had a discussion… Brian and I are the founding members of the band TESLA, along with Jeff Keith. And we decided from now on, we’re gonna write and produce our own music. We worked with enough producers — we’ve had producers coming and going our whole career — so from now on, at our age, we’re gonna produce our own music. And we’re actually producing a brand new single that’s gonna come out next month, and it’s frickin’ rocking. I’m really excited about it.

The best thing about producing ourselves is it’s imperfect and it’s edgy and it’s got the warts and everything and it’s as real as it can be because it’s us. We’re not technicians where we know how to make things perfect.

‘Cold Blue Steel’, we produced it ourselves, and this new song — it’s called ‘Time To Rock’ — I’ve been producing it and working on it for about two months. And it’ll ultimately get put on a self-produced album.”

He continued when asked if Tesla are still planning to release a series of singles:

“Yeah, we’re gonna put out singles after singles and just focus on one song at a time, man, and rock that song.

What happens is when you’re young, man, you can write 10 songs and frickin’ put out an album every year, but as you get older, like we are now, it’s not as easy to do that. So you end up sacrificing quality for quantity, and we don’t wanna do that. Why put out 10 songs that are just in a rush when we can spend our time and just create singles that we’re real proud of. And this one next one, I’m telling you, Jeff Keith and I are really excited about it, ’cause he and I wrote it on the road last year and I got the band to put it together. I’ve been chipping away on it in the studio producing it, and I’m getting ready to produce a video for it this weekend. It’s called ‘Time To Rock’, and it does rock.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Tesla Add More Dates To Upcoming U.S. Tour

Tesla have added more dates to their upcoming U.S. tour. You can find their updated schedule below.

Tour Dates:

05/05 Waterloo, NY – Lago Resort & Casino
05/07 Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s Peak
05/08 Columbia, MD – M3 Rock Festival
05/10 Portland, ME – Aura
05/12 Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
05/13 Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
06/11 Lincoln, CA – Thunder Valley Casino Resort
06/17 Dubuque, IA – Q Casino (Back Waters Stage)
06/18 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
06/21 Louisville, KY – The Louisville Palace
06/23 Brainerd, MN – Lakes Jam
06/24 Welch, MN – Treasure Island Resort & Casino – Island Event Center
06/26 Des Plaines, IL – Des Plaines Theatre
06/29 Catoosa, OK – Hard Rock Live
07/01 Council Bluffs, IA – Harrah’s Stir Cove
07/02 Baraboo, WI – Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells
07/04 Traverse City, MI – National Cherry Festival
07/09 Eagle River, AK – Matanuska Brewing Company
07/12 Fargo, ND – Red River Valley Fair
07/22 Toppenish, WA – Yakama Legends Casino
07/23 Shelton, WA – Little Creek Casino Resort
07/31 Webster, MA – Indian Ranch
08/02 Hyannis, MA – Cape Cod Melody Tent
08/03 East Providence, RI – Bold Point Pavillion
08/05 Gary, IN – Hard Rock Casino
08/06 Monroe, MI – Monroe County Fair
08/08 Sturgis, SD – Full Throttle Saloon
08/20 Fort Hall, ID – Shoeshone-Bannock Casino Hotel
08/21 Airway Heights, WA – Northern Quest Resort & Casino
08/26 Northfield, OH – MGM Northfield Park
09/09 Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
09/10 Houston, TX – House Of Blues
09/12 Midland, TX – Wagner Noel PAC
09/13 Lubbock, TX – Lubbock Memorial Civic Center
09/15 San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theatre
09/18 New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues

Tesla Announce U.S. Tour

Tesla have announced a spring/summer U.S. tour. You can find the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

03/10 Plant City, FL – Florida Strawberry Festival
03/12 Boise, ID – Private Event
03/25 Harris, MI – Island Resort & Casino
03/26 Harris, MI – Island Resort & Casino
05/05 Waterloo, NY – Del Lago Resort & Casino
05/07 Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s Peak
05/08 Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
05/10 Portland, ME – Aura
05/12 Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
06/11 Lincoln, CA – Thunder Valley Casino Resort
06/17 Dubuque, IA – Q Casino Back Waters Stage
06/18 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
06/23 Brainerd, MN – Lakes Jam
06/24 Welch, MN – Treasure Island Resort & Casino
06/29 Catoosa, OK – Hard Rock Live
07/01 Council Bluffs, IA – Harrah’s Stir Cove
07/02 Baraboo, WI – Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells
07/04 Traverse City, MI – National Cherry Festival
07/09 Eagle River, AK – Matanuska Brewing Company
08/06 Monroe, MI – Monroe County Fair

Tesla, Skid Row, Tom Keifer, Etc. Set For 2022 M3 Rock Festival

The initial lineup has been revealed for next year’s M3 Rock Festival. The event will take place at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland on May 6-8 and it will feature the following:

May 6: Kix, Lizzy Borden, Doro, and Count’s 77 (VIP only event).

May 7: Tom Keifer, Extreme, Blue Öyster Cult, Stephen Pearcy, Tony Harnell, Heaven’s Edge, Vain, and Lillian Axe.

May 8: Tesla, Skid Row, Stryper, Yngwie Malmsteen, Zebra, XYZ, Quireboys, Leatherwolf, and Burning Witches.

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 Drummer Troy Luccketta To Take A Break From Touring

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. 👍❤️🙏🤠.”

Iron Maiden, Evanescence, Puscifer, Etc. Releases Set For 2021 Black Friday Record Store Day Event

The full list of special releases for this year’s Black Friday Record Store Day event (November 26) has officially been revealed. You can find that HERE. A list of various rock/metal releases can also be found below.

Rock/Metal Releases:

  • Aerosmith – “1971: The Road Starts Hear” (LP/Cassette)
  • All Them Witches – “Live On The Internet” (3XLP)
  • Blackberry Smoke – “Stoned” (LP)
  • Alice Cooper – “Brutal Planet” (2XLP)
  • Crobot – “Rat Child” EP (Vinyl)
  • Dio – “Holy Diver” (LP Picture Disc)
  • Dio – “The Last In Line” (LP Picture Disc)
  • Evanescence – “Evanescence” (LP)
  • Fleetwood Mac – “Alternate Live” (2XLP)
  • Billy F. Gibbons – “Hardware” (CD)
  • The Reverend Horton Heat – “We Three Kings” (LP)
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience – “Paris ’67” (LP)
  • Iron Maiden – “Iron Maiden” (LP Picture Disc)
  • Judas Priest – “Best Of Judas Priest” (2XLP)
  • King’s X “Please Come Home … Mr. Bulbous” (LP)
  • James LaBrie – “Elements Of Persuasion” (2XLP)
  • LA Guns – “Waking The Dead” (LP)
  • Motörhead – “The Lost Tapes, Vol. 1 (Live In Madrid 1995)” (2XLP)
  • Mr. Big – “Lean Into It” (LP)
  • Night Ranger – “Somewhere In California” (LP)
  • Ozzy Osbourne – “No More Tears” (12″ Picture Disc)
  • Poison – “Flesh & Blood” (LP)
  • Puscifer – “Billy D And The Hall Of Feathered Serpents: Puscifer Live at the Mayan Theatre” (7″ Vinyl)
  • Puscifer – “Existential Reckoning: Live at Arcosanti” (LP)
  • Gavin Rossdale – “Wanderlust” (2XLP)
  • Saigon Kick – “The Lizard” (LP)
  • Smith/Kotzen – “Better Days” (Vinyl)
  • Joe Strummer – “Johnny Appleseed” (12″ Vinyl)
  • Tesla – “Mechanical Resonance” (LP)
  • Twiztid – “I Tried 2 Warn U” (7″ Vinyl)
  • Nancy Wilson – “You And Me” (2XLP)

[via Loudwire]