Dave Rude

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Electric, acoustic, and slide guitars; background vocals

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Dave started playing guitar at 9 years of age and grew up near Berkeley, California. His main musical influences are Guns ‘n’ Roses, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Metallica, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Living in the SF bay area, Dave attended SFSU for a history major, but left school to pursue his music career instead. As it turns out Dave was a huge fan of TESLA’S “5 Man Acoustic Jam” album when he was a kid, but it was Guns ‘n’ Roses’ “Appetite for Destruction” that made him want to rock and be the axe shredder he is today.

Dave played in a band called The Servants around the San Francisco club scene, before starting his own solo group aptly called Dave Rude Band. That’s when he was discovered by Frank on his band’s mySpace page, which led to him joining TESLA in 2006 for the “Electric Summer Jam” tour.

His first studio experience with TESLA was recording the critically acclaimed “Real to Reel” covers album. The 2008 album “Forever More” was Dave’s first studio album of all original music with TESLA. His positive energy and undeniable talent on the guitar has proven to be a burst of greatness for TESLA.

Born: June 14, 1978
Birthplace: Oakland, California
Instruments: Electric, acoustic, and slide guitars; background vocals
Interests: Writing songs, exercising, updating bios.


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Studio Albums




Comments (30)

  • Curtis m Cox Sr Reply

    we met dave on monsters of rock cruise in febuary tesla rocks this band is the coolest met them all and took pics wityh eveyone except brian dave your the coolest thanks for your time and all the bands time to hang and take pics THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! my wife and i are teslacholics well see you in albuq phx and tucson with the scorps you guys ROCKKKKKKKKKKKKKK

    Jun. 4, 2012 at 10:28 am
  • Aya Ortega Gil Reply

    wow! the child of tesla. I would see you someday in my life. You deserve to be in Tesla. you are too good man!! (: I love Tesla forever more! long live!

    Jun. 8, 2012 at 4:23 pm
  • Sherry jeffers Reply

    Loved seeing you guys in Reno. You put on a great show, brought me back to the 80’s again. Look forward to seeing you again.

    Jun. 24, 2012 at 9:00 am
  • Dan Engell Reply

    It was so great seeing you guys open for Queensryche two years ago in Puyallup, WA. You guys blew QR away!

    I just got the DVD “Comin’ Atcha Live” which is also awesome. Stay cool and keep on rockin’.

    Jul. 20, 2012 at 12:43 am

    I got to see you in Hot Springs. I grew up with you guys, have seen you two other times and you are still AWESOME! Dave is a amazing fresh spark to the already outstanding group, hot to look at! Wish I could travel all over to see you guys, you never get old to listen to. Memories of my life.

    Jul. 22, 2012 at 4:55 pm
    • Jeremy Scaggs Reply

      I was at that show also amazing!!!

      Nov. 28, 2012 at 11:24 am
  • Tessa Adams Reply

    Loved the show last night at Lincoln City! Got to meet Dave! Was starstruck, what a nice person 🙂

    May. 12, 2013 at 4:27 pm
  • Danielle Reply

    Just had a rockin weekend in Lincoln City. Don’t ever stop touring!

    May. 13, 2013 at 9:40 pm
  • Cindie Shaw Reply

    Saw TESLA at Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City Or on May 11th… Had the BEST time! Hadn’t been to a concert in almost 20 years. Got to meet Dave, got an autograph and a picture with him… Thank you Dave for giving so personally to your fans! Keep touring!!

    May. 22, 2013 at 3:02 pm



    Jun. 4, 2013 at 4:54 am
  • julie Reply

    Hi Dave,!! I just want you to know,! IVe been a fan of teslas music over the years,! My friend signed me up for 80s rock, ! I saw your pic, and OMG, ! That was it !! Youre soo “Hot”!! I will have to see you in concert when you come to the albany area next?! I didnt see any dates?! You are my newest Hottie,!!” Your fan, Juls!! PLease contact me if you have sometime,!! Ive seen some great concerts in my lifetime, !! Could tell ya some great stories!! I lived in Daytona BCh Fla.. so, i had s chance to see great shows,!! Hope to hear from you?! Are you married?! Im sure A catch like you!! Chat soon,!!xx

    Jul. 14, 2013 at 7:51 pm
  • Gemma Reply

    Great show at the HOB Chicago the other night. Thanks for being so nice and chatting with me and my friends. It was a pleasure! I’ll see you again the next time you visit another HOB/Foundation Room venue!

    Jul. 22, 2013 at 9:48 am
  • Robb Cox Reply

    Hey Dave… LOVED the show in Lincoln City Oregon. Thanks for signing my set list. 🙂 And YES , I got an A+ on my Concert Review. You guys are AWESOME>>>>CAN”T wait to see you guys again…..for the 10th time. 🙂

    Aug. 8, 2013 at 1:16 pm
  • Mark Reply

    Hey Dave , Me and my daughter Had a blast at the show in Wendover NV. you and the band did a great job. Thank you for taking the time to sign my shirt and ticket and also getting a picture with you, your a nice guy very down to earth. I cant wait to see you guys again , take care and good luck. Rock on……….

    Aug. 11, 2013 at 7:05 pm
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    Nov. 30, 2013 at 5:20 pm
  • Debbie (Jeep2Jeep) Reply

    Hey Dave, I LOVe watching you play and make your hair go flying, yea I know it sounds sappy, so Sue me, I LOVE me some Tesla, you and Frank together sound out of this World, I really HOPE you come back to Columbus, OH again, I can’t wait to see you guys, Maybe you will sign something for me, That would be sooooooo AWESOME 🙂 I Wish you the Best 🙂 LOL Deb

    Dec. 5, 2013 at 1:18 pm
  • Roz Hill Reply

    Hi Dave, my son is a very talented lead and rhythm guitarist. He recently moved to Santa Maria CA to join a band that he believed was truly as dedicated and motivated to make music as he was. This turned out not to be the case. Do you have any suggestions for him? He wants to stay in CA and try to pursue things on his own but doesn’t really have the connections. He is a huge Tesla fan, as are myself and my husband. Our kids grew up listening to your music. Any advice you can give would be amazing! Thank you so much!

    Jan. 29, 2014 at 7:39 pm
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  • davrrude04 Reply

    i look at dave’s photos. they are very inspiring. I admire him. He is professional with his work. He is very original to use myspace, a very basic design, to have this band and have it work. it is impressing. and then he would have a sound system and not just an old recording studio or grand piano. to be in SF (where he could just follow that scene and hope to get a gig)..but then to go outside of that to MP3 and myspace that is very good. thnx.

    Jun. 16, 2014 at 12:56 am
  • Greg Reply

    I went to the Toledo (Sylvania ) concert on the 11th of July . After a excellent concert , it was announced that a member of the band would be at the merch booth signing T-shirts and cds . It was Dave ! when the line formed and I saw how many people were waiting , I never thought I would get an autograph as I was almost the last one in line . Dave , you stayed right to the end which was almost an entire hour of signing and pictures . I thought that’s was SO cool . I can proudly display it next to the one Frank Hannon signed ! I never miss Tesla when they are around the Detroit /Toledo area . This was the 14th time I have saw Tesla , I Have to say it was one of the best I Have been to yet ! Looking forward to seeing you in Sterling Heights Michigan in August ! Thanks again Dave , YOU ROCK !!!!!!!!!

    Jul. 12, 2014 at 5:40 pm
  • mark kellerbauer Reply

    hey Dave, was at the Sylvania,Ohio show…just want to say thanks for chatting with me {about my Tom Petty shirt } and signing my shirt…my 7th time seeing Tesla!!!…as always,awesome show!!!…Jeff,a voice like no other!!! thanks Tesla, see you in august at the house of blues in Cleveland!!!…

    Jul. 12, 2014 at 10:07 pm
  • Eudella Reply

    I just watched your show in Okc ok at Frontier City. You rock! Awesome show. I really enjoyed the show and the new songs as well as my fave’s. Wished I could have went to City nights to see u again, but we already spent 30.00 for the show , 8.oo for parking, 12.00 for 2 beers. I ended up spending 78.00 all together. I wanted to get a dvd signed and was going to go, unfortunately, I ran out of money. boo! keep doing u. 🙂 you are a sexy talented hottie!

    Jul. 20, 2014 at 1:27 am
  • Tarina Reply

    <3 ~keep an open heart & you'll find Tarina, I know~ 😉

    Y'all are amazing & LOVE catching you live in concert!

    Aug. 13, 2014 at 12:07 am
  • Margaret Alcala Reply

    Love watching all of these guys perform. No other band that I have seen pours their heart and soul into every show. Dave and Frank are beyond talented and bring a great vibe to the band. Keep up the awesome shows. Thanks for not letting fame go to your head and keeping us fans entertained.

    Aug. 16, 2014 at 10:29 am
  • Michael Keesal R-n-R Custom Wear Reply

    Hello Dave. I spoke with Aaron Leigh about you possibly be interested in some stage clothing. Love to work with you. Hope all is well. Look forward to hearing from you.

    Aug. 16, 2014 at 11:21 pm
  • sunny Reply

    Enjoyed the show tonight in ALASKA. Loved your “rooster” shirt and your expressions. Hoping to catch the Vegas show so I can pick up a TESLA shirt. They sold out too fast, but got the new CD.

    Aug. 26, 2014 at 11:51 pm
    • Jeremy Reply

      They kicked some ass. First time that I have seen Dave play. Would like to see more acts like this in AK.

      Sep. 5, 2014 at 12:10 am
  • Mike Reply

    Hey Dave…Tell your tour manager to book a show in Phoenix AZ before the end of the year.

    Sep. 18, 2014 at 1:41 pm
  • Shelly Reply

    You put on one well of a show at the Chip In on Friday the 13th…….amazing just amazing!!! Was front and center and no better place
    to be!!!

    Feb. 16, 2015 at 8:58 am
  • Sandy Reply

    Saw the show in Tulsa Oklahoma last night! You guys rocked!! Absolutely loved the show! Hope you all will come back somewhere close so we can go see you all again.

    Oct. 10, 2015 at 12:24 pm

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