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DAVE RUDElead guitar

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

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.

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January 24, 20123 years ago

Epiphone: Dave Rude on the Twisted Wires Acoustic Tour with Masterbilt

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    May 12, 2015 8:40 pmPosted 16 days ago

    what style of les paul guitar do frank and dave prefer so many options thanks

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    April 15, 2015 11:05 amPosted 1 month ago

    Well I will see y’all in August at The Woodlands Pavilion! I can’t wait! I saw y’all at House of Blues in Houston last year and it was AWESOME! Sound so good live!

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    February 16, 2015 8:58 amPosted 3 months ago

    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!!!

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    September 18, 2014 1:41 pmPosted 8 months ago

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

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    August 26, 2014 11:51 pmPosted 9 months ago

    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.

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      September 5, 2014 12:10 amPosted 8 months ago

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

  • August 16, 2014 11:21 pmPosted 9 months ago
    Michael Keesal R-n-R Custom Wear

    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.

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    August 16, 2014 10:29 amPosted 9 months ago
    Margaret Alcala

    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.

  • August 13, 2014 12:07 amPosted 9 months ago

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

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


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