Interview by Robert Cavuoto
The revolutionary California based rockers, TESLA, are currently out on tour this summer with their friends of 30 years; Def Leppard. This is not TESLA’s first trip with Def Leppard as they have been on several tours dating back to 1987 with the Hysteria Tour.
TESLA have been alive and kicking for 30 years with plenty of life still left in them. Most recently they put out a stellar rock solid CD called Simplicity, in 2014 and are already six songs deep with their follow up CD due out in 2017. Producing this new CD is legendary guitarist and good friend of the band, Phil Collen of Def Leppard. Together as they travel across the US they are recording their new CD on buses, in back stage dressing rooms and in hotel rooms. An interesting approach that the band feels is invigorating and has them re-energized.
If the current tour and a new studio CD weren’t enough, the band will be putting out a live CD this July called, Mechanical Resonance Live.
Speaking with TESLA guitarist, Frank Hannon, I can feel the passion and emotion dripping out of the phone as we spoke about making music with his band mates and the new approach they are taking with recording their next CD.
“We have five different elements in the band but the one common denominator which has always been melody. All of us have different input but ultimately the song writing and song structure is at the core of what we do. We may have one song that sounds jazz while another rock out and another has a metal influences. Regardless of the style they always have a melody and positive lyrics.”