In 1990, TESLA was on the rise as a band, having released two albums and a couple of really cool hits, “Love Song” and “Modern Day Cowboy.” They were very hot on the touring trail, putting on concerts with so much energy and vitality it was knocking fans back in their seats. TESLA stayed grounded and the musicianship was excellent. So it was no wonder that by the end of 1990, they would find themselves shooting towards the top of the music and MTV charts with an acoustic version of an old Five Man Electrical Band song called “Signs.” It was proof that TESLA’s magic lay in being a live band, where they still shine brightest twenty-six years later.

Did you ever expect TESLA would get as big as it did?

“You know, I had some expectations for what we could possibly do and I always believed when I got with the band that it was possible and believed that it was going to be so. However, what I didn’t envision is thirty years later, you know what I mean (laughs). At the time it was probably much more short-term thinking, like, yeah, we’re going to get out there and it’s going to be great and we’re going to have some fun and we’ll make some records and it’ll all be good. And here it is thirty years later. Never really saw that coming to the degree it is and things are just getting better out here by the day.”

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