Legendary rock band TESLA will premiere the official music video for “S.O.S. (TOO BAD)” tonight on their YouTube Channel at 6pm ET / 3pm PT. The song is a bonus track from their FULL THROTTLE LIVE album that released on May 26, 2023. The album was recorded live at Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis.
“SOS (TOO BAD)” is an old Aerosmith song that TESLA loves. The 1970s era of Aerosmith plays a huge musical influence on TESLA. Jeff Keith and Frank Hannon list Aerosmith’s “Live Bootleg” as one of their favorite albums of all time. “As a young guitarist in 1978, I studied Aerosmith’s “Live Bootleg!” album, learning all the raw guitar licks they played live. When it came time to pick a song to top off TESLA’s new live album.. we chose a classic riff rocker from that legendary live album to pay tribute to AEROSMITH and the raw realness of such a great guitar riff!” says Frank Hannon.
“SOS (TOO BAD)” is a classic song that translates live with TESLA. Recorded and filmed live in Frank Hannon’s garage, “SOS (TOO BAD)” rocks hard!
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That they are still roaring and soaring should be no surprise. That’s just how they are built. TESLA may have been born in the mid-80s, but their bluesy, soulful sound is strongly embedded in the roots of organic, authentic, 1970s rock and roll. The same roots that produced bands like The Allman Brothers, Grand Funk Railroad, AC/DC, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Aerosmith.
The ground started shaking in Sacramento, CA, in 1984; gold country that would soon be producing some platinum. They started out as City Kidd, until a suggested name change to TESLA, honoring the eccentric inventor Nikola Tesla who pioneered all things electrical. Their 1986 platinum debut album, Mechanical Resonance, included Top 40 hits “Modern Day Cowboy” and “Little Suzi.” 1989’s double-platinum The Great Radio Controversy included hits “Heaven’s Trail (No Way Out)” and “Love Song”. Suddenly, TESLA, who had been touring with bands such as Def Leppard and David Lee Roth, earned headlining status. In 1990, TESLA helped reshape the face of modern rock music by stripping down to the Five Man Acoustical Jam, an informal collection of their biggest hits peppered with rock and roll classics by the Beatles, Stones, and others. This album produced their biggest hit single to date, a cover of Five Man Electrical Band’s “Signs.” Other 90s albums from TESLA include platinum selling Psychotic Supper and Bust a Nut. The band continues to record and release material including 9 new albums since 2000.
TESLA’s legacy is alive and well as they continue to record and sellout venues all over the world. As comfortable, rugged, and dependable as your favorite pair of boots, they endure. TESLA is a celebration of the greatest spirits of rock and roll.
TESLA Band Members:Vocals: Jeff Keith Guitar: Frank Hannon Guitar: Dave Rude Bass: Brian Wheat
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