Tesla w. The Leo Project

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Release Date: 2009-02-11

It’s hard to believe it’s been 22 years since Tesla issued their stellar debut, Mechanical Resonance. With a dynamic twin-guitar attack and bluesy vocals from Jeff Keith that owed more to classic rock than metal, the band won an instant following among those who like both genres. The band’s lyrics also tackled more intellectual topics than most peers, referencing political conflicts and the suppressed science of their namesake. But they were fun, too, with a diverse repertoire that also celebrated “Lazy Days, Crazy Nights.”

Tesla’s popularity surged further with Five-Man Acoustical Jam, which sparked the MTV Unplugged series. The band faded a bit in the late ’90s, but have been back on the road throughout this decade. The Lone Star state is a Tesla hotspot; the band will play eight shows here in 12 days. The lineup still features four of the five original members (save Tommy Skeoch). $25. 7pm, Scout Bar, 19314 US Hwy 281 North, (210)494-7700, scoutbarsa.com.

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