Tesla – House of Blues in Houston, Texas

With Tesla and their fans, it’s “All About Love.”
On June 7, 2024, Tesla and their opening act, Kurt Deimer, played at the House of Blues in Houston, Texas. The room was full and the energy was high. Tesla kicked off their set with their signature opener, “Cumin Atcha Live” and followed that up with two more hits from the first album, “Modern Day Cowboy” and “Gettin’ Better.” Then they introduced a new song “All About Love,” which set the tone for the evening. It turns out that a surprising number of songs from a hard rocking and reputed hard partying (at least back in the day) band have a sentimental message. Even in the moments that band members addressed the crowd between songs, they emphasized their love for the fans and the message of putting love out into the world.
  The band delivered a top-notch performance, they were sharp and tight. Jeff Keith’s ageless vocals were straight out of the 80s. He hit all the notes and vocal fills that one has come to expect from a band that is celebrating 38 years since the release of their first album. The unheralded stars of the show were the unbelievable collection of guitars that Frank Hannon and Dave Rude used to create the best two-part guitar harmonies in touring today. The two guitarists have always used mismatched guitars to ensure that each one has a distinct sound in order to create the carefully crafted and layered sound that has long been associated with Tesla. Hannon is one of the most underrated players around. He showcased everything from tight rhythms to blistering leads and even a thrilling use of the slide on “Heaven’s Trail”.
Tesla’s cover of the James Gang’s “Walk Away” was so good that I couldn’t help but think that Joe Walsh was going to appear.  
  Tesla saved the best sing-alongs for the last quarter of the show, “What You Give,” “Song and Emotion,” “Love Song,” and the initial closer of “Little Suzi.” All hell would have broken loose if they hadn’t come back for an encore of “Signs” where Keith was more than comfortable pointing the mic at the crowd for periods and letting the fans handle the vocals as it seemed that there was not a single person in the house that didn’t know the words.  
The night was all about love between Tesla and their fans in Houston. The guys looked and sounded as though they were truly happy to be where they were and doing what they were doing and the fans wouldn’t have it any other way.

Review and Photos by Victoria Paige Flournoy