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By Chris Hoffman
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SAN ANTONIO - The Alamo City doesn't, among rock critics, have an instant reputation as being a great "rock and roll" city, but Tesla lead guitarist Frank Hannon begs to differ when it comes to talking about the fans in San Antonio.
"We've always had fun in Texas," Hannon said during a recent phone interview. "It's been such a party when we've come to San Antonio. I remember being on tour with Def Leppard (back in 1987) and having such a good time. Woke up with a huge hangover. San Antonio always has such great fans. This is definetely a rock and roll city."
Hannon leads the multi-platinum selling rockers Tesla into San Antonio for a show tonight at The Aztec Theater.
Tickets are still available HERE.
This is Tesla's first San Antonio visit since they opened for the Scorpions' second San Antonio farewell concert June 26, 2012, at the Illusions Theater at the Alamodome.
Next year, Tesla, which features Hannon, lead vocalist Jeff Keith, Brian Wheat on bass, drummer Troy Luccketta and Dave Rude on guitar, will celebrate its 30th anniversary, and Hannon said that he had no doubts that the band would still be around, although they've had their share of ups and downs.
"We've had a really good run. I knew we'd still be around 30 years later," he said. "We love what we do.
"When we came out back in '86, we were on fire with our first album - 'Mechanical Resonance.' We were super hungry as a band and were the underdogs. We had our day in the sun. Not every band can say that."
From the moment their debut single "Modern Day Cowboy" hit the airwaves and on a very young MTV, Tesla was off an running as one of the premier rock and roll bands during a time when many bands were more concerned about image than substance. Not Tesla, who had a string of hits, including "Little Suzi," "The Way It Is," their remake of "Signs," and the Top 10 hit "Love Song," which pushed "The Great Radio Controversy" to double-platinum status.
Tesla is one of the bands that ushered in the 1990's era of what is called "Unplugged."
The 1990 follow-up to "The Great Radio Controversy" saw Tesla strip their music down to its core with "Five Man Acoustical Jam," which saw the rock and roll superstars playing acoustic versions of their songs, as well as some covers, that inlcuded Five Man Electrical Band's 1971 hit "Signs," which became Tesla's highest-charting single, peaking at No. 8 on the pop charts.
During the late 1980's, the band played to sold out shows around the world until Tesla nearly succumbed to so many of the rock and roll cliches that have plagued bands for decades, as stardom and the collisions of the road took their toll on each member of the band, as they went their seperate ways in 1994.
"Tesla had the same problems as many bands do," he said. "You work your butt off for 10 years to reach a certain plateau of success. Your arguments then lead to a break up. You get back together for the eventual reunion tour. Then you rediscover that magic that you had when you first started playing together as a band.
"But now, you don't have all that baggage. You have the magic and you have the experience to go with it."
After a six-year break, Tesla reformed in 2000 and have been going strong ever since, and taking more control of their music and the business side of the industry, which has made some radical changes in the new "digital age" of the music business.
With social media, iTunes and the internet, these elements have given way to a new set of challenges in the way you can reach an audience and distribute your records, but it also has opened new doors to reaching your core audience.
Hannon believes that some change is good.
"The whole music industry has changed...and changed for the better," Hannon said. "It is like night and day making our first album to making our recent reccord 'Simplicity.' We have more creative control over our finished product. The complete package. We don't have to spend a ton of money on recording studios. Now, we just go into our own studios and take as much time as we need to bring our music to our fans."
What you won't see from Tesla is taking the easy way out and have five guys record in five different studios, which is commonplace among today's artists.
"I bet if you go back to all the great albums...Van Halen (debut), Guns 'N' Roses 'Appetite for Destruction,' all the Led Zeppelin albums, they were all recorded live in the studio," he said. "There is no way to duplicate the live spirit except with all five guys live in the studio. You can't fake that. We have such a chemistry as a band, I wouldn't want to cheat that. And you can really hear that bond we have on 'Simplicity.'"
Released last year, "Simplicity" is a true rock record in an age where many have said that "rock is dead." But if you talk with Hannon, you'll see that he thinks that rock is alive and well. And he sees that every night he plays to sold out venues.
And there's no place he and his bandmates would rather be.
"Once it's showtime and you step on that stage and play those first notes, like the song says, it 'feels like the first time,'" Hannon said. "A true musician is only happy when he's on stage. I love what I do and I'll continue playing music until I can't do it anymore."
Tesla with opening acts Sledd and NoMara perform tonight at the Aztec Theater. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m.
For more information on the band, CLICK HERE.
Sweet Christi's BBQ helps us kickoff Meat Week in San Antonio!
Pitmasters Emilio and Christi Soliz slice up some smoked brisket and explain
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SAN ANTONIO - The MLK Youth Empowerment Summit is this Saturday (January 15) at St. Philip’s College. The summit offers educational workshops for youth of all ages, focusing on the academic areas of science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM). The event is free and open to the public.
Click here for more information and registration…
Last year 550 kids attended the summit. This year the goal is 1,200 participants.
Parents can drop off their children at St. Philip’s college at 8am for registration. The program starts at 9am and runs through 4pm.
Participants engage with empowering and educational sessions to connect them to the idea of Dr. King’s belief in the beloved community.
A special music workshop from 9am to 1pm will be filled with various fine arts engagements for the Pre-K through 10 year-olds. This workshop will be located in the Heritage room.
“We will also provide a lunch,” explained summit chairwoman Carla Walker. “It’s a workshop filled with activities.”
The activities allow the kids an opportunity to learn more about Dr. King and how to continue the legacy.
Kids aged up to 19 are encouraged to attend.
There will be two general sessions – one at 9am and another at 1pm.
“So in between the general sessions we hold break-out session they can go into,” explained Walker. “We want these break-out sessions to be learning experiences.”
An important “I Can’t Breath” overview will be run by the San Antonio Police Department.
“This is so kids understand the mannerisms and how to deal with SAPD and any other police department in any city, state or environment that they’re in,” said Walker. “Some of our kids don’t know how to respond – out of either nervousness or just not knowing how to follow what is asked.”
For more information, call Carla Walker at (210) 843-1913.
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