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Tesla Live In Hartford CT

By Mitch Lafon, Contributor
Monday, April 1, 2002 @ 12:15 AM


Tesla Does Their Live Acoustic

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I’d be hearing stories that Tesla’s acoustic live tour was a show not to be missed. This is why I decided to make a nearly six hour drive from Montreal to Hartford.

Arriving in Hartford, I found that the Webster Theater is a decrepit old place in a bad, bad neighborhood. "Yeah! Should make for a fun night!" I thought to myself. The place was packed, 1300 die-hard Tesla fans made it a sell out.

Before the show, I had a chance to talk to bassist Brian Wheat, he told me about his (other) band Soulmotor (www.soulmotor.com) and their new album Revolution Wheel and I also spoke with drummer Troy Luccketta. We spoke about a charity that he’s involved with www.wakeuptolove.com. The site offers an exclusive song for download. I also got to catch part of the soundcheck which included the band going through different Beatles songs, (“We Can Work It Out,” “Come Together,” etc.) some Stones and, of course, Jeff Keith’s medley of School House Rock songs (“Conjunction Junction,” “Molly, Molly Get Your Adverbs Here” and “Electricity Electricity”). So far, the evening was off to a perfect start!

As for the show, there is only one word that can properly describe what I saw and heard: WOW! Tesla rocked and they weren’t even plugged in. I hadn’t seen the band since the mid ‘90s, and I can truly say that they’ve gotten better with time. Unlike, many of their ‘80s counterparts, Tesla was never about image or a “flavor-of the-week” song on MTV. The band has always been about musicianship and songs. Tonight, at the Webster Theatre, the band proved that nothing can replace that.

One can only imagine the damage they’ll inflict plugged in on this summer’s Rock Never Stops Tour with Skid Row, Vince Neil and Jackyl!

Set List:

Cumin’ Atcha Live/ Truckin’ (Grateful Dead)
Change In The Weather
Little Suzi (cover song)
Paradise
Stir It Up
Lodi (cover song)
Tommy’s Down Home (Down Fo’ Boogie)
Heaven’s Trail
Wonderful World
What You Give
We Can Work It (The Beatles)
Show Me The Way (Peter Frampton)
Modern Day Cowboy
By Your Side
Love Song
Sympathy For The Devil (The Rolling Stones)
Signs (Five Man Acoustical Jam)
War Pigs (Black Sabbath)

Photos by Mitch Lafon



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