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Will Tesla be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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They are an awesome band and are not glam. Yeah they are hair metal but who else could wright songs like Love Song, Hang Tough, Gettin Better, and Modern Day Cowboy?

Posted by Larry on Wednesday, 04.25.07 @ 16:07pm

They will never make it, but Tesla was and is great band with excellent musicianship, good songs and a great understanding of what it is that they want to do.

Posted by Frankie on Tuesday, 11.27.07 @ 06:33am

Another 80's band who unfortunately got lumped in with the Warrants, Nelsons, and Europes. This was a great blues driven hard rock band. I wouldn't say that they are HoF worthy, but a good band none the less.

Posted by Dameon on Monday, 08.18.08 @ 07:35am

Dameon...here's one for ya, Tesla was supposed to play at a 2 day event in Winter Park called "Hawg Fest" last weekend...but it got SNOWED out!!!!

Like they say...we've got four seasons here; June, July, August, and WINTER!! We may be down to three now!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Monday, 08.18.08 @ 18:42pm

All I can say is that I am glad that I don't live there. I don't want to even hear the word snow for another 5 months.

Posted by Dameon on Monday, 08.18.08 @ 20:02pm

The outdoor concert season really doesn't last very long around here. After Aug. 31st, it's pretty much "Book at your own risk"...LOL!!! If you watch the footage of U2 at Red Rocks, it was around the first of June, I think...and it was COLD!!!!!

It is a pretty cool venue, though.

Posted by Gitarzan on Monday, 08.18.08 @ 20:18pm

I was in high school when "signs" came out and I automatically hated this band. But within the last seven years I have started to listen to a bunch of their stuff. I bought Into the Now (their 1st cd in what 12 years?) and IMO was great. These guys have been lumped into the "hairband" catagory and it's unfair. I'm looking forward to their next album (in October I believe) and would love to see them live. The odds of them coming to Montana? Slim. Great band.

Posted by dano on Tuesday, 08.19.08 @ 00:16am

Tesla and Cinderella were the two bands (in my mind) that did some damn good music.

Posted by Dameon on Tuesday, 08.19.08 @ 09:40am

Cinderella got s**wed out too!!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Tuesday, 08.19.08 @ 12:31pm

Git - not quite sure what you are saying. I am not understanding your **** word.

Posted by Dameon on Tuesday, 08.19.08 @ 12:46pm

It just hit me - thanks for blanking that bad word out :-)

Posted by Dameon on Tuesday, 08.19.08 @ 12:46pm

Great band!

Posted by Blah-blah-blah on Wednesday, 12.10.08 @ 07:38am

Youtube has some great live clips of Tesla; especially on "Song and Emotion". Great tribute to Steve Clark.

I may have just turned 51; but I still love blasting Tesla out of the stereo.

Posted by Dameon on Tuesday, 07.7.09 @ 05:45am

Tesla had a few good songs. Perhaps nothing HoF worthy, but certainly they were a good part of '80s hard rock. Yes, they have been unfortunately linked with hair metal despite not really having a love affair with aqua net.

Posted by Dude Man on Tuesday, 07.7.09 @ 09:46am

Actually, I would rate Tesla behind only Def Leppard, Guns and Roses, Metallica and Queensryche for 80's bands. Tesla was just a damn good blues-based Hard Rock band. There was no filler on their CD's.

Five bands doing five different styles of Hard Rock. I would not consider any of these bands Metal and I agree, they were not aqua-net bands.

Posted by Dameon on Tuesday, 07.7.09 @ 09:56am

You don't consider those 5 bands metal? Metallica(early/current) thrash metal. Queensryche are prog-metal. Def Leppard are part of the NWoBHM. GNR I believe had a good amount of blues influence, but some of thier songs I consider metal("Welcome to the Jungle" for example I believe is a metal song). And Tesla I really don't know where to put them.

Posted by Dude Man on Tuesday, 07.7.09 @ 10:26am


Also, Dameon metal rules website listed albums from Def Leppard, Queensryche, GNR, and Metallica on thier top 100 metal albums list.(The list itself is awful though.)

Posted by Dude Man on Tuesday, 07.7.09 @ 12:55pm

Yeah - I don't know why I said that Metallica was not metal. Not enough coffee this morning I guess.

As for the rest; yeah they all had tunes that were on the heavy side, but not to the point where I would define them as Metal. You have to understand, I truly hate all the pigeon-holing of bands into some sub-genre.

I would not call Aerosmith a metal band but their early stuff is as hard and raunchy as anything Guns ever did. They are just a blues-based Hard Rock Band; or at least they were back in the 70's.

Posted by Dameon on Tuesday, 07.7.09 @ 13:12pm

I agree that Aerosmith are not a metal band, but GNR have a case to be made. I see GNR as a blues rock band, a hard rock band, an acoustic band, and a heavy metal band. A lot like Zeppelin in that they were always more than just one genre. With GNR though it is really debatable over what genre they are because today they are just known as one of the best rock bands of all-time.

Even if you hate the whole subgenre within subgenre thing there is no denying that Queensryche and Def Leppard are considered metal within thier genres. Def Leppard started out in England in the late '70s, early '80s and had loud guitar which is why they are consider a NWoBHM act. Queensryche combined concept progressive albums with a rough metal sound which is why they are called prog-metal.

Posted by Dude Man on Tuesday, 07.7.09 @ 13:48pm

I know how they are categorized, but IMO, the music doesn't reflect it. Def Lep came in on the NWoHM bands, but they were not metal.

Let's compromise and categorize them as Hard Rock.

the more and more I listen to Tesla, especially the new stuff, the more I think they belong in this HoF one day.

Posted by Dameon on Saturday, 11.7.09 @ 14:20pm

Not a hall band, but good. Jeff Keith, most underrated lead singer ever. I just heard him cover Mother's Little Helper on YouTube and I've heard some of their bigger songs, and it must be said. Most underrated. Except of course for Steven Tyler. Steven was ranked 99 on the Rolling Stone top 100 singers. Epic fail. I'd put him safely in the top 5. Has to be said.

Posted by Chris on Wednesday, 04.7.10 @ 21:22pm

They'er the best band around,so other bands rock.NOT as good as TESLA.

Posted by slaymaster on Saturday, 07.3.10 @ 10:30am

One of those bands where you feel sorry that they never reached HOF status, because they made some damn good music. Bust A Nut was a really underrated album.

Posted by Jim on Saturday, 10.30.10 @ 14:44pm

Tesla is RRHOF worthy in my opinion. Unfortunately, they were lumped in with the hair bands of the 80's & early 90's. I think anybody who listens to Tesla's bluesy rock is impressed with Jeff Keith's vocals in Signs,Love Song,Modern Day Cowboy,Cover Queen etc.

Tesla falls into the category of 38 Special & Cinderella for me as outstanding bands who could never break the glass ceiling into super stardom.It's a shame that some groups who are very talented don't receive the accolades they deserve. Tesla is 1 such band. KING

Posted by KING on Tuesday, 01.28.14 @ 17:57pm

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