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While on the road with Def Leppard and REO Speedwagon a couple of years ago, Tesla teamed up with Def Lep guitarist Phil Collen who served as producer on their new album, "Shock". Now, the tour to show off the goods.
Although Tesla emerged during the glory days of hair metal, the band's music was equally indebted to contemporary blues and '70s-style hard rock, a fusion that helped differentiate albums like The Great Radio Controversy from its contemporaries. Despite the refreshing lack of posturing, Tesla were hit just as hard as the rest of the pop-metal world when grunge arrived in the early '90s. They did produce one of the era's more respectable bodies of work, however, including three consecutive platinum-selling albums: Mechanical Resonance (1986), The Great Radio Controversy (1989), and Pyschotic Supper (1991) for Geffen Records. The band's final album of the 1990s -- before a six-year hiatus -- Bust a Nut, charted at 20 on the Top 200, and earned a gold certification. After reuniting in 2000, Tesla issued Into the Now in 2004, which landed inside the Top 30. A pair of covers compilations and nearly endless touring followed before Twisted Wires and the Acoustic Sessions appeared in 2011. To celebrate its 30th anniversary, Mechanical Resonance Live was released in 2016, followed by touring with Def Leppard and REO Speedwagon.
Between tour dates in the spring of 2017, Tesla teamed with producer Phil Collen. Together they spent two years working on a studio album. In March 2019, the full-length Shock was released by Universal, marking their return to a major label.
Author: Steve Huey & Andrew Leahey