May 30, 2007 -- As previously announced, Tesla
will launch a summer U.S. headlining tour starting June 7 in Santa Rosa, CA at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in support of their Real To Reel
album, which arrived June 5 on the band's Tesla Electric Company Recordings (Ryko Distribution). This marks the 20th consecutive year that Tesla has toured the States.
Before the tour officially kicks off, Tesla will make a special hometown appearance at Cesar Chavez Park in Sacramento, CA on May 31 at 7:00pm PT in front an expected crowd of 8,000. Not only will the show, sponsored by KXRQ-FM (98 Rock) and the Hard Rock Café, be Free, but everyone in attendance will get a special pre-release sneak peek at Real To Reel
. The one-hour performance will exclusively spotlight songs from "Reel 1" of the two-disc set, which will be sold that day at the new R5 store founded by Russ Solomon, the man behind the now defunct Tower Records chain. Immediately following the concert, the Hard Rock Café will sponsor a listening party with the band who'll be autographing copies of the album which will be available for sale at the event by R5.
The first 13 tracks Real To Reel
-"Reel 1"--will be available on June 5 at retail outlets, while the second disc-"Reel 2"--containing the remaining 12 songs will be available along the band's tour route with the purchase of a concert ticket. An empty space will exist within "Reel 1"'s packaging for "Reel 2."
Fans wanting bonus material should head to their local Best Buy, where a limited edition package will be sold including "War Pigs" from "Reel 2" as well as a sneak preview of three of the band's first-ever unplugged studio recordings of "Modern Day Cowboy," "Paradise" and "Shine Away"--the last recordings with guitarist Tommy Skeoch in 2005-which will appear on Tesla's forthcoming 20th anniversary boxed set. Details about the boxed set will be announced soon.
On release day-declared "Tesla Tuesday,"-the band will be celebrating Real To Reel
with a day's worth of listening parties, events and appearances in Phoenix, AZ. Early that morning, the band will perform "Thank You" on "Good Morning Arizona" (FOX), followed by a four-hour stint as guest DJs at KDKB-FM (93.3), where Tesla will take over the live radio airwaves from 10am-2pm playing songs from the album, chatting with fans who call in and giving away tickets to their concert in Phoenix on June 12 at the Dodge Theatre. Once that's complete, Tesla head to Best Buy (2727 W. Thunderbird Rd.) for an in-store performance at 4pm. The day will conclude with a listening party at Martini Ranch sponsored by KDKB-FM, Zia Records and Live Nation. While the event is free, fans must be 21 and over to attend. Tesla will be mixing and mingling with fans, playing songs from both "Reel 1" and "Reel 2," and autographing copies of the album which will be available for sale at the event courtesy of Zia Records.
Tesla first tested out some of their favorite rock classics with their fans in the summer of 2006 during the "Electric Summer Jam" tour (the first tour with guitarist Dave Rude, who replaced original guitarist Tommy Skeoch). While UFO's "Rock Bottom" went down like a storm to a standing, cheering, grandstand crowd of 10,000 in Milwaukee, Black Sabbath
's "War Pigs" engaged 6,000 people in Lansing, Michigan so much that they refused to leave during a torrential rainstorm which lasted throughout the entire two-hour show. After getting such a positive reaction from their fans, the band knew making Real To Reel
was a logical next step for them.
What can fans expect this time around at a live Tesla show?
"They'll be hearing a lot of Real To Reel
along with the hits they know and love," says singer Jeff Keith. "We're excited to play the new songs especially, because we had so much fun recording them. We tested some of them out last summer and people seemed to really like them. Now that we have the 25 songs in our heads, we can't wait to get out there and bring them all to life. And in addition to the Tesla hits, we'll be bringing some older songs out of the archives that we rarely play live. We're looking forward to playing Real To Reel
with lots of feel."
Fans can get up-to-the-minute tour details and purchase VIP ticket packages at the band's website, www.teslarealtoreel.com
Here are the confirmed Tour Dates:
Thu 6/7 Santa Rosa, CA Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
Fri 6/8 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
Sat 6/9 West Hollywood, CA House of Blues
Mon 6/11 San Diego, CA House of Blues
Tue 6/12 Phoenix, AZ Dodge Theatre
Thu 6/14 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
Fri 6/15 Salt Lake City, UT Great Saltair
Sun 6/17 Albuquerque, NM Kiba Auditorium
Mon 6/18 Dallas, TX House of Blues
Tue 6/19 Austin, TX La Zona Rosa
Thu 6/21 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
Fri 6/22 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
Sat 6/23 Norfolk, VA The Norva
Thu 6/28 London, U.K. Shepherds Bush Empire
Fri 6/29 Helmond, Netherlands Plato
Sat 6/30 Amsterdam, Netherlands Arrow Rock Festival
Fri 7/6 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre
Sat 7/7 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock
Wed 7/11 Walker, MN Moondance Jam
Fri 7/13 Milwaukee, WI The Rave/Eagles Club
Wed 7/18 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Fri 7/20 Fond du Lac, WI Fond du Lac County Fair