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Music | DVD Revue: Tesla Comin Atcha Live! 2008

By Circus Brown
Posted // July 30,2008 - width=285

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Tesla is still alive and rocking after 25 years and a dozen albums. Now, you’re probably wondering, “Are they still ready to kick ass onstage?” Well, they have 80 percent of the original members and 75 percent of the original skanks. As bassist Brian Wheat remarks in their new concert video, “Oh, yeah, the groupies—we kept getting older and they tried to stay the same age.” Hilarious. To help decrease the group’s median age, Tesla hired Dave Rude to fill in for Tommy Skeoch, who left to have a family and a life. Rude is a great axman and an even better bedazzler of denim.

hspace=5But can Tesla still sell out concerts? For the optimum footage of a huge crowd, Tesla picked a heated Minnesota building in February. And the set list? None of the new stuff and just the hits, right? Wrong! Tesla has reaffirmed my resolve to pass legislation prohibiting aging rockers from writing songs about pressing social issues. If, by accident, you ever hear their new single, “Dear Pvt. Ledbetter,” you’ll agree. By rhyming the simplest of words like e-mail/detail, sad/glad, fine/time/line, said/dead and Ledbetter/letter in what seems to be the longest four minutes of red-state pandering ballad-o-rama, Tesla manages to kill the entire crowd’s buzz. A few folks even scream, “No more new crap! Just play ‘Signs!’”

Aged like a forgotten Coors behind the couch, Tesla front man Jeff Keith is hard to watch. Through every song, he strains his entire body to hit the high notes that are now out of reach with only one lung. I can’t tell you which is worse: him in this DVD or all the old videos where he dressed, danced, and had his hair done just like Axl.

The bonus features are pretty anticlimactic, mostly just a 15-minute infomercial showing off the rock puppets’ name-brand gear. I also learned that between the five band members, there are only two tattoos, including Keith’s tramp stamp. I also discovered that, “What You Give,” a song about a lonely loser looking for another lonely loser’s sweet love, helped inspired a Mr. Newmark to found a little Website called Craigslist. That’s right. Without Telsa, your favorite sleazy hook-up/free classifieds site might not exist.

Tesla fans, you probably already own this DVD, but if you don’t, just think how it could fill the empty void in your single-wide or possibly drown out your wife’s screaming kids from a previous marriage.

 

 
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Posted // August 2,2008 at 07:06 SLC is a surprisingly great music town... if you would drive instead of flying over reading everything you believe in the Airline magazine and tried to see, smell and hear the United states you would not EVEN start make fun of them FLY OVER towns. Have a great day feeling superior because you live someplace cooler than someplace you have never set foot in... you sir, are the epitome of an assclown!

 

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Posted // August 1,2008 at 06:12 Circus rocks my world, yo. Think of a mellow Sammy Hagar and you got him.

 

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Posted // August 1,2008 at 05:14 A credible reviewer from Salt Lake City ? . . . Salt Lake City ? . . Now THATS whats funny . . . Salt Lake City ? I saw this persons picture . And he’s got the nerve to comment on skanks ? Dude looks like a nerd . nnnSalt Lake City ?

 

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Posted // July 31,2008 at 14:00 When the asphalt is so hot cat hair gets stuck in it when they roll in the street you can get an idea of how hot these guys once rocked. THey were the friggen BEATLES man without John and Paul. If Alamabama had to reorg (some did not go all the way down in a fiery plane crash), and GEORGE WALLACE did not have to pee in a bag he would have taken the white house and made me all special drug agents like Nixon did Elvis! That would have stopped CRACK right there and I would not be afraid to go across the street to get a couple of cases of grape Ne-hi. HEll, Neil Young would be rolling in his grave if he ever read ANYONE wrote a bad review. You know Sweet Home ALamabama was the song that was playing in the background the first time you hit 2nd base... Circus I’ma give you two steps to turn this sucker around and show the world what a sweet snackbox of a sound they’d be missin by you dissin one of the greatest band in History, 38 special ROCKED!

 

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Posted // July 31,2008 at 13:57 When the asphalt is so hot cat hair gets stuck in it when they roll in the street you can get an idea of how hot these guys once rocked. THey were the friggen BEATLES man without John and Paul. If Alamabama had to reorg (some did not go all the way down in a fiery plane crash), and GEORGE WALLACE did not have to pee in a bag he would have taken the white house and made me all special drug agents like nixon did Elvis! That would have stopped CRACK right there and I would not be afraid to go across the street to get a couple of cases od grape He-hi. HEll, Neil Young would be rolling in his grave if he ever read ANYONE wrote a bad Lynard Skynard review. You know Sweet Home ALamabama was the song that was playing in the background the first time you hit 2nd base... Circus I’ma give you two steps to turn this sucker around and show the world what a sweet snackbox of a sound they’d be missin by you dissin one of the greatest band in History, 38 special ROCKED!

 

 
 
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