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 is due out 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 7:00 p.m. 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 — dubbed "Tesla Tuesday" — the band will celebrate "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 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 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 4:00 p.m. 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.
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."
Meanwhile, TESLA will be the featured guest on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" on Wednesday, June 6 at 8:30 p.m. PT/11:30 p.m. ET. They'll chat with host Bob Coburn about "Real to Reel", the U.S. tour and everything else happening in their world. The band will also be performing a few songs (some from the new album and some TESLA classics), and fans will have the opportunity to call in with questions for the duo at 800-344-ROCK (7625). For local listings, fans should check out www.rocklineradio.com.
In further radio news, lead singer Jeff Keith will appear on "The Adam Carolla Show" on Monday, June 4 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time. The program can be heard throughout the West Coast on the Free FM radio network. Fans should check adam.freefm.com/ for local listings and can call in to 866-901-ADAM (2326) to talk with Jeff.
Here are the confirmed tour dates with stops in Chicago, Boston, New York, Baltimore, San Francisco and many other cities to be added in the coming weeks:
May 31 - Sacramento, CA - Cesar Chavez Park
Jun. 07 - Santa Rosa, CA - Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
Jun. 08 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
Jun. 09 - West Hollywood, CA - House of Blues
Jun. 11 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
Jun. 12 - Phoenix, AZ - Dodge Theatre
Jun. 14 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
Jun. 15 - Salt Lake City, UT - Great Saltair
Jun. 17 - Albuquerque, NM - Kiba Auditorium
Jun. 18 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
Jun. 19 - Austin, TX - La Zona Rosa
Jun. 21 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
Jun. 22 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
Jun. 23 - Norfolk, VA - The Norva
Jun. 28 - London, UK - Shepherds Bush Empire
Jun. 29 - Helmond, Netherlands - Plato
Jun. 30 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Arrow Rock Festival
Jul. 06 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre
Jul. 07 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
Jul. 11 - Walker, MN - Moondance Jam
Jul. 13 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave/Eagles Club
Jul. 18 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
Jul. 20 - Fond du Lac, WI - Fond du Lac County Fair