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LIVE: TESLA wsg KURT DEIMER – January 16, 2024

| 28 January 2024 | Reply

Venue: Seminole Hard Rock Event Center

City: Tampa, FL

Dates: January 16, 2024

Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com)

Another year and another amazing show from Tesla to kick the year into Rock N Roll High Gear.  For the second year in a row, Tesla brought their killer catalog and show to Tampa’s Seminole Hard Rock Event Center.  This years show featured a two night stand and a familiar face with last years opener Kurt Deimer in tow.  Kicking off the evening, the rocker took to the stage with his band, his songs, and a shitload of attitude.  There is something almost menacing about Deimer once he starts his show.  The movie trailer reel he rolls before hitting the stage is the perfect intro and soon his hard rock fills the venue and he does his best to entertain everyone in the venue from front to back and side to side, and he does it well.  With set opener “Doom” kicking everything off, the mood and the bar have been set.  Deimer delivers each song with his piss and vinegar filled performance that anyone has seen him understands.  His energy is contagious regardless of how heavy the music may be.  The set is a string of hard rockers that keeps the energy level up.  His desire to connect with the crowd is evidenced by his leaving the stage and roaming the venue during the set and high fiving any and every one in his path.  He warmed the crowd aptly and left the crowd ready for Tesla to do what they do.

Tesla wasted no time hitting the stage when their time came and without much more than their instruments and swagger, the guys dialed everything up to eleven from the first note.  Set opener “Lady Luck” was a change of pace, but the energy and delivery were a perfect way to start what was to be a killer night of rock and roll with songs pulled from the bands catalog including hits, fan favorites, and deeper tracks.  Frontman Jeff Keith controlled the ebb and flow of the show from behind his microphone while delivering song after song with strong vocals that sounded as good tonight as they ever have.  The one-two punch of “Modern Day Cowboy” and “Breakin’ Free” featured some amazing licks and leads being traded between Frank Hannon and Dave Rude.  My personal favorite “Heaven’s Trail (No Way Out)” was the first song I was able to settle back and enjoy after putting my camera away for the evening.  The song was as cool and exciting as the first time I heard it.  There were other cool songs thrown in the mix throughout the evening like “Miles Away,” “Call It What You Want,” and “Paradise.”  Each song featured vocals and guitars that took you back to the originals without sounding old and overdone.  A live energy was woven into the musical tapestry the band pulled together for us tonight.  The bottom end of the sound was anchored perfectly by bassist Brian Wheat and drummer Steve Brown.  Other songs the coursed through the venue were hits like “Changes” and “Gettin’ Better” before the band strung together some of their strongest songs and moments of the evening when they paired up “What You Give” and “Edison’s Medicine (Man Out of Time).”  After a couple more seminal rockers the band couldn’t skip – “Love Song” and “Little Suzi” – they closed the evening and sent us all into the night with “Signs” running through our heads.  The setlist for the next night in the same venue varied slightly and has me eyeing their tour dates for the rest of the year hoping to see and hear more killer rock.

TESLA SETLIST: Lady Luck – Modern Day Cowboy – Breakin’ Free – Heaven’s Trail (No Way Out) – Miles Away – Changes – Paradise – Gettin’ Better – Love Me – Call It What You Want – What You Give – Edison’s Medicine (Man Out of Time) – Love Song – Little Suzi – Signs

KURT DEIMER SETLIST: Doom – Dance – Have a Cigar – Hero – Whatcha Sayin’ – Live or Die – Naive – Fight

COMPLETE SET OF TESLA PHOTOS

TESLA LINKS:

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TOUR DATES

COMPLETE SET OF KURT DEIMER PHOTOS

KURT DEIMER LINKS:

OFFICIAL SITE

FACEBOOK

X – TWITTER

INSTAGRAM

TOUR DATES

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ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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