It’s been said that lightning never strikes the same place twice.
However, it does in the case of Tesla. Over the course of their thirty-year career, the critically acclaimed iconic Sacramento melodic hard rock quintet—Frank Hannon [guitar], Brian Wheat [bass], Jeff Keith [lead vocals], Troy Luccketta [drums], and Dave Rude [guitar]—sold more than 25 million albums and performed to sold-out crowds across the world. Their journey kicked into high gear with 1986’s platinum-certified debut, Mechanical Resonance, which solidified them as a household name and yielded signature anthems such as Little Suzi, Modern Day Cowboy, Cumin’ Atcha Live, and Gettin’ Better.
It was the follow-up, 1989’s, which truly broke the band. The first single, Heaven’s Trail (No Way Out), was a hit with hard rock audiences, setting the stage for the second single, a comforting ballad called Love Song which substituted a dash of hippie utopianism for the usual power ballad histrionics.
Love Song hit the pop Top Ten and made the band stars, pushing The Great Radio Controversy into the Top 20 and double-platinum sales figures; the follow-up single, The Way It Is, was also a hit.