Jimmy Kay from Canada's The Metal Voice spoke to Tesla's singer Jeff Keith. Keith spoke about the bands up coming acoustical album due possible in Feb 2020, their new album Shock and touring with David Lee Roth and Alice Cooper.
When asked about their upcoming Acoustical album celebrating the 30 year anniversary of the five man acoustical jam CD/DVD
"It was been 30 years since we recorded the original acoustical album and this time we are doing it at the historical Abbey Road Studios. We had fun doing it 30 years ago and we had fun when we did it again just this last month. It was awesome, we did it live in the studio with a little audience there. I love when we do recordings live, they just turn the mics on and let's go. The performance was also filmed so there will also by a DVD where they captured the band before, during and after performance, there will be some cool footage. "
When asked about the set list in the upcoming acoustical album
"We will be doing some songs to celebrate the 30 year anniversary of the five man acoustical jam, so we did 5 or 6 songs from the original album. Then we also added some of the songs we did off our new album Shock that we made with Phil Collin from Def Leppard."
When asked if there is a release date for the upcoming Acoustic album
"From what I have heard, I think maybe in February 2020 but things can change."
When asked about Jimmy Page from led Zeppelin complimenting the original Five man acoustical jam album
"That is true, I heard that from Brian Wheat who is good friends Jimmy Page and he said Jimmy was commenting on how great the album was and it was the first album from start to finish to be all acoustic, the whole show. "
When asked about working with Phil Collin from Def Leppard their new album studio Shock
"Phil helped us with the writing of the new album. Phil also brought in his production experience that he learned from working with Mutt Lange over the years in Def Leppard. Phil is a fun guy to work with and he knows a lot. The band did try a whole new approach with Phil and we had a blast doing the album and the fans are loving it that's what counts."
When asked what it was like touring with David Lee Roth on the Eat em and Smile Tour
"I used to watch him every night man that guy's the master of being a frontman. We got to hang out with David Lee Roth and talk with him it was fantastic. "
When asked he learned from touring with Alice Cooper back in the day
"He was great, one night he wanted to meet us after the show and we got to go on his tour bus. It was like wow we are hanging out with Alice Cooper, he was a real sweetheart of a guy. It was great for a band like Tesla to start out and have all these opportunities to tour with the best and watch the best and learn from the best."
When asked if there has been any issues with the trademark Tesla and the popularity of the cars
"No, it's funny because somebody a few years back said hey did you name the band after the Tesla car, nope we named it after the inventor Nikola Tesla and so did the car company.
Issued in July 1990, TESLA's stripped down "Five Man Acoustical Jam" was an instant success that coincided with the rise of MTV's unplugged format. The set has since gone platinum in the U.S
TESLA is continuing to tour in support of its eighth studio album, "Shock", which was released in March via UMe. The follow-up to 2014's "Simplicity" was produced and co-written by DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen.
Upcoming Tour dates with Def Leppard
July 12 - Halifax Scotiabank Centre - Halifax, NS
July 13 - Avenir Centre - Moncton, NB
July 15 - Centre Vidéotron - Quebec City, QC
July 17 - Bell Centre - Montreal, QC
July 19 - Canadian Tire Centre - Ottawa, ON
July 20 - FirstOntario Centre - Hamilton, ON
July 22 - Budweiser Gardens - London, ON
July 25 - Bell MTS Place - Winnipeg, MB
July 27 - SaskTel Centre - Saskatoon, SK
July 29 - Rogers Place - Edmonton, AB
July 31 - Scotiabank Saddledome - Calgary, AB
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