Tesla founding member and guitarist Frank Hannon took a few minutes to talk to us from his hotel room at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, where Tesla was currently in the middle of a residency. He talks about coming back for another stay in Vegas in 2024, Tesla’s new live album Full Throttle Live, which features their new cover version of Aerosmith‘s “S.O.S. (Too Bad),” and a new solo record that’s “in the works.” Frank also talks about the longevity of Tesla in the music industry and what it takes to endure the rigors of the business. We even talk a little bit about the band’s first professional recording as City Kidd!
Even through some less than perfect cell service, I couldn’t help but enjoy this time with the always pleasant and immensely talented Frank Hannon. I hope you enjoy it, too!
“S.O.S. (Too Bad)” video:
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