Comin' Atcha Live! 2008 [DVD] review by Tesla

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  • Released: Jul 15, 2008
  • Sound: 9
  • Content: 9
  • Production Quality: 10
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 6.6 (13 votes)
Tesla: Comin' Atcha Live! 2008 [DVD]
3

Sound — 9
Tesla took a novel approach to it's new DVD Comin' Atcha Live. Rather than the DVD just delivering a straightforward concert with a few interviews thrown in, you could make the statement that Comin Atcha Live will be appreciated as much by gearheads as Tesla's usual fan base. There is a 2-hour concert that covers pretty much every Tesla hit you can think of, but the extras delve into some very specific information about the band's instruments. It's a very cool approach that caps off a solid (and beautifully edited) live DVD. The main feature is a concert filmed in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Feb. 22, 2008, and it's hard to find holes in the entire performance. From the opening number Comin' Atcha Live, you're in for a guitar-themed experience. Frank Hannon and Dave Rude waste no time in bringing out the solos, which are consistently impressive -- particularly on the multiple harmonies they tackle together. Vocalist Jeff Keith doesn't necessarily move around all that much onstage, but his vocals are still for the most part in tip-top shape. It's the incredible musicianship between Rude and Hannon that ends up stealing the show. Hannon is as well-rounded as they get, playing everything from the keyboard to the theremin to the slide guitar. Rude is able to keep up with Hannon throughout, and the acoustic intro to Love Song is just phenomenal. What starts out as almost a complex Spanish solo transitions beautifully into the original acoustic intro, and if you're already a fan of the song, you know it just builds and builds from there. Other highlights include Modern Day Cowboy, Paradise, Heaven's Trail, and Lil' Suzi. We are given a taste of Tesla's upcoming to-be-released album with a ballad called Dear Pvt. Ledbetter. While it brings the energy down slightly during the concert, it's still a well thought-out ode to the American troops. Although the band did experience some of their biggest moments career-wise because of their Five Man Acoustical Jam album, the evening truly is all about how truly solid Tesla is as a rock band.

Content — 9
While the show is entertaining, it's actually the bonus section that is the biggest draw -- at least if you're a musician. The band members go through pretty much every piece of gear they have, describing in detail when and why they selected the specific equipment. If you're curious as to what certain knobs do on a certain Marshall amp or how exactly a talk box works, Hannon will cover it in full. I cannot stress how great this section is. It's not necessarily something every fan will be interested in, but guitarists should find it not only interesting, but helpful in their own search for equipment as well. There is some other behind-the-scenes footage, but the gear talk is by far the most worthwhile.

Production Quality — 10
The camera crew and director wisely chose to shoot the Minnesota concert in HD, and it makes such a difference in the viewing experience. Even more impressive is the direction that occurs during the concert. The crew obviously had it planned out to a tee because they are at all of the right places at the right times. You'd be surprised how many live DVDs pan to the singer during a key guitar solo, and it just seems like they have no clue as to what is happening in a song. In this case, the production crew of Comin' Atcha Live got it completely right, and it shows there was plenty of thought put into how to navigate every camera.

Overall Impression — 9
Tesla might not have been in the public eye as much in the past 10 or so years, but this is a band that deserves to carry their career into 2008 and after. They make few jokes about their Headbanger's Ball days, but their songs have stayed fresh 20 years later. If you're wanting an entire section devoted only to their acoustic work, you're not going to get it on Comin Atcha' Live. But if you're a fan of Tesla or enjoy a band that is always willing to tweak guitar solos to make them fresh or interesting, this is a DVD for you.

19 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Demon Wolf
    Wow, that image of him is so photoshopped its not even funny. It's been uber-retouched! xD
    chillage656
    haha. that review is wrong. the myth is in maplewood. not st paul. that should review should be replaced with an accurate one. NOW! lol
    metal@hart11
    " Also in the early days of their career, Tesla toured with David Lee Roth, Def Leppard, and Poison which incorrectly resulted in the band being categorized as a Glam metal band. The band's members resented this labelling."
    haha you really want this to get cleared up eh? well you win aero. good work
    oneblackened
    Aero| wrote: Tesla's like the only hair band I'll listen to. The funny part is that Tesla ain't a hair band.
    Meh, you're right. They're the only popular 80's band i'll listen to, other than G n'R.
    Aero|
    what would you call them then? their from the 80s.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tesla_(band... " Also in the early days of their career, Tesla toured with David Lee Roth, Def Leppard, and Poison which incorrectly resulted in the band being categorized as a Glam metal band. The band's members resented this labelling. "
    Shazazmic
    Demon Wolf wrote: Wow, that image of him is so photoshopped its not even funny. It's been uber-retouched! xD
    They even filled in the spaces of his teeth, just making it look like he's got 1 giant, semi-circular tooth lol.
    metal@hart11
    Tesla's like the only hair band I'll listen to. The funny part is that Tesla ain't a hair band.
    what would you call them then? their from the 80s. and they had the hair. tesla rocks ill check this out
    skater5thg
    Tesla definately brings rock to a new level, I really wanna check out this dvd.
    brentondig
    I own Mechanical Resonance, which I bought after hearing Cumin' Atcha Live through Vice City. Such an awesome band. Looks like great DVD!
    Aero|
    Tesla's like the only hair band I'll listen to.
    The funny part is that Tesla ain't a hair band.
    Armagedn
    It seems like more people like Tesla than I thought... I guess everyone likes them, but you don't hear about them much. I like Don't De-rock Me.
    steel_jesus
    i first heard comin atcha live and indeed only heard of tesla from playin Vice City, so i downloaded the song and tried to get other songs by them but i only managed to find a few of their acoustic songs like lil' suzy, caught up in a dream, and changes. I guess i need to look harder, but n e way this dvd luks intense!!
    limefan913
    I saw Tesla on this tour in Greensburg, PA and they were amazing. The crowd was sold out and they just gave it their all.
    Gibson_SG_uzr55
    I really wanna see that DVD, Tesla are the most underappraeciated band in a genre where too many bands sucked but got credit. They are really a great band.
    mburelison
    i bought the dvd. it kicks a$$! i love tesla. got every cd, and know every song by heart