Tesla Shows Mankato That Rock Is Alive and Well

July 29, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

A few months ago, I was hoping to photograph a show at the Xcel Energy Center, but was denied.  That show was Def Leppard and Tesla was one of the bands opening for them.  Imagine my delight when I heard that Tesla would be stopping in Mankato on their new headlining tour!  This stop would bring them to the new Verizon Event Center in Mankato.  When I arrived, there seemed to be quite a few people waiting until after dinner to head to the show because there weren't too many in the venue.  That quickly changed by showtime though.

Voices of Extreme took the stage first and started out the night of 80's style rock.  They certainly rocked the Verizon Center with songs like "Call My Name" and "Apocalypse".  The crowd reacted with cheering after each song and when the lead singer mentioned Mankato!  Their set was pretty quick, but Voices of Extreme was a great choice to start out the show.

Next up was the Ron Keel Band.  Their mix of 80's covers with a few original songs thrown in was pleasing to the audience and had them singing along with their favorite tunes.  The singer mentioned that the band loves stopping in Mankato and referenced previous shows with Hairball.  The hair and drumsticks were flying though their entire set as well.  Heavy guitar solos and plenty of rock star poses were seen as well.  The Ron Keel Band kicked it up a notch for the growing crowd at Verizon Center!

The moment everyone had been waiting for had arrived.  In a few moments, Tesla would take the stage.  The screens at the back of the stage, (which seems to be a popular choice lately), displayed that Tesla had been around for 30 years for a bit before the band walked on.  As soon as they came out, everyone stood up and gave the band a great welcome.  I ended up moving to the back of the risers because I couldn't get photos with everyone standing and waving their arms around!  It was clear the crowd had been waiting for this moment!  They came out with their new song, "MP3", and the energy kicked up to 10 and the sound to well beyond that.  It had been a while since I had heard the sound level that high!  If this show had been outside, it could have been heard in surrounding towns!  Tesla was a band that Mankato had been waiting to hear for some time, and judging from all the Facebook posts I saw, everyone had a great time!

As always, get out and support live music and I'll see you out there!


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