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Tesla: Tour 2017

American heavy rock band Tesla has cultivated a loyal fan base over the last 30 years, playing an unpretentious, blue-collar style of music that hard rock audiences love. For an ongoing tour that started in January, band lighting designer and creative director Ignacio “Iggy” Rosenberg is using an Elation rig to complement the band’s big rock sound and surprising (to some) long list of hits.

“The main thing was they were venturing into having more of a production for the first time in years, so we were trying to be cautious about spending too much, but also giving them as much of a show as we could,” commentedIggy, who has been working with the band for the past three years. “This was a great tour to understand the concept of providing something that was inexpensive, but not cheap.”

Working from a short production timeline, Iggy chose Platinum FLX hybrid moving heads, ACL 360 Matrix LED moving head panels and Protron3K Color strobes to light the show, along with other gear. “They’re a straight up rock band, so much of the lighting tends to follow the drive of their songs,” he says. “That being said, the more they saw and liked, the more freedom they gave me to keep pushing things. They’re a fantastic group of guys and definitely know what they don’t like or don’t want to see.” What the band does like are the high impact looks from Platinum FLX hybrid movers that Iggy has located about seven feet off the ground on amp carts. “They really have been a surprise since I had never seen them before,” the LD says of the 20,000-lumen multi-functional fixture that can operate as a beam, spot or wash light.

Teamed with the Platinum FLX fixtures on the amp carts are Protron Color LED strobes, which have a varying role in the show. Located behind a rather expansive drum kit on riser boxes along with some of the Protron strobes are Elation ACL 360 Matrix LED moving head panels, which the LD says he uses more as a set piece than lighting. “We couldn’t pixel-map them because of the fast turnaround, but it’s in the books for the future,” he explains.

Supplying the Elation gear for Tesla’s shows is production services company Sure Sound & Lighting of Grand Island, Nebraska, whose Larry Suhr and Jeremy Wannthe LD thanks “for putting up with my endless demands.” Tesla will be playing dates across North America through the rest of the year.


Into The Now
The Way It Is
Hang Tough
Heaven's Trail (No Way Out)
Mama's Fool
Acoustic Set
- Cumin' Atcha Live / Truckin' (Grateful Dead)
- Paradise
- Signs (Five Man Electrical Band)
What You Give
Save That Goodness
Edison's Medicine (Man Out Of Time)
Song & Emotion
Love Song
Little Suzi (Ph.D.)

Modern Day Cowboy

Tour Dates

01.02.2017 Arcada Theatre, US-St. Charles
03.02.2017 Hard Rock Hotel Casino, US-Sioux City
04.02.2017 Mystic Lake Casino, US-Prior Lake
07.02.2017 The Pageant, US-St. Louis
08.02.2017 Pabst Theater, US-Milwaukee
11.02.2017 Hobart Arena, US-Troy
12.02.2017 Louisville Palace, US-Louisville
14.02.2017 Ryman Auditorium, US-Nashville
16.02.2017 Packard Music Hall, US-Warren
17.02.2017 Firekeepers Casino Hotel, US-Battle Creek
18.02.2017 Star Plaza Theater, US-Merrillville
21.02.2017 The Fillmore, US-Detroit
23.02.2017 Arvest Bank Theatre, US-Kansas City
24.02.2017 Choctow Casino, US-Pocola
25.02.2017 Choctow Casino Resort, US-Durant
28.02.2017 Brady Theatre, US-Tulsa
02.03.2017 ACL Live At Moody Theater, US-Austin
03.03.2017 Aztec Theatre, US-San Antonio
04.03.2017 House Of Blues, US-Houston

mit Def Leppard und Poison

08.04.2017 SNHU Arena, US-Manchester
12.04.2017 Mohegan Sun Arena, US-Uncasville
14.04.2017 Royal Farms Arena, US-Baltimore
15.04.2017 Nassau Coliseum, US-Uniondale
17.04.2017 Van Andel Arena, US-Grand Rapids
19.04.2017 Resch Center, US-Green Bay
21.04.2017 Xcel Energy Center, US-St Paul
22.04.2017 Sanford Premier Center, US-Sioux Falls
24.04.2017 Wells Fargo Arena, US-Des Moines
27.04.2017 Bridgestone Arena, US-Nashville
02.05.2017 Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre, US-Tuscaloosa
03.05.2017 Lakewood Amphitheatre, US-Atlanta
05.05.2017 John Paul Jones Arena, US-Charlottesville
24.05.2017 Pinnacle Bank Arena, US-Lincoln
29.05.2017 Broadmoor World Arena, US-Colorado Springs
31.05.2017 Brick Breeden Fieldhouse, US-Bozeman
07.06.2017 Spokane Arena, US-Spokane
09.06.2017 White River Amph, US-Seattle
10.06.2017 Moda Center, US-Portland
12.06.2017 Save Mart Center, US-Fresno
14.06.2017 Citizens Bank Arena, US-Ontario
16.06.2017 Sleep Train Amphitheatre, US-San Diego
17.06.2017 MGM Grand Garden Arena, US-Las Vegas
19.06.2017 Asana Amphitheatre, US-Salt Lake City
22.06.2017 Hollywood Casino Amphitheater, US-St Louis
24.06.2017 Hollywood Casino Amphitheater, US-Chicago
25.06.2017 Klipsch Music Center, US-Indianapolis

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