The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is widely known as one of the best rock and hotel venues around. This is very true of Sioux City’s venue – identifiable from the busy interstate nearby with its gigantic guitar and gracious building. Entering the casino amid blinking and buzzing slot machines, it’s hard to miss the large purple signs for the Anthem Theatre. Quick line times ushered me right in the door for our one and only event tonight. A packed house was ready to greet Tesla with many an open arm (or many a horn sign).
32 years in the making, Tesla needs no introduction. If you haven’t heard of Tesla before this, please kindly remind yourself of the century you live in and find their music. Better yet, walk into a record store and have them play it for you on a record player. Made up of 5 musicians and hailing from Sacramento, CA, Tesla has risen to the top and has been riding the coast along the top of the music industry ever since.
No opening bands came to warm up the Tesla Troopers in the crowd. A refreshing one band show was in store, allowing us more time with Tesla’s best hits and fan favorites. Packed around side stage and behind the sound booth were Tesla’s own crew and equipment, promising a good show filled with bright lights and quality sound. The set was aligned with giant risers holding the drum set several steps above the base of the stage. A microphone adorned with hundreds of mardi gras beads and an electric antenna sat just off of stage right. Projector screens placed all around the front of the stage showcased Tesla’s name.
Starting promptly at 8:15pm, Tesla approached the stage amidst hundreds of cheering and adoring fans. An eager Jeff Keith grinned slyly at the packed house and proudly dived into his craft. Opening with MP3, you could feel their built up 30 year passion blast out in their high powered energy. Amidst hooks and turns, they drove forth their expertise with flawless delivery.
From favorites like “Hang Tough” and “Save That Goodness” to the well-known “Signs” and “Love Song” Tesla didn’t disappoint a single person in that packed house. Rounding up the set with the ever loved “Modern Day Cowboy” Tesla went out to cheers loud enough the entire casino could hear. The Anthem wouldn’t be the same after that performance.