TESLA has announced several new concerts in early 2020. After performing on the Monsters Of Rock cruise in early February, the California rockers will kick off a run of dates on February 14 in Pensacola, Florida and wrap things up on February 26 in Houston, Texas. They will also play three dates in late April. Confirmed shows are as follows: Feb. 14 - Pensacola, FL - Saenger Theatre Feb. 15 - Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theatre Feb. 17 - Charleston, SC - Charleston Music Hall Feb. 19 - Huntsville, AL - Mars Music Hall Feb. 21 - Virginia Beach, VA - Sandler Center For The Performing Arts Feb. 22 - Greensboro, NC - Piedmont Hall Feb. 25 - Memphis, TN - The Soundstage at Graceland Feb. 26 - Houston, TX - House Of Blues Apr. 17 - Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues Apr. 24 - Harris, MI - Island Resort Casino Apr. 25 - Harris, MI - Island Resort Casino TESLA is continuing to tour in support of "Shock", which was released in March via UMe. The follow-up to 2014's "Simplicity" was produced by DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen. TESLA bassist Brian Wheat admitted to SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation" that "Shock" divided fhe band's fans due to its lighter, pop-like sound, with some blaming its direction on Collen, who co-wrote many of its tracks. The disc was recorded piecemeal while TESLA was on tour with DEF LEPPARD, with some of the tracking taking place in backstage areas and hotel room lobbies. "Some people hate it, some people love it," Wheat said. "I tell you, after five weeks, six weeks, it's leaning more toward, 'You know, it had to grow on me. I'm actually enjoying it now.' That's the thing, that's why we called it 'Shock'. We knew it was going to shock people. The other thing is, we couldn't just continue to do the same record over and over and over again, so we tried something different. It's cool. The songs go down well live, I see people singing, our fans are in there singing 'Shock', singing 'Taste Like', singing '[Tied To The] Tracks', singing 'Take Me Alive'. It's cool. Look, after so many years, I'm glad we're able to make another record because not the first on everyone's agenda anymore." Collen previously co-wrote and produced the TESLA song "Save That Goodness", which was released in August 2016 and included on the "Mechanical Resonance Live!" album. TESLA's current lineup includes four of the five original members: Jeff Keith (vocals), Frank Hannon (guitars), Wheat and Troy Luccketta (drums). Guitarist Dave Rude joined in 2006 as the replacement for Tommy Skeoch.
According to IndieWire, actor Jason Momoa tapped vocalist Oli Peters of the Canadian death metal band ARCHSPIRE to coach him on how to mimic his distinct vocal style for the early troop rallying scene in the Apple TV+ sci-fi series "See". "Jason has such an interest in music and has done aggressive acting scenes before, so he was a quick learner for this," Peters said. "We spent time getting him familiar with what the vocal style is and were messaging back and forth while ARCHSPIRE was on tour. When we hung out on sets, in between takes I'd come over to him and we'd go over the lines together." Written and created by Steven Knight and directed by Francis Lawrence, "See" takes place in the distant future, after a deadly virus decimated humankind. Those who survived emerged blind. Momoa stars as Baba Voss — the father of twins born centuries later with the mythic ability to see — who must protect his tribe against a powerful yet desperate queen who wants the twins destroyed. Alfre Woodard stars as Paris, Baba Voss's spiritual leader. Peters and ARCHSPIRE drummer Spencer Prewett were featured in a brief cameo during Momoa's war cry scene. "Already having the background experience of being in front of cameras while playing and having to have high energy during go time helped us out with being on screen," Peters said. "Being on a big-budget TV set was a trip, and Jason putting us in speaks to the creative side of what he does. He has this crazy reputation and status, but he's just a fun metal dude." Beginning November 1, the first three episodes of "See" were made available to watch on Apple TV+ in over 100 countries and regions around the world. New episodes are continuing to roll out weekly, every Friday. Last year, Momoa revealed that METALLICA and TOOL served as inspiration for his character in "Aquaman", telling Metal Hammer in an interview: "Aquaman's pretty metal. I know no one thinks that, but Aquaman's metal." He singled out METALLICA's debut album, "Kill 'Em All", and the TOOL song "Ticks And Leeches" as two pieces of music that influenced his portrayal of Arthur Curry's alter-ego. "There's a lot of [BLACK] SABBATH in there too," Momoa added. Back in 2011, Momoa discussed the heavy metal influences that prepped him up for his role as the legendary barbarian in "Conan". "There's a song by PANTERA called 'Walk' that is definitely the 'Conan song,'" he said. "A lot of old METALLICA and RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE always helps." Left to right in photo below: Jason Momoa, Oli Peters, Spencer Prewett