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A power ballad by the band Tesla, from the album The Great Radio Controversy, released in 1989. When the video was placed in heavy rotation on MTV, the song rocketed to number ten on the U.S. charts, becoming one of the group's biggest hits.
The music video was filmed in the band's home town of Sacramento at the former Cal Expo amphitheater. Old 93 Rock banners can be seen hanging in the back ground.
The single and video version removes the classical guitar intro, reducing the song length to about 4:09. -Wikipedia.com
"Love Song" was written by vocalist/ front man Jeff Keith and guitarist/keyboardist Frank Hannon. It is Tesla's greatest success, widely considered to be their signature song, and still getting heavy airplay today. However, it is not their highest-charting single: That would be "Signs," their cover of a Five Man Electrical Band song, which got to #8 on the Hot 100... but only after being re-released. -Songfacts.com
For the Record …
Members include Frank Hannon , guitar; Jeff Keith (born in Texarkana, OK), vocals; Troy Luccketta , drums; Tommy Skeoch , guitar; and Brian Wheat , bass.
Band formed in Sacramento, CA, 1984; originally named City Kidd; signed with Geffen Records, c. 1985; released debut album, Mechanical Resonance, 1986.
Awards: Platinum records for Mechanical Resonance, The Great Radio Controversy, Five Man Acoustical Jam, and Psychotic Supper; gold record for Bust a Nut.
Addresses: Record company—Geffen Records, 9130 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90069.
the encore game with audiences in which performers run offstage until enough applause brings them back out; lead singer Jeff Keith simply tells the audience: “We’re not going to hide behind the amplifiers,” and asks, “Do you want to hear another?”
Breaking the mold has brought Tesla longevity in a genre in which bands either rise rapidly then fade away with similar speed, or become such icons that expectations for them are impossible to meet. “Falling prey to neither the glam image of the early ‘80s, nor the angstdriven grunge trend of the ‘90s, Tesla carved out a niche for themselves as ‘every person’s’ band,” declared RIP magazine. “Performing equally well on their aggressive, power-rock tunes as on their emotionally resonant acoustic ones, the band pleased a growing following who stood by them no matter what was in vogue musically.” -Encyclopedia.com