Tesla have released the official music video for their brand new single, Cold Blue Steel, listen below.

In a recent interview with Rob Rush Radio (as per blabbermouth.net), [guitarist Frank] Hannon described the song, which he co-wrote with singer Jeff Keith, as “a very real-sounding rock and roll new song. It’s influenced by [late Lynyrd Skynyrd singer] Ronnie Van Zant. It just turned out that when I was in the garage playing my guitar, writing the riff for the music, JK [Jeff Keith] had called up and he was listening to Saturday Night Special by Lynyrd Skynyrd. And so we decided to kind of touch on that subject. And we wrote that song. And we’re really happy with the way it sounds. It’s really raw and edgy. And we kept all the recordings of the demo is what we made for the single. We didn’t overproduce it. And that’s where we got the idea, ‘Let’s get real. Just keep it real.’ The lyrics even say ‘Let’s get real’ in there. And that’s what our whole motto is.”

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  • banker13 on

    Wow, so good, Tesla never disappoints. Rock on!

  • Ted Codon on

    Checked out the video, great rockin track!

  • RobT on

    Saturday Night Special is one of my favorite Lynyrd Skynyrd songs along with Swamp Music, Call me the Breeze, That Smell, and the list could go on. Seriously, I think that Ronnie Van Zant was a very prolific songwriter-lyricist in the Southern-American vein.
    This song? It’s ok, certainly doesn’t capture my imagination like Saturday Night Special did. The main, opening riff though reminds me of Jimi Hendrix’s Foxey Lady.

    • Doug R. on

      You Got That Right, Rob! I love Southern rock! – Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, Allman Brothers, 38 Special, The Outlaws, etc…

      “Swamp Music” is 1 of my Skynyrd faves as well, along with “Simple Man,” and no matter how many times it’s played ~ “Freebird!” 😉

    • Rattlehead on

      Bro Doug! I’d like to add the band Blackfoot to your Southern Rock list. They’re albums Tomcattin’ and Marauder are excellent! Ricky Medlocke was a great musician with Blackfoot, who now showcases his talents with Skynyrd.

    • Doug R. on

      Absolutely, Blackfoot were “Born To Rock & Roll!” 😉 Love Tomcattin’ and Marauder as well, but Strikes is my favorite album from Blackfoot.

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  • Charles Clinchot on

    Freebird is my fav as well, but the station in NY use to play the live version when I was a kid. Now, all they play is the studio version. I can hear it unless I get that “Play it pretty for Atlanta” line.

    • Doug R. on

      I haven’t been in NY in a while, but I’m guessing you’re referring to Q104.3? I love all the versions of “Freebird,” – live, studio, long, short, of course the long version is my favorite, the longer the better! 😉

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