Tesla at Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 20th of May 1987.
The entire Dutch Hard Rock scene talked about this and didn’t stop talking about it.
Nikola Tesla, the inventor of the alternating current and the radio, doesn't have to worry about his name being forgotten. This upcoming band from Sacramento, California, adopted the inventor’s family name and named their outstanding debut album after his well-known “Mechanical Resonance” invention/theory. The band showed on this record a more "rootsier" direction than other groups in the genre, and thus attracted the attention of enthusiasts and the press.
A few hours before the concert my reporter colleague Donald Wever and I had an interview with bassist Brian Wheat and guitarist Frank Hannon in the Amsterdam based American Hotel. Completely unexpected, Phil Collen of Def Leppard dropped by. The interview session became a bit more of a social gathering and I decided to capture this moment. Not knowing that later that evening Phil Collen and his band buddy Steve Clark would join Tesla on stage during the encores. This was the fuse in the fedex in the already bursting and overheated Paradiso. The energy of the crowd energised the band members, and singer Jeff Keith closed the show with an enthusiastic stage dive. For many spectators this was the gig of 1987, it resonated with the hardcore fans and was talked about for many years afterwards.