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Tesla's Frank Hannon On Meeting Def Leppard's Phil Collen/Steve Clark

Def Leppard 1987. Steve Clark/Tesla 1987

Tesla's Frank Hannon has talked about how he first met Def Leppard guitarists Phil Collen and Steve Clark in 1987.

Frank was recently interviewed by The Youngstown about Tesla's current solo tour and the 30th anniversary of their debut album 'Mechanical Resonance'.

He recalled meeting the Terror Twins at Tesla's May 1987 show in Amsterdam when they got up two jam on two encore songs including a version of 'Rock of Ages'.

Phil and the band recently finished work on the album with Phil saying that it sounds like a rock version of The Beatles' album 'Sgt. Pepper'.

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The Youngstown - Frank Hannon Interview Quotes

Playing def Leppard Songs

"Back when we were in the club days, one of our favorite bands was Def Leppard,” said Tesla guitarist Frank Hannon, calling from his Northern California home. “We used to cover ‘High ‘n’ Dry [Saturday Night]’ and ‘Let it Go.’ It was like a dream come true for us to finally meet them."

1987 Amsterdam Show

"We were on tour for our first album in Europe. Our manager sent us to Amsterdam and we were jamming in this club called The Paradiso. In walked Steve Clark, Rick Allen and Phil Collen. We were blown away that our heroes were there."


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