- Jimi Jamison, Survivor Lead Singer, Dead at 63
- Sebastian Bach To Ted Nugent: ‘Being A Racist Is F**king Weak’
- Nikki Sixx Works In Record Store to Promote New Sixx: AM Single
- Queen Waiting For Clearance From Michael Jackson’s Estate On Unreleased Freddie Mercury Duets
- Ted Nugent Says Sebastian Bach Is An ‘Incredibly Gifted’ Singer But A ‘Weak’ Man
- Aerosmith’s Joe Perry Says His Memoir ‘Goes Deeper’ Than A Lot Of Other Autobiographies
- Martin Scorsese Planning To Direct Movie About Ramones
- AC/DC’s New Album Took 10 Days to Record
- Butcher Babies’ Carla Harvey Is Looking Forward To Bringing Back ‘Thrash Element’ To Band’s Music
- Lady Gaga Makes Surprise Appearance at Queen Concert
- Robert Plant Wants to Hear New Music From Jimmy Page
- Ramones Biopic in the Works From Martin Scorsese
- Jeff Beck To Play Select Dates After ZZ Top Pulls Out
- ZZ Top Cancel Tour With Jeff Beck Following Dusty Hill’s Injury
- Bob Dylan Announces Fall 2014 U.S. Tour Dates
Dave Rude Band – The Key
Guitarist Dave Rude has been a member of Tesla since 2006, though still known as ‘the new guy’ to fans he’s a seasoned musician that landed the gig due to his stellar play and vocal abilities. Rude has been recording, touring relentlessly with Tesla since he joined the band seven years ago.
Dave found the time to write and record a solo record with his band–which he founded prior to joining Tesla. The band is simply called Dave Rude Band and they play blue collar rock ‘n’ roll with a contemporary twist. What Rude is doing on The Key is reminiscent of Joe Walsh’s James Gang, if that band was formed in 2013. There are classic rock influences, there are country influences and there are contemporary rock and pop influences.
While The Key isn’t ground breaking or innovative it’s a fun record that features hard rocking tunes like the opener “The Key” to the country rock ballad “On My Own Again” which sounds akin to something you’d hear on a Keith Urban record to the blistering closing track “Charlie Mansion.” You want variety? It’s in there. Did I mention that Rude also tackles the Peter Gabriel pop classic “Sledgehammer?” He stripped it down and plays it with a fire and urgency of a bar band duking out on the bar circuit. Looking for a no frills rock ‘n’ roll record? Then look no further than The Key by Dave Rude Band. Dave Rude sings like he plays guitar, with attitude and swagger.
Like this story? Sign up for "Rockwire" to get alerts about news on Rock Confidential.