Look out. The ’80s are back.
Rock performers Tesla, Vince Neil, Jackyl and Skid Row will appear Aug. 4 at Sandia Casino Amphitheater in a tour dedicated to the theme that rock ‘n’ roll is alive and well, that it is gaining fans and that rock ‘n’ roll is definitely here to stay.
Tour headliners Tesla, named for the radio and electrical scientist Nicola Tesla, began in the 1980s. Their debut album, “Mechanical Resonance,” earned platinum status. Their album “The Great Radio Controversy” included the Top 10 gold record “Love Song.” Their “Five Man Acoustical Jam” album is credited with helping initiate the “unplugged” musical movement of the 1990s.
Leather-clad, guitar-hugging Vince Neil is perhaps best recognized for his outrageous on- and off-stage antics as the lead singer for Motely Crüe. His vocals helped the band break through with their first hit “Shout at the Devil,” which earned triple-platinum status. Other million-record-sellers include “Theatre of Pain,” “Girls, Girls, Girls” and “Dr. Feelgood.”
While Vince Neil’s relationship with the on and off-again Crüe continues today, his performance at Sandia Casino will be a solo affair. That shouldn’t stop rock fans from the Land of Enchantment from catching the show on Aug. 4.
Jackyl earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for performing 21 shows in 24 hours and 100 shows in 50 days. The band’s “Jackyl” album sold more than 2 million copies and featured the hits “I Stand Alone,” “Down on Me,” “When Will It Rain,” “The Lumberjack” and “Dirty Little Mind.” Their album “Push Comes To Shove” received a gold record and their appearance on the “Beavis and Butthead Experience” and earned a platinum record award with 1.7 million sales. Jackyl also appeared on the gold-record-award-winning “Woodstock” concert album.
Heavy metal band Skid Row’s debut album, “Skid Row,” earned multi-platinum status with such hits as “18 and Life” and “Youth Gone Wild.” Their follow-up album, “Slave to the Grind,” made them the first heavy metal band to ever debut as No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Their “B-Sides Ourselves” album also earned a gold record.
Although original lead singer Sebastian Bach isn’t with Skid Row any more, the band’s new frontman, Johnny Solinger, rocks on with Bach’s similar raw talent and voice.
Performances begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are available June 21 at the Sandia Casino Box Office or through any TicketMaster location, including ticketmaster.com, or by calling 1-800-526-9366.
Sandia Casino is owned and operated by the Pueblo of Sandia. At present, the Pueblo of Sandia employs more than 1,900 New Mexicans, 1,300 of which are employed by the casino.