As one half of the guitar duo in Tesla, Dave Rude is a busy man. It seems hardly a month goes by without Tesla taking their blues-driven rock to concert venues around the world. Somehow amid the demands of Tesla, Rude has managed to keep the Dave Rude Band intact — and produce new material. The Key marks the band’s first full-length album and displays Rude’s vast array of influences.
When Tesla first set the rock world on fire with their debut album, 1986's Mechanical Resonance, Dave Rude was 8 years old. As fate would have it, in 2006, founding Tesla guitarist Frank Hannon came across The Dave Rude Band on MySpace and asked Rude to join his band as a rhythm guitarist. That eventually led to Rude joining Tesla.