Dave Rude

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Dave Rude
Dave Rude with Tesla at the Chance.jpg
Dave Rude "The Modern Day Cowboy" with Tesla at the Chance Theater in Poughkeepsie, New York, April 27, 2009.
Background information
Birth name David Rude
Also known as The Modern Day Cowboy
Born (1978-06-14) June 14, 1978 (age 40)
Oakland, California, United States
Genres Hard rock, blues rock, heavy metal
Occupation(s) Musician, guitarist
Instruments Guitar
Labels Rat Pak Records
Associated acts Tesla, The Servants, Dave Rude Band

Dave Rude (born June 14, 1978, in Oakland, California) is the second guitarist of hard rock band Tesla, joining them in 2006.[1] He also fronts his own rock act Dave Rude Band, where he sings and plays guitar.

Rude started playing guitar when he was 9 and his main musical influences included Guns N' Roses, Slash, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Perry, Mike Campbell, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. He used to play in a band called The Servants around the San Francisco club scene, before starting his own solo band called simply The Dave Rude Band.

In 2006 he was discovered by Tesla guitarist Frank Hannon, who contacted him via his Myspace profile. He was so impressed by Rude's music that he offered him a job of rhythm guitarist for his solo side-project, simply called The Frank Hannon Band. Dave agreed and soon it turned out that he was really being auditioned for Tesla, who needed a second guitarist after Tommy Skeoch's departure. He first began to play with Tesla during the "Electric Summer Jam" tour in 2006. With Rude as a band member, Tesla recorded highly acclaimed Real to Reel and Real to Reel, Vol. 2 covers album as well as Forever More (2008) and its follow-up Simplicity (2014).

As of 2009, Rude is an official member of Tesla with whom he tours and records, as well as a frontman of Dave Rude Band, which plays shows when Tesla is not touring.

In 2013, Rude released his second album with The Dave Rude Band, entitled The Key, which was produced by Marc Kapetan. Kapetan is the guitarist for Fear No Evil, The Appletones and Motor66 (formed with Jessie Farnsworth and Jesus Mendez from the band Newsted, the former band of former Metallica bassist, Jason Newsted.)



  1. ^ Huey, Steve; Leahey, Andrew. "Biography: Tesla". Allmusic. Retrieved July 11, 2010.