TESLA guitarist Frank Hannon has confirmed that he recently tested positive for COVID-19.
Hannon made public his diagnosis on the same day that TESLA announced that they were postponing their next few shows due to members of their touring party contracting the virus.
TESLA played the first two shows of their summer 2021 tour – August 5 in Grants Pass, Oregon and August 6 in Grand Ronde, Oregon – with guitarist Howie Simon (JEFF SCOTT SOTO, GRAHAM BONNET, STRYPER), who has previously stood in for Hannon before back in September of 2018.
Earlier today, Hannon released the following statement via his social media: “I want to thank my friend Howie Simon for stepping in to help us.
“Please accept my apology for not saying anything sooner, but I’ve not been able to move all week in pain. The day the bus was leaving I woke up w 102 fever, shakes and couldn’t hardly breathe. So I stayed home. I’ve been unable to hardly move or function since. Tested positive for Covid. (yes I got the vax, thought maybe it was side efx). Howie did the 2 Oregon shows for me, and the guys are postponing more dates until we’re all cleared up and safe ..
“I love you all LET’s GET REAL @howiesimon @teslaband”.
Added bassist Brian Wheat in a separate post on his Instagram: “Hello folks it’s obvious some of us have come down with Covid please send out good vibes to my brothers in the crew and the band we’ll get back out there when everyone is healthy again …… and for the record this isn’t fun”.
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