Dave Rude is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, and performer. He is best known as one of the guitarists in the hard rock band Tesla. In 2006 he was discovered by Tesla guitarist Frank Hannon, who contacted him via Myspace. He was impressed by Rude’s music and offered him a job as a guitarist for his solo side-project, The Frank Hannon Band. He began playing with Tesla during the “Electric Summer Jam” tour in 2006. Rude started playing guitar when he was 9 and his main musical influences included Guns N’ Roses, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Aerosmith, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.