Tesla is an American rock band formed in Sacramento, California in late 1982. They have sold 14 million albums in the United States.
Photo Johnny Leo Johansen(c) Sweden Rock Festival 2014
Tesla’s music is often referred to as hard rock. The band’s lyrics also strayed from the themes popular in hard rock, particularly in the 1980s at the beginning of their career.
The band reformed in 2000 with the help of local radio personality Pat Martin of KRXQ. The band played an emotional sold out show at Arco Arena in Sacramento on October 25, 2000. Soon after they recorded the double live album Replugged Live. In 2002 they were featured in the Rock Never Stops Tour alongside other 1980s rock bands.
At the end of August Tesla announced their first world tour in 16 years with dates in Australia, Japan, and Europe in October and November 2007.
In February 2008, Tesla helped fund and headlined a benefit concert for victims of the Station nightclub fire. The show was broadcast by VH1 Classic. Tesla played three songs: “What You Give”, “Signs”, and “Love Song”, though “What You Give” did not make it onto the broadcast.
In June and July 2008, Tesla played a few shows in Europe and the USA, including Sweden Rock Festival, Graspop Metal Meeting and Rocklahoma.
On August 11, 2008, it was reported that Tesla’s next album, entitled Forever More, would be released on October 7 on their own record label, Tesla Electric Company Recordings. The album was produced by Terry Thomas, who produced Bust a Nut. The band aired the album’s first single, “I Wanna Live” on radio stations across the globe on August 18 and kicked off a world tour on October 1. Forever More debuted No. 33 on The Billboard 200 chart and spawned singles I Wanna Live, Fallin’ Apart & Breakin’ Free.
In 2009, Tesla was announced to be among the performers on the cruise ship “ShipRocked” in November 2009.
In 2010, Jeff Keith and Frank Hannon appeared on That Metal Show and announced that they were working on material for a new album, though their studio burned to the ground on September 30, 2010.
On May 10, 2011, the band played at a rally for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association. Tesla performed two songs, “Signs” and “Love Song” during the Kings #HereWeRally at Cesar Chavez Park in Sacramento, California to celebrate the team staying in Sacramento for at least one more year.
On July 12, 2011 they released a mostly acoustic album titled Twisted Wires and the Acoustic Sessions.
In June 2013, Tesla released a new single “Taste My Pain” on iTunes. They released their new album Simplicity on June 6, 2014.
Frank Hannon – guitar, keyboards, piano, organ, backing vocals (1981–1996, 2000–present)
Brian Wheat – bass, piano, backing vocals (1981–1996, 2000–present)
Jeff Keith – lead vocals (1984–1996, 2000–present)
Troy Luccketta – drums, percussion (1984–1996, 2000–present)
Dave Rude – guitar, backing vocals (2006–present)