Tesla (band)

Tesla is the name of an American rock band originating in Sacramento, California. The band formed in 1984 on the island of Guam as City Kidd, and was renamed Tesla during the recording of their first album, 1986's Mechanical Resonance, on the advice of their manager. The band derived their name, certain album and song titles, and some song content from events relating to Nikola Tesla, a Serbian inventor (born in Croatia) and electrical engineer born in the 19th century.

The band's original line-up consisted of vocalist Jeff Keith, guitarists Frank Hannon and Tommy Skeoch, bassist Brian Wheat and drummer Troy Luccketta.

Tesla's music is often referred to as heavy metal, but is better described as hard rock with a bluesy feel. The band's lyrics also strayed from the themes popular in heavy metal, particularly in the 1980s at the beginning of their career. A further distinction from their comtemporaries was their T-shirt-and-jeans image which was in strong contrast to Glam Metal bands of the time, which were characterized by big hair, leather pants and flashy-make up. Also in the early days of their career, Tesla toured with David Lee Roth, Def Leppard and Poison which incorrectly resulted in the band being categorized as a Glam metal band. The band's members resented this labelling.[1] [2] Tesla have always been proud of the fact that their music has always been just guitars and drums, with an occasional piano from bassist Wheat, with no synthesizers or anything to distort their sound. Their albums always proudly proclaimed, "No Machines", referring to that fact. However, the band's 2004 album, Into the Now, included synthesized beats.

It was three years before the band released their second album, The Great Radio Controversy. The album help solidify the band growing reputation and fanbase. The album produced the hit single "Love Song".

In (1990), Tesla released Five Man Acoustical Jam, a live album featuring acoustic renditions of hits such as "Comin' Atcha Live," "Gettin' Better," "Modern Day Cowboy," and "Love Song". The album also featured a number of covers most notably a version of "Signs", a song by the Five Man Electrical Band.

In 1992 the band released their third studio album Psychotic Supper. The band themselves consider this to be their best album according to their official website.

After 1994's Bust a Nut, the band took a hiatus to support Skeoch during his struggle with substance abuse. However, it wasn't long before Skeoch briefly joined up with solo artist Marshall Coleman's band to support his solo career, only to see a departure of Marshall soon after. This band eventually morphed to include vocalist Jeff Keith & resurfaced as Bar 7 with a single "Four Leaf Clover", from the album The World Is A Freak. Bassist Brian Wheat formed "Soul Motor", Frank Hannon "Moon Dog Mane" while Drummer Troy Luccketta worked with several local artist including the Bay Area's "One Thin Dime."

After a break of six years the band reformed in 2000 and recorded the double live album Replugged Live. In 2002 they were featured in the Rock Never Stops Tour alongside other 80s rock bands.

2002 saw the release of a further live album Standing Room Only which is just a single cd version of Replugged Live.

In 2004 they released their fifth studio album Into the Now which debuted on the Billboard album chart at number 30. The album was well received by fans and the band was featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

In the summer of 2006, the band embarked on the Electric Summer Jam Tour and put the following statement on their web site: "We would like you to join us in welcoming guitarist Dave Rude, who will be hitting the road with us for the 2006 Electric Summer Jam Tour as Tommy Skeoch will not be performing with us. Please also join us in congratulating Tommy and his wife on the birth of their new baby boy. We wish the whole family the best."

An article in the Deseret Morning News (June 16, 2006) that featured an interview with Wheat clarified the situation: "The tour is also a chance to introduce the newest member of the band, guitarist Dave Rude, who replaces Tommy Skeoch. Skeoch has been in and out of the band since 1994, addressing substance-abuse problems". "But with a new baby at home", Wheat said "this time Skeoch's departure is full-time". "He just wanted to spend more time with his family after all these years. It's hard. He'll always be a part of Tesla history."

"Cumin' Atcha Live" appeared in the 2002 video game .

Tesla have recorded a covers album titled Real to Reel, which was released on June 5, 2007. The recording is available as a 2 CD set. The first CD (containing 13 songs) is sold in a case with a blank slot for the second CD. The second CD (containing 12 additional songs) will initially be available to concert goers in the USA at no additional charge beyond the cost of a ticket. The second CD was also given away with the August edition of Classic Rock magazine in Europe

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.

A further announcement in September revealed details of a new album to be released in 2008.


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Mechanical Resonance
(1986) The Great Radio Controversy

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Nikola Tesla
Никола Тесл?

I have harnessed the cosmic rays and caused them to operate a motive device.
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Jeffery Lynn Keith (born October 12, 1958 in Texarkana, Arkansas) is an American musician, best known as the lead singer of the band Tesla. He was also the lead singer for the band Bar 7 . Before he became part of Tesla, he was a cement truck driver.
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Frank Hannon (born in 1965 in Los Angeles, California) is a rock guitarist, best known for being a member of Tesla.


Hannon started playing guitar and writing songs when he was 10 (1976).
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Heavy metal (sometimes referred to simply as metal) is a genre of rock music[1] that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s.[2] With roots in blues-rock and psychedelic rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, heavy,
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Glam metal is a sub-genre of heavy metal music that arose in the late 1970s - early 1980s in the United States. It was a dominant genre in popular rock music throughout the 1980s and early 1990s (c.1983-1992). It has recently been regaining popularity.
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David Lee Roth (sometimes referred to as "Diamond Dave") (born 10 October 1954, Bloomington, Indiana) is an American rock vocalist, songwriter, actor, author, and former radio personality, best known for his work with the band Van Halen.
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Def Leppard are an English hard rock band from Sheffield who formed in 1977 as part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. On the strength of their albums, Pyromania and Hysteria, Def Leppard became one of the top selling rock bands of the 1980s.
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Into The Now
(2004) Standing Room Only

'Into The Now' is the fifth studio album by the rock band Tesla. After the six year hiatus, following Tommy Skeoch's rehabillitaion for drug abuse, Tesla reunited for a new CD released in 2004.
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The Great Radio Controversy
(1989) Five Man Acoustical Jam

The Great Radio Controversy is the second album by American rock band Tesla, released in 1989.
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Five Man Acoustical Jam
(1990) Psychotic Supper

Five Man Acoustical Jam was a live album released in 1990 by the band Tesla, using acoustic guitars instead of electric guitars which hard rock/heavy metal bands such as Tesla were
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The Five Man Electrical Band was a rock group from Canada's capital city of Ottawa, best known for their 1971 hit single "Signs".


The group consisted of Les Emmerson, Brian Rading, Ted Gerow, Mike Belanger and Rick Belanger.
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Psychotic Supper
(1992) Bust a Nut

Psychotic Supper is the third studio album from the rock band Tesla.

Track listing

  1. Change In The Weather
  2. Edison's Medicine (Man Out Of Time)
  3. Don't De-Rock Me

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Bust a Nut
(1994) Times Makin' Changes - The Best of Tesla

Bust a Nut is the fourth studio album by Tesla, released in 1994.

It was their final studio album on Geffen Records before the band split.
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Bar7 was a blues/rock "Tesla" style band, formed by Jeff Keith and Tommy Skeoch, both of Tesla fame.

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