TESLA Announces New Dates For 'Let's Get Real!' Spring/Summer 2022 Tour
TESLA , the iconic hard rock band from Sacramento, California, has announced new dates for its spring/summer "Let's Get Real!" tour.
"We are so excited about getting back to performing 'real' live concerts again," states TESLA guitarist Frank Hannon . "There's nothing like the energy of being in the same spontaneous moment with an audience of people. TESLA has always taken pride in being a high-energy live band, relying on performances without any backing tracks or pre-recorded help."
The following shows have been confirmed:
May 05 - Del Lago Resort & Casino - Waterloo, NY May 07 - Penn's Peak - Jim Thorpe, PA May 08 - M3 Rock Festival / Merriweather Post Pavilion -Columbia, MD May 10 - Aura - Portland, ME May 12 - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom - Hampton Beach, NH May 13 - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom - Hampton NH Jun. 11 - Thunder Valley Casino Resort - Lincoln, CA Jun. 17 - Q Casino (Back Waters Stage) - Dubuque, IA Jun. 18 - The Pageant - St. Louis, MO Jun. 21 - The Louisville Palace - Louisville, KY Jun. 23 - Lakes Jam - Brainerd, MN Jun. 24 - Treasure Island Resort & Casino - Island Event Center - Welch, MN Jun. 26 - Des Plaines Theatre - Des Plaines, IL Jun. 29 - Hard Rock Live (Tulsa) - Catoosa, OK Jul. 01 - Harrah's Stir Cove - Council Bluffs, IA Jul. 02 - -Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells - Baraboo, WI Jul. 04 - National Cherry Festival - Traverse City, MI Jul. 09 - Matanuska Brewing Company - Eagle River, AK Jul. 12 - Red River Valley Fair - W Fargo, ND Jul. 22 - Yakama Legends Casino - Toppenish, WA Jul. 23 - Little Creek Casino Resort - Shelton, WA Jul. 31 - Indian Ranch - Webster, MA Aug. 02 - Cape Cod Melody Tent - Hyannis, MA Aug. 03 - Bold Point Pavillion - East Providence, RI Aug. 05 - Hard Rock Casino - Gary, IN Aug. 06 - Monroe County Fair - Monroe, MI Aug. 08 - Full Throttle Saloon - Sturgis, SD Aug. 20 - Shoeshone-Bannock Casino Hotel - Fort Hall, ID Aug. 21 - Northern Quest Resort & Casino - Airway Heights, WA Aug. 26 - MGM Northfield Park - Northfield, OH Sep. 09 - House Of Blues - Dallas, TX Sep. 10 - House Of Blues - Houston, TX Sep. 12 - Wagner Noel PAC - Midland, TX Sep. 13 - Lubbock Memorial Civic Center - Lubbock, TX Sep. 15 - The Aztec Theatre - San Antonio, TX Sep. 18 - House Of Blues - New Orleans
Tickets for all dates can be found here .
Last month, TESLA released the official lyric video for their latest single, "Cold Blue Steel" . The clip, directed by Brandon Gullion and produced by Hannon , is raw and high electric energy that takes fans back to the roots of TESLA .
Hannon stated: " 'Cold Blue Steel' is influenced by current events of the world, just like our debut single 'Modern Day Cowboy' (1986),and touches on the subject fairly and open-minded by asking 'what's to blame?' when it comes to violence in the world. More importantly, the recording and production of the song and video are kept raw and real, just the way TESLA fans want to see and hear us. We are survivors and have been rocking for 35-plus years."
The 2022 radio remix version of "Cold Blue Steel" is being offered as the version for the airwaves with the guitars and vocals being cranked up louder and with the raw energy being preserved. Frank explained: "Some folks were reluctant to play the track with its explicit lyrics in the verse, so I created a clean version for radio with a bleep. As a bandmember and being the producer, we approve of these changes and really love the remixed audio enhancement for radio play. This is TESLA in real honest form and independently producing our music for the first time as an official release."
Originally released last August, "Cold Blue Steel" is the first TESLA song to ever be produced by the bandmembers themselves.
"Producing ourselves is allowing us to creatively record new music and keep it as raw and real as possible," stated Hannon .
Last December, Hannon told Let's Rock that the lyrics to "Cold Blue Steel" have been partially misinterpreted by some fans.
"We've been getting a lot of flak from people that only hear the couple of verses in the song, thinking it's about gun control," he said. "And in a way it is, but, really, it's so much deeper than that, the lyrics. We try to definitely not take sides and be political but we wanna sing about a situation. Something like what we did with 'Modern Day Cowboy' in the '80s; we sang about foreign lands and terrorist demands and 'bang bang, shoot 'em up' and how that attitude was still happening in the world at that time, being a gunfighter, cowboy situation, but we're not pointing fingers. And that's the same way with this song, but some people only hear parts of it and have been giving us some shit about it. But if you listen to the lyrics, it's asking a question, 'What's to blame? Let's get real.' And the song is really about people that you give 'em an inch, they take a mile — whether it's a politician, whether it's a crook, whether it's a police officer. And we support our police."
He added: "There's evil intentions in all parts of life, and that's what the song is really about — just observing and asking the question, 'What's to blame?' It's not talking about 'take away guns' or any of that shit. But it started off just being a fun poke at Ronnie Van Zant . That last lyric in the song, 'Just like Ronnie said, 'Let's dump 'em to the bottom of the sea,' that's where the song started for fun. And then we took it and tried to make it a little bit more serious."
Asked if the arrival of "Cold Blue Steel" means that there is a new TESLA album in the works, Hannon replied: "Yeah, it'll end up on an album, but we're gonna just do one song at a time. Instead of trying to cram for a test… Making an album is almost like a test — you've got a deadline on it and there's all this pressure and you've gotta try to finish it by a certain date. And then what you end up doing is cramming the songs. So we're not gonna do that. We're just gonna write a song when we feel it and have fun with it. And then when we have a group of 'em, we'll put it out together as a collection on an album."
Last September, TESLA drummer Troy Luccketta announced that he would "take a little time from the road" to spend with family and friends. He is being replaced at TESLA 's gigs by Steve Brown , the younger brother of former DOKKEN drummer Mick Brown .
Frank Hannon - guitar Brian Wheat - bass Jeff Keith - lead vocals Dave Rude - guitar Steve Brown - drums
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Tesla is an American Hard rock and Metal band, which was formed in 1982. The band is originally from Sacramento, California.
After bassist Brian Wheat and guitarist Frank Hannon spent a few years unsuccessfully trying to get their hard rock career of the ground during the pop orientated under the name “City Kidd”, they decided to go in a different direction, when they a hired Grammy award winning producer, Duane Hitchings.
Whilst recording their debut album, they changed their name to Tesla, in homage to the legendary scientist. Their first release “Mechanical Resonance” came out in 1986, during this time the original members were joined by Jeff Keith on vocals, Tommy Skeoch on guitar and Troy Luccketta on drums. They were often lumped in with the popular glam rock bands at the time, such as Alice Cooper, which they begrudged.
It wasn’t until the release of their second album, 1989’s “The Great Radio Controversy” that the band cemented their fan base and sound. The band went on a national tour following the release of their sophomore project, before returning in 1991 with their very hard rock effort, “Psychotic Supper”.
After 1994’s “Bust A Nut” and subsequent world tour, Tesla went on hiatus, after Skeoch left due to substance abuse. Various members of the band attempted solo careers and worked on other musical projects and bands.
Six years later, they reformed for an intimate one off show in Sacramento. The success of the concert led to the permanent return of the band, and in 2004 they released their comeback album “Into The Now” which charted at number 30 in the US. They also performed on national TV for “Jimmy Kimmel Live”
Tesla have toured all over the world, and enjoyed incredible popularity and album sales, having collectively sold over 14 million records around the globe.
Tesla, the Californian rock quintet have been performing now for over 25 years as a unit and with the steady commercial progression of their albums, their fan base has also been steadily growing. Experts in the field of hard rock, the band are one of complete ease onstage and there is clearly nothing they love more than performing live.
With the more energy they are given from the crowd, the more intensity they play their own music. The audience proudly raises their hands above their heads for 'Hang Tough' and clap along as one whilst the group thrash out the recognisable instrumentals. Lead singer Jeff Keith snarls at the audience and taunts them into roaring with appreciation for early track 'Signs' which is a clear favourite that evokes even more moshing from the masses.
By the finale of the grammatical nightmare 'Cumin' Atcha Live', Tesla have clearly demonstrated that commerciality does not equate to fan loyalty as the UK crowds are cheering at deafening levels as the group take their last bow.
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Absolutely Amazing!! Tesla if you see this you guys are still kicking ass. Band only had one more stop before they go home and wow, it was like they just started the tour. Talk about a fun group of guys having a good time and it shoes big time. I know they have been playing for years but I think they are tighter and sound better than when I saw them in '92. BTW Jeff Keith is from my home town Texarkana and went to a rival High School which is pretty cool because it is not that big.
Only thing i wish i could have made happen is getting to meet the guys. I tried to get a VIP on their website and it would just direct me to purchase concert tickets. Had a blast and hope to meet them somewhere down the road.
Tesla put on an amazing show. When the show is over I thought it was kind of short but then I looked at my watch and realize they've been on stage for over an hour and a half. On the other hand of the venue staff treated me like crap. I am in a wheelchair and every place I've gone has done amazing job helping me enjoy a Concert Experience. Mystic Lakes handicap seats don't allow you to see any of the show and none of the staff cared they were indifferent and would not work with me to find a reasonable spot and I wasn't in anyone's way but could still enjoy the show. With that said Tesla was so great I still enjoy the show even though I could only hear it
Tesla delivered yet another flawless set. The band ripped through the extensive list of hard rock hits that inspire every die-hard fan to sing along unashamedly. Throwing in a couple of tracks from the upcoming new album rounded the set nicely. The openners VOX (voices of extreme) and year of the locust did an admirable job of warming up the crowd. This writer , however, believes that reversing the order the openning bands play would benefit the overall energy of the evening. Buckhead theater is a great venue and everywhere the people were smiling, dancing and having a good time.
The band was at the top of its game! Jeff Keith & Frank Hannon, along with the other stellar members of Tesla, didn't hold back any of their entertainment abilities. This was my first Tesla show, and I wasn't disappointed. The graphic backdrops really added to the concert.
I need to add that both bands before Tesla were also fabulous. I thoroughly enjoyed Brand of Julez and Bad Marriage, especially since this was my first time also hearing them.
I look forward to seeing Tesla on tour again in the future.
I've seen Tesla so many times I can't remember.
But I do remember the first time that saw them. They opened for Great White and ever since then I've been hooked.
They are such a tight band and great bunch of guys, and they always put on a great show with lots of energy. Jeff has a distinct voice that stands out from the rest, and there music keeps bringing me back again and again.
If you're a fan of 80's hair metal, then Tesla is a must see band, and trust me, you will not be disappointed. Rock on! \m/
Well first off, It was a big sell out crowd for thunder valley, with 2 AMAZING BANDS, I am so glad it was sold out, and both bands were awesome, what a way to kick off the summer. Tesla is still in my mind one of the best bands LIVE, they sound great and always aim to please the crowd every time they perform. I highly recommend that if you have not seen Tesla, IT'S A MUST. Gonna see them on the Def Leppard bill as well. SO those of you who have not seen Tesla, Please do so. You won't be disappointed.
Great show! Tesla is always great live. They did all their great hits and a few newer songs. Theyve been doing some of those songs for 29 years because they know we love them and yet they still perform them like it's the first time. Jeff is so fun to watch and his voice sounds exactly the same as the first time I heard him in the early 90's. A special thank you for taking the time to do a Meet and Greet at the Cannery. Your fans appreciate it. Rock on!
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Saw Tesla at Myrtle Beach. As always they were awesome but two opening bands was a little more than I could take.
By the time Tesla came on I could hardly stand and the crowd was getting a little out of hand...... Fights..... Took Tesla about 30 min to set up and it just took away from the concert which was standing room only...... Everyone I seen said they were in pain from standing thought 2 bands then Tesla..... Sorry...... But I still Love Tesla
What an incredible show. I was able to get up close and personal. I give the show 5 stars but as for the beer prices, $15 for a 24 oz. beer is out of control. The Aztec is over price when I can go to Alamo City Music Hall or The Rock Box down the street and get three 16 oz. beers for the same price. Great venue but the need to charge that much for a beer is unbelievable especially when it is tap beer.
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Tesla Announce U.S. Tour Dates for Spring + Summer 2022
Coming at you live! Hair metal linchpins Tesla will embark on a United States tour in spring and summer 2022 that picks up from where their Let's Get Real tour left off last fall.
The new trek kicks off on March 10 at the Florida Strawberry Festival. Tesla will then wind their way around the country — including a stop in Alaska — before ending the run on June 6 at Michigan's Monroe County Fair.
Tesla were forced to cancel concerts in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic , as many other acts did.
Last year, Tesla guitarist Frank Hannon said, "We are so excited and anxious to get back to performing 'real' live concerts again. There's nothing like the energy of being in the same spontaneous moment with an audience of people. Tesla has always taken pride in being a high-energy live band, relying on performances without any backing tracks or pre-recorded help."
Tesla are known to fans of 1980s hard rock for their songs such as "What You Give," "Modern Day Cowboy" and "Little Suzi." They've released eight albums, four live efforts and several compilations since 1986. Their latest LP, Shock , emerged in 2019. Tesla released new song " Cold Blue Steel " in 2021.
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Tesla Spring + Summer 2022 U.S. Tour Dates
March 10 – Plant City, Fla. @ Strawberry Festival March 12 – Boise, Id. @ Private Event March 25 – Harris, Mich. @ Island Resort & Casino March 26 – Harris, Mich. @ Island Resort & Casino May 5 – Waterloo, N.Y. @ Del Lago Resort & Casino May 7 – Jim Thorpe, Pa. @ Penn’s Peak May 8 – Columbia, Md. @ Merriweather Post Pavilion May 10 – Portland, Me. @ Aura May 12 – Hampton Beach, N.H. @ H. Beach Casino June 11 – Lincoln, Calif. @ Thunder Valley Casino June 17 – Dubuque, Iowa @ Q Casino June 18 – St. Louis, Mo. @ The Pageant June 23 – Brainerd, Minn. @ Lakes Jam June 24 – Welch, Minn. @ Treasure Island June 29 – Catoosa, Okla @ Hard Rock Live June 1 – Council Bluffs, Iowa @ Harrah's Stir Cove June 2 – Baraboo, Wis. @ Ho-Chunk Gaming June 4 – Traverse City, Mich. @ Cherry Festival June 9 – Eagle River, Alaska @ Matanuska Brewing June 6 – Monroe, Mich. @ Monroe County Fair
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Hard rock veterans Tesla have announced a return to the road in early 2023 promoting their latest album 'Shock' . Their Time To Rock Tour kicks off March 15th in Redding and continues into June making notable stops in Las Vegas, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Cincinnati, Orlando and Lincoln. Joining the tour on select dates will be special guests Buckcherry . The new outing follows up 2021's Let's Get Real Tour which stretched into 2022.
UPDATE: Tour dates have been extended further into the year making additional stops in Durant, Lima, Fond Du Lac, Ottumwa, Bensalem, Mashantucket, Northfield, Walker and Las Vegas.
Tesla released their ninth studio album 'Shock' on March 8th, 2019 via Universal Music Enterprises. The new album reached #21 on the Billboard 200 and follows up 2014's 'Simplicity' which includes the single 'So Divine...' Back in 2018, the Sacramento-based band teamed up with with Styx and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts for a massive co-headlining tour across the U.S. and Canada. Two years prior, they joined Def Leppard during portions of their North American tour along with support from REO Speedwagon .
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Tesla arrived on the Hard Rock / Metal scene with the appearance of the album 'Unplugged and Uncensored' published on June 27, 1990. The single 'Signs' immediately became a fan favorite and made Tesla one of the newest emerging artists at that time. Since then, Tesla published the hugely famous album 'The Great Radio Controversy' which contains some of the most listened to work from the Tesla discography. 'The Great Radio Controversy' features the single 'Hang Tough' which has proven to be the most sought-after for fans to experience during the performances. Aside from 'Hang Tough' , a host of other tracks from 'The Great Radio Controversy' have also become requested as a result. Some of Tesla's most popular tour albums and songs are seen below. After 26 years since the release of 'Unplugged and Uncensored' and making a massive effect in the business, fans still unite to experience Tesla on stage to play favorites from the complete discography.
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- Call It What You Want
- Song And Emotion
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- Love In Vain
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Legendary Rockers TESLA To Release new Album ‘FULL THROTTLE LIVE’ On May 26th!
Legendary rock band TESLA will release their highly anticipated live album, FULL THROTTLE LIVE, on May 26, 2023. The album will include “Time To Rock” plus others all recorded at Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis . Pre-Order this kick-ass rock record here: https://lnk.to/tesla_fullthrottlelive
TESLA is a notorious band for one thing; being a high-energy, 100% live, kick-ass rock and roll band in concert! FULL THROTTLE LIVE captures this essence from a stop at the Sturgis Bike Rally in the year 2022 at the infamous saloon that hosts many motorcycle rock and roll parties, and this inspired the band to put on even more of a heavy show. Independently recorded, mixed, and produced by bassist Brian Wheat and guitarist Frank Hannon , this new live album truly captures TESLA in pure honest form and even dives deeper into their roots by recording a live version of the 1974 Aerosmith classic “SOS Too Bad” as a bonus track. The heavier song choices range from “Miles Away!” to more recent hard releases like “Time to Rock!” and “Cold Blue Steel” . But don’t worry there are old TESLA classics captured too like “Changes” and “Lazy Days, Crazy Nights” all recorded as TESLA is best..100% FULL THROTTLE LIVE!
“MILES AWAY” is the lead-off single release from TESLA’s new live album FULL THROTTLE LIVE! The guys chose to put this song out first because it represents TESLA and the new live album’s harder heavier sound. “MILES AWAY” is a fan favorite in concert with its heavy 6/8 rolling groove and blistering guitar solo. This is also an ironic song choice because the song lyrics are written about being a “rock star” on the road away from reality and missing home. Check out TESLA’s new live album FULL THROTTLE LIVE! You won’t be let down and MILES AWAY will take you there.
FULL THROTTLE LIVE Tracklisting:
1. Miles Away (Live)
2. Changes (Live)
3. Time to Rock! (Live)
4. Breakin’ Free (Live)
5. Call It What You Want (Live)
6. Lazy Days Crazy Nights (Live)
7. Cold Blue Steel (Live)
8. Edison’s Medicine (Live)
9. S.O.S. (Too Bad)
Due to overwhelming demand and following a sold-out opening weekend, legendary rockers TESLA have added five additional shows to their highly-anticipated TESLA: The Las Vegas Residency at House of Blues Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino . Celebrating their 36 years of entertaining rock audiences around the world, TESLA: The Las Vegas Residency will add five additional dates, beginning with Friday, Sept. 29, 2023.
During their exclusive residency, TESLA will touch all sides of their unique discography including the heavier edge of electric songs like “Modern Day Cowboy,” “Hang Tough,” and “Edison’s Medicine,” as well as their acoustic driven songs such as “Signs” and “Love Song” (two Top 10 Billboard charting hits).
“We are very excited to be able to perform consecutive nights residing at the same venue because we plan to dig into our catalog and change up our set lists for each show,” said Frank Hannon, TESLA lead guitarist. “This will make it interesting for our loyal fans who will attend in the spectacular city of Las Vegas!”
“We, in TESLA, are very excited to be doing our very first ever residency in Las Vegas, of all places, where Elvis did his residency,” said Brian Wheat, TESLA bassist. “We look forward to bringing the legacy of TESLA’S music to you all!”
Tickets for TESLA: The Las Vegas Residency at House of Blues Las Vegas start at $59.50 plus applicable fees. Tickets are available by visiting https://www.houseofblues.com/lasvegas , MandalayBay.com , Ticketmaster.com or by calling 702-632-7600.
TESLA 2023 Tour Dates:
4.25 Williamsport, PA Community Arts Center 4.26 Cincinnati, OH The Andrew J Brady Music Center 4.29 – 5.04 Pt Canaveral, FL Monsters of Rock 2023 Cruise 5.05 Orlando, FL House Of Blues SOLD OUT 5.06 Orlando, FL House Of Blues 2nd show added 5.25 Morton, MN Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel 5.26 Omaha, NE The Admiral 6.09 Wendover, NV Peppermill Concert Hall 6.10 Lincoln, CA The Venue @ Thunder Valley Resort 6.16 Durant, OK Choctaw Casinos & Resort 6.17 Hot Springs, AR Timberwood Amphitheater 7.07 Lima, OH Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center 7.08 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest 7.21 Fond du Lac , WI Fond du Lac County Fair @ The Holiday Automotive Grandstand Stage 7.22 Ottumwa , IA Bridge View Center 7.28 Bensalem , PA Xcite Center @ Parx Casino 7.29 Ledyard , CT Foxwoods Resorts Casino (Great Cedar Showroom) 8.02 Clearfield , PA Clearfield County Fair 8.04 Northfield, OH MGM Northfield Park 8.05 Plymouth , IN Plymouth Motor Speedway 8.26 Walker , MN Northern Lights Casino 9.29 Las Vegas , NV House of Blues 9.30 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues 10.4 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues 10.6 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues 10.7 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
That they are still roaring and soaring should be no surprise. That’s just how they are built. TESLA may have been born in the mid-80s, but their bluesy, soulful sound is strongly embedded in the roots of organic, authentic, 1970s rock and roll. The same roots that produced bands like The Allman Brothers , Grand Funk Railroad , AC/DC , Lynyrd Skynyrd , and Aerosmith .
The ground started shaking in Sacramento, CA, in 1984; gold country that would soon be producing some platinum. They started out as City Kidd, until a suggested name change to TESLA , honoring the eccentric inventor Nikola Tesla who pioneered all things electrical. Their 1986 platinum debut album, Mechanical Resonance , included Top 40 hits “Modern Day Cowboy” and “Little Suzi.” 1989’s double-platinum The Great Radio Controversy included hits “Heaven’s Trail (No Way Out)” and “Love Song” . Suddenly, TESLA, who had been touring with bands such as Def Leppard and David Lee Roth , earned headlining status. In 1990, TESLA helped reshape the face of modern rock music by stripping down to the Five Man Acoustical Jam , an informal collection of their biggest hits peppered with rock and roll classics by the Beatles , Stones , and others. This album produced their biggest hit single to date, a cover of Five Man Electrical Band’s “Signs.” Other 90s albums from TESLA include platinum selling Psychotic Supper and Bust a Nut . The band continues to record and release material including 9 new albums since 2000 and recently debuted their new single, “Time To Rock!”
TESLA has endured many of the same taste-changing challenges that affected many in the post-grunge world, but through it all, their blue-collar work ethic and dedication to the faithful fan base has helped them not just survive, but thrive. TESLA’s legacy is alive and well as they continue to record and sellout venues all over the world. As comfortable, rugged, and dependable as your favorite pair of boots, they endure. TESLA is a celebration of the greatest spirits of rock and roll.
TESLA Band Members: Vocals: Jeff Keith Guitar: Frank Hannon Guitar: Dave Rude Bass: Brian Wheat
For all the latest on TESLA, visit their official site at www.teslatheband.com .
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Formation and ‘Mechanical Resonance’ (1982-1988)
In late 1982, bassist Brian Wheat (age 20) and guitarist Frank Hannon (age 15) formed City Kidd, a band that then spent time gigging at Sacramento’s defunct Oasis Ballroom. They also began working with American rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose towards writing hard rock hit singles, reasoning “We wanted to get signed, and we thought the way to do that was to write a hit single.” New producers and managers turned the group towards radio pop rock and to come up with the appropriate material. Band manager Steve Clausman hired Grammy award winner Duane Hitchings, who provided the music to Rod Stewart songs such as “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?” and “Infatuation”. A representative from Geffen Records then saw where the City Kidd band was headed and let them know that he would only sign them if they “[wrote] from the gut and not from formulas.”By 1986, the band had again changed its direction under a new name, TESLA.
The band City Kidd was renamed TESLA during the recording of their first album, 1986’s Mechanical Resonance, on the advice of their manager that City Kidd was not a great name (in addition, there was already another band going by that name). The band derived their name, certain album and song titles, and some song content from events relating to inventor and electrical engineer Nikola Tesla. Along with the band’s next two studio albums, Mechanical Resonance was produced by Michael Barbiero and Steve Thompson
The band’s original lineup consisted of lead vocalist Jeff Keith, guitarists Frank Hannon and Tommy Skeoch, bassist Brian Wheat, and drummer Troy Luccketta.
TESLA’s music is often referred to as hard rock or hair metal. The band’s lyrics also strayed from the themes popular in hard rock, particularly in the 1980s at the beginning of their career. In the early days of their career, TESLA toured with David Lee Roth, Alice Cooper, Def Leppard, and Poison which resulted in the band being categorized as a glam metal band. The band’s members resented this labelling. The band was booed off the stage while opening for Def Leppard at Calgary, which was unfair as they were playing well, but were then hardly known and the crowd wanted the main act.
‘The Great Radio Controversy’ and ‘Psychotic Supper’ (1989-1993)
It was three years before the band released their second album, The Great Radio Controversy. The album helped solidify the band’s growing reputation and fan base. The album produced the hit single, a classic ’80s power ballad “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 1971 hit by the Five Man Electrical Band.
In 1991 the band released their third studio album Psychotic Supper. The band itself considers this to be their best album according to their official web site. The 1998 Japanese reissue import of Psychotic Supper contains three previously unreleased songs, including “Rock the Nation”, “I Ain’t Superstitious”, and “Run Run Run”.
‘Bust a Nut’ and hiatus (1994-1999)
In 1994 the band released their fourth studio album Bust a Nut. The 1998 Japanese reissue import of Bust a Nut contains the previously unreleased cover of Led Zeppelin’s “The Ocean”.
After the release of Bust a Nut, Skeoch departed because of his struggle with substance abuse. He rejoined after completing rehab, only to depart again months later. The band moved forward as a four piece for a short while. 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 Jeff Keith and resurfaced as Bar 7 with a single “Four Leaf Clover”, from the album The World Is a Freak. Brian Wheat formed Soulmotor and Frank Hannon Moon Dog Mane, while Troy Luccketta worked with several local artists including the Bay Area’s One Thin Dime.
After a break of six years, the Sacramento Bee reported that the band had 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.
2002 saw the release of a further live album Standing Room Only which is just a single CD version of Replugged Live.
“Cumin’ Atcha Live” appeared in the 2002 video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
‘Into the Now’ (2004-2006)
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 February 2005, TESLA headlined a benefit show at the PPAC in Providence, Rhode Island for the victims of the Station nightclub fire. During the show the band auctioned off an autographed acoustic guitar with the proceeds going to the Station Family Fund. 100% of the ticket sales also went to this charity.
In the summer of 2006, the band embarked on the Electric Summer Jam Tour without guitarist Tommy Skeoch. Skeoch had left the band indefinitely to spend time with his family, and, as he later revealed on “The Classic Metal Show,” other reasons; particularly his problems with substance abuse. Scott Johnson of the Sacramento band Rogue filled in for a time on this tour. Eventually Dave Rude replaced Skeoch permanently.
‘Real to Reel’ (2007)
TESLA recorded a two-volume collection of cover songs 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.
‘Comin’ Atcha Live!’ & ‘Forever More’ (2008-2010)
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 July 15, 2008 “TESLA – Comin’ Atcha Live! 2008” was released from a live concert filmed February 22nd, 2008 at a sold out Myth Nightclub in Maplewood, Minnesota. The 2 hour show included hits “Modern Day Cowboy”, “Love Song” and “Song and Emotion” along with additional backstage footage.
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.
‘Twisted Wires & the Acoustic Sessions’ (2011-2013)
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 TESLA released it’s first ever acoustic studio album titled Twisted Wires and the Acoustic Sessions. The album features two new tracks (“2nd Street” and “Better Off Without You”) as well as re-recordings of ten previously released tracks. Five of the tracks were recorded in 2005 with Tommy Skeoch on rhythm guitar. The album was produced by TESLA and mixed and mastered by George Marino.
In June 2013, TESLA digitally released a new single “Taste My Pain” on iTunes.
On June 10, 2014 TESLA Released their eighth studio album Simplicity in the U.S. which debut at #24 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. The album was released via Tesla Electric Company Recording’s arrangement with E1 Music and distribution. The album was produced by TESLA along w/ Tom Zutaut and mixed and mastered by Michael Wagener.
30 Anniversary & ‘Mechanical Resonance Live’ (2016-Present)
Celebrating 30 Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll in 2016, TESLA kicked off a massive North American summer arena tour with Def Leppard and REO Speedwagon.
TESLA concluded their summer tour with the release of their new album “Mechanical Resonance, Live!” on TESLA Electric Company Recordings/Mailboat Records. The album celebrates the 30th-birthday of the original multi-platinum album and features classic hits as well as a new single, “Save That Goodness,” written by Phil Collen of Def Leppard.
In the fall of 2016 and winter 2017 TESLA wrote and recorded a brand new TBA studio album which was produced by Phil Collen of Def Leppard.
In 2017 TESLA hit the road once again on a winter headline tour beginning on February 1st in Saint Charles, IL, through March 4th. In May of 2017 TESLA once again launched a North American tour with DEF LEPPARD and POISON.
The fall of 2017 saw TESLA back on a headline tour in the U.S. as well as going to South America for the first time ever supporting DEEP PURPLE & CHEAP TRICK.
In February 2018 TESLA announced a summer tour along with STYX & JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS kicking off on May 30 through July.
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It should be no surprise that TESLA are still roaring and soaring. That’s just how they are built. TESLA may have been born in the mid 80s, but their bluesy, soulful sound is strongly embedded in the roots of organic, authentic, 1970s rock and roll. The same roots that produced bands like The Allman Brothers,Grand Funk Railroad, AC/DC, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Aerosmith.
The ground started shaking in Sacramento, CA, in 1984; gold country that would soon be producing some platinum. They started out as City Kidd, until a suggested name change to TESLA, honoring the eccentric inventor Nikola Tesla who pioneered all things electrical. Their 1986 platinum debut album,Mechanical Resonance, included Top 40 hits “Modern Day Cowboy” and “Little Suzi.” 1989’s double-platinum The Great Radio Controversy included hits “Heaven’s Trail (No Way Out)” and “Love Song”. Suddenly, TESLA, who had been touring with bands such as Def Leppard and David Lee Roth, earned headlining status. In 1990, TESLA helped reshape the face of modern rock music by stripping down to the Five Man Acoustical Jam, an informal collection of their biggest hits peppered with rock and roll classics by the Beatles, Stones, and others. This album produced their biggest hit single to date, a cover of Five Man Electrical Band’s “Signs.” Other 90s albums from Tesla include platinum selling Psychotic Supper and Bust a Nut . The band continues to record and release material including 9 new albums since 2000 and recently debuted their new single, “Time To Rock!”
TESLA has endured many of the same taste-changing challenges that affected many in the post-grunge world, but through it all, their blue-collar work ethic and dedication to the faithful fan base has helped them not just survive, but thrive.TESLA’s legacy is alive and well as they continue to record and sellout venues all over the world. As comfortable, rugged, and dependable as your favorite pair of boots, they endure. TESLA is a celebration of the greatest spirits of rock and roll.
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Posted: November 4, 2023 | Last updated: November 4, 2023
Willie Nelson is now officially a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Just don't ask him what he has to do with rock & roll. "It's been a long ride from my first DJ job to being here with y'all," he said during his acceptance speech. "And as a DJ, I was playing those first songs by Elvis. I remember writers calling that ‘rockabilly' rather than rock & roll, and I never did pay much attention to categories, and I'm not sure the fans did either."
The 90-year-old country music legend - and here, that word "legend" is appropriate - was inducted into the Rock Hall during Friday night's ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Naturally, the nonstop touring artist also performed.
Nelson, ever the collaborator, joined Chris Stapleton for a lively run-through of "Whiskey River," the Johnny Bush song that the Red-Headed Stranger has been using to open his concerts since time immemorial. The two musicians sat side by side onstage, making eye contact as they sang. He also teamed up with fellow 2023 inductee Sheryl Crow for a version of "Crazy," the 1961 ballad that Nelson wrote, and Patsy Cline made her signature.
Crow sang the opening and traded verses with Nelson for an emotional performance. Then almost immediately, the drums picked up and Nelson, Stapleton, Crow, and Dave Matthews, who opened the segment with a solo version of "Funny How Time Slips Away" and officially inducted Nelson, wrapped up the tribute with an all-star singalong of Willie's rambling anthem "On the Road Again."
Matthews' induction speech was one of the funniest and most animated of the evening since he was admittedly nervous and had to drape his six-foot-two frame over what he called "one of those low microphones." Matthews recalled how a reporter once asked Nelson when he would retire, to which Nelson said, "Well, I play golf and I play music. Which do you want me to give up?" He also joked about how much Nelson enjoyed smoking weed with Nelson listening on placidly backstage as Matthews recounted how Snoop Dogg once quipped that Nelson was the only person to out-smoke him. Matthews' mom, the singer said, still proudly owns a photo of her son with Nelson high on Nelson's bus.
Matthews also praised Nelson's altruism, especially the singer's work with Farm Aid. "Willie is an example of how the world could be if we could just straighten up and fly right," he said.
In Nelson's acceptance speech, he spoke further about how genre never mattered much to him as he performed songs with Jerry Lee Lewis and Ray Charles. "We just sang the songs we loved," he said. And he reflected on the present. "I'd like to thank my family band for hanging out with me on this ride," he said, acknowledging his sons, Micah and Lukas Nelson, who back him up. "Thank you for including me tonight and thanks for appreciating my music."
Nelson has a long history with each of the artists who saluted him. He and Stapleton have toured together, and Stapleton sang a pair of Willie songs at a 90th birthday celebration at the Hollywood Bowl earlier this year. Nelson also cut Stapleton's "Our Song" for his 2020 album First Rose of Spring. Matthews and Nelson have also shared a stage together; both men are members of the Farm Aid board. But it's Crow who likely has been onstage the most with Nelson: She's been a frequent collaborator of Willie's at various tribute shows throughout the years.
The induction of Nelson into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame comes a year after Dolly Parton was inducted. Both were already members of the Country Music Hall of Fame and joined other dual members like Jerry Lee Lewis, the Everly Brothers, Jimmie Rodgers, Ray Charles, and Elvis Presley.
Nelson already has tour dates on the books for 2024. He'll perform at the Stagecoach festival in Indio, California, and join Stapleton on his All-American Road Show Tour stop in Seattle. On the day of his Rock Hall induction, Legacy Recordings released Willie Nelson Greatest Hits , a new collection that assembles 25 of his key recordings. A live recording of his two-night birthday party, Long Story Short: Willie Nelson 90 Live at the Hollywood Bowl , drops on Dec. 15 and airs as a TV special on CBS on Dec. 17.
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