Tesla has gone through several incarnations over the years, and through it all it's managed to maintain its reputation as one of the most influential US hard rock bands of its time. In addition to its eight studio albums, Tesla has released three compilation albums, five live albums, three video albums, two tribute albums, an acoustic album, one extended play and 28 singles. From this selection, Tesla has notched 14 million in US album sales. Tesla also performs extensively, with 20 previous tours preceding its current one.
Earthshaker and City Kidd
Tesla first went by the name Earthshaker - and then City Kidd - when it formed in 1981 and played more of a glam or hard rock style of music. In 1986, the band changed its name to Tesla, and its music style shifted as well to include more of a "rootsie" sound. Tesla's name as well as certain songs, album titles and song lyrics were inspired by the famous electrical engineer and inventor Nikola Tesla. After temporarily disbanding in 1996, Tesla reunited in 2000. Not only does Tesla play music for concert goers, but it plays for charity events, providing help to communities. Tesla's humanitarian efforts included a canned food drive offering free Tesla concert tickets and a benefit concert for the Station nightclub fire victims in 2008. Tesla also played at a rally in support of the Sacramento Kings remaining in Sacramento in 2011.
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Who are the members of Tesla?
Tesla's current lineup is Jeff Keith on lead vocals; Brian Wheat on bass, piano, keyboards and backup vocals; Frank Hannon on guitar, piano, keyboards and backup vocals; Dave Rude on guitar, bass and backup vocals; and Troy Luccketta on drums and percussion.
Who has played with Tesla live before?
For its 2016 show at The Classic Rock Awards, Phil Collins sat in and played for Dave Rude, and Ray Luzier sat in and played for Troy Luccketta. Former members of Tesla include (in the order they played with the band) Steve Clausman, Bobby Contreras, Colleen Lloy, Brook Bright, Jeff Harper, Joey Murrieta, Curtis Chapman and Tommy Skeoch. In 2015, Tesla toured with Def Leppard and Styx. In earlier years, Tesla toured with Alice Cooper, Poison and David Lee Roth as well.
What can I expect from Tesla?
You can expect to experience at a Tesla concert a classic brew of heavy metal and hard rock. In addition, the band will incorporate blues rock twist into their music.
What songs could I hear at a Tesla concert?
At any Tesla concert, you're bound to hear several of the band's top hits, such as "Signs," "Little Suzi," "Modern Day Cowboy," "Hang Tough," "Thank You," "Love Song," and "Leaven's Trail (No Way Out)." You're also sure to hear other tracks off albums like Mechanical Resonance, The Great Radio Conspiracy, Psychotic Supper, Bust a Nut, Into the Now, Forever More, Simplicity and Shock.