1. (00:05:19) Tesla - Modern Day Cowboy
2. (00:03:22) Tesla - Gettin' Better
3. (00:04:03) Tesla - Little Suzi
4. (00:04:34) Tesla - Heaven's Trail (No Way Out)
5. (00:05:09) Tesla - The Way It Is
6. (00:05:21) Tesla - Love Song
7. (00:03:14) Tesla - Signs
8. (00:05:10) Tesla - Paradise
9. (00:04:48) Tesla - Edison's Medicine
10. (00:05:56) Tesla - Song & Emotion
11. (00:07:18) Tesla - What You Give
12. (00:06:12) Tesla - Mama's Fool
13. (00:05:12) Tesla - Alot To Lose
14. (00:04:22) Tesla - Steppin' Over
15. (00:05:03) Tesla - Changes
Playing Time.........: 01:15:02
Total Size...........: 505.68 MB
NFO generated on.....: 9/18/2008 4:24:06 PM
Tesla is an American hard rock band formed in Sacramento, California in
1984, and have sold over 16 million albums in the United States as of 2008.
Formation and Mechanical Resonance (1984-1988)
The band formed in 1984 in Sacramento as City Kidd, and 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. The band
derived their name, certain album and song titles, and some song content
from events relating to Nikola Tesla, an inventor and electrical engineer born
in the 19th century.
The band's original lineup consisted of lead vocalist Jeff Keith, guitarists Frank
Hannon and Tommy Skeoch, bassist Brian Wheat, and drummer Troy
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 contemporaries 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 makeup. 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. Tesla has
always been proud of the fact that their music has always been just guitars
and drums, with an occasional piano from guitarist Hannon and/or bassist
Wheat and occasional organ from Hannon, 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, does not include synthesized beats. Drummer Try lucketta cleverly
designed his drum set to make it sound like synthesized beats, as seen on the
Cumin atcha live 2008 dvd section on Troy's gear.
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 help solidify the band growing reputation and
fan base. 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 "Cumin' 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
In 1991 the band released their third studio album Psychotic Supper. The
band themselves consider 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, 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 Jeff Keith and resurfaced as Bar 7 with a single
"Four Leaf Clover", from the album The World Is a Freak. Brian Wheat formed
Soul Motor 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 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 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.
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
replaced Tommy Skeoch. Skeoch has been in and out of the band since 1994,
addressing substance abuse problems. But with a new baby at home, this
time Skeoch's departure is final. 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".
Although Mr. Skeoch stated in an interview with "Classic Metal Show", that he
wanted to spend time with his family was just an "official" statement, and he
left because of other reasons. Skeoch has said "I'll never say never; who
knows, maybe I'll go back someday".
"Cumin' Atcha Live" appeared in the 2002 video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice
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.
In Febuary 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". "What
You Give" never made on the broadcast.
It has been confirmed that Tesla is going to play at the Sweden Rock Festival
and Graspop Metal Meeting in June 2008 as well as Rocklahoma 2008 in Pryor
Creek, Oklahoma, on July 13, 2008.
On August 11, 2008, it was reported that Tesla's next album, entitled
Forever More, would be released on October 7th on their own record label,
Tesla Electric Company Recordings. The album was produced by Terry
Thomas, who produced Bust a Nut. The band will be airing the album's first
single, "I Wanna Live" on radio stations across the globe on August 18th and
will be kicking off a world tour on October 1st.