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Tesla

Formed: 1984
From: Sacramento, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Tesla News

Below is our complete Tesla news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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The Rockstar Ramblings: White Jeans and Leather

This week the return of Tesla, Black Tora giving life lessons and Sebastian Bach continuing to do Sebastian Bach type things. More...

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Tesla Releases New Music Video

Rock outfit Tesla has debuted a new video for latest single "So Divine..." today via Ultimateclassicrock.com. Check it out below.

Tesla released the "Simplicity" LP on June 10th, 2014 via Tesla Electric Company Recording's arrangement with Entertainment One Music and Distribution.

"Simplicity" is the band's seventh studio full-length and fifteenth release overall. The new effort is the followup to "Forever More," which was released in October 2008 and featured the single "I Wanna Live." More...

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Tesla Streaming "So Divine..."

Tesla has debuted a new single titled "So Divine," which can be heard below courtesy of Ultimate Classic Rock.

Tesla will release the "Simplicity" LP on June 10th, 2014 via Tesla Electric Company Recording's arrangement with Entertainment One Music and Distribution.

"Simplicity" will be the band's seventh studio full-length LP and fifteenth release overall. The new effort will be the follow-up to "Forever More," and features the following track listing:

1. MP3
2. Ricochet
3. Rise and Fall
4. So Divine...
5. Cross My Heart
6. Honestly
7. Flip Side!
8. Other than Me
9. Break of Dawn
10. Burnout to Fade
11. Life is a River
12. Sympathy
13. Time Bomb
14. 'Til that Day
15. Burnout to Fade (writing demo version)*

*Bonus track More...

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Tesla To Release New Album "Simplicity"

Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of Tesla's brand new studio album entitled "Simplicity" on June 6th in Europe, and the label comments:

"The Sacramento Rockers are back with 14 new songs offering a ride of energy that doesn't come easy for a band of rookies much less a band whose been doing this for over 20 years. 'Simplicity' is Tesla's seventh all original studio album which follows a 6-years creative break from the release of the previous album 'Forever More.'

"After a string of shows in the USA in 2013, the band went back into the studio in early 2014 and came out with a new album, which goes straight back to the Tesla roots. The band worked and produced it as they did with 'Into the Now,' their successful come-back album from 2004. Helped by the legendary Tom Zutaut who was the man behind the best Tesla albums, this new album rocks from start to finish, showing a variety of emotions where each song has its own twist--not sounding like another."

The first new song off the new album, "Taste My Pain," was released last summer digitally via iTunes and Amazon. The track was recorded during a two-day session at J Street Recorders in Sacramento. The new track is, according to the band, "A heavier song with a hard-driving beat and Tesla trademark blazing guitars."

Guitarist Frank Hannon comments on the album: “I must say that this new Tesla album is really gonna be awesome. We went in more prepared with the songs and ideas way more than Forever More, and the style is pure Tesla back to our roots. I truly believe you guys are gonna love it!”

“The opening track is called MP3”, continues Hannon “and starts off with an opus intro that orchestrates into a heavy slow groove with lyrics about technology and how we miss simplicity, vinyl albums, family values...and has a heavy ass riff! Then we segue into a rock n roll song called Ricochet that talks about uncle Ted...can't wait to play this stuff live!” More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Reunion Tours and Hookers

It is being reported that Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue, Sixx A.M.) and Denise Richards are no longer dating and have split. The uncomfortable part of this breakup is that they are neighbors. There can’t be a worse feeling than stepping out to grab the morning newspaper, and looking over to see a Porsche in Richard’s driveway with a license plate that reads SHEEN… More...

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Tesla To Release New Live Album, "Alive In Europe"

After 25 years, 12 albums, over 2,500 shows, over 16 million albums sold worldwide, Tesla is planning a new live album entitled "Alive In Europe." The band has toured Europe after the successful release of their latest studio opus "Forever More" on Frontiers Records. "Alive In Europe" was recorded at various locations during the European shows in the summer of 2009 and is slated for an April 23, 2010 release.

"Alive In Europe" is filled with live songs including all the band’s classics such as “Modern Day Cowboy,” “Signs,” "What You Give,” "Little Suzi," and songs from the latest release such as the single “I Wanna Live,” the album title track and more. The complete tracklisting is as follows:

Forever More
I Wanna Live
Modern Day Cowboy
Heaven’s Trail
What a Shame
Shine Away
Love Song
What You Give
The Way It Is
Breakin’ Free
Hang Tough
So What!
Signs
Lil’ Suzie
Into the Now

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Tesla Announces More Tour Dates

American hard rock band Tesla has announced some further tour dates in North America for the first quarter of next year. This to continue the support and promotion of the bands most recent album, "Forever More."

The tour schedule is now as follows:

January 15 - Medina, MN - Medina Entertainment Center
January 16 - Walker, MN - Northern Lights Casino
February 5 - Lincoln City, OR - Chinook Winds Casino & Resort
February 6 - Lincoln City, OR - Chinook Winds Casino & Resort
February 26 - Mt. Pleasant, MI - Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
February 27 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
March 12 - Wendover, NV - Peppermill Casino

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Today Is Live Nation Ultimate Access Triple Play

Today-only (Wednesday, October 28, 2009) every single fan who buys a ticket to a Live Nation club show is automatically entered to win an Ultimate Access Pass to the venue for which they bought their ticket. The Ultimate Access Pass is Live Nation’s golden ticket, good for admission to every single show in 2010 to an individual Live Nation venue. Every Live Nation club venue will have an Ultimate Access winner, with the names of winners posted on LiveNation.com Thursday morning at 12 Noon Eastern time. On Ultimate Access Wednesday every single ticket will be available at reduced cost as Live Nation drops the service fee on hundreds of thousands of tickets in its club venues across the country for one day only.

In addition to offering the concert goers the chance to win the Ultimate Access Pass, Live Nation is bringing music fans and their favorite bands closer together by hosting fan-and-band meet and greets at venues across the country. Bands including Anvil, Between The Buried And Me, Dethklok and Mastodon, Hellogoodbye, Hollywood Undead with Atreyu and Escape The Fate, LMFAO with Shwayze, Taking Back Sunday, Tesla and The Used will spend the afternoon meeting fans, taking pictures and answering questions. The box offices at Live Nation clubs will be open on Wednesday afternoon, selling no service fee tickets to all scheduled events. All fans purchasing tickets at the box office on Wednesday will also be entered to win the Ultimate Access Pass for that club.

It all happens Wednesday, October 28th as Live Nation drops the service fee on hundreds of thousands of tickets in its club venues across the country. In addition to the onsite meet and greets, the No Service Fee offer will also be available at www.LiveNation.com for 24 hours beginning at 12:01 a.m. local time on Wednesday, October 28th on participating shows.

“This week we’re bringing fans 3 amazing opportunities,” said Michael Rapino, President and Chief Executive Officer of Live Nation. “The first is the opportunity for fans to connect directly with the bands they love in our venues, as the bands themselves help sell no service fee tickets. Second, is the chance to win ‘Ultimate Access Pass,’ to every one of our clubs. And third, is the chance to pick up no service fee tickets to see their favorite bands on hundreds of thousands of club tickets on LiveNation.com. This Wednesday is all about Live Nation and the bands we work with saying ‘thanks’ to the fans for their support and their love of live music.”

The following acts will be meeting fans this week:

Anvil Hard Rock Café, Toronto 5 – 7 PM
Between The Buried And Me The Fillmore Charlotte 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Dethklok & Mastodon House of Blues Boston 6:30 – 7 PM
Five Finger Death Punch The Fillmore Denver 6 – 7 PM
Hellogoodbye Atlanta Tabernacle 5 – 6 PM
Hollywood Undead w/ Atreyu & Escape the Fate The Gramercy Theater, New York 4 – 6 PM
LMFAO w/ Shwayze The Hollywood Palladium 6 – 8 PM
Taking Back Sunday House of Blues Chicago 5 – 5:30 PM
Tesla Murat Egyptian Room, Indianapolis 5 – 7 PM
The Used TLA Philadelphia 5 – 6 PM

Lawn, general admission or reserved tickets subject to available at participating venues and select shows. Parking and shipping fees may apply. Cannot be combined with any other offer or discounts.

Ultimate Access Pass good at one of participating venues only. Not available in Canada. No purchase necessary. For complete details and official rules go to livenation.com.

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Live Video Clips Of Tesla Posted Online

Two new fan filmed video clips have been posted online of Tesla performing live in Munich on July 8th. The video clips can be viewed below. More...

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Seventeen More Bands Added To Download 2009

The organizers of Britain's Download Festival has announced a urther seventeen bands for this years edition of the event. The festival will now see appearances from Hollywood Undead, Steel Panther, Trigger The Bloodshed, Lauren Harris, Hexes, Hunting The Minotaur, Japanese Voyeurs, White Man Kamikaze, Loverman, Black Spiders, General Fiasco, Sacred Mother Tongue, The 69 Eyes, Dear Superstar, Pulled Apart By Horses, Violent Soho and Brides.

The full lineup is now as follows:

Friday Main stage:
Faith No More
Korn
Limp Bizkit
Killswitch Engage
Billy Talent
Staind
The Blackout
Hollywood Undead

Friday Second stage:
Motley Crue
Opeth
Lacuna Coil
Bring Me The Horizon
Dir En Grey
Parkway Drive
A Day To Remember
In This Moment
Steadlur

Friday Tuborg stage:
Meshuggah
Duff McKagen's Loaded
Backyard Babies
Voivod
Middle Class Rut
Lauren Harris
Sylosis
Hunting The Minotaur
Japanese Voyeurs
White Man Kamikaze More...

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Several More Bands Added To Download Festival 2009

The organizers of Britains Download Festival has announced a string of new confirmations for this years event. The festival will now also see performances from the likes of Hatebreed, Voivod, God Forbid, Suicide Silence, Sylosis, Therapy?, Tim "Ripper" Owens, In This Moment, We Are The Ocean, Turbo Wolf, A Day To Remember, Backyard Babies, Hostile, Esoterica, Man Raze, Middle Class Rut and No Americana.

The lineup for the event is now as follows:

Faith No More
Slipknot
Def Leppard
Korn
Whitesnake
Limp Bizkit
ZZ Top
Marilyn Manson
The Prodigy
Motley Crue
Down
Chris Cornell
Black Stone Cherry
Opeth
Meshuggah
Journey
Hatebreed
Lacuna Coil
Tesla
Therapy?
Pendulum
Dream Theater
Killswitch Engage
Trivium
Tim "Ripper" Owens
Sevendust
Voivod
Papa Roach
Static-X
In This Moment
The Answer
Clutch
Buckcherry
Suicide Silence
Shinedown
Anvil
Sylosis
Staind
Bring Me The Horizon
Fightstar
Dragonforce
Five Finger Death Punch
Devildriver
Duff McKagen's Loaded
You Me At Six
Skin
Parkway Drive
Dir En Grey
The Blackout
Billy Talent
Lawnmower Deth
Architects
Backyard Babies
A Day To Remember
Volbeat
We Are The Ocean
Auger Bane
Hostile
Man Raze
Karma To Burn
Steadlur
Go:Audio
Middle Class Rut
Turbo Wolf
No Americana

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Tesla Announces Summer European Tour Dates

Sacramento's TESLA has announced summer European tour dates in support of the release of their successful come back album “Forever More” The tour dates are as follows:

06/11 - Belfast, UK - Spring & Airbrake
06/13 - Dublin, Eire - O2 (Classic Rock Festival)*
06/14 - Donington, UK - Download Festival
06/15 - Newcastle, UK - Academy
06/17 - Glasgow, UK - Cathouse
06/18 - London, UK - Islington Academy
06/20 - Paris, France - La Boule Noir
06/21 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
06/23 - Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz 2
06/24 - Madrid, Spain - Heineken
06/26 - Zaragoza, Spain - Metalway Festival
06/27 - Balingen, Germany - Bang Your Head/Milan, Italy - Gods of Metal Festival**
06/30 - Bochum, Germany - Matrix
07/01 - Hamburg, Germany - Knust
07/07 - Aschaffenberg, Germany - ColosSaal
07/08 - Munich, Germany - Metropolis
07/10 - Kerkade, Holland - Rocktemple
07/11 - Zoetermeer, Holland - Boerderij
07/12 - Bospop Festival, Holland
* With Whitesnake, Journey and Def Leppard
** Two shows in one day More...

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Sevendust And More Added To Download

The organizers of Britain's Download Festival has announced several more bands to perform at the event this year. Northern Irish rockers The Answer will be performing at the festival, as will Sevendust, Staind, Stone Gods, Shinedown, Static-X, Bring Me The Horizon, Fightstar, Volbeat, Go:Audio, Facecage and Auger Bane. The festival will be held at Donington Park between June 12th-14th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Faith No More
Slipknot
Def Leppard
Korn
Whitesnake
Limp Bizkit
ZZ Top
Marilyn Manson
The Prodigy
Motley Crue
Down
Chris Cornell
Black Stone Cherry
Opeth
Meshuggah
Journey
Lacuna Coil
Tesla
Pendulum
Dream Theater
Killswitch Engage
Trivium
Sevendust
Papa Roach
Static-X
The Answer
Clutch
Buckcherry
Shinedown
Anvil
Staind
Bring Me The Horizon
Fightstar
Dragonforce
Five Finger Death Punch
Devildriver
Duff McKagen's Loaded
You Me At Six
Skin
Parkway Drive
Dir En Grey
The Blackout
Billy Talent
Lawnmower Deth
Architects
Volbeat
Auger Bane
Karma To Burn
Steadlur
Go:Audio

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Eight More Bands Confirmed For Download 2009

The organizers of Britain's Download Festival has announced a further eight bands for this years lineup. Two of Sweden's most acclaimed metal bands, Opeth and Meshuggah, have been added to the bill as well as Japanese rockers Dir En Grey. The underground British thrash metal jokers Lawnmower Deth have also been confirmed. American rock group Five Finger Death Punch will be appearing at the event as will Velvet Revolver/Ex-Guns N Roses bass player Duff McKagen with his new band Loaded. You Me At Six and Roadrunner Records latest signing, Steadlur.

The lineup for the festival is now as follows:

Faith No More
Slipknot
Def Leppard
Korn
Whitesnake
Limp Bizkit
ZZ Top
Marilyn Manson
The Prodigy
Motley Crue
Down
Chris Cornell
Black Stone Cherry
Opeth
Meshuggah
Journey
Lacuna Coil
Tesla
Pendulum
Dream Theater
Killswitch Engage
Trivium
Papa Roach
Clutch
Buckcherry
Anvil
Dragonforce
Five Finger Death Punch
Devildriver
Duff McKagen's Loaded
You Me At Six
Skin
Parkway Drive
Dir En Grey
The Blackout
Billy Talent
Lawnmower Deth
Architects
Karma To Burn
Steadlur

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Tesla Guitarist Frank Hannon Fractures Elbow

Frank Hannon, guitarist of the hard rock band Tesla, has revealed that he recently suffered an arm injury in Los Angeles. A message from Hannon reads as follows:

"Hey everyone, thanks for the 'feel better' vibes!! Actually, I did fall down in Atlanta and fractured the radial bone in my elbow. Luckily I have been able to do play guitar and do the Tesla shows with some pain. But the reason I was going to reschedule the Los Angeles FHB show was because the doctor told me not to lift any equipment and put extra pressure on my arm for 6-8 weeks.

"Well, there's a good possibility that the Whisky A Go Go may provide FHB with backline of Marshall amps and drums so I won't have to lift and haul my gear, and be able to play the show!! So please stay tuned there is a chance we will play that show Thursday, March 26th in Hollywood."

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Additional Bands Confirmed For Download 2009

Twelve more bands have been announced for this year's edition of Britain's Download Festival. New Orleans supergroup Down will be making their second appearance at the festival and they will be joined by Italian gothic metal group Lacuna Coil, legendary rockers Journey and former Soundgarden/Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell. Also added to the bill are Tesla, Papa Roach, Clutch, Black Stone Cherry, Architects, Skin, Parkway Drive and Karma To Burn.

The lineup is now as follows (in no order) :

Faith No More
Slipknot
Def Leppard
Korn
Whitesnake
Limp Bizkit
ZZ Top
Marilyn Manson
The Prodigy
Motley Crue
Down
Chris Cornell
Black Stone Cherry
Journey
Lacuna Coil
Tesla
Pendulum
Dream Theater
Killswitch Engage
Trivium
Papa Roach
Clutch
Buckcherry
Anvil
Dragonforce
Devildriver
Skin
Parkway Drive
The Blackout
Billy Talent
Architects
Karma To Burn

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Tesla Posts "Fallin' Apart" Video Online

California hard rock group Tesla has posted their new music video online for the song, "Fallin' Apart." You can check it out below. The song comes from the bands latest studio album, "Forever More" which was released in Octtober of last year. More...

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Dublin Death Patrol Announces Livermore Show

Dublind Death Patrol, the thrash metal supergroup featuring Testament singer Chuck Billy and former Exodus vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza, has announced a show in Livermore, California for January 2nd at the Pine Street Bar and Grill.

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Tesla Releases Details Of New DVD

After 25 years, 12 albums, over 2,500 shows, over 16 million albums sold worldwide, TESLA is stronger than ever. Continuing on that momentum, TESLA: Jeff Keith (vocals), Frank Hannon (guitars), Brian Wheat (bass), Troy Luccketta (drums) and Dave Rude (guitar) release in Europe their new Live DVD, "Comin' Atcha Live! 2008", on Frontiers Records on December 5th 2008.

"This DVD marks a new era creatively for Tesla because we put it all together ourselves, capturing the band's concert and life on the road," says lead guitarist Frank Hannon. "Nowadays, we are more involved in every aspect of our music career than ever before. We are very excited about the creative results and it really shows in the new DVD".

It's Tesla's first long video released in 17 years (since 1991's Five Man Video Band) and is filled with over two hours of live music, over an hour of special behind-the-scenes footage and never-before-seen material, including footage of Tesla interacting with fans, giving viewers a personal tour of Seattle, and an up-close look at their touring equipment and guitars.

"Comin' Atcha Live! 2008" also includes "Dear Pvt. Ledbetter," a song off the new album "Forever More" written in honor of the troops.

The DVD was filmed at the Myth Nightclub in Maplewood, Minnesota on February 22, 2008. At the sold-out show, TESLA treated fans to numerous classics such as "What You Give," "Signs," "Modern Day Cowboy," "Love Song" and "Little Suzi."

TESLA has been non-stop touring all around the world the past 12 months in support of their two-disc critically acclaimed "Real To Reel" covers album. After taking their current hiatus from the road to record the new album of all original material, they're getting right back out on the concert trail. Expect to see the band again in Europe in early 2009 !

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Tesla Finishes Shooting New Video

Tesla has just finished shooting a video for "I Wanna Live," which should be premiering in the coming weeks.

After eight months in the writing process, Tesla recently announced their new album, "Forever More," will be released on October 7th. In the meantime, you can check out their forthcoming new single, "I Wanna Live," online at their official Myspace.

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