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Tesla

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

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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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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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Tesla Posts New Single Online

American rockers Tesla have posted their forthcoming new single, "I Wanna Live" online at their official Myspace. To listen to the track click here. The song comes from the bands new album "Forever More" which is scheduled to be released on October 7th.

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Tesla Announces New Album Release Date

Legendary rockers Tesla has set October 7th as the release date for their brand new studio album, "Forever More", which will be released via their own record label, Tesla Electric Company Recordings. The band will be airing the albums 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.

Guitarist Frank Hannon says of the writing process: “We started writing new songs for this album the first week of January, while simultaneously planning a mid-West tour of America in February and recording our Comin Atcha Live! 2008 DVD while we were on the road. Coming home in March, we hired Terry to jump back into writing and recording music with us while we edited the DVD and routed a summer tour of Europe. We’re riding a wave of energy that doesn’t come easy for a band of rookies much less a band whose been doing this for over 20 years - and we wouldn’t have it any other way.”

“After returning from Europe,” continues Frank, “we jumped right back into the studio to work on Forever More with Terry while setting up a tour of American festival shows in July and August, playing alongside bands such as Matchbox Twenty, the Wallflowers, Queensrÿche, KISS and Judas Priest. It’s great that we can play with any band, of any music genre, because we’ve never been pigeon-holed into a style or label of music throughout our career.”

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The Bitches are Back

Known for her arsenal of BC Rich guitars - affectionately called "bitches" by those who play them - and her talent for ripping things up as good as the next guy, Lita Ford shredded things up last night at Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK, a four day rock and metal fest featuring bands from the '80s like Queensrÿche, Warrant and Tesla.

Joining her on stage were Stet Howland (W.A.S.P.) on drums, Teddy Cook (Dio) on Bass, Michael T. Ross (Bent Pussycat) on keyboards, and Tom Cavanagh (Angel) on guitar.

According to Rocklahoma's official website this is Lita's first show in 15 years, not counting the warm-up gigs she did around New York earlier this month under the guise of a Lita Ford tribute act called Kiss Me Deadly.

After gaining notoriety for her guitar skills with The Runaways, Lita left the all-female rock group to forge a solo career in 1979, scoring huge hits with tunes like "Gotta Let It Go," "Kiss Me Deadly," and "Close My Eyes Forever," a duet with Ozzy Osbourne.

At the height of her career, Lita toured with some of the biggest acts in rock and metal, heavy hitters like Black Sabbath, Anthrax, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, proving that girls could play guitar and helping introduce a once male-dominated genre to legions of head-banging chicks across the globe.

The Queen of Metal recently signed on with Coallier Entertainment , a New York-based label that also houses Foreigner and Twisted Sister on their roster. Does this mean we can expect a new album from the metal glamazon? This mother of two is keeping mum, but rumours of a press conference on Monday should reveal if her hiatus is finally over.

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Tesla Sets Release Date For New DVD

After 25 years, 12 albums, over 2,500 shows, over 16 million albums sold worldwide, TESLA is set to release their third DVD, entitled "Comin' Atcha Live! 2008," on June 24 on the band’s Tesla Electric Company Recordings label (in partnership with Ryko Distribution).

“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 DVD in 17 years (since 1991’s Five Man Video Band) and it's 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 marks the world premiere of “Dear Pvt. Ledbetter,” a new song written in honor of the troops from the band’s forthcoming album, which is currently being recorded at bassist Brian Wheat’s studio, J Street Recorders with producer Terry Thomas (who was behind the boards on the band’s 1994 "BUST A NUT" album) and will be released this September. More details will be announced in the coming weeks.

The DVD was filmed at the Myth Nightclub in Maplewood, Minnesota on February 22. 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. Their 2008 worldwide tour starts June 6 in Solvesborg, Sweden at the Sweden Rock Festival. After the European dates conclude on June 27, they’ll start a U.S. trek on July 12, lasting throughout the summer and well into the fall. Their summer trek includes a stop in Pryor, OK on July 13 as part of Rocklahoma.

Here are the current tour dates. More dates are expected to be confirmed in the coming weeks. More...

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Archer Confirmed For Sweden Rock Festival

Archer has performed with some of the biggest names in rock including, Heaven and Hell, Heart and Sevendust. The band is looking forward to sharing the stage at the Sweden Rock Festival (www.swedenrock.com) this summer alongside such metal giants as Judas Priest, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Poison, RATT, Triumph, Saxon, Disturbed and many more as they return to Europe.

The Santa Cruz, CA-based power trio, who won "Best Local Band 2008" in the Metro Santa Cruz Goldies Awards, takes the stage on Saturday, June 7th, opening for some of the biggest names in the metal music genre. The Sweden Rock Festival is held in Norjeboke, in the tiny village of Norje which is situated in Sölvesborg in the western part of southern Sweden.

Archer’s debut album "Doom$day Profit$" is a "genuine tour-de-force, rich with powerful songs imbued with that essential combination of brain-burrowing melodies, ripping riffs, pulsing basslines, tsunami drums and grab-by-the-throat vocals." The band cites influences that include Ozzy and Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Metallica and other legendary names.

Here is the current lineup for the Sweden Rock Fest 2008, which takes place June 4th - 7th: More...

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Tesla Adds More European Shows

TESLA have updated their tour schedule. It is now as follows:

June
6 - Sweden Rock Festival - Sölvesborg, Sweden
7 - Vega - Copenhagen, Denmark
10 - Z7 - Pratteln, Switzerland
11 - Rockfabrik - Ludwigsburg, Germany
13 - Roxy - Saarbrücken, Germany (NEW DATE)
14 - Luxor - Köln, Germany (NEW DATE)
16 - JB's Club - Dudley, UK
17 - Rio's - Leeds, UK
19 - Corporation - Sheffield, UK
21 - Kobeta Sonic Festival - Bilboa, Spain
22 - Oasis - Zaragoza, Spain
24 - Trabendo - Paris, France
25 - De Boerderij - Zoetermeer, Holland (NEW DATE)
27 - Graspop Metal Meeting - Dessel, Belgium

July
12 - South Texas Rockfest - Boerne, TX
13 - Rocklahoma - Pryor OK
19 - Waukesha County Fair - Waukesha, WI
20 - Chippewa Valley Rock Fest - Cadott WI

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Graspop Announce Saturday Headliners

Belgium's Graspop Metal Meeting have announced the days for the announced lineup so far. In addition to this, they have announced that KISS will be headlining on the saturday, adding to the already exciting headliners of Judas Priest on friday and Iron Maiden on sunday. If that wasn't intense enough, they have also announced that Agent Steel, Tesla and Rose Tattoo will join the ranks.

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DDP To Do Mexico City Signing Session

DUBLIN DEATH PATROL (DDP) — the new band featuring TESTAMENT singer Chuck Billy and former EXODUS vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza — will take part in a signing session at the Rock Shop Insurgentes in Mexico City on Saturday, March 8 at 6:00 p.m.

DUBLIN DEATH PATROL is scheduled to perform at the Hard Rock Live in Mexico City on Sunday, March 9. The concert will also serve as a listening party for TESTAMENT's forthcoming album, "The Formation of Damnation", which is scheduled for release in North America on April 29 via Nuclear Blast Records.

DUBLIN DEATH PATROL's debut album, "DDP 4 Life", is available now on Godfodder Records.

DUBLIN DEATH PATROL's lineup is as follows:

Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT, RAMPAGE, GUILT) - Vocals
Steve "Zetro" Souza (LEGACY, EXODUS) - Vocals
Andy Billy (SACRED DOG, RAMPAGE, GUILT) - Guitar
Greg Bustamante (RAMPAGE) - Guitar
Steve Robello (OUT OF CONTROL) - Guitar
Willy Langenhuizen (RAMPAGE, LAAZ ROCKIT) - Bass
John Souza - Bass
Danny Cunningham - Drums
Troy Luccketta (TESLA) - Drums
Eddie Billy - Bass

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Tesla Schedule More Shows

TESLA has scheduled the following tour dates:

Feb. 01 - Seattle, WA - Showbox At The Market
Feb. 02 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
Feb. 05 - Spokane, WA - Big Easy Concert House
Feb. 06 - Boise, ID - Big Easy Concert House
Feb. 08 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
Feb. 09 - Reno, NV - Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
Feb. 10 - Redding, CA - Redding Convention Center
Feb. 13 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
Feb. 14 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater
Feb. 16 - Sauget, IL - Pop's
Feb. 17 - Wichita, KS - The Cotillion
Feb. 19 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom
Feb. 20 - West Des Moines, IA - Val Air Ballroom
Feb. 22 - Saint Paul, MN - Myth
Feb. 24 - Williamsville, NY - Club Infinity
Feb. 25 - Providence, RI - Dunkin' Donuts Center
Feb. 27 - Greensburg, PA - Palace Theatre
Feb. 28 - Columbus, OH - Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
Mar. 01 - Fort Wayne, IN - Piere's
Mar. 02 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's

TESLA recently released a new seven-track iTunes digital-download exclusive EP called "A Peace of Time". According to the group, the EP is a "seven-song taste of music that was recorded live in the studio and features recordings of TESLA's own songs in a different fashion as well as a few covers that we love. Set to be released for the holiday season, there is a recording of the Christmas classic 'Silent Night' and alternate recordings of TESLA classics."

"A Peace of Time" track listing:

01. I Love You (CLIMAX BLUES BAND)
02. Everything I Own (BREAD)
03. Signs (FIVE MAN ELECTRICAL BAND)
04. The Way It Is
05. What You Give
06. I'd Love To Change The World (TEN YEARS AFTER)
07. Silent Night (acoustic solo)

TESLA's video for its cover of LED ZEPPELIN's "Thank You" can be viewed below. The song is the first single off TESLA's covers album, "Real to Reel", which was released on June 5, 2007 on the band's Tesla Electric Company Recordings (Ryko Distribution). More...

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Benefit Gig For Great White Fire Victims Announced

TESLA, STRYPER (with a special guest appearance by Tom Scholz of BOSTON), Aaron Lewis (STAIND), Eric Martin (MR. BIG) and Carmine Appice's SLAM (a drum thing) are among the confirmed performers at a benefit concert for the victims of the February 20, 2003 nightclub fire, which claimed 100 lives, seriously injured 200 others, and left 65 children without one or both parents.

The show will take place on Monday, February 25, 2008 at the Dunkin Donut Center in Providence, Rhode Island. All proceeds from ticket sales and charity auctions benefit the Station Family Fund, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) charitable organization founded by survivors of the Station nightclub fire. They are committed to providing survivor relief, including costs of ongoing treatment and rehabilitation.

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Bands Confirmed For Sweden Rock Festival

JUDAS PRIEST, SAXON, CARCASS and AT THE GATES are among the bands that have been confirmed for next year's Sweden Rock Festival, set to take place June 4-7, 2008 in in Sölvesborg, Sweden.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

JUDAS PRIEST (UK) (Headliner)
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT (US)
SAXON (UK)
ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA (UK)
TESLA (US)
AT THE GATES (S)
DERRINGER BAND (US)
HAVANA BLACK (FIN)
THE BLUES BAND (UK)
MINISTRY (US)
CARCASS (UK)
COHEED & CAMBRIA (US)
HENSLEY/LAWTON & LIVE FIRE (UK)
DARE (UK)
ULI JON ROTH (S)
SHAKIN' STREET (FR)
GOTTHARD (CH)
MUSTASCH (S)
SABATON (S)
BONAFIDE (S)
LIZZY BORDEN (US)
AXEWITCH (S)
ASTRAL DOORS (S)
AVATAR (S)
VOLBEAT (DK)
NEGATIVE (FIN)

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Tesla Announce New U.S. Dates

Veteran California rockers TESLA have scheduled the following 2008 dates:

Feb. 01 - Seattle, WA - Showbox
Feb. 02 - Portland, OR - Roseland
Feb. 05 - Spokane, WA - The Big Easy
Feb. 06 - Boise, ID - The Big Easy
Feb. 08 - San Francisco, CA - Fillmore
Feb. 09 - Reno, NV - Grand Sierra Theatre
Feb. 10 - Redding, CA - Redding Convention Center
Feb. 13 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
Feb. 14 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theatre
Feb. 16 - Sauget, IL - Pop's
Feb. 17 - Wichita, KS - Cotillion Ballroom
Feb. 19 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom
Feb. 20 - West Des Moines, IA - Val Air Ballroom More...

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Dublin Death Patrol Announce Mexico City Show

DUBLIN DEATH PATROL (DDP) — the new band featuring TESTAMENT singer Chuck Billy and former EXODUS vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza — has scheduled a concert at Hard Rock Live in Mexico City, Mexico on January 28, 2008.

Fan-filmed video footage of DUBLIN DEATH PATROL (DDP) performing at the Underworld in London, England on June 18, 2007 can be viewed below.

DUBLIN DEATH PATROL made its live debut on June 3, 2007 at The Galaxy in Santa Ana, California. Check out photos of the concert at DirtJunior.com.

DUBLIN DEATH PATROL's debut album, "DDP 4 Life", is available now on Godfodder Records.

DUBLIN DEATH PATROL's lineup is as follows:

Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT, RAMPAGE, GUILT) - Vocals
Steve "Zetro" Souza (LEGACY, EXODUS) - Vocals
Andy Billy (SACRED DOG, RAMPAGE, GUILT) - Guitar
Greg Bustamante (RAMPAGE) - Guitar
Steve Robello (OUT OF CONTROL) - Guitar
Phil Demmel (MACHINE HEAD, VIO-LENCE, DEATH PENALTY, METAL WARRIOR) - Guitar
Willy Langenhuizen (RAMPAGE, LAAZ ROCKIT) - Bass
John Souza - Bass
Danny Cunningham - Drums
Troy Luccketta (TESLA) - Drums
Eddie Billy - Bass More...

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Tesla Announce First World Tour In 16 Years

California-based rockers TESLA have confirmed their first world tour in 16 years as they plan to hit Europe, Japan and Australia in October/November. Dates in support of their new covers album, Real To Reel, are as follows:

October
18 - Sydney Australia - Forum
19 - Melbourne Australia - Hifi
21 - Tokyo Japan - Loud Park
24 - Amsterdam Holland - Paradiso
25 - Vossalaar Belguim- Biebob
27 - Copenhagen Denmark - Vega Jnr
28 - ochum Germany - Matrix
30 - Aschaffenburg Germany - Colos-Saal
31 - Pratteln Switzerland - Z7

November
2 - Barcelona Spain - Apolo
3 - Madrid Spain - Arena
5 - London England - Islington Academy
6 - Glasgow Scotland - Garage
8 - Nottingham England - Rock City
9 - Dudley England - JB's
10 - Minehead England - Hard Rock Hell Festival

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Tesla Announce More Tour Dates

California-based rockers TESLA have updated their 2007 tour schedule.

Upcoming Tesla dates currently include:

August
28 - Lupos - Providence, RI
30 - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom - Hampton, NH
31 - Northern Lights - Clifton Park, NY

September
2 - Chevrolet Court - Syracuse, NY
4 - The Avalon - Boston, MA
6 - Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ
8 - Cherokee Amphitheater - Cherokee, NC
10 - House Of Blues - Cleveland, OH
11 - House Of Blues - Chicago, IL
13 - Nokia Theater - New York City, NY
14 - Rams Head Live - Baltimore, MD
15 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Virginia Beach, VA
17 - House Of Blues - Cherry Grove Beach, SC
19 - House Of Blues - New Orleans, LA
20 - La Zona Rosa - Austin, TX

As previously reported, Tesla are confirmed for the Loudpark 07 Festival, which will take place October 20th - 21st at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama City, Japan

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Tesla Announce More Tour Dates

TESLA have added four more U.S. shows (Boston, Sayreville, New York City and Baltimore) to their upcoming tour itinerary. Here are the confirmed dates:

July 20 - Fond du Lac, WI - Fond du Lac County Fair
July 27 - Salt Lake City, UT - Great Saltair
July 28 - Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues
Aug. 17 - Sacramento, CA - Cal Expo
Aug. 28 - Providence, RI - Lupos
Aug. 30 - Hampton, NH - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
Aug. 31 - Clifton Park, NY - Northern Lights
Sept. 2 - Syracuse, NY - Chevrolet Court
Sept. 4 - Boston, MA - The Avalon
Sept. 6 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
Sept. 8 - Cherokee, NC - Cherokee Amphitheater
Sept. 13 - New York City, NY - Nokia Theater
Sept. 14 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live
Sept. 15 - Virginia Beach, VA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Sept. 19 - New Orleans, LA - House Of Blues
Sept. 20 - Austin, TX - La Zona Rosa

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Dublin Death Patrol Footage From London Posted

Fan-filmed video footage of DUBLIN DEATH PATROL (DDP) — the new band featuring TESTAMENT singer Chuck Billy and former EXODUS vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza — performing at the Underworld in London, England on June 18, 2007 has been posted at YouTube.

DUBLIN DEATH PATROL made its live debut on June 3 at The Galaxy in Santa Ana, California. Check out photos of the concert at DirtJunior.com.

DUBLIN DEATH PATROL's debut album, "DDP 4 Life", is available now on Godfodder Records.

DUBLIN DEATH PATROL's lineup is as follows:

Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT, RAMPAGE, GUILT) - Vocals
Steve "Zetro" Souza (LEGACY, EXODUS) - Vocals
Andy Billy (SACRED DOG, RAMPAGE, GUILT) - Guitar
Greg Bustamante (RAMPAGE) - Guitar
Steve Robello (OUT OF CONTROL) - Guitar
Phil Demmel (MACHINE HEAD, VIO-LENCE, DEATH PENALTY, METAL WARRIOR) - Guitar
Willy Langenhuizen (RAMPAGE, LAAZ ROCKIT) - Bass
John Souza - Bass
Danny Cunningham - Drums
Troy Luccketta (TESLA) - Drums
Eddie Billy - Bass More...

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Tesla Bassist Issues Update

TESLA bassist Brian Wheat has issued the following update:

"Just got back from Europe. It was the first time we've been back since 1991. The reception was off the hook.

"Not knowing what to expect, we got to London and the crowd was fucking amazing. They were one of the loudest crowds ever in the history of TESLA playing shows for 20 years. The fans there we talked to backstage and on the street were so happy to see us back and it made us feel very overwhelmed with joy.

"Next day we were off to Holland to play Plato and again it was off the hook. We played to a jam-packed 700-seat; hot and sweaty rock and roll in your face and again very loud crowd. And the reception again was overwhelming. Got to meet our new Dutch brother Cornelius.

"Next day it was off to the Arrow fest classic rock festival with AEROSMITH, SCORPIONS, THIN LIZZY, THE DOORS and STEVE VAI, plus many more acts. We were the first act on the bill so we didn't know what to expect but guess what? The place was packed. We played a blazing one-hour set and the crowd response was amazing.

"Then we finally got to meet the one and only crazy man Rudolf Heinz and his partner Gabriel from the Bold Brothers, these guys are the coolest. TESLA wants to give them a big thank you for taking a chance and bringing TESLA back to Holland.

"Overall this was a great trip and there is a European tour being planned for the fall with our English super-agent Steve Strange. Now we are back in the States ready to kick ass and play some more killer shows."

Video footage of TESLA performing a cover of UFO's "Rock Bottom" at the Best Buy store in Phoenix, Arizona on June 5, 2007 has been posted at YouTube.

Capital Chaos TV has posted video footage of TESLA performing the TRAFFIC classic "Dear Mr. Fantasy" during their free CD-release show on May 31, 2007 at the Cesar Chavez Park in downtown Sacramento, California. Watch the clip at YouTube. More...

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