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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 Announce Summer Tour Dates, Free Show

TESLA will launch a summer U.S. headlining tour starting June 7 in Santa Rosa, CA at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in support of their REAL TO REEL album, which is due out June 5 on the band's Tesla Electric Company Recordings (Ryko Distribution). This marks the 20th consecutive year that TESLA has toured the States.

Before the tour officially kicks off, TESLA will make a special hometown appearance at Cesar Chavez Park in Sacramento, CA on May 31 at 7:00pm PT in front an expected crowd of 8,000. Not only will the show, sponsored by KXRQ-FM (98 Rock) and the Hard Rock Café, be FREE, but everyone in attendance will get a special pre-release sneak peek at REAL TO REEL. The one-hour performance will exclusively spotlight songs from "Reel 1" of the two-disc set, which will be sold that day at the new R5 store founded by Russ Solomon, the man behind the now defunct Tower Records chain. Immediately following the concert, the Hard Rock Café will sponsor a listening party with the band who'll be autographing copies of the album which will be available for sale at the event by R5.

The first 13 tracks REAL TO REEL—"Reel 1"--will be available on June 5 at retail outlets, while the second disc—"Reel 2"--containing the remaining 12 songs will be available along the band's tour route with the purchase of a concert ticket. An empty space will exist within "Reel 1"'s packaging for "Reel 2."

Fans wanting bonus material should head to their local Best Buy, where a limited edition package will be sold including "War Pigs" from "Reel 2" as well as a sneak preview of three of the band's first-ever unplugged studio recordings of "Modern Day Cowboy," "Paradise" and "Shine Away"--the last recordings with guitarist Tommy Skeoch in 2005—which will appear on TESLA's forthcoming 20th anniversary boxed set. Details about the boxed set will be announced soon.

On release day the band will be celebrating REAL TO REEL with a day's worth of listening parties, events and appearances in Phoenix, AZ. Early that morning, the band will perform "Thank You" on "Good Morning Arizona" (FOX), followed by a four-hour stint as guest DJs at KDKB-FM (93.3), where TESLA will take over the live radio airwaves from 10am-2pm playing songs from the album, chatting with fans who call in and giving away tickets to their concert in Phoenix on June 12 at the Dodge Theatre. Once that's complete, TESLA head to Best Buy (2727 W. Thunderbird Rd.) for an in-store performance at 4pm. The day will conclude with a listening party at Martini Ranch sponsored by KDKB-FM, Zia Records and Live Nation. While the event is free, fans must be 21 and over to attend. TESLA will be mixing and mingling with fans, playing songs from both "Reel 1" and "Reel 2," and autographing copies of the album which will be available for sale at the event courtesy of Zia Records.

TESLA first tested out some of their favorite rock classics with their fans in the summer of 2006 during the "Electric Summer Jam" tour (the first tour with guitarist Dave Rude, who replaced original guitarist Tommy Skeoch). While UFO's "Rock Bottom" went down like a storm to a standing, cheering, grandstand crowd of 10,000 in Milwaukee, Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" engaged 6,000 people in Lansing, Michigan so much that they refused to leave during a torrential rainstorm which lasted throughout the entire two-hour show. After getting such a positive reaction from their fans, the band knew making REAL TO REEL was a logical next step for them.

What can fans expect this time around at a live TESLA show?

"They'll be hearing a lot of REAL TO REEL along with the hits they know and love," says singer Jeff Keith. "We're excited to play the new songs especially, because we had so much fun recording them. We tested some of them out last summer and people seemed to really like them. Now that we have the 25 songs in our heads, we can't wait to get out there and bring them all to life. And in addition to the TESLA hits, we'll be bringing some older songs out of the archives that we rarely play live. We're looking forward to playing REAL TO REEL with lots of feel."

Meanwhile, TESLA will be the featured guest on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" on Wednesday, June 6 at 8:30pm PT/11:30pm ET. They'll chat with host Bob Coburn about REAL TO REEL, the U.S. tour and everything else happening in their world. The band will also be performing a few songs (some from the new album and some TESLA classics), and fans will have the opportunity to call in with questions for the duo at 800-344-ROCK (7625). For local listings, fans should check out www.rocklineradio.com.

In further radio news, lead singer Jeff Keith will appear on "The Adam Carolla Show" on Monday, June 4 at 9:00am Pacific Time. The program can be heard throughout the west coast on the Free FM radio network. Fans should check http://adam.freefm.com/ for local listings and can call in to 866-901-ADAM (2326) to talk with Jeff.

Fans can get up-to-the-minute tour details and purchase VIP ticket packages at the band's website, www.teslarealtoreel.com.

Here are the confirmed tour dates with stops in Chicago, Boston, New York, Baltimore, San Francisco and many other cities to be added in the coming weeks: More...

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Tesla Announce Live Dates For California

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

June
7 - Wells Fargo Center for the Arts - Santa Rosa, CA
8 - House of Blues - Anaheim, CA
9 - House of Blues Sunset Strip - West Hollywood, CA
11 - House of Blues San Diego - San Diego, CA
14 - House of Blues Las Vegas - Las Vegas, NV
29 - Plato - Helmond, The Netherlands

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Tesla Fire Victims Benefit Concert A Success

The following is a report from the Station Family Fund:

Rock veterans Tesla headlined a sold out show this past Friday evening (February 25, 2005) at the Providence Performing Arts Center which benefited survivors of the West Warwick Station nightclub fire of two years ago.

The Station Family Fund, a non-profit organization founded by fire survivors and The Wake Up To Love foundation hosted the event which also featured platinum selling recording artists Shinedown and rock legends Pat Travers and Carmine Appice of the band Vanilla Fudge. Local favorites Mars Hill also appeared. All performers and road crews donated their time and performances.

Station Family Fund Vice President Todd King beamed while looking upon the sellout crowd, which included 300-plus survivors and family members of victims. "The rock community really came together tonight," King said. "So many people helped us make this night happen." King was quick to point out the continued amazing support of local radio station WHJY and its morning DJ Paul Fuller who emceed the event, as well as many local business that donated goods and services. "There are so many people we need to thank: Valley Transportation; The Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn Express who donated rooms for the performers; East Coast Lighting and Scorpio Sound donated their talents; Jonathan Bell of GT Law paid for all the flights; Three Leaf Design and Graphic Innovations gave their expertise in promotions; Rudy Heater, John Shenk and the Rainbow Foundation, Premier Party Planners, Stephanie Niewola for catering the event; Melodic Rock, Rock is Life, Find RI and Metal Sludge for helping us get the word out; The Providence Phoenix and WBRU for promoting the concert. All were vital to our success.

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Cage To Support Scorpions & Tesla In LA

San Diego, California based heavy metal band Cage have been selected to support the Scorpions and Tesla at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, California on Friday November 26 and Saturday, November 27, 2004.

Cage will once again play the outdoors Sirius Satellite Radio Showcase Stage from 6:45pm-7:30pm for a 45 minute set of pure American heavy metal thunder.

Cage previously was invited to open up for Iron Maiden and Arch Enemy at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, California on Friday, January 30 and Saturday, January 31, 2004.

Cage recently returned from playing a triumpant show on November 13 at the 2004 Monterrey Metal Fest in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico alongside Twisted Sister, Dio, Quiet Riot, Dokken, Hatebreed and Shaman.

Cage's last cd, "Darker Than Black," has received incredible worldwide praise from the metal press and fans.

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Scorpions Ready For Mixed Crowds On Tour

The Scorpions kick off a U.S. tour Thursday (Oct. 21) in support of their latest album, which is called "Unbreakable", at the Everett Events Center in Everett, Washington. The dates also feature Tesla and Keith Emerson, and the Scorpions are expecting to see a wide age range in the audience. Singer Klaus Meine told Launch Radio Networks that the band's recent North American tours have drawn fans from two generations: "It was not only the fans who grew up with our music in the '80s, but there were a lot of kids, also — like, 16-, 17-, 18-year-olds — singing 'Blackout' and 'Rock You Like A Hurricane'. And it was just great to see that our music obviously has the power to cross over to a new generation."

The Scorpions/Tesla/Keith Emerson package has shows scheduled through December 5 in Reno, Nevada, and more dates are likely to be added, including an East Coast run.

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Tesla Guitarist To Rejoin Band For Scorpions Tour

Tesla guitarist Tommy Skeoch will be rejoining the group for their upcoming tour with the Scorpions, which is scheduled to kick off October 21. "We would like to thank all of our fans for their tremendous show of support during the last few months," the band write on their web site. "We'd also like to extend a special thanks to Scott Johnson for filling in during Tommy's absence."

Skeoch had temporarily left the group in early July in order to enter an undisclosed facility to seek treatment for addiction.

A complete list of confirmed tour dates for the Scorpions/Tesla tour can be found at this location.

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Scorpions Complete U.S. Itinerary Released

German hard rock veterans Scorpions have released the complete itinerary for their upcoming U.S. tour. Support on the trek will come from Tesla and Keith Emerson. The dates are as follows:
Oct. 21 - Seattle, WA (Everett) @ @ Arena
Oct. 23 - Portland, OR @ Coliseum
Oct. 24 - Boise, ID @ Bank Of America Center
Oct. 26 - Salt Lake City, UT @ E Center
Oct. 27 - Denver, CO @ Magness Aud / World
Oct. 29 - Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
Oct. 30 - Detroit, MI @ Cobo Hall
Oct. 31 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel
Nov. 03 - Cedar Rapids, IA @ Five Seasons
Nov. 04 - St Paul, MN @ Xcell
Nov. 06 - Green Bay, WI @ Brown County Arena
Nov. 07 - St Louis, MO @ Saviss Arena
Nov. 09 - Dallas , TX @ Next Stage
Nov. 10 - Houston, TX @ Reliant arena
Nov. 12 - Austin, TX @ Erwin Center
Nov. 13 - San Antonio, TX @ SBC Arena
Nov.14 - Hildago, TX @ The Dodge Arena
Nov. 16 - El Paso, TX @ UTEP
Nov. 17 - Albuquerque, NM @ Conv Center
Nov. 19 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crickett Pavilion (outdoors)
Nov. 20 - Las Vegas, NV @ Alladin / Mandalay Bay
Nov. 21 - Tucson, AZ @ SW International Speedway on sale
Nov. 23 -San Diego, CA @ Cox Arena
Nov. 24 - Fresno, CA @ Savemart Arena
Nov. 26 - Los Angeles, CA @ Universal Amph (2 firm)
Nov. 27 - Los Angeles, CA @ Universal Amph
Nov. 28 - Los Angeles, CA @ Universal Amph (option)
Nov. 30 - Bakersfield, CA @ Centennial Arena
Nov. 01 - Sacremento, CA @ Arco Arena
Nov. 03 - San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
Dec. 04 - San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic
Dec. 05 - Reno, NV @ Lawler Pavilion
Scorpions are continuing to tour in support of their new album, "Unbreakable", which was released in the U.S. in June through Sanctuary Records. The CD was recorded at Peppermint Park Studio in Hannover, Germany and was mixed at Wisseloord studios in Hilversum, Holland. The band, who recently announced the addition of Polish bassist Pawel Maciwoda (Section 31, Urbanator) to their ranks, are also working on a DVD which should be released later in the year.

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The Scorpions Announce US Tour

Support: Tesla / Keith Emerson

October, 21 2004 Seattle, WA (Everett) @ Arena
October, 23 2004 Portland, OR @ Coliseum
October, 24 2004 Boise, ID @ Bank Of America Center
October, 26 2004 Salt Lake City, UT @ E Center
October, 27 2004 Denver, CO @ Magness Aud / World
October, 29 2004 Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
October, 30 2004 Detroit, MI @ Cobo Hall
October, 31 2004 Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel
November, 3 2004 Cedar Rapids, IA @ Five Seasons
November, 4 2004 St Paul, MN @ Xcell
November, 6 2004 Green Bay, WI @ Brown County Arena
November, 7 2004 St Louis, MO @ Saviss Arena
November, 9 2004 Dallas ,TX @ Next Stage
November, 10 2004 Houston, TX @ reliant arena ??
November, 12 2004 Austin,TX @ Erwin Center
November, 13 2004 San Antonio, TX @ SBC Arena
November, 14 2004 Hildago,TX @ The Dodge Arena
November, 16 2004 El Paso,TX @ UTEP
November, 17 2004 Albuquerque, NM @ Conv Center
November, 19 2004 Phoenix, AZ @ Crickett Pavlion(outdoors)
November, 20 2004 Las Vegas NV @ Alladin / Mandalay Bay
November, 21 2004 Tucson, AZ @ SW International Speedway on sale
November, 23 2004 San Diego,CA @ Cox Arena
November, 24 2004 Fresno, CA @ Savemart Arena
November, 26 2004 Los Angeles, CA @ Universal Amph( 2 firm)
November, 27 2004 Los Angeles, CA @ Universal Amph
November, 28 2004 Los Angeles, CA @ Universal Amph (option)
November, 30 2004 Bakersfield,CA @ Centennial Arena
December, 1 2004 Sacremento,CA @ Arco Arena
December, 3 2004 San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
December, 4 2004 San Francisco ,CA @ Bill Graham Civic
December, 5 2004 Reno, NV @ Lawler Pavilion

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Locobazooka 2004 Lineup Announced

Locobazooka 2004 is returning to the Fitchburg Municipal Airport this year for 2 full days of music lasting from September 25th through the 26th. Confirmed so far are the following artists:

Breaking Benjamin
Clutch
Crossfade
Dropbox
Earshot
Helmet
Josh Todd
Kittie
Monster Magnet
Saliva
Shinedown
Tantric
Tesla
U.P.O.

...with more TBA.

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