Teslaoriginated in San Francisco and is an American rock band which was formed in 1984 on the Island of Guam, known then as City Kidd. They renamed their group while they were recording their first album. Mechanical Resonance was released in 1986.Some of their songs, their name for the group, and other events were named after Nicola Tesla. Nicola Tesla was a Serbian inventor and electrical engineer who was born in the 19th century.
The members of the band consisted of Jeff Keith (vocalist), Frank Hannon (guitar), Tommy Skeoch (guitar), Brian Wheat (bass), and Troy Luccketta (drummer). The group played what was referred to as heavy metal, but some classify it as hard rock with a bluesy style. In the groups early days they toured with Df Leppard, David Lee Roth, and Poison. This was why the group was said to be a heavy metal or glam metal band. The group did not like to be labeled like that. They did not use synthesizers or any other instruments except the guitars, bass guitar, and drums. They did not want to distort their sound that they had. The group released their second album in 1989 and named it, The Great Radio Controversy. This album succeeded in making a reputation for the group and one single came from it. The single was called, Love Song. In 1990 the band released a live album called, Five Man Acoustical Jam. It was an acoustical rendition of hits like, Comin’ Atcha’ Live, Modern Day Cowboy, Love Song, and Gettin’ Better. The album also consisted of songs of covers, one being the song, Signs, which was a song by Five Man Electrical Band. The band feels that their third album was the best of them all. It was released in 1992 and was called, Psychotic Supper. This statement is made on their website. In 1994 came the album, Bust A Nut, and it was the last one for a while. The group took a vacation to support member, Tommy Keoch, with his drug problem. Skeoch soon joined solo artist, Marshall Coleman’s band but Coleman soon split. The band eventually merged with Tesla and they became Bar 7. From their album, The World Is A Freak, came the single, Four Leaf Clover.
The group took another break and this time six years passed before they reformed in 2000 and released the album, Replugged Live. In 2002, they released the album Standing Room Only, which is actually just a cd version of Replugged Live. Into the Now, was their fifth album and was released in 2004 and was very successful. Reel To Reel was released in 2007 and word is that the group is planning the release of another album in 2008.
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