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Tesla Biography

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Birth Place: Sacramento, California, USA
Years Active: 1984–1994, 2000–present
Genres: Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Blues-rock

Tesla is an American hard rock band formed in Sacramento, California in 1984. They have sold 14 million albums in the United States.

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.” The album peaked at #32 on the Billboard 200 chart.

The band's original lineup consisted of lead vocalist Jeff Keith, guitarists Frank Hannon and Tommy Skeoch, bassist Brian Wheat, and drummer Troy Luccketta. It was three years before the band released their second album, “The Great Radio Controversy.” The album produced the hit single, a classic 80's power ballad "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 1971 hit by the Five Man Electrical Band that peaked at #8 on the Pop charts. In 1991 the band released their third studio album “Psychotic Supper.” The album reached #13 on the Billboard 200 chart.

In 1994 the band released their fourth studio album the #20 charting “Bust a Nut.” It was their final studio album on Geffen Records before the band split.

After a break of six years, the Sacramento Bee reported that the band had reformed in 2000 with the help of local radio personality Pat Martin of KRXQ. The band played a sold out show at The Arco Arena in Sacramento on October 25, 2000. Soon after they recorded the double live album “Replugged Live.”