Tesla Ready To Begin Work On New Album
January 9, 2014
It appears Tesla are finally ready to begin recording the follow-up to 2008’s well-received ‘Forever More’.
“Tesla is starting rehearsals Monday for this years shows AND making a new album,” said guitarist Frank Hannon in a FaceBook post. “Also it is 20th anniversary of Bust A Nut, so we are gonna slip a few songs from that album in the set!”
In early November Hannon, vocalist Jeff Keith, bassist Brian Wheat, drummer Troy Luccketta and guitarist Dave Rude went to a private undisclosed location to share ideas regarding the new album, scheduled for release in 2014. The band’s previous studio album of all new original material, ‘Forever More’, reached #33 on the Billboard Charts and placed on the Sleaze Roxx Reader’s Choice Top 20.
Tesla has a few tour dates scheduled so far this year, including an appearance on the Monsters Of Rock Cruise — a full list of dates can be found at http://teslatheband.com/.
Tesla is a multi-platinum selling rock band from Northern California known for their melodic songs and down to earth appeal. Thanks to their die-hard, loyal fan base and their younger generation offspring, Tesla continues to tour to sold-out crowds around the world. After playing several showcases in Los Angeles, Tesla quickly scored a deal with Geffen Records and released their debut album, ‘Mechanical Resonance’, in 1986. The album produced the hard rock hits and crowd favorites, “Modern Day Cowboy” and “Little Suzi”. ‘Mechanical Resonance’ reached the Top 40 on the album charts, and eventually went platinum.
It was the follow-up, 1989’s ‘The Great Radio Controversy’, which truly broke the band. The first single, “Heaven’s Trail (No Way Out)”, was a hit with hard rock audiences, setting the stage for the second single, a comforting ballad called “Love Song” which substituted a dash of hippie utopianism for the usual power ballad histrionics. “Love Song” hit the pop Top Ten and made the band stars, pushing ‘The Great Radio Controversy’ into the Top 20 and double-platinum sales figures 00 the follow-up single, “The Way It Is,” was also a hit.
In keeping with their unpretentious, blue-collar roots, Tesla responded to stardom not by the glam theatrics of their tour mates and peers of the era, but by stripping things down. The idea behind 1990’s ‘Five Man Acoustical Jam’ was virtually unheard of — a pop-metal band playing loose, informal acoustic versions of their best-known songs in concert, plus a few favorite covers. Tesla’s music was sturdy enough to hold up when its roots were exposed, and one of the covers, “Signs”, became another Top Ten hit, as well as the band’s highest-charting single. Not only did ‘Five Man Acoustical Jam’ reach the Top 20 and go platinum, it helped directly inspire MTV’s “Unplugged” series, both with its relaxed vibe and its reminder that acoustic music could sound vital and energetic. This album is credited for starting the whole “Unplugged” craze of the ’90s which included artist like Eric Clapton, Nirvana, and many others following suit with acoustic live albums.
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