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YEAR FORMED: 1984
HOME TOWN: Sacramento, CA
Jeff Keith – Lead Vocals (1984–1994
Frank Hannon – Guitars
Backing Vocals (1984–1994
Dave Rude – Guitars
Backing Vocals (2006–present)
Brian Wheat – Bass
2008 has been a wild ride for TESLA!
Since we took over the steering wheel of this rock machine, we have made several successful laps around the world and put out more new products in one year than we did in the past ten. Now here it is, set for October 7, 2008, and we are presenting a new album of all original material called FOREVER MORE.
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.
You see, I always compare TESLA to a giant train that once it gets momentum, it generates enough force to plow around the world. We are now back on our tracks at full speed headed straight for your eardrums with a new album of all original material and what we feel is filled with our most exciting songs. We brought Terry over to the States to work with us all through April and May, writing and crafting our ideas into powerful songs, and challenging ourselves to keep our music fresh before heading to Europe in June to play huge festivals with the likes of Judas Priest, Kiss, Saxon and many other rock giants.
After returning from Europe, 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.
FOREVER MORE demonstrates this idea of writing songs in a diverse fashion. The title track is one of our deeper cuts complete with heavy lyrics, de-tuned riffs and acoustic interludes, while, “I Wanna Live” is one of our more uplifting songs that bounces musically and delivers a lyrical message that suggests living life to the fullest. The rest of the album takes a similar ride of dynamic ups and down with songs like “So What!,” “Fallin’ Apart,” “Breakin’ Free,” “The Game,” “All Of Me” and “The First Time.”
Like our albums of the past, all the tracks on FOREVER MORE offer a variety of emotions where each song has its own twist--not sounding like another. FOREVER MORE was written and recorded during a period of high energy and bizarre life circumstances for each of Tesla’s band members, with those experiences coming full circle throughout the CD.
As we finish up the sound mixes, we are already planning the tour for October and European dates of festivals next summer. When we perform on stage every night there are the loyal fans right in the front row who have been there “forever more,” always bringing with them smiling faces and new friends. Some of them travel miles to see us and to them we are forever grateful, as it seems their loyalty is never-ending. We welcome you to jump on this wild ride with us and we hope to keep giving you good times and music during this wild ride we call “life.” It is full of ups and downs, just like music, and we hope that you enjoy our new album FOREVER MORE!