TESLA 1985 to Present
The band City Kidd was renamed Tesla during the recording of their first album, 1986’s Mechanical Resonance, on the advice of their manager that City Kidd was not a great name (in addition, there was already another band going by that name). The band derived their name, certain album and song titles, and some song content from events relating to inventor and electrical engineer Nikola Tesla. Along with the band’s next two studio albums, Mechanical Resonance was produced by Michael Barbiero and Steve Thompson

The band’s original lineup consisted of lead vocalist Jeff Keith, guitarists Frank Hannon and Tommy Sketch (replaced by current band member  Dave Rude) , bassist Brian Wheat, and drummer Troy Luccketta.

Reference: Wikipedia – Tesla (band)

  • Formation and Mechanical Resonance (1982–1988)
  • The Great Radio Controversy and Psychotic Supper (1989–1993)
  • Bust a Nut and hiatus (1994–1996)
  • Reunion, Into the Now and Real to Reel (2000-2007)
  • Forever More, Twisted Wires and Simplicity (2008–present)


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Certified platinum by the RIAA on October 5, 1989.

  • Released: December 8, 1986
  • Recorded: 1986
  • Studio: Bearsville Studios Bearsville, New York
  • Genre: Hard rock
  • Length: 53:28
  • Label: Geffen
  • Producer: Steven Thompson, Michael Barbiero

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Certified double platinum by the RIAA on July 23, 1998

  • Released: February 1, 1989
  • Recorded: 1988
  • Studio: Bearsville Studios Bearsville, New York
  • Genre: Hard rock heavy metal
  • Length: 59:18
  • Label: Geffen
  • Producer: Steven Thompson, Michael Barbiero

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Certified double platinum by the RIAA November 5, 1993

  • Released: September 23, 1991
  • Recorded: 1991
  • Genre: Hard rock, blues rock
  • Length: 67:59
  • Label: Geffen
  • Producer: Steven Thompson, Michael Barbiero, Tesla

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Certified double gold by the RIAA March 16, 1995

  • Released: August 23, 1994
  • Recorded: 1994
  • Genre: Hard rock, heavy metal
  • Length: 68:58
  • Label: Geffen
  • Producer: Terry Thomas

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Greatest hits album by Tesla

  • Released: 1995
  • Recorded: 1986-1995
  • Genre: Hard rock, blues rock, heavy metal, acoustic rock
  • Length: 67:59
  • Label: Geffen
  • Producer: Steven Thompson, Michael Barbiero, Tesla
  • First greatest hit album

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Greatest hits album by Tesla

  • Released: March 9, 2004
  • Recorded: 2003
  • Genre: Hard rock, heavy metal, acoustic rock
  • Length: 55:40
  • Label: T&T/Noise/Sanctuary
  • Producer: Tesla, Michael Rosen, Roger Sommers

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Includes covers of classic rock songs from the late 1960s and early 1970s

  • Released: June 5, 2007
  • Recorded: 2007
  • Genre: Hard rock, blues rock
  • Length: 64:30
  • Label: Tesla Electric Company Recordings, Ryko

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Studio album second part of the band’s covers album

  • Released: September 25, 2007
  • Recorded: 2007
  • Genre: Hard rock, blues rock
  • Length: 64:13
  • Tesla Electric Company Recordings, Ryko

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A compilation album by the band. It is a remastered 2 disc greatest hits album

  • Released: 2008
  • Recorded: 1986-2007
  • Genre: Hard rock, heavy metal, blues rock
  • Label: Geffen

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Sixth Studio Album

  • Released: October 7, 2008
  • Recorded: 2008
  • Studio: J Street Recorders in Sacramento, California
  • Genre: Hard rock, heavy metal
  • Label: Tesla Electric Company Recordings, Ryko
  • Producer: Terry Thomas
  • Engineered: Michael Rosen

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First Acoustic Studio Album

  • Released: July 12, 2011
  • Recorded: Five of the tracks recorded 2005 – Tommy Skeoch on rhythm guitar.
  • Genre: Acoustic Rock
  • Length: 64:30
  • Label: Tesla Electric Company Recordings, Inc
  • Producer: Tesla

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Seventh studio album

  • Released: June 6, 2014
  • Recorded: 2014
  • Genre: Hard rock
  • Length: 60:30
  • Label: Frontier Label (Europe), Tesla Electric Co Recording
  • Producer: Tesla, Tom Zutaut

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Tesla “Comin Atcha Live”

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Recorded live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the Trocadero Theatre during a short run of acoustic shows organised to fill downtime while supporting Mötley Crüe on a leg of their Dr. Feelgood tour.

  • Released: November 13, 1990
  • Recorded: July 2, 1990
  • Genre: Acoustic Rock
  • Length: 67:34
  • Label: Geffen

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Is the second live album. Tesla recorded the first half of their 12-month 2001 Replugged Reunion Tour. A shortened version of the album called Standing Room Only was released on March 5, 2002.

  • Released: September 11, 2001
  • Recorded: 2001 Replugged North American tour
  • Genre: Hard rock, blues rock, heavy metal
  • Label: Sanctuary Records

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Released: April 23, 2010
Label: Frontiers Records ‎– FR CD 457
Country: Italy
Genre: Hard Rock

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Celebrating the original multi-Platinum record’s 30th birthday in style. With a few surprises up their sleeve, including the single “Save That Goodness” written and produced by Phil Collen of Def Leppard

  • Released: August 26, 2016
  • Label: Mailboat Records
  • Producer: TESLA & Phil Collen

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