Tesla is an American hard rock band originating from Sacramento, California. The band formed in 1984 as City Kidd and was renamed to Tesla during the recording of their first album on the advice of their manager. According to the Love Song Songfacts, their name comes from Nikola Tesla, the legendary Croatian scientist and inventor who quite possibly is single-handedly responsible for the "mad scientist" trope.

Vintage Magazines with Tesla

Screamer Magazine March 1989

Screamer Magazine March 1989
Issue: March 1989. Featuring: Tesla. Also Included Skid Row, Warrant, Winger, Circle Jerks, Metal Church, Madel Fang, House of Lords, Dark Angel and Much More.

Screamer Magazine February 1989

Screamer Magazine February 1989
Issue: February 1989. Featuring: Kiss. Also Included Warrant, Zak Wylde, Keith Richards, Danzig and Much More.

Screamer Magazine January 1989

Screamer Magazine January 1989
Issue: January 1989. Featuring: BulletBoys. Also Included Celtic Frost, Black Cherry, Voivod and Much More.

Screamer Magazine January 1988

Screamer Magazine January 1988
Issue: January 1988. Featuring: Leatherwolf. Also includes Def Leppard, Megadeth, TSOL, Jetboy, Reinkus Tide and Much More.

Articles with Tesla

STYX/JOAN JETT Kickoff Summer Tour with Special Guest TESLA

With the summer concert season getting into full swing, another summer tour was kicked off at FivePoint Amphitheater in Irvine.  Wednesday, May 30th, saw the initial date on the Styx and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts summer tour, with special guests Tesla.  Between the three of them, they commanded a 15 year span, with each dominating a… Read more »

Photos – TESLA Live! – FivePoint Amphitheatre

Photos – TESLA Live! – FivePoint Amphitheatre CLICK HERE to read a review of the show.

STYX, JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS To Co-Headline U.S. Summer Tour Kicking Off May 30 With TESLA

Legendary rockers STYX and JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS are teaming up with TESLA for a summer U.S. tour that kicks off May 30 in Irvine, CA at the FivePoint Amphitheatre. Tickets for various cities of the tour, produced by Live Nation, will go on sale starting Friday, February 16 at 10am local time at… Read more »

Pledge Music – Frank Hannon

Frank Hannon developed a worldwide fanbase as the guitarist and chief songwriter of Tesla, whose roots and blues-influenced metal helped to push the genre in a new direction in the 80s. While on tour with the band in 2016, Frank took to recording some of his favorite down-home classics in his dressing room, from artists… Read more »

MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE 2018 Final Public Sale Begins Today (10/19) Updated Lineup Announced

As music fans begin to plan their 2018 vacations, Monsters Of Rock Cruise, the world’s premier hard rock/heavy metal experience at sea, has announced that its final public sale begins today (10/19). Limited cabins are available at MonstersOfRockCruise.com, with prices beginning at $1,299 per person, double occupancy. Government fees, taxes, and gratuities are additional and… Read more »

TESLA Returns to the Canyon Club with Simplicity

Touring in support of their seventh studio release, Tesla performed to a sold out crowd at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA on August 2, 2014. The new album, titled Simplicity, features 14 original songs with two bonus tracks on the Japanese released version of the CD. Gaining immediate traction upon release, the straight… Read more »

PHOTOS – TESLA Live at the Canyon Club

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TESLA – The Art of Simplicity

Love Song, What You Give, Before My Eyes, and Signs; if these songs don’t trigger images of a group of long-haired blue-collar boys from Northern California, helping to change the scene and climate of rock n’ roll in the early 90s, then you need to go back to school and re-read your history.  Nikki Sixx… Read more »

Hard Rock Power House Masters Tesla Are Back With A New Album

Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of TESLA brand new studio album entitled “Simplicity” on June 6th in Europe. The Sacramento Rockers are back with 14 new songs offering a ride of energy that doesn’t come easy for a band of rookies much less a band whose been doing this for over 20… Read more »

Interview with Tesla’s Brian Wheat about new album and tour

Credit: Ross Halfin

Tesla is getting ready for a tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the band’s iconic Five Man Acoustical Jam, and the release of their latest CD, Twisted Wires & the acoustic sessions…, which features two new tracks and ten classics. The band will tour across the U.S.’s Mountain and Pacific regions over a five-week… Read more »