Tesla The Band, a worldwide popular glam metal band from Sacramento have been rockin` the stage for almost 35 years now!
The band was formed in 1985, out of an earlier, locally popular group called City Kidd, which dated back to 1982. The band wrote original music and knew their name didn’t fit the sound.
At management’s suggestion, the band named itself after the inventor Nikola TESLA, who pioneered the radio but was given only belated credit for doing so.
“We were called City Kidd and we were halfway done with our first album, Mechanical Resonance, and management told us to come up with another name. We couldn’t come up with anything good, so they came up with Tesla. They said they had to start working on the artwork. They sat us down and told us everything about Nikola Tesla. They told us what an underdog he was. He wouldn’t get a patent for some of his inventions and his ideas were stolen. That’s why we called the second album The Great Radio Controversy.”, said the singer Jeff Keith for Dallas Observer.
He also answered did they develop a connection to that name over time.
“At first, we thought the name sounded weird, but it sounds normal today. The logo was inspired by Tesla’s tower and his idea of providing free electricity. The companies didn’t like that. JP Morgan and Edison had him shut down. Tesla died penniless, but he had a passion for inventions like we have a passion for music. We write songs from the heart. We’ve always stayed true to ourselves. We’ve remained a blue collar rock and roll band. People see us on stage and say, “That could be me.” We are regular guys and I think that is appealing to our fans.”
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; the follow-up single, “The Way It Is,” was also a hit.
TESLA’s music is often referred to as heavy metal but is better described as blues metal. The band’s lyrics also strayed from the themes popular in heavy metal, particularly in the 1980’s at the beginning of their career.
A further distinction from their contemporaries was their blue-collar, T-shirt-and-jeans image which was in strong contrast to glam bands of the time, which were characterized by big hair, leather pants, and flashy makeup.
During the early years of their career, TESLA toured with David Lee Roth, Def Leppard, and Aerosmith.
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