Tesla has released a new video clip for their song, “Fallin’ Apart”. You can pick up a copy of Tesla’s new CD, “Forever More” at this link.
TESLA RELEASES FIRST VINYL LP IN 20 YEARS and celebrates at R5
TESLA will be appearing January 27, 2009 FROM 6:30 -8:30 PM at R5 records (home of the original Tower Records Store) at 2500 16th street and Broadway in Sacramento CA, to sign autographs and celebrate the release of their new album “FOREVER MORE” on a limited run of collectors vinyl LPs. There will be 1000 limited edition vinyl LP’s produced of the album,
which has a full gatefold 12” jacket complete with pictures and artwork, along with the 12 vinyl LP record. 300 of these 1000 units will available at R5 this January 27th and the band will personally autograph the albums for the first 300 people.
ALSO, there will be a public viewing of the new video for the single “Fallin’ Apart” showing as a premiere, and a special contest to enter a drawing for people who buy the Forever More CD or LP at R5 after January 27th to win the original “acetate” version of the vinyl LP! For those of you who don’t know what an “acetate” is, it is the ORIGINAL test pressing of the Forever More Vinyl LP album…which is a very highly collectable piece of TESLA music history!!
So, come on down to R5 records at 2500 16th street and Broadway in Sacramento Tuesday January 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, get the new FOREVER MORE album on Vinyl, enter the contest to win the acetate, see the new TESLA “Fallin’ Apart” video, and have the band sign your copy of the collectible killer 12 inch album! A must have for the rock music connoisseur.
TESLA‘s new album, “Forever More”, sold more than 16,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 33 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on October 7 on Tesla Electric Company Recordings. The European version of the album, which will be made available on November 7 via Frontiers Records, will contain two bonus tracks not found on the American version.
Click on the cover below to purchase “Forever More” today!
2008 has been a pretty good year for Tesla. They have released a new DVD, “Comin’ At Ya Live” and a new CD, “Forever More“. When the opportunity came up to interview Brian Wheat from Tesla, I couldn’t pass it up. Tesla has been one of my favorite bands for a very long time now. Brian and I talked about Forever More, the current Tesla tour and more. Check out the interview below. Enjoy!
HRH: I have seen Tesla live a couple of times in the last year on the Real to Reel Tour. Dave Rude is fitting in well with the band. How did you guys find Dave ?
Brian Wheat: Frank found Dave on myspace. It is pretty well documented that we were having problems with Tommy Skeoch. When it came to start looking for someone to replace him, Frank started looking at myspace, and people in the Sacramento area. Dave is from Oakland, California so he was pretty close by.
HRH: Do you still keep in touch with Tommy Skeoch?
Brian Wheat: No, I don’t keep in touch with Tommy at all.
HRH: Forever More is the first album with new studio material with Dave Rude. What
musical influences does he bring to Tesla?
Brian Wheat: Dave likes Guns ‘N Roses, Tesla and Motley Crue. A Lot of the new stuff out there he listens to as well. He is 30 years old. Frank is 42 years old, I am 44. He brings a younger spark, and a lot of positivity to the band. He is a great guitar player. We all wrote the songs together on this album. He has a positive attitude and money can’t buy that.
HRH: What are some of the circumstances the band was going through that inspired the songs on “Forever More”?
Brian Wheat: There was a lot going on. People coming to life changing decisions. The general gist is that we didn’t want to put up with any more bullshit. We just wanted to move forward. Just like the song “I Wanna Live”. I wanna live before I die and I don’t want the world to pass me buy. “Breaking Free” is we are done with the negativity, lets get on with positivity.
HRH: When Tesla prepares to record a new album how many songs do you usually go into
the studio with and what happens to the songs that do not make the albums?
Brian Wheat: We go in with ideas for songs with bits and pieces. We brought in Terry Thomas for this record. Even with the ideas that we had, he stripped them down to their basic form and we rewrote them all. In the end it came out great. While we were doing it there were some growing pains. When it was all said and done the results came out brilliantly. The songs that didn’t make it on the album were ideas that we didn’t finish.
HRH: What songs are you current favorites on the new record?
Brian Wheat: I like “Falling Apart”, “I Wanna Live”, “Breaking Free”, “First Time”, and “Forever More“.
Brian Wheat: We have a guy that works with us Dwayne Serfass. Frank(Hannon) had this idea that he wanted to call the album Eternity, and none of us are eternal and none of us were too keen on that. We had a song on the album called Forever More which much means the same thing. Once we agreed on the theme, Dwayne found this photo of these two bodies buried in Pompeii that was 4000 years old. They were buried together embracing each other. The photo is called the “eternal embrace”. That is where the skeletons come from. It is a well noted photo.
HRH: What songs from Forever More will you be performing on tour?
Brian Wheat: We are playing six songs. We will probably play each of them at one point in time. I can’t tell you which ones. We have only been on tour for a week.
HRH: How long will you be out on the Forever More tour?
Brian Wheat: The better part of this year and see what evolves with this record. We will probably do 4 or 5 legs in America. We will hit Europe, Japan and Australia and see what is left. We want to play everywhere we can. We usually do a month on and 3 weeks off, that way we don’t burn ourselves out.
HRH: Tesla played in a couple of big rock festivals in the U.S. this year, The South Texas Rock Festival and Rocklahoma. What was your Rocklahoma experience like?
Brian Wheat: That was great. Those guys do a really good job on that. They keep expanding and keep coming up with new ideas. It was a really nice festival that was reminiscent of the festivals we have played in Europe. There are a lot of festivals in the summer there. It was good.
HRH: Will you be playing in any U.S. Music Festivals in 2009?
Brian Wheat: In America? I don’t know. The question is do we do Rocklahoma two years in a row or do we wait a year. That is kind of the question that has been posed. There may be a Texas Jam next summer.
HRH: There is a new festival called Rock Gone Wild that will be in Iowa next summer, that has 5 or 6 bands lined up to play so far.
Brian Wheat: That will probably be something that may end up playing.
HRH: Your new video for” I Wanna Live” came out really cool. Do you have plans to do any more videos for Forever More?
Brian Wheat: Yes, absolutely. We are doing a lot more stuff in house. We have our art department, we have our own recording studio, we have our video department. We are pretty self sufficient. If we want to do something we can do it. If we were in a situation where we were on a major label, that might not have always happened.
HRH: You are current on the road with Pop Evil. How has the tour been going so far? How did you meet those guys?
Brian Wheat: A guy that works radio manages them. George Capalini, he sent us a disc, and we liked it, and we put them on the tour. They are out there promoting their record, trying to bring in new fans and young fans. They are good guys.
HRH: What is the status of the Tesla box set?
Brian Wheat: The Tesla box set is currently on hold. Until we and Universal can come to a mutual agreement and understanding of the box set, it is on hold. We wanted to get it out by our 20th anniversary, maybe it will be the 25th anniversary. We just don’t know.
HRH: Is there any unreleased or cover material in the box set?
Brian Wheat: There is some stuff. I just don’t know if we are going release more cover stuff. We did two records of covers. The box set will be material with Tommy Skeoch. We did release some additional cover songs on iTunes on “A Peace of Time”. There were two or three covers. The version of “I Love You” and the Bread song (“Everything I Own”), those two came out really good. Lets hope that we all see the box set. It is kind of in Universal’s court right now.
HRH: Is it easier to get music out to the fans since Tesla now has their own label?
Brian Wheat: Yes and no. It is young. How does your music get out there? Is out on iTunes yet? You have to look for it. The way most people find out about music is the radio. Some stations still think Tesla is really relevant and some stations don’t. It is hard because you have to convince them that band still is relevant. I don’t think that wouldn’t matter with a large label, or our a label of our own. You can’t buy radio time, its against the law. You just have to go out and swing the bat you have.
HRH: Do you have plans to signing additional bands to your label?
Brian Wheat: No, Tesla Electric Company is just for Tesla.
HRH: A lot of bands are releasing their music as downloadable content for sale in the
video games Guitar Hero and Rockband. Any chance the Tesla catalog will be made
available this way?
Brian Wheat: Absolutely, yes.
HRH: In closing, do you have anything you would like to tell your fans?
Brian Wheat: Go out and buy the new record, I think you will enjoy it. Come out and see us this year on the Forever More tour, if we play in your city or a city near you.
That was the way the interview closed. Brian had another interview call to make and we were a little over on time. Brian was very cool and easy to talk to. I am looking forward to catching Tesla on the road on the Forever More tour!
If you haven’t picked up a copy of the new album, click on the cover below to place your order today!
“The Way It is” is the third single off of Tesla’s second album, The Great Radio Controversy. Check out the video below.
Tesla’s new CD, Forever More is in stores today! Go Get It!!
Forever More is easily one of the most highly anticipated albums of 2008 for this listener. I am a big fan of Tesla, and have been for many years. Their cover albums from 2007 Real to Reel Volume 1 and 2 were really good, and I have had high hopes that the band would put out a CD with some new kick ass tunes for me (and everyone else) to enjoy.
Forever More finally hits stores October 7th. It has been over four and half years since their last studio album, Into the Now. I can gladly say that this album was worth the wait.
The title and opening track “Forever More” has more of a modern feel to it. It reminds me a lot of the sound from the Into the Now record. Frank Hannon’s trademark sounds show up often on this song. This one grows on me each time I hear it.
“I Wanna Live” is a great new rocking tune from Tesla. This is their first single, and it ought to be a hit.
Believe it or not, “One Day At A Time” rocks even harder than “I Wanna Live”. This song ought to be a new concert staple for Tesla.
The first time I heard the song “So What” was right here at HRH. I liked this song the first time I heard it, and still do. (Click here to listen to “So What”).
Each time I hear “Just In Case” I think to myself, man this ought to be a monster hit. This song sound is more similar in sound to The Great Radio Controversy. This song ought to be huge, if radio picks it up. Great stuff!
There are so many good songs on this disc, it is hard to call them all favorites, but “Fallin’ Apart” is definitely one of mine.
“Breakin’ Free” is a very moody sounding tune by Tesla. In fact, I don’t recall hearing them do a song anything like this one before. This song has some modern bass tones, and guitar sounds that initially reminded me of Tool in the beginning of the song. It then morphs into a sound that is more reminiscent of Into the Now. This isn’t my favorite song on Forever More, but isn’t bad either.
“All of Me” also has a very modern sound to it. This is a very mainstream rocker that ought to draw some new fans to Tesla.
I think the song ‘The First Time” should have been named “Extraordinary”, but aside from that, this is a pretty cool tune. Dave Rude breaks out the slide guitar on this bluesy rocker.
Tesla has been performing “Pvt. Ledbetter” during their live shows in 2008, so I was already very familiar with this song. This is also on Tesla’s new DVD, Comin’ Atcha Live. This is another solid tune and is also one of my favorites on Forever More.
“In A Hole Again” has more of that modern sound to it. I love Hannon’s solos on this song, but as a whole (no pun intended) this is my least favorite track on this disc.
The closing track “The Game” has a heavier edge to it, and sounds like it could have been a left over track from the Bust A Nut record. Dave Rude and Frank Hannon really jam on this killer song. This is a really cool tune to close out the album.
Forever More is every bit the album that I hoped it would be. Is it Tesla’s best work? No, not by any means, but it is really good. Forever More is better than their last studio effort Into the Now, and will please Tesla fans everywhere. Forever More has stellar guitar work, great production, and the fantastic vocals of Jeff Keith. What more could a fan want? This is highly recommended listening!
You can buy your copy of Forever More at this link!
1. Forever More
2. I Wanna LIve
3. One Day At A Time
4. So What
5. Just In Case
6. Fallin’ Apart
7. Breakin’ Free
8. All of Me
9. The First Time
10. Pvt. Ledbetter
11.In A Hole Again
12. The Game
Jeff Keith – Vocals
Frank Hannon – Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Keyboards and Background Vocals
Dave Rude – Electric, Acoustic and Slide Guitars, and Background Vocals
Brian Wheat – Bass Guitar and Background Vocals
Troy Luccketta – Drums and Percussion
To help celebrate the release of their new album Forever More, TESLA and giving one lucky winner a brand new Epiphone SG signed by the band.
If that wasn’t enough, the hard-rockers are also including a copy of their new album plus a copy of their recently released Comin’ Atcha Live! 2008 DVD! Head on over to TeslaTheBand.com for tour dates and more info!
Forever More is out October 7th
Multi-platinum rockers TESLA, Jeff Keith (vocals), Frank Hannon (guitars), Brian Wheat (bass), Troy Luccketta (drums) and Dave Rude (guitar) begin their “Forever More” tour this coming Wednesday, October 1at The Depot in Salt Lake City.
Tour is named for their seventh studio album, Forever More, set for release October 7 on Tesla Electric Company Recordings (in partnership with Ryko Distribution).
“I Wanna Live,” the new album’s first single, is accompanied by a video featured on the band’s site, aptly named, teslatheband.com where new updates are posted daily.
Tesla reunited with producer Terry Thomas and engineer Michael Rosen for Forever More. Thomas was behind the boards for the band’s 1994 Gold-certified Bust A Nut album, while Rosen worked with Tesla on Into The Now.
The band spent close to a year on a worldwide tour, between mid ’07 and ’08. During that time, the band recorded their Comin’ Atcha Live! DVD, was released July 15. It’s the band’s first DVD in 17 years (since 1991’s “Five Man Video Band”) and filled with over two hours of live music as well as special behind-the-scenes footage.
“After returning from Europe,” says guitarist Frank Hannon, “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.”
Hannon continues, “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.”
Forever More is out October 7th
Wed 10/1/2008 The Depot Salt Lake City UT US
Fri 10/3/2008 Harrah’s Council Bluffs Manawa IA US
Sat 10/4/2008 Diamond Ballroom Oklahoma City OK US
Mon 10/6/2008 The Rave Eagles Club Milwaukee WI US
Tue 10/7/2008 Pop’s Nightclub Sauget IL US
Wed 10/8/2008 Rockline US
Fri 10/10/2008 Myth North Saint Paul MN US
Sat 10/11/2008 The Venue at Horseshoe Hammond Hammond IN US
Tue 10/14/2008 Coyotes at City Block Louisville KY US
Wed 10/15/2008 House of Blues Cleveland OH US
Fri 10/17/2008 The Fillmore Detroit (formerly State Theatre) Detroit MI US
Sat 10/18/2008 Orbit Room Grand Rapids MI US
Sun 10/19/2008 Midland Theater Kansas City MO US
Wed 10/22/2008 Crocodile Rock Allentown PA US
Fri 10/24/2008 The Stone Pony Ocean NJ US
Sat 10/25/2008 Webster Theatre Hartford CT US
Mon 10/27/2008 Magic City Music Hall Johnson City NY US
Tue 10/28/2008 Blender Theatre at Gramercy New York NY US
Thu 10/30/2008 Ram’s Head Live Baltimore MD US
Fri 10/31/2008 Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom Hampton Beach NH
After eight months in the writing process, Tesla has announced their new album, Forever More will be released 10/7. On Forever More, the band keeps their gritty brand of guitar-rock coming around every turn, with energized anthems like “I Wanna Live” to somber-toned tracks such as “Fallin’ Apart”. The band wrote and recorded during a very dynamic period for the members, and those bizarre times fueled the process, leading to what they say are some of their “most exciting songs”.
Having already been to Europe this year, playing festivals with Judas Priest and Kiss, Tesla are ready to hit the road;bringing the new material for the first time to their fans at home.
Forever More hits stores on 10/7
The new TESLA single entitled “I Wanna Live” is available for streaming on the band’s MySpace page. The track comes off the group’s seventh studio album, “Forever More” (see cover art below), which is set for release October 7 on Tesla Electric Company Recordings (in partnership with Ryko Distribution).
For “Forever More”, TESLA reunited with producer Terry Thomas, who was behind the boards for the band’s 1994 gold-certified “Bust A Nut” album, and engineered by Michael Rosen who worked with TESLA on “Into The Now”.
The band’s world tour will kick off October 1 in Salt Lake City with more dates announced in the coming weeks.
Article courtesy of Blabbermouth.net
TESLA DELIVERS ‘FOREVER MORE,’
THE NEW STUDIO ALBUM SET FOR RELEASE OCTOBER 7
WORLD TOUR KICKS OFF OCTOBER 1
Multi-platinum rockers TESLA–Jeff Keith (vocals), Frank Hannon (guitars), Brian Wheat (bass), Troy Luccketta (drums) and Dave Rude (guitar)—are looking well into the future with their seventh studio album, FOREVER MORE, set for release October 7 on Tesla Electric Company Recordings (in partnership with Ryko Distribution).
“I Wanna Live,” the new album’s first single, is being serviced to radio stations nationwide on August 18. The band’s world tour will kick off October 1 in Salt Lake City with more dates announced in the coming weeks.
For FOREVER MORE, Tesla reunited with producer Terry Thomas, who was behind the boards for the band’s 1994 Gold-certified BUST A NUT album, and engineered by Michael Rosen who worked with Tesla on INTO THE NOW.
Guitarist Frank Hannon explains, “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.”
“After returning from Europe,” continues Frank, “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.”
In describing the vibe of the new album, he continues, “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 downs with songs like ‘So What!,’ ‘Fallin’ Apart,’ ‘Breakin’ Free,’ ‘The Game,’ ‘All Of Me’ and ‘The First Time.’”
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.
Tesla’s DVD, COMIN’ ATCHA LIVE! 2008 was released July 15. It’s the band’s first DVD in 17 years (since 1991’s Five Man Video Band) and is filled with over two hours of live music, special behind-the-scenes footage, their fans, backstage, on stage and loose on the streets of Seattle.
In addition, Tesla’s first double-disc collection of 32 of their best tracks and collectibles, GOLD, will be available on August 26 on Geffen/Universal Music Enterprises, ranging from 1986 through 2007 and including their chart hits “Signs,” “Love Song,” and “The Way It Is.“