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Frank Hannon (guitar), Brian Wheat (bass), Jeff Keith (vocals), Troy Luccketta (drums), and Dave Rude (guitar)

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Tesla

Tesla is an American rock band formed in Sacramento, California in late 1982. They have sold 14 million albums in the United States.

In late 1982, bassist Brian Wheat (age 20) and guitarist Frank Hannon (age 15) formed City Kidd, a band that then spent time gigging at Sacramento's defunct Oasis Ballroom. They also began working with American rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose towards writing hard rock hit singles, reasoning "We wanted to get signed, and we thought the way to do that was to write a hit single.: New producers and managers turned the group towards radio pop rock and, to come up with the appropriate material, band manager Steve Clausman hired Grammy award winner Duane Hitchings, who provided the music to Rod Stewart songs such as Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? and Infatuation. A representative from Geffen Records then saw where the City Kidd band was headed and let them know that he would only sign them if they "[wrote] from the gut and not from formulas." By 1986, the band had again changed its direction under a new name, Tesla.

After a break of six years, the Sacramento Bee reported that the band had reformed in 2000 with the help of local radio personality Pat Martin of KRXQ. The band played an emotional sold out show at Arco Arena in Sacramento on October 25, 2000. Soon after they recorded the double live album Replugged Live. In 2002 they were featured in the Rock Never Stops Tour alongside other 1980s rock bands.

Source: Wikipedia 2013.

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