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April 1, 2014

TESLA with special guests The Easthills

INDIANAPOLIS - TESLA is a multi-platinum-selling rock band from Northern California known for their melodic songs and down to earth appeal. Thanks to their die-hard, loyal fan base and their younger generation offspring, TESLA continues to tour to sold-out crowds around the world. TESLA will perform live in Indianapolis on Friday, May 30 at the Egyptian Room and Old National Centre with special guests The Easthills.

TESLA's line-up consists of four of its original members: vocalist Jeff Keith, guitarist Frank Hannon, bassist Brian Wheat, and drummer Troy Luccketta and new guitarist Dave Rude who has brought a new energy and creativity to the band.

After playing several showcases in Los Angeles, TESLA quickly scored a deal with Geffen and released their debut album, Mechanical Resonance, in 1986; it produced the hard rock hits and crowd favorite, "Modern Day Cowboy" and "Little Suzi." Mechanical Resonance reached the Top 40 on the album charts, and eventually went platinum.

It was the follow-up, 1989's, which truly broke the band. 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.

In keeping with their unpretentious, blue-collar roots, TESLA responded to stardom not by the glam theatrics of their tour mates and peers of the era, but by stripping things down. The idea behind 1990's, Five Man Acoustical Jam was virtually unheard of -- a pop-metal band playing loose, informal acoustic versions of their best-known songs in concert, plus a few favorite covers.

TESLA's music was sturdy enough to hold up when its roots were exposed, and one of the covers, "Signs," became another Top Ten hit, as well as the band's highest-charting single. Not only did Five Man Acoustical Jam reach the Top 20 and go Platinum, it helped directly inspire MTV's "Unplugged" series, both with its relaxed vibe and its reminder that acoustic music could sound vital and energetic. This album is credited for starting the whole "Unplugged" craze of the 90s which included artist like Eric Clapton, Nirvana, and many others following suit with acoustic live albums.

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