NEW YORK (Top40 Charts) - The fans have proven their hunger for new music from Tesla. The Sacramento-based quintet launched Into the Now, its first album of new material in 10 years, in spring 2004 and this Sanctuary Records release has already sold more than 120,000 copies. It debuted in the Top 30 of the Billboard album chart.
Tesla started its successful Into the Now promotional campaign with a handful of sold-out acoustic performances at select Hard Rock Cafe locations and then hit the ground running with a regular, full-blown U.S. tour; the band played in front of capacity crowds all along the way.
The next phase of Tesla's hard work inpromoting Into the Now will be a fall 2004 arena tour with German metal innovators Scorpions and the Keith Emerson Band featuring keyboard legend Keith Emerson.
With Into the Now, vocalist Jeff Keith, guitarist Frank Hannon, guitarist Tommy Skeoch, bass guitarist Brian Wheat and drummer Troy Luccketta were determined to make the strongest, most deeply personal album of their career and they succeeded. The first single, "Caught In A Dream," was a big crossover hit at both active rock and heritage rock radio; it was a Top 30 single on BDS and reached No 5 on the Radio & Records chart, spent a total of 20 weeks in the Top 20 and was retired after being on the chart the maximum number of weeks.
Few, if any, of Tesla's alleged peers from the 1980s could release an all-new album today that could match or exceed the performance of Into the Now. Although Tesla is quite happy about the reception of Into the Now, the band is not about to sit back and rest in a state of complacent satisfaction. Extensive touring is Tesla's plan of attack for the foreseeable future.
It took two years of intensive writing and recording to complete Into the Now and half of its songs are featured in Tesla's current set - much to the delight of the fans. Classics such as "Modern Day Cowboy," "Little Suzi," "Heaven's Trail (No Way Out)," "Signs" and "Love Song" are still integral parts of Tesla concerts but the new songs fit perfectly alongside them.
For all the latest news and tour updates, visit www.teslatheband.com or www.sanctuaryrecords.com.
Upcoming Tesla 2004 Tour dates with Scorpions and Keith Emerson include:
Wednesday, November 3rd Cedar Rapids, IA Five Seasons Center
Thursday, November 4th St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
Saturday, November 6th Green Bay, WI Brown Co. Veterans Memorial
Sunday, November 7th St. Louis, MO Savvis Center
Tuesday, November 9th Grand Prairie, TX NOKIA Theatre/Next Stage
Wednesday, November 10th Houston, TX Reliant Park
Friday, November 12th Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
Saturday, November 13th San Antonio, TX SBC Arena
Sunday, November 14th Hidalgo, TX Dodge Arena
Tuesday, November 16th El Paso, TX UTEP Don Haskins Center
Wednesday, November 17th Albuquerque, NM Albuq. Convention Ctr.
Friday, November 19th Phoenix, AZ Cricket Pavilion
Saturday, November 20th Las Vegas, NV Aladdin Theater
Sunday, November 21st Tucson, AZ KLPX/Pima Co. Fairgrounds
Tuesday, November 23rd San Diego, CA Cox Arena
Wednesday, November 24th Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
Friday, November 26th Universal City, CA Universal Amphitheatre
Saturday, November 27th Universal City, CA Universal Amphitheatre
Tuesday, November 30th Bakersfield, CA Centennial Garden
Wednesday, December 1st Sacramento, CA Arco Arena
Friday, December 3rd San Jose, CA HP Pavilion at San Jose
Saturday, December 4th TBA
Sunday, December 5th Reno, NV Lawlor Events Center