Jeff Keith (vocals)
Tommy Skeoch (guitar)
Frank Hannon (guitar, keyboards)
Brian Wheat (bass)
Troy Luccketta (drums)
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They are named after scientist and inventor Nikola Tesla. The band tried to raise the profile of Tesla by giving the Smithsonian Institute a bust of the scientist, which they rejected.
A Tesla is a unit of magnetic flux. Many of us learn this in Physics class but none of us remembers it.
The band broke up in 1995, they got back together in 2000.
They formed in Sacramento, California. A disk jockey there helped get them back together to tour after they broke up.
Skeoch had drug problems and was the first to leave the band. The other members broke up shortly after.
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