Tesla bassist Brian Wheat was a recent guest on Waste Some Time With Jason Green where he discussed drummer Troy Luccketta.

Luccketta announced in September 2021, that he would be taking time off from touring to “to spend it with family and friends.” He has since been replaced by Steve Brown (brother of Dokken/Lynch Mob drummer “Wild” Mick Brown).

When asked if Wheat thinks that Troy will ever rejoin the band, Brian said (as per blabbermouth.net), “No, he’s not coming back. I don’t think he’s gonna come back. He wanted time off. People just do things like that. You start out like this [holds two fingers close together] and it just grows apart. I think that we’ve probably come to a point in our professional relationship that we’ve just grown too far apart on things.

Look, I love Troy. He’s my brother, just like [former Tesla guitarist] Tommy Skeoch is my brother. Will we play together again? I don’t know. Probably one day, yeah. I mean, look, I’m the kind of guy that… I’ll go ahead and say it… And I haven’t even said this to Frankie [Hannon, guitar] and Jeff [Keith, vocals] or Dave [Rude, guitar] or anybody, but when there’s one last lap around the track for this band, I think we owe it to our fans that everyone plays together. And I’m not saying Tommy without Dave; I’m saying Dave and Tommy. And Troy too, if he would be up for it. And go out with class and dignity and style, and say, ‘Okay, listen. We’ve been through a few changes. We’re gonna do 40 more shows,’ or whatever that is. Not turn that into a five-year tour or anything. But I, as I sit here today… And that can change… And I’m sure Blabbermouth’s gonna be all over this tomorrow and say, ‘Brian Wheat wants to put the original band back together’. I’m not saying that. I’m just saying when there’s one last lap left, and we all know there’s one last lap, I’m the one guy that’ll stand up in the room and say, ‘I’d like us all to go through it all together.’ If that means having two drummers and three guitar players and Jeff Keith, I’m in. Now, I can’t speak for the rest of the band. This is me speaking. I’m that guy that would like to do that. So, Blabbermouth, if you’re out there, don’t f–king misquote me, because that’s all you ever do.”

Wheat continued, “I think we owe it to [the fans]. They’ve been such a loyal and diehard fanbase, I think they would love the fact that we went out playing; if that’s how we’re gonna go out, that that’s how we would do it.”

When pressed about why Luccketta is no longer playing with the band, he bassist replied, “I don’t know. The bottom line is, we wanted to go out and he said he didn’t. And after being off for — what was it? — 18 months with COVID, we had to go out. We couldn’t just sit home. We’re not independently wealthy guys, We make our living from playing concerts. We work. That’s our job. We were never fortunate enough to have, like, a Hysteria or a Pyromania or an Appetite [For Destruction’ or Slippery When We’ or the Black Album or Back In Black. We quietly would sell a million, a million and a half records, and we’ve got this diehard fanbase, and every year we have to go out and earn our living. So, we couldn’t sit home. And that’s where it came to the thing.

[Troy] had his reasons and I respect that. And we just decided we were gonna continue to go out and play.”

Troy most recently discussed his absence from during a September 2022 interview with Tulsa Music Stream.

He stated, “I am [still on a] bit of a break.  I’d been running hard with [Tesla] for 36 years, and I love the guys and I love the band. I’m a fan and always will be. I’ve got nothing but praise for them. They gave me a great life and I think we all share in that.”

Luccketta also complimented Brown saying, “He’s a great, great drummer, a great person, a great guy. And we’re not best of friends or anything, but I’ve always known Steve over the years and I always knew he was the right choice. I had him pegged out years ago before I even had to make the phone call. So it’s perfect. It’s really great because, if you think about it, it’s a win-win. And I think it’s even a breath of fresh air probably for the guys right now. And it’s like having a new girlfriend [laughs] for a minute.”

Tesla released a new song, Time To Rock! (listen here) last August, and the band announced March Las Vegas residency dates at the House Of Blues At The Mandalay Bay Resort And Casino.

The dates are as follows:

March 17
March 18
March 22
March 24
March 25

Read more details, here.

5 Responses

  1. Amazing that a band can be around for 30 + years, sell millions of records, have a top 10 song, and not be wealthy? They still need to tour to make a living? I know Tesla isn’t the biggest band from the 80’s, but that is kind of sad. When you have no talents like Cardi B and whoever else is being played on TIKTOK Radio, making MILLIONS of dollars, who aren’t even writing their own songs, to hear this about Tesla is kinda sad to me.

    Troy is a GREAT drummer, has a sound and playing technique that when you hear it, you know you are listening to Tesla. Good for him if he wants to be home with his family, but he will be missed. Tesla is such an underrated band, one of the best from that era…and they should NOT be in the “Hair Band” category…they play straight up Rock N Roll, stinks they arent HUGE. Even their newer stuff is amazing (with the exception of SHOCK, sounds too much like a Def Leppard album).

  2. It’s the day after the Super Bowl. Keith Roth just announced that Eddie’s not doing his 5-8PM EST show on Hair Nation channel live the day after the big game. It’s now on tape. He must be “sick” like the other 16.1 million people that also might have suddenly got “sick” this morning (Ha-ha.)

  3. Michael, I 100% agree….Tesla is not, or ever was, a “hair band”. They’re a great, straight ahead American rock and roll band. To classify them as a “hair band” is simply naive……or stupid.

  4. I still vividly remember walking into Sound Warehouse in OKC and seeing an album by a new band called Tesla. I picked up Mechanical Resonance and thought sure, I’ll take a chance on these guys, I don’t even need to hear it. That turned out to be a good call. Those guys have put out volumes of great music over the years and IMO there is no better rock band to emerge from that era. I’m incredibly grateful that they are still around in the 2020s, because if there’s one thing that I’m sure of, it’s that there are increasingly fewer and fewer decent rock bands that are still recording and touring. I totally understand Troy wanting to take time off and I respect that. All the best to him, and to the rest of the guys in Tesla, I look forward to seeing you the next time you’re in Oklahoma!

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