BRIAN WHEAT (TESLA, SOULMOTOR): “I Didn’t Throw Him Out Of The Band, [TOMMY SKEOCH] Was Voted Out Unanimously”

Cumin’ Atcha in Writing

Brian Wheat is a founding member of the multi-platinum Rock band Tesla. The bassist has been there during the good times and the bad times from 1982 through today. Brian decided to document his successes, excesses, set backs, and triumphs in his new autobiography Son of a Milkman: My Crazy Life with Tesla [review]. Not only does Wheat share stories from the road and the studio, but he also shares his deeply personal medical challenges in hopes to help those that are struggling with similar issues. I had the chance to speak with Brain Wheat about his “crazy life.”

Highlights include:

  • Discussion of his new book Son of a Milkman
  • Dealing with anxiety and depression
  • How he wasn’t happy with Mechanical Resonance
  • Working with the late Ronnie Montrose
  • Walking former Tesla guitarist Tommy Skeoch on a leash
  • Is anyone is Tesla mad about what’s in the book
  • His friendship with Joe and Phil of Def Leppard
  • His recording studio and entertainment projects
  • What happened to Soulmotor
  • … and much, much more!

Tesla is:

Jeff Keith – Vocals
Frank Hannon – Guitar
Dave Rude – Guitar
Brian Wheat – Bass
Troy Luccketta – Drums

Soulmotor is:

Brian Wheat – Music
Darin Wood – Vocals

Photo by Ross Halfin


  • George Dionne

    George was a contributor here at Metal Express Radio, reviewing albums and conducting interviews, out of Massachusetts, USA. George has contributed to numerous music related websites and blogs, and even managed his own from 2004-2009. George's first assignment was covering a live show by the mighty GWAR. By contrast his later assignments featured Judas Priest, Van Halen, and Bon Jovi. George was also the front man for the South Eastern Massachusetts cover band Sound Tower from 2009-2015.  Sound Tower played 300+ shows across MA and had two original songs on the Cape Cod radio station PIXY 103. George enjoys a good whiskey, scotch, and/or bourbon and fights crime in his spare time.

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