Tesla Drummer Troy Luccketta: “Ronnie Montrose brought ‘Little Suzi’ to the band”

Tesla Drummer Troy Luccketta: “Ronnie Montrose brought ‘Little Suzi’ to the band”

As part of their “Albums Unleashed” series, the Decibel Geek Podcast interviewed Troy Lucketta of Tesla to discuss the making of the bands 1987 debut record Mechanical Resonance.  During the interview, conducted by hosts Chris Czynszak and Aaron Camaro, Troy shares all sorts of interesting aneqdotes related to the writing and recording of the record including how it came to be that the band record a cover of the Ph.D song and Tesla staple“Little Suzi”…

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Albums Unleashed – TESLA Mechanical Resonance with Troy Luccketta Ep349

Albums Unleashed – TESLA Mechanical Resonance with Troy Luccketta Ep349

This week Tesla‘s Troy Luccketta joins us to discuss the making of Mechanical Resonance. Released in December of 1986, Mechanical Resonance introduced this Sacramento-based 5 piece to the world. Produced by the duo of Steve Thompson and Michael Barbiero, the album peaked at 32 on the Billboard charts. Additionally, it provided Tesla with some bonafide material that still gets played live today including Modern Day Cowboy, Cumin’ Atcha Live, and Little Suzi. Mechanical Resonance  …

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Anthrax State of Euphoria Albums Unleashed – Ep340

Anthrax State of Euphoria Albums Unleashed – Ep340

Shawn Franklin joins the guys this week to discuss his continuing involvement with Anthrax; this time for the 1988 classic State of Euphoria! This thrashterpiece was released on September 19, 1988 and helped cement Anthrax’s place in The Big 4. With killer tracks like Be All End All, Who Cares Wins, Misery Loves Company, and the single Antisocial, State of Euphoria reached No.30 on the Billboard charts and would be certified Gold a year later….

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Kenny Olson Looks Back on Devil Without a Cause – Albums Unleashed Ep330

Kenny Olson Looks Back on Devil Without a Cause – Albums Unleashed Ep330

Original member of Kid Rock‘s Twisted Brown Trucker Band Kenny Olson brings some amazing stories this week! Devil Without a Cause was unleashed on the world 20 years ago and it’s place in music history is solidified. Kenny Olson   In this long-form talk, Kenny Olson gives the backstory of how a diverse group of Detroit musos found each other, blended together a sound like no other, and went out and dominated the world.  The…

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Vinnie Vincent Reflects on Invasion Debut (Albums Unleashed) – Ep318

Vinnie Vincent Reflects on Invasion Debut (Albums Unleashed) – Ep318

In an interview seven years in the making, Vinnie Vincent joins us this week.  Undoubtedly one of the most intense rock records ever made, Vinnie Vincent Invasion was a natural topic choice. Our Albums Unleashed criteria is simple; discuss the making of an album we love with a key player in its creation. The debut album by Vinnie Vincent Invasion is an over-the-top, face-melting masterpiece. Vinnie Vincent   Vinnie is incredibly candid in this long-form…

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Mick Sweda & Toby Wright Look Back on Bulletboys Debut (Albums Unleashed) – Ep317

Mick Sweda & Toby Wright Look Back on Bulletboys Debut (Albums Unleashed) – Ep317

Guitarist Mick Sweda and engineer Toby Wright join the guys this week to reflect on 1988’s Bulletboys album. Produced by the Ted Templeman for Warner Bros Records, the album reached #34 on the Billboard 200 chart. Correspondingly, the band received heavy rotation from MTV. The videos for ‘Smooth Up in Ya’ and ‘For the Love of Money’ were ever-present at the time. Bulletboys Mick shares the story of how he, bassist Lonnie Vencent and vocalist…

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Albums Unleashed – Steeler with Rik Fox Ep274

Albums Unleashed – Steeler with Rik Fox Ep274

Bassist Rik Fox returns to Decibel Geek this week for Albums Unleashed – Steeler. Fronted by vocalist Ron Keel, Steeler had migrated west from Nashville. Upon his arrival, Keel would realize he needed new players to compete with a burgeoning Sunset Strip scene that included rising stars such as Motley Crue and Quiet Riot. In this long form discussion, Rik shares his memories of auditioning for Steeler, his meeting with drummer Mark Edwards, and the…

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Albums Unleashed Vinnie Vincent Invasion All Systems Go w/Bobby Rock – Ep270

Albums Unleashed Vinnie Vincent Invasion All Systems Go w/Bobby Rock – Ep270

Drummer Bobby Rock joins the guys this week for Albums Unleashed Vinnie Vincent Invasion All Systems Go. In this long-form discussion, Bobby goes into detail on the tour leading up to the recording of this sophomore album; including his recollection of equipment being confiscated due to a pending lawsuit filed by former New England drummer Hirsh Gardner against Vinnie Vincent. A lot of tension was building around the recording of All Systems Go with pressure…

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Albums Unleashed Skid Row Rachel Bolan Michael Wagener – Ep260

Albums Unleashed Skid Row Rachel Bolan Michael Wagener – Ep260

Skid Row bassist Rachel Bolan and producer Michael Wagener join the guys this week for Albums Unleashed Skid Row. Recorded in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Skid Row was released January 24, 1989 on Atlantic Records. Thanks to strong response to singles such as ‘Youth Gone Wild,’ ’18 and Life,’ ‘Piece of Me,’ and the ballad ‘I Remember You,’ Skid Row would go on to sell over 5 million copies. This self-titled debut featured the talents of…

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Tora Tora Wild America Unleashed w/Anthony Corder

Tora Tora Wild America Unleashed w/Anthony Corder

We return with the latest installment of our Albums Unleashed series and this one is Wild! Aaron and Chris return this week along with special guest Anthony Corder to discuss the fantastic 1992 A&M Records release of Tora Tora’s Wild America. This album hit the shelves amidst a tidal wave of grunge music that was taking over the airwaves. The musical climate at the time relegated it to a slot just outside the Billboard Top…

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