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” stating that: “Ronnie Montrose brought “Little Suzi” to Tesla and produced the first demo of that before I was in the band.  It was Ronnie Montrose’s idea.  I believe it (the original Ph.D video) was the 5th video MTV ever played. ”

You can hear the complete interview here.

Mechanical Resonance is the debut studio album by Tesla, released in 1986. The album was certified platinum by the RIAA on October 5, 1989.

Tesla has a new album Shock coming on March 8th and produced by Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen.  The tour in support of Shock starts Feb. 1st in Prior Lake, MN.  Full tour dates can be found at the bands website.

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