Eddie Trunk believes that guitarist Tommy Skeoch still part of original agreement with Tesla
It’s been more than 20 years since Tesla parted ways with original guitarist Tommy Skeoch but it appears that the guitarist may still be making money from Tesla‘s current ventures.
Speaking about which band members actually own the band names, radio mogul Eddie Trunk stated (as transcribed by Sleaze Roxx): “We just talked about Ratt. I am sure that Warren DeMartini is still a part of that partnership. So behind the scenes, he may still be getting paid. I told you my buddy Keith Nelson, a founding member of Buckcherry, when he split from that band a year or two ago, he still maintains his piece of the band. He still gets paid because he’s part of it. I believe the same type of thing with Tommy Skeoch of Tesla. He hasn’t been in the band in like 20 years. He didn’t sell out so he still has to be accounted for and be paid on money they make because he’s still part of the original agreement. But the ideas is to be paid. If you’re in that situation, or you own the name, you want to be able to make a settlement with that ex outgoing member and not have to deal with them and pay them. It’s like having an ex-wife or something. Please just take anything and go away. I don’t want to hear you anymore. You have nothing to do with nothing. How much is that going to cost [laughs] you know?”
Skeoch was apparently fired from Tesla back in 2006 as he stated in an interview with Trunk back in 2016: “It was ummm. I bet I was fired. I would say. It was like at that time, I was being vocal about. I didn’t know if I wanted to go on being in — because we were turning into a nostalgia act at that point. And that’s OK. There’s nothing wrong with that…. Something about me knew that me being out there with all their down time, and then doing a show, and then down time, and then doing a show the next night and then a day off. Just a lot of down time. It was not easy. For whatever reason, my head just couldn’t take the down time. It was killing me.”
Eddie Trunk on was over band names – June 1, 2018:
Eddie discusses artists who own part of the band’s name or have sold away their ownership.