News Segment


June 6, 2007

Phoenix, Arizona: On Tuesday, June 5th, 2007 the Rock and Roll Band “Tesla” descended upon Phoenix to promote their “Real to Reel” tour.

The promotion was billed as “Tesla Tuesday” and was a huge hit with fans, myself included.

The day began with an early morning performance on Good Morning Arizona, and was followed by a four hour stint as guest DJ’s on the local rock station 93.3 KDKB. The band played songs from their newly released album and gave away tickets and back stage passes to callers.

Later the band put on a “SPECTACULAR” free, live performance, smack dab in the middle of a Phoenix area Best Buy, located at 27th Avenue and Thunderbird Road. The performance included some outstanding renditions of previously recorded music from a wide variety of bands, like Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” and “Walk away” by Joseph Walsh, which are included in their new CD. The band dedicated “What U Give” to their longtime fans who responded very enthusiastically.

‘It was like having Tesla playing live in your living room” said Matt Kruska, a long time fan of the band. “It was awesome.”

Following the live performance, the five band members mixed and mingled with the crowd, shaking hands, and “hi-fiving” those in attendance. The band also sat for photos with fans and autographed copies of their new “Real to Reel” CD.

As if all of this wasn’t exciting enough, the band later made another personal appearance at listening party hosted by Martini Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona. Again, they posed for photos with fans and signed more autographs!

Tesla is one of the best, if not “THE” best rock and roll bands of all time. They’ve been rockin’ for 25 years and their music has withstood the test of time. They have probably the most loyal fan base of any rock band in history. More and more young faces are popping up in the crowds too, as a new generation of Tesla fans emerge.

It was at Martini Ranch in Scottsdale, that I had the wonderful opportunity to meet and chat with the mother of Troy Lucketta, Tesla’s drummer. Troy’s Mother, Joanne, was present at both the Best Buy event as well as the Martini Ranch listening party. She is an absolutely delightful woman and a frequent attendee of their concerts as well.

I asked her what she thought about her son wanting to be a rock star before the band got started. She said, “Troy had a paper route when he was 10 years old. He saved his money and one day he found a drum set for $50. He brought it home and he played and played. When he’d be on restriction (grounded) or upset about something he’d bang away on those drums, and we encouraged it. It wasn’t until after he became famous that he began taking professional lessons, he was basically self taught.”

The band has an upcoming concert scheduled in Phoenix on June 12th at the Dodge Theater. Tickets are on sale now. Information on future tour dates can be found at:

I’d like to give very special thanks to Jeff Keith, Brian Wheat, Frank Hannon, Troy Lucketta, and David Rude (taking over for Tommy Skeoch) for 25 years of awesome music and for never letting their fame and fortune go to their heads. Rock On!!!!

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