“I talk about some of the things [we went through in my book], but you’ve gotta remember too, I’m telling things that happened at that time, which was many years ago. The band, since Dave Rude [guitar] got into it, has been pretty solid. Me and Troy [Luccketta, drums], we had some disagreements along the way and a lot of verbal altercations, but today, me and him are fine, because we’ve learned how to appreciate each other and respect each other, and we have a really good level of understanding each other today. And we don’t have the problems we had.
“Like I said, it’s just brothers,” Brian added. “Brothers go at it. And when there’s four of five of ’em, it’s bound to happen.”
“Son Of A Milkman: My Crazy Life With Tesla” arrived on December 15 via Post Hill Press. In this 304-page hardcover book, Wheat lifts the lid on living the rock ‘n’ roll life while struggling with anxiety, depression and other issues seldom discussed by musicians.
“Son Of A Milkman” features a foreword by DEF LEPPARD vocalist Joe Elliott, and was co-written with award-winning journalist and author Chris Epting, whose titles include “Adrenalized” (co-written with DEF LEPPARD‘s Phil Collen) and “Change Of Seasons” (co-written with John Oates).
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Wheat co-founded TESLA, which became one of the biggest bands of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Brian owns a recording studio by the name of J Street Recorders in Sacramento, California. PAPA ROACH, TESLA, PAT TRAVERS, DEFTONES, KODIAK JACK, FLASHFIRES and many others have recorded there.
In June, the members of TESLA got together — virtually — to jam out a quarantined version of “Breakin’ Free” as part of their online series “Home To Home”.
The original recording of “Breakin’ Free” appeared on TESLA‘s 2008 album “Forever More”.