Brian Wheat

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Brian grew up the youngest of 6 kids in the hood of South Sacramento, CA. While his older brothers cranked up hard rock records ala Humble Pie and Cream, Brian had a huge love for the Beatles and would steal their records from his brothers’ collections. Brian started playing bass at 14 years old. His main musical influence is Paul McCartney as well as Jimmy Page, but he also has strong political views and states General George S. Patton as an influence.

Brian was very close to his Mom and is a natural born leader of business affairs. Brian is an avid baseball player and he played catcher’s position up to his high school league. Brian decided to switch to playing music full time after the coaches said he couldn’t make it to pro ball because of his size, despite his talents for the game. Brian still plays in mens hardball leagues as well as racquetball, biking and kayaking. Brian loves music production and owns a state of the art recording studio where TESLA records.

His other interests include Barbequing, Cooking, and traveling to Europe for the holidays with his wife Monique. Together they live in a 120 year old Victorian house. Brian says that it is his experience as a catcher and his love of General Patton that helps him manage the band.

Comments (15)

  • Kathy Reply

    I met you at the Warfield, fall 2011. I was there (the old woman) with David L. (Dean Markley) and after taping your promo, you told a story about Ronnie Montrose and what a great person he was and you were grateful that he had given you such a n amazing song. I’ll always remember that story. What I am trying to say is that we will all miss him , but I wanted to express my condolences to you.


    P.S. You guys rocked!

    Mar. 7, 2012 at 4:08 pm
  • Paul Do Canto Reply





    Apr. 26, 2012 at 8:52 pm
  • scott Reply

    thx mr wheat for the years of great music i to am an respector of genreal patton i am a disabled army veteran who loved serving his country.keep rocking and howbout them cubs lol.

    May. 12, 2012 at 11:46 am
  • Phillip wheat Reply

    Hey man kin to any wheats in Louisville or Scarboroughs.Having a family reunion in July .

    May. 23, 2012 at 11:48 am
  • Aya Ortega Gil Reply

    Oh shit! i would meet you someday! but i’m too far away and too young to have money! come to barcelona! kjashd asm i can’t wait!

    You are amazing man!

    Jun. 8, 2012 at 4:25 pm
  • David Candelaria Reply

    Hi Brian, you produced my band “Souldog” years ago w/Tommy, and Dan (R.I.P.) That project went south, but I’d love to send you what I’ve done since…Running a Neve/Neumann studio and makin’ music. Send a link, I’ll e-mail you stuff. Long time. Thanks, Dave (singer)

    Dec. 21, 2012 at 2:55 pm
  • Crazy brown Reply

    WHAT. UP BRIAN. THIS IS. CRAZY. Brown from DALLAS. I. Have a fender Bass jazz stop by when you all come threw dallas. I have a little something for everyone in the band. We will have a blast. Youll love the bass guitar, its yours. I. Just want to party with you guys at my house i want to freak my neighbors out. Youll love saint patrick street. CRAZY

    Jan. 22, 2013 at 8:10 pm
  • terry Reply

    HI..Big fan since you first came to chicago at the vic I actually threw a bed sheet on stage,that read Tesla Rocks Chicago. I was wondering why you guys can’t play a bigger venue? House of blues is too small and over crowded but you stiill rocked PLEASE play a bigger venue next time oh the thirsty whale throwing the keys

    Jul. 21, 2013 at 7:09 pm
  • buckley,deanna Reply

    i use to go and watch you and my late little brother david buckley play baseball for lemon hill little league baseball back in the day . had a shirt say’ng in big bright letters LEMON HILL LITTLE LEAGUE WE LOVE YOU BRIAN ..,at the concert you play’d in sacramento,ca thought if you seen it maybe you might have signed it for my little brother ( rest in peace ) DAVID BUCKLEY .

    Sep. 25, 2013 at 8:07 pm
  • Christian Reply

    Hi Brian, I’ve been in the band’s warmup session before up in Minnesota a couple years ago and saw how you guys determine the setlists for the evening. I’m really hoping when you play in Minnesota on Jan. 24 you can play “All of Me”. What a great song!

    Jan. 14, 2014 at 6:51 am
  • Joseph Cesar Reply

    This is not a Tesla-related comment, but I met your brother today at the local recycle center. We were both doing our part in “kicking the can.” Anyway, he was so positive and captivating in the group of those standing around that we struck up a great conversation. He asked for my business card. Not having one and faced with the facility closing for the day, we quickly separated ways. I didn’t even get his name. I did catch that he said you were his brother though. Just an incidental meeting, but wanted to share with you how kind your family is to the world around them. You have good roots. Congratulations on all the success you have achieved. God Bless!

    Jun. 30, 2014 at 6:34 pm
  • Mike McCoy Reply

    My brother and I saw your concert at Bogarts in Cin City. You guys definitely brought it. Enjoy your show every time Tesla comes to town. Keep rockin’ the house. Look forward to the next time you roll through town!!!

    Aug. 21, 2014 at 12:52 pm
  • Jeff Hutchinson Reply

    Hey, Brian! It’s Jeff Hutcinson! Glad to see you’re entrepeneurial spirit! You were there for me when I was outnumbered at school. You were the only one. I never forgot. Nor did I forget seeing you years later at Kings Skate Country.
    Best to you and yours. I’m living in South Sac again.
    Take care and never stop!

    Sep. 14, 2014 at 12:10 pm
  • Mike Reply

    I have been a fan since 1986. I saw you guys play the Texas Jam in 1987. I saw you the following year opening for Def Leppard in the round. I would Love to see you guys come back down to Phoenix AZ again on this current tour. Rock On!

    Sep. 18, 2014 at 1:38 pm
  • camie cline Reply

    will u b coming back to vegas anytime soon by the time i found out u were here the concert was sold out my friend stacy had his picture taken with u last night and he wont stop gloating about it hes the one that told me about concert i hope i have the pleasure of seeing u in concert someday thank u for all the pleasure thru the years peace

    Sep. 21, 2014 at 4:20 pm

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