Troy Luccketta

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Birthday: October 5, 1959

Birthplace: Lodi, California

Instruments: Drums & percussion

Interests: Drums, Family, Benefits & Church

Troy started playing drums at 10 years old and was influenced by Mitch Mitchell of the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Troy has a wide variety of musical tastes and loves Creedence Clearwater Revival, Neil Diamond, Led Zeppelin, and Latin style percussion. His other drumming influences include John Bonham, Ian Paice, Jeff Porcaro, David Garibaldi, and The Godfather Steve Gadd.

Troy grew up in the east San Francisco bay area playing in bands such as Whisper, Benny and the Jets, 415 and the Eric Martin Band before joining TESLA in 1985. Troy’s son, Troy Jr. is also a fantastic drummer. Troy also produces other artists and plays drums on recording sessions in the studio with artists like Ronnie Montrose, Marc Bonilla and others.

Comments (37)

  • joaquim pinto Reply

    i love tesla band

    Feb. 5, 2012 at 1:17 pm
  • Ron Meersand Reply

    Call me some time dude

    Feb. 17, 2012 at 11:08 pm
  • Ben A. Reply

    Just wanted to say it was nice speking with you at the airport leaving Monster Of Rock Cruise on my way to California. Thank you for the picture. See you at 2013 Monster of RockCruise

    Apr. 9, 2012 at 9:16 pm
  • Jordon Job Reply

    So, don’t know how often you read these, but I have some stories for you and some pictures as well, see if I can jog your memory. Take it back to late 80’s early 90’s You guys played a few times at the same places as my dads band “Justin Sayne”, even shared the stage with them playin too. They were out of Idaho. My dad is Jeff (drums). I remember getting to meet you guys at The Big Easy in Boise and hangin out a bit after the show. Like I said you might have to think back a bit. Anyways, I’m in Afghanistan right now, and I happen to meet a girl who worked at The Chip in South Dakota and she showed me all sorts of pics with you guys too, small world eh? Anyway, if any of this sounds familiar, please do write back, it’d be great to hear something.
    Thanks again, Jordon

    Apr. 21, 2012 at 11:51 am
  • Cary Reply

    In about 84 my band Onyx was playing in a club in Stockton, I believe, saw a crashed drum cymbal on the wall signed “City Kidd”…some one around told us they were now Tesla…we didnt know who you were yet…in the next few years I sure knew…

    May. 28, 2012 at 4:09 pm
  • rick Reply

    hey troy – really cool that i have your old city kidd set now 11 piece rogers r set/ white / rock on guys

    May. 30, 2012 at 9:33 pm
  • Ron Meersand Reply

    TROY try to call when your in Philly this july 🙂
    maybe i can see you before the show long time man…

    May. 31, 2012 at 8:14 am
  • Aya Ortega Gil Reply

    oh! I always wanted to learn to play the drums and the truth that I’m no good at all. I really admire you a lot, you have always been authentic and have done great music and have been honest to your fans so thank you so much.

    Jun. 8, 2012 at 4:19 pm
  • Dennis McDonald Reply

    Just wanted to say thanks for taking the time to have a few words with me during the intermission in Reno. 26 years, your still not too good to mingle…YOU ROCK TROY!

    Jun. 14, 2012 at 5:17 pm
  • Mark R. Reply

    Troy – just wanted to thank you for giving your drum sticks to our 10-year old son at the Tucson show on Sunday night June 17. My wife, son, and I were seated in the front row and you came over to us after the set and gave our son your drum sticks. What a classy thing to do and what a thrill for our son! This was our son’s first rock concert and needless to say, you made this night one he will never forget. Much thanks and appreciation to you for this memorable moment and great concert experience! My wife and I will be attending the San Antonio show (front row on end) and the Grand Prairie show as well, which we are looking forward to. Thanks again.

    Jun. 19, 2012 at 8:41 pm
  • Dave Reply

    Just writing a word of thanks for Frank and Troy!

    Frank gave my daughter, Alyssa, a brief personal guitar lesson today at Guitar Center in Warwick, RI after hearing her play some Eagles Desperado.

    She was already greatly enjoying guitar and now she has even more encouragement and a great story to tell.

    Thanks again guys!

    Jul. 4, 2012 at 1:47 pm
  • Shawn Hughes Reply

    Hey Troy. It doesn’t look like you will be anywhere near me on this run. Kick a, i know you will bro. Your a great guy and a kick ass drummer.

    Jul. 26, 2012 at 10:23 pm
  • Kevin M. Berry Reply

    Troy it was a pleasure meeting you at G Ctr Wednesday evening. It was good talking to someone down to earth and extremely knowledgeable about drums. I actually found you here by accident … I decided on Tama Starclassic Maple after going to the North G Ctr store that evening and playing on the other two Pearl kits. Neither had the low end presence that I got from the Starclassic so it’s a wrap my man. Anyway thanks for taking the time to chat with me and being so humble. I listened to some of your tracks and you do nice work on the skinz my man, nice work. Congrats and continued success with your music. Please take a moment, when time permits, and drop me a few lines. I’d enjoy sharing more knowledge and checking you out live. Stay well and do continue to tear up the skinz.

    KmB Sr.

    Aug. 2, 2012 at 9:31 pm
  • duane leazier Reply

    troy i recently took my kids to the escanaba state fair in escanaba,mi. to see tesla in guys put on one hell of a great show.the music was great and the sound was the end of the show like the last 3 songs i brought my 9 year old daughter up to the front of the stage and lifted her up so she could see you play.then at the end you personally gave her one of your drumsticks.i was blowen away by that and you gave her a memory she will never forget and still smiles when she talks about you.tesla was her 1st. concert and she will never forget what you did for her and neither will i.thank you.taking pictures of you was hard that close to the stage with everybody there any possible way i could get an autographed picture of you playing live please.i wanna take the drumstick and photo and have it framed for her.thank you,duane leazier.sault ste.marie,mi.

    Sep. 19, 2012 at 11:59 am
  • Ken Cash Reply

    Troy awesome show! Thanks for letting me and Brenda be a part of it. Have a great tour. We will see you next time.

    Apr. 26, 2013 at 3:23 pm
  • T. Irvine Reply

    Hey Troy it’s been a long time ! YOU Might not remember me but we have a ‘lot of connections. 415,ERIC MARTIN BAND,MR. BIG ( ENJOYED WATCHING THE GUY’S RECORD AT FANTASY RECORDS, LONG TIME !/and THE PERFORMANCE AT Mountain Aire ! Year’s ago YOU AND JAKE BORROWED KEY’S FROM ME FOR YOUR GIG WITH AMBROSIA in S.f. Thanks ! it was a great show AND GETTING MY KEY’S BACK IN ONE PIECE(I TRUSTED YOU ) Before CITY KID became TESLA I was a member of Zboy we opened for u at OASIS BALL ROOM,SAC several times . ? Do you stay in touch with Eric? I have to say I miss Mark (God bless him ,what a good soul) the last time I saw Mark was in Clayton,ca we had Pizza and beer,and looked forward to seeing all of our friends together .We had a good time. Friends OF BOTH OF US attended his memorial I am sorry I could not make it . On a Lighter note Brad Lang is now with W&T I’m sure you know him. HOPE I CAN MAKE HIS SUMMER SOLSTICE PARTY THE YEAR ! I HOPE YOU AND ALL THE GUY’S ARE DOING WELL! THANKS TERRY

    Jun. 6, 2013 at 1:38 pm
  • doug maroney Reply

    happy Special day to you!!! are you coming to reno again soon?

    Jul. 4, 2013 at 3:39 pm
  • Karen Luzinski Reply

    Hey Troy, we went to school together I used to be Lundberg but kept my married name even after getting a divorce. Love your tunes. Mt. Eden Monarchs dude, haha

    Jul. 15, 2013 at 7:02 pm
  • Rich fray Reply

    Hey troy long time no see! How are you brother, last tim i saw you was in the early 80’s we sat in your van in novato after Rehearsal at jack in the box and talk about eric and the band. Well for me i have been on tour with the wailers, and other bands and i have hung it up for now. I hope your doing well. And have you heard from zeke? You can find me on facebook Richard A Fray. Be well brother.

    Sep. 19, 2013 at 9:02 pm
  • vic vicena Reply

    hi troy.. i was the Fundamentals bass player when you used to sit in and play WHAT IS HIP. at YOSHI”S before it moved.. i will be at the catalyst in santa curz next sat. with my stunningly beautiful girl who is a huge fan for ever.. and wondered if a pic or two would be possible.. didn’t know how security would be there…. excited to see the band as well.. my first time.. Vic Vicena .. ;p

    Sep. 30, 2013 at 1:02 pm
    • vic vicena Reply

      John Xepoleas is the Fundamentals drummer.. ;p

      Sep. 30, 2013 at 1:04 pm
  • Antonio Reply

    Hey Troy it has been a long time. Last time we saw one another was when we were neighbors and the lil one was 7 years old. 🙂 A shout out to the baddest drummer around. You know what would be real cool to see….duel between you and Phil 🙂

    Nov. 8, 2013 at 8:31 pm
  • Michael andrew daraitis Reply

    Ran into you at tgi- Fridays in maplewood Minnesota near myth nightclub on 1-24-14 and you were gracious in letting us take photos with you and signing my five man cassette are the best. God bless you and all yours!!!

    Jan. 27, 2014 at 8:33 am
  • Liz Reply

    Hey Troy,
    Your mom tells me you are on the cover of Drumhead. I am looking on line to see if I can see your darling face on this magazine. No luck. You know we are limited here in Bullhead. Congratulations.

    Feb. 4, 2014 at 11:52 am
  • Ron Reply

    Hey Troy. Ron from ND. Thanks again for everything. Rockin4wellnes is a great thing. Hope to see you guys this summer.

    Mar. 5, 2014 at 8:42 pm
  • Gene Mcgeehan Reply

    Thank you so much!!! Your a good man!!!!

    Apr. 29, 2014 at 6:58 am
  • Rick Allen Reply

    Cool grooves brother!

    I love the new TAMA kit…KEEP ON ROCKIN’!

    May. 11, 2014 at 5:51 pm
  • Jim mcdermott Reply

    Troy face book me plz an thank you for tour kindness at the Tacoma show me an wife love the band always have plz Facebook me as a request this is Jim the the quadd amputtee dale stones friend

    May. 17, 2014 at 7:37 am
  • joy Reply

    Thanks for being such a gentlemen and having patience with my grandson from CA to Salt Lake, hard to keep a baby quite, and it was his first flight. Patience is a virtue and that is being tested with me waiting on the new tunes.

    Jun. 4, 2014 at 7:12 pm
  • EJ Bowman Reply

    TROY!!! wow…hey i was one of your students before you packed up and left CV, CA. we went to se Rush in san jose, hey, i miss you man, would love to have a convo with you… Are you going to be performing with tesla at alamed county fair in july? Shoot me an email…miss ya man E.J. Bowman, Hayward

    Jun. 24, 2014 at 6:11 pm
  • dr. scott canada Reply

    Troy. How are you. This is Scott your old chiropractor in Castro Valley. Are you going to be with the band in Pleasanton tonight. It would be nice to see you.

    Jun. 29, 2014 at 9:48 am
  • Don Garber Borg Reply

    Joy my brother Tom if you remember Garber from Dublin and I are going to come and see you in Eugene In July maybe you can contact us so we can contact you Tom Lives in Roseburg I live in cottage Grove and Tim and Tammy live in North Carolina Look forward to seeing you play Maybe we can talk

    Jul. 20, 2014 at 7:09 pm
  • Don garber borg Reply

    Well we made it n it was so cool 40 yrs since contact 2 hrs before the jam, vIP passes 1st row seats front n center ( no we did not sit) then after was just bonding, n jeff, what can i say bout jeff a gentleman and a rocker and always on what a funny guy. Troy i was impressed by your band n band mates, n Ohell ya the music n the show , outstandingnight n outstanding new friends

    Jul. 27, 2014 at 7:44 am
  • Nichole Reply

    Thank you so much for taking the time to take pics with me after your flight to Missoula. I saw you guys in ’87 opening for Def Leppard at the Salt Palace. Been a fan ever since!! Don’t let your friends call you Luke Skywalker…….it was your last name that got me stat struck and flustered! Hope you enjoyed the Paul McCartney show and I hope I’ll be able to make your Aug 29 appearance at Usana in Utah.

    Aug. 4, 2014 at 7:03 pm
  • Mike Reply

    I Love the new album! Where is the Phoenix AZ tour date? Please come back to Phoenix guys!

    Sep. 18, 2014 at 1:31 pm
  • Ron McNeiley Reply

    Hey Troy. Ron from ND. Hope to see you at St.Paul MN this summer. We will be there to support Tesla and rockin 4wellness. Thanks bud

    Jan. 27, 2015 at 8:40 pm
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