One of America’s most renowned hard rockers, Y&T have a formidable reputation for being a powerhouse live band. It’s where they come into their own – and this lot have been a staggering stage presence since the band began in 1974.
The Oakland raiders began as Yesterday & Today, releasing a self-titled album in 1976 plus ‘Struck Down’ two years later under that name. But in 1980, they truncated this to Y&T, and set out on a bluitz across the decade. Led by vocalist/guitarist Dave Meniketti, the line-up also featured lead guitarist Joey Alves, bassist Phil Kennemore and drummer Leonard Haze. And on albums such as ‘Earthshaker’ (1981), ‘Black Tiger’ (’82) and ‘Mean Streak’ (’83), the four proved they could match any contemporaries when it came to melody, muscle and majesty.
It was with 1984’s ‘In Rock We Trust’ that Y&T finally got their a significant breakthrough, as it not only made the Top 50 in the US, but the Top 40 in the UK. And that summer they also performed at one of the most celebrated the Monsters Of Rock Festival at Donington.
A hit with ‘Summertime Girls’ in 1985 finally got them mainstream recognition. And since then, the band have carried on delivering both live and in the studio. While they took a break for a few years in 1991, since their return in ’95, the band have been an irresistible force. With Meniketti as vibrant as ever upfront, the current line-up also has John Nymann (guitar), Aaron Leigh (bass) and Mike Vanderhule (drums). And they still make the earth and surrounding planets shake!
‘Summer Time Girls’, ‘Hurricane’, ‘Black Tiger’
Their Finest Hour
Y&T rock the Reading festival in ’82.