San Fransisco Bay area hard rock band Y&T rocked NYC earlier this month at Stage 48 along with local rockers Streetlight Circus. During the show, founder Dave Meniketti (vocalist and guitarist) told the crowd that the band is celebrating their 40th anniversary.
Formed in the early 1970’s, the original line up included: Leanard Haze, Bob Gardner, Wayne Stitizer, and Dave Meniketti. They released two studio albums under the name Yesterday and Today (taken from the Beatles album that was playing on the radio at the time). In 1981 they shortened their name to Y&T, released Earthshaker, and have been known as such since.
In these 40 years, the band released twelve studio albums, achieved much commercial success, undergone line up changes, and experienced a brief hiatus. However, through it all, Dave Meniketti pushed forward keeping the band alive. His determination sends a big message to the bands of today: work hard, stay focused, do not give up despite the obstacles, and most importantly remain true to your music and do not compromise.
Y&T opened up with the song Open Fire from their album Black Tiger. During the night they also played other classics such as Mean Streak, Rock & Roll’s Gonna Save The World, Rescue Me, and their hit song Summertime Girls. The show was high energy from beginning to end.
What I enjoyed most from the night was witnessing fans from my generation singing along to every word while rocking along with the music. It always impresses me the way fans, even younger than myself, keep rock and roll alive and do not forget the great’s who came before. I do have to admit this was my first time seeing Y&T in concert. I’ve always heard, from those that were fortunate enough to see the band over the years, how Y&T is one of the best live bands they have seen. I was definitely in for a treat. With subtle virtuosity, Dave Meniketti played his guitar solos with his eyes closed. His strong singing voice, guitar talent, and commanding stage presence blew me away.
Y&T are currently on tour through the Spring and Summer here in the states before heading to Europe in the Fall. Be sure to check their official website for all the information.
Dave Meniketti: Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar
John Nymann: Guitar, Vocals
Brad Lang: Bass, Vocals
Mike Vanderhule: Drums, Vocals
Opening up the show were NYC locals, Streetlight Circus, who also delivered a stellar rocking performance. The guys played a ten-song set featuring music off their full-length self-titled album, their Snake Sessions EP, as well as some new music. According to their bio, the band’s goal is to “bring rock music to cities and venues big and small wherever there are people starving for real, no frills, down and dirty rock and roll.”
The NYC music scene includes many different bands from all genres. Some people argue that the days of gritty rock and roll music in the local scene is long gone, or that there are not enough bands of the hard rock blues genre. The crowd’s reaction during their set shows that rock is still alive here in NYC, and with a band like Streetlight Circus it is only just the beginning.
Missed their show at Stage 48? Check them out at the Blackthorn in Queens, NYC on June 20th! See their website for all other tour info.