I’ve said it more times than Kanye West has embarrassed the world of music; Y&T are among the most unheralded rock bands ever and it’s a serious rock and roll oversight. The quartet, fronted by founder Dave Meniketti, came up in the 70s Bay Area music scene, while also tromping through the Sunset Strip alongside the likes of Van Halen, Quiet Riot, and many others. Y&T is one of the most powerful hard rock bands in the world, and 40 years on they still pack a vicious punch. The band’s blues-infused style of riff-driven rock never gets old, and their fans are among the most loyal you’ll ever meet. For Y&T it is a two-way street. The band does not charge for meet and greets, they treat their fans like family, and they always give 110% on stage. That means they play a real show, not some 60 minute, 10 song, we-have-to-hit-the-road, smack in the face. Y&T always provides a true headliner performance. Their 2016 appearance at the Boise Knitting Factory lasted 2 1/2 hours. It was one of the best Knit shows of the year. That’s what being a real rock band is all about, and that is Y&T.
Dave Meniketti remains the iconic voice and lead guitarist for Y&T and he is joined by drummer Mike Vanderhule, guitarist John Nymann, and bassist Aaron Leigh. The band is tighter than ever, and you can expect a set packed with all the Y&T classics like “Meanstreak,” “Open Fire,” “Forever,” “Black Tiger,” “Don’t Stop Runnin’,” “Rescue Me,” “I Believe in You,” “Hurricane,” “Lipstick and Leather,” and “Summertime Girls.” The band will also dig deep into their vast vault for deeper fan favorites. Every tour reveals new surprises.
Joining Y&T will be Boise’s own Ghostbox, whichformed in the fall of 2013 in the North End of Boise. The band’s style pulls from several genres spanning from Classic Rock, Grunge, Metal, and Alternative, creating a dark ambient sound. There’s a little something for everyone in a Ghostbox set with a unique sound and a dark, creepy vibe.
Y&T returns to the Boise Knitting Factory on Tuesday, May 16 and tickets are only $16. This will once again be among the best shows in Idaho for 2017, so if you are a true rock fan, this is not a show you will want to miss.
Take a look back at last year’s show through the lens of Sue Mansfield…