Hard rock and metal fans get ready, because Y&T is finally making its way to the Treasure Valley. On Tuesday, March 22 they will open fire at the Boise Knitting Factory. Local heroes, Midline, will open the show. Tickets are only $16, for this all ages show and some are still available. Be sure to tell your boss you’ll need the next day off to recover. Y&T puts on that kind of an energetic, sweaty, draining, hard rock-hangover kind of show.
Y&T is arguably the most unheralded and underrated in band in all of rock and roll, and they are quite easily America’s equivalent to Europe’s UFO or even Judas Priest to some degree. Born in the Bay Area of Northern California in 1974,Yesterday & Today spent years running up and down the coast between Los Angeles and San Francisco, helping to set the tone for the future of heavy music. In 1981, the band shortened its moniker to Y&T for the release of its third studio album, Earthshaker; a record which yielded such heavyweight hits as “Hurricane”, “Dirty Girl”, “I Believe in You”, and “Rescue Me”, all of which remain live staples for the band. A year later Y&T dropped its seminal record, Black Tiger, an album laden with high-energy, molten rockers like “Open Fire”, “Barroom Boogie”, “Hell or High Water, “Forever” and of course, the title track.
Y&T’s thunderous rhythm section of drummer Leonard Haze, bassist Phil Kennemore and guitarist Joey Alves backed-stopped the gritty vocal delivery of frontman, Dave Meniketti, who also serves as the band’s explosive and fiery lead guitarist. His six-string pyrotechnics are so impressive, Ozzy Osbourne once asked him to join his band back in the early 80s. Fortuitously, Meniketti declined and in 1983, while the L.A. scene was starting to churn out a string of Aqua Net and spandex-clad hair metal bands, Y&T remained true to its blues-based metal-riffing roots, cranking out its beastlyMeanstreak record.
Throughout the 80s, Y&T delivered a number of highly powerful and enduring hard rock records including In Rock We Trust, Down for the Count, Contagious and Ten. Radio hits like “Lipstick and Leather” and “Summertime Girls” made them popular on MTV and rock radio, but it’s always been the band’s deeper cuts that truly define their sound.
As with many heavy bands of their era, the music scene’s turn to grunge, as well as some growing pains within the band, led to something of a hiatus for the Y&T though they would release two albums in the second half of the 90s.
In 2010, Y&T returned with its first studio album in 13 years. Facemelter resonated with the feel of the band’s mid-80s sound, yet infused with a modern vibe. During the subsequent tour for the record, Meniketti’s longtime friend and songwriting partner, Phil Kennemore, lost his battle with cancer. As Phil would have wanted it, Meniketti keeps Y&T moving forward, doing what it does best, which is tearing it up live on stage. Joining Dave are fellow longtime band members Mike Vanderhule on drums, and John Nymann on guitar. Former Jet Red bassist, Brad Lang, took over in Kennemore’s stead.
Y&T is a band built for the stage and they always deliver a high caliber performance. Expect upwards of 20 songs spanning the breadth of Y&T’s impressive canon of hard rocking metal. This is one show that would be an absolute regret to miss.
Knitting Factory Concert House – Boise
Boise , ID
Tuesday Mar 22, 2016
Show: 8:00 PM
Doors: 7:00 PM