Back in 1983 when Fingers Metal Shop went on the air one of the first bands we embraced was Y&T. The Mean Streak album is still one of my favorites. With the boys coming back to our area April 5th at Stage 48 in NYC.
I spoke to main man Dave Meniketti about the tour, the history and the infamous Gibson Cherry Sunburst guitar. Y&T formed in 1972, playing only cover tunes. The name of the band was chosen from the name of the album "Yesterday and Today" by The Beatles. The band released their first two studio albums through London Records, and then signed with A&M prompting the band to shorten their moniker to simply Y&T.
The band officially disbanded in 1991. In 1995 they returned and the band performed sporadically during the '90s. They officially reunited in 2001. Dave Meniketti and Phil Kennemore have been the only constant members of the band since its formation in 1974. On January 7, 2011, bassist Phil Kennemore died at the age of 57 after a short battle with lung cancer. In July 2010, Brad Lang, bass player from the band Jet Red, stepped in to play live for the band as they promoted 'Facemelter', as Kennemore wanted the tour to carry on during his fight with cancer.
"Summertime Girls" is the band's most widely recognized song. Their 2010 music video for "I'm Coming Home" marks the band's most-viewed video on YouTube with over 1 million views.