Y&T’s Dave Meniketti Explains Documentary Delay

During a recent interview with Tigman of Albany, New York’s Q103, Y&T’s Dave Meniketti offered an explanation for the delay of the band’s “On With The Show” documentary. Here’s what he had to say:

“It’s been taking an extremely long time to get that thing sorted out. The documentary filmmakers just had no idea how much work was involved and how many different artists wanted to be in the documentary and so on and so forth, so it’s taken a whole lot longer than they expected. But I just want all the fans out there to know that it is gonna happen, it is gonna come out sometime this year. I have no idea when, but we just keep prodding them back home and saying, ‘Cmon, guys. You almost done yet?’ But it’s turning out fantastic. I’ve seen a lot of the footage, as have all the guys in the band, and we’ve had nothing but great feedback from all of us.”

[via Blabbermouth]


Y&T To Release New Acoustic EP

Y&T will be releasing a new acoustic EP, titled “Acoustic Classix Vol. 1,” in January. You can preorder that HERE.

“Acoustic Classix Vol. 1” Track Listing:

01. “Contagious”
02. “Rock ‘N’ Roll’s Gonna Save The World”
03. “Summertime Girls”
04. “Black Tiger”
05. “Barroom Boogie”
06. “Rescue Me”

Y&T’s John Nymann To Miss Upcoming UK Festivals

Y&T’s John Nymann will not be performing with the band at the Ramblin’ Man Fair (July 28) and Rock & Blues Custom Show (July 29) festivals in the UK. The guitarist was forced to stay home after becoming “very ill.”


Dave Meniketti commented:

We’re sad to announce that John Nymann became very ill and was unable to make the flight to the UK today. Though we’ll miss him at this weekend’s festivals, we all wish John the best on his full recovery and know he will be fine. He’s so disappointed, and this is the first time he’ll miss a show in his long career due to illness. John looks forward to returning to the UK with Y&T on the fall tour.

While this is a shocker to us all, Y&T will power through and play Ramblin’ Man Fair and Rock & Blues Custom Show as a trio, with a local UK friend joining in on a few songs to help round out the sound. We know that our awesome UK fans will be supportive, and we want you all to know that we’re completely ready to kick some ass on these two festivals!
-Dave Meniketti


Original Y&T Rhythm Guitarist Joey Alves Dead At 63

Original Y&T rhythm guitarist Joey Alves has passed away at the age of 63. His death was a result of ulcerative colitis and other complications. R.I.P.

Dave Meniketti made the following Facebook post:


Y&T Offer Update On Their “On With The Show” Documentary

Y&T have offered an update on their “On With The Show” documentary. You can read what they had to say below. You can also find more info on the film over at Kickstarter.


“We’re still at it, in between the flooding, mudslides, and power outages we’ve been experiencing here at our studio in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The film is progressing beautifully, and the reviews from the principals involved (Dave (Meniketti, frontman) and the band, Jill (Dave’s wife), and a few other choice insiders) have been glowing and encouraging. We’re currently knee-deep into the ’80s heyday, as we chronologically forge ahead in putting this epic story together. We promise this will be worth the wait. Release has been pushed back, as we have admittedly underestimated the scope of this project. Our goal now is to complete it and hand over the finished film late this summer. We know the anticipation must be tough to tolerate, and we are grateful for your continued patience! Meanwhile, here’s an excerpt from the film. Hope you enjoy it!”


Original Y&T Drummer Leonard Haze Dead At 61

Original Y&T drummer, Leonard Haze has passed away at the age of 61. His death was a result of complications related to his COPD. R.I.P.


Y&T vocalist, Dave Meniketti said the following:

“It is with shock and sadness that I type this. Leonard Haze, the legendary drummer, and a guy I spent decades with creating great music together, has passed away at 61. This, just a few days after his birthday. I just woke up to this news, as I’m in Germany, and immediately called his wife, Kelly. She confirmed that Leonard had passed away in his sleep, a few hours ago, sometime between noon and 7:30pm on Sunday, September 11.

Leonard has been struggling with COPD for years, but Kelly said that although his health had recently declined, they felt he had a few years left, so this is unexpected.

My deepest condolences to Leonard’s family and friends. His impact on the rock scene was well documented.

Rest in peace, my friend.
-Dave Meniketti”

Members of Haze’s current band, HAZEXPERIENCE, also commented:

Guitarist Jim Bradley:

“Leonard was not only a bandmate but a close friend, sharing not just a passion for music but also our appreciation for fast cars and cool RC planes. Leonard was taken from us way too soon.”

Vocalist Jeffrey Winslow:

“Leonard was a good friend, a great drummer, and a true ambassador for the world of rock ‘n’ roll. I’m shocked that he’s gone, but thankful I got to know him while he was here.”


Brad Lang On “Indefinite Hiatus” From Y&T

It has been revealed that Y&T bassist Brad Lang is on “an indefinite hiatus” from the band. Taking his place will be Aaron Leigh (Frank Hannon Band). Dave Meniketti made the following Facebook post:

Lang also posted his own statement: