Y&T Share Alternate Version Of “If You Want Me” Focusing On Dave Meniketti’s “Raw” Vocal Performance

Y&T have shared an alternate version of their song “If You Want Me.” The band commented:

“This track is from the 2010 Y&T ‘Facemelter’ record and is mostly just Dave [Meniketti]’s vocal, with a little of the guitar mixed lower in the background. Dave was going to post this with only the vocal track, but thought this was a better musical representation of this raw performance. Taken directly from the record’s digital multi-track files with no Equalization, effects, or compression. You are hearing the raw performance, just as Dave heard it in his headphones, as he sang it. All the other tracks have been muted (Drums, other electric guitars, and bass. Just a peek into how this came together before Tom Size mixed the entire track.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Y&T’s Dave Meniketti Says He Is Feeling “Fine” After Recently Exhibiting “A Few Of The Coronavirus Symptoms”

Y&T’s Dave Meniketti recently exhibited “a few of the coronavirus symptoms” after returning home from the band’s recent U.S. tour. However, the frontman says he is now feeling “fine.”


Meniketti said the following:

“All the Y&T family have been home from our US Tour now for a little over 2 weeks, and it’s really strange as I reflect back on how quickly things have changed since our last show in Boise, ID. On the positive side, we had a fantastic 7 week tour that started in Las Vegas in the middle of January, which seems like a year ago! The tour was to end in the Pacific Northwest, however those 3 shows were rescheduled to July.

The day we arrived home, March 13th, most of the boys were in good shape except for me and Jill. I did get sick that first day back with a few of the coronavirus symptoms, Jill a little less so. Though I never got tested to know for certain, it ended up being fairly mild and Jill and I are both fine, having isolated for about 17 days now.

The other day I heard that 3 of our fellow bay area bands, Testament, Death Angel, and Exodus came home from their Europe/UK tour the same day as we got home, but didn’t fare so well. Many of the band members and crew folks got coronavirus, including Chuck Billy. I know this is probably old news now, but I wanted to give my best to all of those guys and hope everyone is doing well. And for the drummer of Death Angel, Will Carroll, who last I heard was in ICU, all of Y&T hope he will come out of this and get back to being healthy soon. In fact, Chuck Billy did an interview for Rolling Stone about what happened in this excellent article, in case you didn’t see this. https://www.rollingstone.com/…/testament-chuck-billy-coron…/

Though we very much miss playing live shows, I wanted to put this out there that from our family to yours, stay safe, and we’ll see you on the other side of this – hopefully in the summer!


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Y&T Confirm Release Date For Long-Awaited Documentary “On With The Show”

Y&T’s new documentary, “Y&T: On With The Show – The Documentary,” will finally be released on DVD on November 26 and on Blu-ray on December 31. The effort, which can be pre-ordered HERE, will come with the following:

Y&T “On With the Show” Documentary. 2 disc set including the actual documentary (143 minutes) with 8 deleted scene bonus material, plus an “Encore” disc (137 minutes) with 9 special featurettes – for a total of nearly 5 hours of material. Available in DVD. (Blu-Ray coming soon.)

Disc 1: Documentary + Bonus Material
Disc 2: Encore: 9 Special Featurettes

Y&T Drop Off Saxon’s European Tour

Y&T have dropped off Saxon’s upcoming European tour due to Dave Meniketti’s back injury. The decision was made after the frontman’s doctor advised him to take more time to recover. FM will now be taking their place.

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***TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT*** It is with great regret that we announce the San Francisco rockers Y&T will not be joining us on the Saxon Thunderbolt European Tour this Autumn as previously announced. Y&T guitarist Dave Meniketti has a serious back injury that has meant he cannot travel to Europe for the shows. Dave Meniketti states: “It is with great disappointment that I announce Y&T's decision to withdraw from Saxon's upcoming fall Europe/UK tour. As many of you already know, I severely injured my back in July and have been under the care of a sports doctor/back specialist ever since. After I received two rounds of cortisone injections to reduce the inflammation, we all had high hopes I'd get "back on the field" in time for this tour. But as many people know, recovering from this kind of back injury takes time. Given the advice of my doctor and the urging of everyone around me, really, the only course of action for my long-term health is to stay home and properly complete my recovery. This decision has weighed heavily on me–and believe me, I'd much rather be on tour playing for all of you–but getting on an 11-hour flight and sitting for five weeks on drives of up to 10+ hours every day in a van traveling 11,000 miles/18,000 km would be a reckless approach at this stage of my recovery. I can't risk another setback like I experienced last month when I played a show against my doctor's advice. I apologize to the fans and to our buddies in Saxon for any inconveniences and disappointments that this has caused. We're big fans of Saxon and consider them to be one of the best live straight-ahead rock bands out there, so we're all disappointed to miss what surely would've been a great time on tour with them. For my part, and for Y&T going forward, I'm on the mend and can't wait to get back up on stage later this year. To our amazing fans in Europe and the UK, again, my apologies. We'll be back in 2019” Saxon have added UK rock band FM to the bill as Y&T’s replacement for all the shows Biff Byford “we were gutted to hear of Dave’s injury and we wish him all the best in a full recovery very soon. We are pleased to announce FM are joining us now on all the dates.

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Y&T Announce Two Special Acoustic Shows

Y&T have announced that they will be playing special acoustic sets on July 13 at Downtown & Vine in Sacramento, CA and on July 15 at Nonno’s in Los Gatos, CA. Fans that attend will be able to experience the newest Meniketti Wines and will also be able to hang out with frontman Dave Meniketti, his wife and Y&T manager Jill, and the rest of the band after the show. Tickets can be found HERE.


Here’s Y&T’s current touring schedule:

08/03 – Santa Cruz, CA – Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
08/04 – San Luis Obispo, CA – Fremont Theater
08/24 – Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone
08/25 – Merced, CA – Merced Theatre
09/06 – Hinckley, MN – Grand RockTember Music Festival
09/19 – Brussels, Belgium – AB
09/21 – Munich, Germany – Theaterfabrik
09/22 – Oberhausen, Germany – Turbinenhalle
09/23 – Leipzig, Germany – Haus Auensee
09/25 – Hamburg, Germany – Grosse Freheit
09/27 – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
09/28 – Trollhättan, Sweden – Apollon
09/29 – Stockholm, Sweden – Arenan
10/01 – Berlin, Germany – Huxley’s
10/02 – Pratteln, Switzerland – Z7
10/04 – Stuttgart, Germany – LKA Longhorn
10/05 – Milan, Italy – Live Club
10/06 – Marseille, France – Le Moulin
10/07 – Lyon, France – Le Transbordeur
10/09 – Toulouse, France – Bikini
10/11 – Madrid, Spain – La Riviera
10/12 – Bilbao, Spain – Santana 27
10/13 – Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz
10/15 – Paris, France – Bataclan
10/16 – Utrecht, Netherlands – Tivoli
10/18 – Glasgow, UK – Barrowland
10/19 – London, UK – Roundhouse
10/20 – Portsmouth, UK – Guildhall
10/21 – Manchester, UK – Manchester Academy
11/16 – Petaluma, CA – Mystic Theatre
11/17 – Petaluma, CA – Mystic Theatre

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

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!”