Y&T, short for Yesterday and Today, is an American hard rock band that was formed in 1974 in Oakland, California. The band was founded by Dave Meniketti, Phil Kennemore, Leonard Haze, and Joey Alves, who were all musicians in the local rock scene. The band’s name was inspired by the Beatles’ album “Yesterday and Today.”
Y&T quickly gained a following in the San Francisco Bay Area, and they soon began to tour nationally. They released their first album, “Yesterday and Today,” in 1976, which was followed by several more albums in the late 1970s and early 1980s, including “Struck Down” (1978), “Earthshaker” (1981), and “Black Tiger” (1982). These albums established the band as a major force in the hard rock scene.
Y&T’s music was characterized by their heavy guitar riffs, melodic solos, and powerful vocals. The band’s sound was influenced by classic hard rock bands such as Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple, as well as more modern bands like Van Halen and AC/DC. Y&T’s music also featured a strong emphasis on songwriting and melody, which helped them stand out in a crowded hard rock scene.
One of the key factors in Y&T’s success was their powerful live performances. The band was known for their energetic stage presence and their ability to connect with their audience. They toured extensively throughout the 1970s and 1980s, playing hundreds of shows each year. Y&T’s live shows were legendary, and they helped the band build a dedicated fan base that would follow them for decades.
Despite their success, Y&T never achieved the same level of mainstream success as some of their peers in the hard rock scene. The band’s albums sold well, but they never had a breakout hit that would propel them to super-stardom. Nevertheless, Y&T remained popular among hard rock fans, and they continued to release albums and tour throughout the 1980s and 1990s.
In the late 1990s, Y&T went through a period of turmoil. The band’s original drummer, Leonard Haze, left the band in 1986, and he was replaced by Jimmy DeGrasso. In 1990, Joey Alves also left the band, and he was replaced by Stef Burns. In 1991, Y&T released their last album for a major label, “Ten,” which failed to chart.
In the years that followed, Y&T continued to tour and release albums independently. The band’s lineup underwent several more changes, with Dave Meniketti remaining the only constant member. Phil Kennemore passed away in 2011 after a battle with cancer, and Leonard Haze passed away in 2016.
Today, Y&T continues to tour and perform, with Dave Meniketti still leading the band. Despite the many changes the band has undergone over the years, their music and legacy continue to resonate with hard rock fans around the world. Y&T’s influence can be heard in the music of many modern hard rock bands, and their place in the history of American hard rock is secure.
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Geffen records 924 142 , 1987 , Germany
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A&M Records SP-5076 , 1985 , USA
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