Updated: May 5, 2018
Y & T
The Canyon Club
Agoura Hills, Ca
Sunday April 22, 2018
As clearly as I can remember the show at The Canyon Club in Aguora Hills, I can remember sitting in 8th grade class talking to classmates all wearing their brand new Lita Ford and Y&T t-shirts from the concert the night before in Santa Barbara, Ca. Most had older brothers or sisters, which I had none, and most had parents a bit more relaxed on the who their kids hung out with a hour away from town. Fast-forward five years or so when I actually got to meet the best two attack musician (I am not the only one who says this, but I will say it is in my opinion of course) in the business Dave Meniketti at NAMM… One of the only time’s I’ve been star struck. Somehow, nearly 30 years later another chance meeting at Iron Maiden’s Book of Souls stop in Los Angeles and still another two years later I finally, forgive me all you faithful Y&T fans, got to witness Dave in his natural element.
“As far as I am concerned the band I witnessed that night will be my version of the original band.”
It should come as no surprise by the opening paragraph that this is going to be a fully biased review of one of the greatest rock n roll bands from metal’s hey day. Opening with 1982’s Black Tiger, the very first Y&T album I owned put me “right,” forgetting about all that went down that day.
Timeless-classic songs like 1984’s Lipstick & Leather, Masters & Slaves, Rock & Roll’s Gonna Save the World, 1983’s Mean Streak, 1987’s Contagious, and of course the 1985 summertime MTV classic Summertime Girls, to just name a few of the 20 plus hits, that also included a song off the first “official” Y&T album 1981’s Squeeze (Sung by the custom Gibson Destroyer slinging John Nymann), and 2010’s Facemelter I’m Coming Home. The set list was long; the signature guitar tone was true, and the energy, for a band that has been releasing albums since our nation’s bicentennial, was CONTAGIOUS!
Dave’s voice and energy show very little signs of slowing down after 45 years of kick’n tale on the worldwide stage. His band mates, Mike Vanderhule (drums), Aaron Leigh (bass), and of course John Nymann (vox/guitars) are all masters at their craft providing backing vocals and the energy necessary to keep Dave performing/recording for the foreseeable future. On that note, they play SoCal and you should really see them in SoCal, if you of course live in the SoCal area. These guys have been playing as long as Aerosmith, KISS, and Judas Priest, and so on… Their song catalogue is on par with them all. You need to add them to your music bucket list!!!
My only gripe, which was also over heard by many of the exiting concertgoers, was the fact that there was just not enough time to cover every Y&T hit!!! While it was fun to hear Dave tell stories and such, he could have stuck Midnight in Tokyo back in the set… We were all being greedy since they played a classic bonus track… Sadly the jam is lost in my head. I knew it at the time, ugh getting old!
MAentGlobal will need to learn to schedule day jobs a bit later. You may think I just copied and pasted this last part, but it is true… “The song selections were some of the most entertaining so far, IMO… 🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘 for sure!” My list would have included a few others, but there is only so much time on a Sunday evening… Next up… King’s X!!!