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Y&T – Dave Meniketti

October 10th, 2011




U.S. hard rock band Y&T was originally formed in San Francisco in early 70’s. The band soon earned a good reputation as a great live band and their self-titled debut was released in 1976. In year 1981 Y&T got its change when they got signed by major A&M label. The band then released a string of strong albums including EARTHSHAKER, BLACK TIGER and MEANSTREAK. In 1987 they switched to John Kalodner’s Geffen Records and released two more studio albums: CONTAGIOUS and TEN before splitting up in 1991 after the release of “farewell” live album YESTERDAY AND TODAY LIVE. Unexpectedly the band got together in 1995 and released album MUSICALLY INCORRECT and then two years later ENDANGERED SPECIES followed. In 2001 band did several shows but it took one more year before the fulltime re-union took its place. FACEMELTER, Y&T’s first studio album in 13 years, was released in 2010. Bands original bassist and founding member Phil Kennemore sadly passed away in January of 2011 but even that didn’t stop Y&T to carry on. The band, leaded by another original and extra ordinary guitarist/vocalist Dave Meniketti, is still going on strong and it seems that this band has still lot to say in the future. The band opened up their six week European –tour in Helsinki on late September and then we had a pleasure to sit down with Meniketti himself and discuss about bands future as well as many other interesting topics. Read On!

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Jimmy DeGrasso – Alice Cooper, Hail!, F5, ex- Megadeth, Y&T, Suicidal Tendencies

January 20th, 2010
Jimmy DeGrasso




American born drummer Jimmy DeGrasso is probably best known for his work with Megadeth, but he’s also been involved with many other interesting bands and projects during his long career.  In mid 80’s, after moving from Pennsylvania to Los Angeles, Jimmy first did studio sessions with the “Prince of Darkness” himself, Ozzy Osbourne, before getting his first permanent job from Californian rockers Y & T in 1986. After many successful years with them, Jimmy decided to leave Y & T in 1990 and in the subsequent years he toured with such names as Lita Ford and Alice in Chains before joining the thrash/punk/hardcore crossover  group Suicidal Tendencies in 2004. Unfortunately, the band broke up soon later and next Jimmy joined Alice Cooper’s touring band. He’s been working with Alice on and off since then. In 1998 he joined Megadeth and stayed with them until the band (temporarily) disbanded in 2002. Today Jimmy is a highly sought after session and touring drummer.  He’s also a full time member of all-star band “HAIL!” along with his former Megadeth bandmate David Ellefsson, Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser, and vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens. Jimmy has also another band with Ellefsson called F5 and they released the album THE RECKONING in 2008.  In  December (2009) Jimmy came to Finland with Alice Cooper and then I had a chance to sit down with him and discuss his past, present and near future plans. READ ON!

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Y&T – Back On The Road

October 1st, 2005

Y&T – Back On The Road
Interview by: Keith McDonald

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It has been almost 20 years since Y&T hit the road and played < ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />New York, opening for Ace Frehley way back in 1987. The band released their debut album in 1974, yet are sometimes classified as a band from the 80?s, which at times can be good and bad. Band leader and lead singer Dave Meniketti reassembled his band and have been playing select dates around the East Coast. I had the chance to see the band play live and ask Dave about Y&T and what the future plans are. You can check out his website for info on his solo career and of course, Y&T at




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