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  • SF Chronicle // Y&T: The most underrated rock band in the Bay AreaMarch 11, 2015

    ...and they're hittin' our stage this Saturday (WITH ANVIL!). If you don't have tickets yet, get 'em...!

    Via Sunday's Chronicle...


    Y&T: The most underrated rock band in the Bay Area

    by Peter Hartlaub

    We knew something was wrong when our taxicab pulled into the driveway of the Arizona concert venue. Instead of a theater, bar or even an outdoor plaza, we approached a windowless bunker, with familiar neon accents.

    “We don’t want to go to a strip club!” I shouted to the driver. “We want to go to 910 McClintock Avenue!”

    “This 910 McClintock!”

    “Not a strip club. 9-1-0 MC-CLIN-TOCK!”

    “THIS 9-1-0 MC-CLIN-TOCK!”

    Faint light

    As the disagreement continued, one of my friends pointed to a faint light in the distance — not the pink glow associated with lap dances, but the intense white flash of portable outdoor lighting. My suspicions that the cabbie had some deal to bring drunken riders to this club was replaced by apologetic surprise that we might actually be in the right place.

    My last time seeing Y&T, literally in the paved back lot of a Tempe gentleman’s club last year, was simultaneously one of the worst and best shows I’ve seen. While my review as a whole was mixed, the Oakland band’s performance was not. The show cemented the 40-year-old group’s status as my pick for the most underrated active band in the Bay Area.

    Y&T returns home, playing a show with Anvil at the Fillmore on Saturday, March 14.

    Y&T returns home, playing a show with Anvil at the Fillmore on Saturday, March 14.

    Cynical rock historians will point out that Y&T comprises lead singer and guitarist Dave Meniketti and three other guys. With the death of bassist Phil Kennemore in 2011, Meniketti is the only remaining member of the classic lineup. Quality control, however, has never been an issue with this band. When you call yourself Y&T, whether you’ve been a member for four weeks or 40 years, you will play an earnest, thunderous, joyous face-melter of a live show. And despite some downright surreal playing conditions, this spring night in Arizona would be no different.

    I was on the second day of my annual spring training trip with college friends Gregg and Ian. We had just rushed from a sports bar at the end of a March Madness tournament play-in game, missed the opening acts and hurried to the previously unseen venue, hoping that we hadn’t missed Y&T as well.

    Relief was quickly eclipsed by a confused assessment of our surroundings. The stage was a temporary-looking platform, flanked on either side by what looked like giant metal shipping containers. Bud Light was being poured in paper cups from a keg spigot at 1987 prices.

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