On Friday July 26, 2013 rock legends Y&T along with Reno locals Seasons Of Insanity tore it up at the Knitting Factory Concert House in downtown Reno. Attendance was good with around 700 fans of all ages ready to get their faces melted by Dave Meniketti and the boys.
Y&T (originally known as Yesterday & Today) is an American hard rock/heavy metal band formed in 1974. They hail from Oakland, California. The band released two studio albums on London Records as Yesterday & Today in the 1970s, before shortening their name to Y&T and releasing several albums on A&M Records beginning in 1981, as well as albums on Geffen Records and Avex Records.
Current members include, Dave Meniketti – (lead guitar, lead vocals), John Nymann – (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Mike Vanderhule – (drums, percussion, backing vocals) and Brad Lang – (bass guitar, backing vocals).
The set lasted over two hours and went like this (from the set list on stage),
“Black Tiger”, “Hard Times”, “Lonely Side Of Town”, “Meanstreak”, “I Want Your Money”, “Dirty Girl”, “Rhythm Or Not”, “Midnight In Tokyo”, “Lipsitck And Leather”, “How Long”, “Winds Of Change”, “Contagious”, “I’m Coming Home”, “I’ll Cry”, “Summertime Girls”, “Squeeze”, “I Believe In You”, “Forever” and one encore song, “Rescue Me”.
This examiner has seen these guys many times over the years and this show was the best one to date. The sound was top notch and the lighting was way better than usual. (great job Leo)
Y&T hit the stage at around 9:30 pm to the entire venue shouting “Y&T”, “Y&T”, “Y&T”, it was quite spectacular to say the least and very well deserved. The band really tore it up the entire set.
Meniketti made note that this was bassist Brad Lang’s third year anniversary with the band. Telling the crowd, “It may be three years, but it seems like twelve”. You could really tell that Lang loves playing in this band by his performance, a perfect fit.
The night started off with Reno’s hard rocking Seasons Of Insanity.
Shane Whitecloud and the boys of SOI have the look and feel of a band very close to breaking out into the national scene, all that’s left is the right person seeing these guys live and their off and running.
Seasons of Insanity is the brain-child of ex-Darque Carnival frontman/vocalist Shane Whitecloud and drummer Rick “The Stick” Brenner. They came up with the idea at the end of 2008, and started auditioning guitarists and bass players in late 2009.
In early 2010 guitarist/backing vocalist Mike “Jersey Boy” Reynolds and bassist Johnny “Cocktail” Brey from Red Shift hopped on board. Then finally in 2013, Jave “Pants Party” Patterson, the original bass player for SOI came back strong as the rhythm guitarist/backing vocalist and off they went.
Sponsored by Basson, Dirtbag, Coffin Case, and one of only two bands in the entire state of Nevada sponsored by Jagermeister.
SOI is described as solid, Southern Rock with a bit of an edge.
Their set lasted around 30 minutes (should have been longer) and went like this,
“Switch” (guitar instrumental by Def Leopard), “Hell Yeah”, “Save Me”, “One Night Stand”, “Gallon of Homemade Wine” and “Unsung Hero”.
As soon as SOI hit the stage the crowd went crazy and this continued throughout their set. A perfect fit for this show.
In a short on-line interview with Whitecloud, he told this examiner, “It was an amazing opportunity to play with the guys in Y&T. Their level of musicianship was surpassed only by their kindness towards us in the band and the fans. Brad Lang gave me a hug before I got on stage and told me he was heading out front center stage to watch us, and after the show was full of generous compliments. They stayed with their fans until the doors were locked instead of going back down to the green room. They set the standards for musicians everywhere. I’m humbled”.
This was a very exciting show for sure, the Knitting Factory and their entire crew are the best.
A great time was had by all.
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