If there’s one concert I could tell that you needed to attend, it would have to be Y&T. I’ve been lucky enough to see them every year for the past three and I’ve been blown away every single time.
Doro Pesch from the band Warlock opened up for Y&T last Saturday (March 5, 2016) and although I’ve always been a fan of hers I have never gotten to see her perform live. The energy she brought to the stage was phenomenal. Everything she did was great- the sound, the crowd interaction and the onstage chemistry. It was very clear to see that she was genuinely excited to perform for us and would do whatever she needed to in order to be closer to the crowd. On more than a few occasions she stepped over the floor monitors to grab our hands, sign things and get the mic close enough so people in the crowd could sing. Her band was also great to watch onstage- no one stood still. Her set was full of headbanging and running around the stage, very high energy and entertaining to anyone who wasn’t very familiar with Warlock or her solo efforts. She played Warlock hits such as “I Rule The Ruins”, “Without You”, “Burning The Witches” and “All We Are” and she sang my personal favorite song off of her Raise Your Fist album, the title track “Raise Your Fist“. The lineup consists of her on vocals, Bas Maas (guitar), Harrison Young (keyboards), Luca Princiotta (guitar), Nick Douglas (bass) and Johnny Dee (drums).
Y&T went on shortly after and somehow this band just keeps getting better. Dave Meniketti’s voice is everlasting and sounds as good live as it has on any record, regardless if he’s singing a song off of Earthshaker or Facemelter. This is another band with great onstage chemistry; everyone’s always moving around and interacting with each other, and it’s great to see a band that doesn’t treat touring like a job. You could go see Y&T with little prior knowledge of their music and you would be completely engaged for the entirety of the show and go home wanting to buy all of their records- it’s that good. They played staple Y&T songs such as “Black Tiger”, “Meanstreak”, “Don’t Stop Runnin'” and “Summertime Girls” which were definite crowd favorites. I saw Y&T last year at the same venue, and I was very pleased to find out that they had added “Barroom Boogie”, “Voices” and “L.A. Rocks” to this years set. Another thing that was great about this years show was guitarist John Nymann sang lead vocals on “Squeeze”, which left me extremely impressed. I had always known John was a talented guitarist but never knew he could sing to the magnitude that he did Saturday night. And of course their drummer Mike Vanderhule and bassist Brad Lang were performing exceptionally well- they always set the bar high. I got to meet the band and Jill (Dave’s wife and band manager) after the show and they were so kind, not only to me but to everyone who wanted a picture or to have something signed. They’re all phenomenal musicians and great people, too.
You can keep up with all things Doro by going to her website, and you can see all of Y&T’s upcoming tour dates and their latest news by checking out their site or by following them on Twitter @YandTRocks.