Y&T Rock the Lincoln Theatre
Date: April 22, 2017
Venue: The Lincoln Theatre
Location: Raleigh, NC
Last year Y&T made a Tuesday night visit to Raleigh, NC and The Lincoln Theatre to their surprise of a great crowd and serious Y&T fans. Dave Meniketti, singer/songwriter and guitar player of legendary status seemed to be shocked to have pulled in so many hard core fans on a week night in Raleigh. Meniketti stated from the stage, “I must apologize for not playing this area more often throughout the years, it’s probably been close to 40 years since we performed here.” The crowd, obviously grateful and feeling no need for an apology, cheered on every song and solo from Meniketti. Menketti also stated, “I promise we will come back next year!”
On Saturday, April 22nd 2017, Meniketti followed through with that promise by delivering a 2 ½ hour solid performance of Y&T tunes. With a library of recordings dating back to 1976, spanning 17 albums, Dave and the boys had plenty of Y&T favorites to deliver. Opening the evening with the popular single “Lipstick and Leather” from the 1984 album “In Rock We Trust” set the stage for a night of great songs including; “Midnight in Tokyo, Mean Streak, Black Tiger, Rescue Me” and so many others that were obviously crowd favorites. Dave also took time to dedicate the song “Winds of Change” to fallen band members Phil Keenemore and more recently Joey Alves, along with local fallen Y&T fan “Big Rob” also known in the area as “Mr. Y&T.”
Another positive note worth mentioning is the recent addition of bassist Aaron Leigh who fits in perfectly with a powerful delivery of bottom end and solid back beat, not to mention the excellent job of his backing vocals throughout the evening.
In perfect Y&T fashion the band took time to meet and greet their fans after the show, holding true to another promise from Meniketti in a recent article, that the Y&T camp is opposed to charging fans for “Meet and Greet” sessions. Menketti says “We should be paying them.”
Dave Meniketti – Lead Vocals/Guitar
John Nymann – Guitar/Vocals
Mike Vanderhule – Drums/Vocals
Aaron Leigh – Bass/Vocals
A note to up and coming young rockers with dreams of becoming “rock stars,” take note- this is how it’s done. With the obvious love of performing for the fans and delivering seemingly every ounce of energy in “the circle” – leaving nothing on stage, Can Y&T go on “Forever?” Let’s hope so!