Also known as " Yesterday and Today ", Y&T were formed in San Fransisco in the mid seventies as a Top 40 covers band. They released their first album in 1976, a classic in its time, as was their second album. Unfortunately their record company didn't get behind the band as much as they would have liked and they subsequently moved to A&M Records, for whom they recorded a number of excellent albums before splitting in 1990. They reformed in the mid nineties and have released a few more really good albums, not having lost any of the bite and power that made them one of the US's classiest bands.Guitarist Dave Meniketti released a stunning solo blues album in 1998. If we have one complaint about Y&T, it's that some of their best albums, " Black Tiger " included, appear to be available only on ridiculously expensive Japanese pressings. Worthwhile checking out, though, if you don't have any qualms about dipping into your Access Bond!
  
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Biography by Ed Rivadavia
Y&T were within reach of the Grail of rock & roll stardom many times in their long career. Unfortunately for the group, the ultimate prize always seemed to elude them in the end due to a series of mistakes and sheer bad luck. A legendary live band, the group never managed to translate their electric on-stage intensity into the studio, and despite their 20 years of service, they have now become little more than a blot on the American hard rock canvas.

Taking their name from a Beatles album, Yesterday. . . and Today, Yesterday & Today formed in San Francisco around 1973 with Dave Meniketti on vocals and lead guitar, Phil Kennemore on bass and Leonard Haze on drums. After stealing rhythm guitarist Joey Alves from a rival band, the foursome began to gig constantly around the Bay Area, opening for such heavyweights as Journey and the Doobie Brothers. They were eventually picked up by London Records, which released their eponymous debut in 1976 and followed it with Struck Down two years later. Neither album ended up being successful, though, and after being dropped from the label, the band spent another two years struggling to stay alive.

Their perseverance finally paid off in early 1981, when they inked a long-term deal with A&M Records and shortened their name to Y&T in the process. Earthshaker, their first album for the label came out later that year and was a resounding success, earning the band a number of high-profile opening slots with AC/DC and Kiss. The group's newfound success culminated in a performance at the prestigious Monsters of Rock festival in Donington, England. An optimistic Y&T returned to England the following year to begin work on Earthshaker's follow-up, Black Tiger. But despite its strong material, the record was let down by an uncharacteristically lifeless production job from veteran Chris Tsangarides and failed to meet the lofty expectations of both the media and their label.

Inexplicably, the group reunited with Tsangarides for 1983's Mean Streak, obtaining equally disappointing results despite scoring a decent international hit with "Midnight in Tokyo." Subsequent releases such as In Rock We Trust (1984) and Down for the Count (1985) fared no better, and by the time they found redemption with the blistering power of their first live set, Open Fire, the band had been forgotten and surpassed by an entire generation of younger bands. The band's association with A&M finally came to an end later that year and was effectively buried with the obligatory greatest-hits set, Best of Y&T (1981-1985).

Y&T wasn't ready to give up yet, though. Signed to Geffen by A&R guru John Kalodner — best known for resurrecting the career of Aerosmith — the group decided to revamp their image in order to fit into the late-'80s hair band scene. Sadly, this image overhaul included the premature ejection of Haze in favor of the infinitely cuter yet equally competent Jimmy DeGrasso prior to 1987's Contagious. The album bombed, and a disgusted Alves would soon follow Haze into retirement, only to be replaced by Stef Burns for 1998's equally disastrous Ten. Thankfully, Meniketti and Kennemore also decided to call it quits soon after, and Yesterday & Today Live, taken from the band's farewell gig, provided the appropriate send-off. And while the final lineup would reconvene for 1995's Musically Incorrect and 1997's Endangered Species, continued indifference from consumers would make it a short-lived reunion. After the breakup, drummer DeGrasso went on to an extended journeyman career with the likes of Suicidal Tendencies and Megadeth while Meniketti issued his first solo album, On the Blue Side, in 1999. 

 

Joey Alves
Stef Burns
Leonard Haze
Phil Kennemore
Dave Meniketti
Jimmy DeGrasso

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Y & T - 1976 - Yesterday & Today - 3/5

Y & T - 1978 - Struck Down - 2.5/5

Y & T - 1981 - Earthshaker - 4.5/5

Y & T - 1982 - Black Tiger - 2.5/5

Y & T - 1983 - Mean Streak - 2.5/5

Y & T - 1984 - In Rock We Trust - 2.5/5

Y & T - 1985 - Down for the Count - 2/5

Y & T - 1985 - Open Fire - 4/5

Y & T - 1987 - Contagious - 1.5/5

Y & T - 1990 - Ten - 2/5

Y & T - 1990 - Yesterday & Today Live - 4/5

Y & T - 1995 - Musically Incorrect - 3/5

Y & T - 1998 - Endangered Species - 3.5/5

Y & T - 2000 - BBC In Concert, Live On the Friday Rock Show - 4/5

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