Y & T
This San Francisco, California, USA-based band formed in 1972 as Yesterday And Today, but David Meniketti (vocals, lead guitar), Joey Alves (rhythm guitar), Phil Kennemore (bass, vocals) and Leonard Haze (drums) failed to make any real impact until they released Earthshaker as Y&T. Earthshaker was a classic hard rock record built on a blistering guitar barrage, Hazes thunderous rhythms and a superb collection of songs, catapulting the band into the public eye, but it also proved to be something of an albatross around the collective Y&T neck. Black Tiger was excellent, but subsequent records failed to maintain the standards set on Earthshaker. TheOpen Fire live set stopped the rot, and Down For The Count signalled a return to form, albeit in a more commercial direction. Summertime Girls was picked up by US radio, but a disenchanted Y&T split with both their record label and drummer, feeling that Hazes image left a lot to be...