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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Dave Meniketti - Dave Meniketti

Dave Meniketti (born December 12, 1953) is the singer, songwriter and lead guitarist for Hard Rock/Heavy Metal band Y&T. He has also released three solo efforts (including "Live in Japan"), one of which is more blues-oriented. He currently tours worldwide with Y&T. Dave Meniketti was born and raised in Oakland, California where he has been an icon for guitar players worldwide and a San Francisco Bay Area vocal and guitar legend for over two decades. Perhaps it is the diversity of the artists that influenced him as a kid (Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, Leslie West, James Brown, Led Zeppelin) that is responsible for his varied expressions in both his singing and his guitar playing. He's ranked tops in Best Guitarist polls in newspapers, magazines, and television shows around the world. As the lead singer/lead guitarist with Bay Area rockers Y&T, Meniketti has sold over 4 million records worldwide. With Y&T, he has currently (2013) recorded 17 albums, and continues to tour the world each year. His style has influenced some of the major stars in rock and over the years he's been asked to join many top bands including Ozzy Osbourne and Whitesnake. Secret Chiefs 3 and former Mr. Bungle guitarist Trey Spruance said in an interview with Kerrang! magazine in 1991: "... of course, I owe it [his guitar playing speed] all to Y&T. Dave Meniketti is my god." In the movie Anvil! The Story of Anvil, in the bonus feature interview Lars Ulrich of Metallica talks at length about seeing one of his favorite bands Y&T for the first time at a club in Hollywood in December 1980. Lars Ulrich credits Y&T as the reason he decided to become a musician, saying: "That was the turning point for me wanting to play music...You could tell that they loved what they were doing." While Y&T took a break from recording and performing, Meniketti built his own recording studio and proceeded to record his first solo album titled ON THE BLUE SIDE, which represented his passion for the blues. He would later release a follow up album simply titled MENIKETTI. Recorded in Tokyo, a live concert CD was released by Avex Records in 2003 titled MENIKETTI LIVE IN JAPAN. In the summer of 2013, Sammy Hagar invited Dave to perform a set of Montrose tunes with the original Montrose band members for 2 Northern California shows on Sammy's "Four Decades of Rock" tour. In January 2014, Y&T celebrates 40 years of recording and touring the world.  

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