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The Fillmore, San Francisco, California

March 24, 2012

By Robert Kitay

I have seen Y&T probably more than any other band starting way back in my earliest concert going days in 1983. So, when I say this was one of the all time best Y&T concerts I’ve ever seen, that says a lot. As usual, Y&T packed the historic Fillmore for their annual hometown show.


The evening started with a band of young rockers called Haunted By Heroes, who call themselves the world’s youngest rock band. This band of 11 year olds from Pacific, California certainly know how to rock. I’ve seen them before and they certainly have a bright future in front of them. I highly recommend checking them out.


Y&T took the stage at 10:00 pm with a fantastic version of “Open Fire” and they kept the house rockin for the next 2 hours and 40 minutes. Highlights included fantastic reworked version of “Midnight in Tokyo” that started as just a guitar and vocal piece before exploding into the full band playing the finish.


Another highlight was a fantastic cover of “Good Rockin’ Tonight” dedicated to Ronnie Montrose. This was a phenomenal version of the Montrose classic with Dave Meniketti nailing the vocals and John Nymann tearing up the guitar solo, a fitting tribute indeed.


Another highlight was during the encore. While playing “Dirty Girl,” bassist Brad Lang climbed up on top of a huge speaker stack. It was obvious that once up there (and it was way up there) it was a little beyond his comfort level... when it was time to come down he jumped down onto the stage, and let’s just say had an awkward landing flat on the ground. Brad didn’t miss a beat though and continued playing. Dave Meniketti seeing this decided that being flat on the stage looked like fun and jumped down flat on the stage next to Brad, neither of them missing a beat and continuing to play flat on the stage Angus Young style for the next few minutes. A fantastic rock and roll moment.

I must say that if this wasn’t the best Y&T show I’ve ever seen, it was the best since those magical first few times I saw them with the original lineup back in 1983. The current version of Y&T is Dave Meniketti (guitar and vocals), John Nymann (guitar), Brad Lang (bass), and Mike Vanderhule (drums). What a fantastic show!



The setlist:

Open Fire
Don’t Wanna Lose
Black Tiger
Lipstick and Leather
Don’t Stop Running
Afraid of the Dark
Midnight in Tokyo
Good Rockin’ Tonight (Dedicated to Ronnie Montrose)
Summertime Girls
Shine On
Blind Patriot
Winds of Change
I’m Coming Home
I’ll Cry for You
Eyes of a Stranger
Barroom Boogie
I Believe in You
Hell or Highwater

Dirty Girl
Rescue Me