“It wouldn’t be summer at the Knitting Factory if Y&T didn’t roll through. What has become tradition is also the season’s most dependable hard rock party, the fans understand this.” (Knitting Factory Reno Facebook page)
On Friday June 12, 2015 rock & roll legends Y&T hit the stage for the bands yearly start off the Summer show at the Knitting Factory Concert House Reno. This year adding to the bill, super hot Reno rockers Krosphyer.
Attendance for this awesome event was very good with nearly seven hundred very hard core Y&T and Krosphyer fans rockin’ out to every song on both bands set lists.
Y&T (originally known as Yesterday & Today) is an American hard rock/heavy metal band formed in 1974. They hail from Oakland, California. The band released two studio albums on London Records as Yesterday & Today in the 1970s, before shortening their name to Y&T and releasing several albums on A&M Records beginning in 1981, as well as albums on Geffen Records, Avex Records, and others. The band was originally co-managed by Herbie Herbert (who also managed Journey) and Louis “Lou” Bramy. The band has sold over 4 million albums worldwide to date.
Current members of the band are as follows, Dave Meniketti (lead guitar, lead vocals), John Nymann (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Mike Vanderhule (drums, percussion, backing vocals) and the not so new guy anymore, Brad Lang (bass guitar, backing vocals).
Y&T played their usual nearly two and a half hour set that went like this, (from the set list on stage)
“Hurricane”, “L.A. Rocks”, “How Long”, “Black Tiger”, “Lucy”, “Mean Streak”, “Dirty Girl”, “Midnight In Tokyo”, “Cold Day In Hell”, “I Believe In You”, “Eyes Of A Stranger”, “Contagious”, “All American Boy”, “I Want Your Money”, “Rescue Me”, “I’m Coming Home” and four encore songs, (the band did an audience request song, but for the life of me I can’t remember what it was, sorry) “Summertime Girls”, “Hell Or Highwater” and “Forever”.
The Captian and the boys put on a fantastic show as they always do. I’ve seen these guys many times before and they have never let me or any of their fans down. True rock stars for sure, after the show they all came out and mingled, took photos and signed autographs for whoever wanted one, A class act if there ever was one.
Starting the night off was a local Reno rock favorite, Krosphyer.
Krosphyer is a rock band that pays homage to early 80’s rock, but in a modern way. Guitar riffs strong and melodic enough to stand on their own, with solid and sometimes intricate bass riffs underneath to support. The drums keep a solid and pounding beat and vocals that are superb in every way.
This group of rockers are well on their way to the big time. The band gets better every time this examiner see’s them play live. Everyone in attendance rocked out to every song they played and in my humble opinion, they just may have one of the best, if not the best lead guitarist in town with John Kumanski. Although everyone in the band is very good at what they all do, Kumanski really stands out.
Band members include, Bret Allen (vocals), John Kumanski (guitar), Jason Norkunas (bass) and Aaron Flesher (drums)
The band got about a 40 minute set that went like this (also from the set list on stage)
“Intro/Duel”, “Lose My Mind”, “Wake Up”, “Happy Birthday” (to their friend Jordan), “Reach For The Sky”, “Dance Tonight”, “Out On Your Ass”, “Back seat Driver” and “Treason”.
This examiner can’t say enough about how good these guys are. They had the audience eating out of there hands with every song they played. A perfect fit for this show, it won’t be to long until one of the bands that they open for ask them to join them on tour. Keep an eye out for these guys, they rock.
A good time was had by all.
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If you want to see all the photos of Y&T at this show (click here) and/or Krosphyer (click here)
As with all this examiners reviews and feature stories, I always say, “The photos are what it’s all about, so check out the photo slideshow and enjoy the show”.
All photos by JOHN TUCKNESS
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