On Friday August 22, 2014 legendary rock band Y&T blew the roof off The Knitting Factory Concert House in downtown Reno along with Reno locals The Max Volume Band. Attendance was pretty good with nearly 800 hard core Y&T fans rocking out to every song.
The only thing that really bothered this examiner was not the lighting (this time). The lighting for this show was actually pretty good, not the almost usual red and blue that seems to be the house lighting guys favorite colors, he really lit up the stage for this one. The thing that bothered me most was Y&T's photo restrictions, no shooting from the photo pit.
One would think that after playing many, many concerts over the past 40+ years the band would not care about getting their photo taken on stage. Y&T has always been very fan friendly and still very much are. They do let the fans take photos, just not the professional photographers (with an approved to shoot photo pass from the band) that will actually use the photos to promote the band in such ways as a review of the show and not just post them on social media sites.
Shooting from the crowd is not fun for photographers and I'm not talking about fans with camera phones, I'm talking about photographers with real cameras. Some fans don't like getting knocked in the head by the camera lens and things like that. Most people will let you get your shot off just as long as you don't stay in one place to long and get in their way, which makes it very difficult to shoot.
This examiners Y&T photo policy rant is now over, on with the review.
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 has sold over 4 million albums worldwide to date.
The current line-up is as follows, Dave Meniketti (lead guitar, lead vocals), John Nymann (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Mike Vanderhule (drums, percussion, backing vocals) and Brad Lang (bass guitar, backing vocals).
The bands set lasted two and a half hours and went just like this, (from the set list on stage)
"Don't Stop Runnin'", "LA Rocks", "Black Tiger", "Lucy", "Lipstick And Leather", "Afraid Of The Dark", "Meanstreak", "Dirty Girl", "Midnight In Tokyo", "Armed And Dangerous", "Winds Of Change", "Contagious", "I'm Coming Home", "All American Boy", "I Want Your Money", "I'll Cry", "Rescue Me", "Summertime Girls", "I Believe In You" and one encore song, "Forever".
As soon as they hit the stage the crowd went wild and continued till the last song. You can tell that the band has lots of experience playing live as they put on a great set.
After over forty years of singing and playing guitar, Meniketti still has it, his vocals were spot on and his shredding guitar abilities are still there, he killed it. The whole band has a lot of energy and all have a great stage presence. They rocked every song they played. This examiner sees no slowing down for these guys any time soon.
After the show, Nymann, Vanderhule and Lang came out to chat, sign autographs and take photos with their fans, very cool.
Y&T is still a must see band, truly worth every penny of the ticket price.
Starting the night off was local rockers The Max Volume Band.
As local rocker of The Greg Golden Band and owner of Reno's world famous guitar store, Bizarre Guitar, Greg Golden and his lovely wife, former model Shanda Golden introduced the band to the stage to start things off, the packed venue exploded with cheers.
Founded in 2001, The Max Volume Band plays genuine rock & roll. The band plays a blend of blues, acoustic and rock with tight compact melodies and a strict adherence to the roots of rock & roll music.
The band has had many line-up changes over the years, but still managed to put out three studio and two live albums. This examiner thinks this version might be the best one so far.
The current line-up goes like this, Max Volume (vocals, guitars), Kenny Ballone (bass, backing vocals) and Mike Wortman (drums, backing vocals).
Volume's set lasted around 45 minutes and went like this, (also from the set list on stage)
"Trollman", "Girl, I Want It All", "Mama", "Long Road To Nowhere", "Empty Heart Blues", "The Road To Now", "Baby's Got Ink", "It's Allright", "Reno, Nevada" and "Ring Of Fire".
The Max Volume Band was a perfect opener for this show, they set the stage for Y&T and really got the crowd ready to rock the night away. The two new members are a great fit to this band, bassist Ballone has plenty of experience on stage as he was with M.O.D. (Method of Destruction). They tore it up on stage as they have in the few shows that they have played together so far. Don't miss these guys the next time they rock the stage.
A great time was had by all.
The Knitting Factory Concert House Reno still rocks, the proof is in the pudding as they cleaned up on this years "Best of Reno nightlife 2014" in the Reno News & Review. They won Best place to hear loud music, Best place to see a concert, Best concert venue, Best place for live music and second place for Best place all-ages spot.
As with all this examiners reviews and feature stories, "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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