Y&T Name New Bassist, Announce Tour
Y&T have a new, permanent bassist.
He’s Brad Lang, who’s spent the last year or so playing live with the band, taking over from Phil Kennemore, who died on January 7 this year after a long illness.
Says mainman Dave Meniketti: “Put simply, Phil expressed to me with no uncertainty that he wished Y&T to go on, no matter what happened to him. I understood, because we are lifetime Y&T people and lifelong musicians. This is what we know and where we have received much of our joy throughout our lives.
“I questioned any decision to continue, simply because I know how I had felt about other bands that have continued to play with only one remaining original member, and wondered if I wasn’t going to be a hypocrite by holding this band to a different criteria. Well, maybe I am, but the bottom line, as many of us have come to as a life lesson, is that many times you can’t truly understand a situation until you actually experience it first-hand.
“So . . . with current experiences in hand, I have made my decision to continue with Y&T. As quickly as I say this, I am also a realist, and if the fans seem to lose interest in the band, so be it, I will move on and do something else.”
You can see Y&T live over here in the autumn:
Thu. 29: Glasgow ABC
Fri. 30: Newcastle O2 Academy
Sat, 1: Nottingham Rock City
Sun. 2: Manchester Academy
Wed. 5: Cork An Cruiscin Lan
Fri. 7: Belfast Spring & Airbrake
Sat. 8: Dublin Village
Tue. 11: Wolverhampton Slade Rooms
Wed. 12: Southampton Brook
Fri. 14: London Relentless Garage
Sat. 15: Cardiff Millennium Music Hall
Find out more at http://meniketti.com/