Here’s my review of the Y&T show Friday night 02-01-2013 at 7:30 pm in the Tower Theater Fresno California.
The show begins as Y&T comes walkin’ out onto the stage, the audience stands up and begin to scream and shout their asses off. Y&T appeared ready to “Rock” the theater. Dave busts out a white Krammer, what appears to have 24 frets, and a Floyd tremolo. With a guitar like that, Dave means business! The first song on the set is “Lonely Side Of Town.” Man! That song got the audience pumped with excitement and screaming for more! Next, Dave busts out his famous Les Paul that I believe he’s played since 1970, with “Black Tiger.” Dave performed an awesome guitar solo and the audience goes crazy. Man, that song was hot! Y&T “Rocked.” Next, is “Dirty Girls” and It was impressive to see John solo first then Dave solo (Left thinking that’s it, each get a solo, wrong!) then out of nowhere, John rips into a second hot solo. As the end of the song is approaching, Brad starts producing all kinds of kickass-facemelting-riffs on Bass. Wow! Song after song, Y&T “Rocked.” By now Dave is playing a nice blue Fender Strat and during some of the songs Dave was producing some awesome delays during his guitar solos. It was amazing to see and hear them play hard and mellow throughout a song. At different times during the music, Dave, John, and Brad were side by side rippin’ together for the fans. The music entro to “Midnight In Tokyo,” Dave, John, and Brad sang the first few verses with no instruments, only their voices harmonizing. Man! Their harmonies killed the audience. Man! They all can sing and It looked like Dave got a little emotional when the song was over as he complemented the entire band for their mighty vocals. Get this! Dave says “here’s a song we rarely play but we are going to play anyway as an experiment,” “Breaking Away” was more than an experiment and the audience loved it. The song “Rocked,” and the audience was in awe during the mellow soothing section of the song when John plays the mellow harmonic chords. John was also pushing and bending his guitar neck forward with his left hand and arm for Tremolo chord effect and it sounded awesome. Dave yells out, “now to 2010,” with “Shine On” off their last disc Facemelter. Up to this point of the show, Brad and Mike have not missed a lick on bass and drums. Sometimes during the show they were divided into two pairs, Dave and John next to each, Brad and Mike facing each other…both pairs were eye to eye intensely shredding then spontaneously, Dave brakes away moving toward the center of the stage near the very edge and shreds the solo. Man! That was hot! Dave busts out the Les Paul again and the whole band kills the audience with “Hang Em High and Summer Time Girls” including killer vocal harmonies. Damn! Their singing is hot, too. Next, John tells the audience they will dedicate the next song to Phil “Squeeze.” John sang the heck out that song (Never knew he could scream, either.) and held the microphone out toward the audience so you could hear the audience singing right along with John. That was awesome! “I Believe In You,” Dave sang the hell out of the song. His volume swells killed and his string bends were more killer, Dave made that Les Paul guitar sound as if it had a tremolo system on it. Fact is, it doesn’t have one. Mike’s double bass during the song was outstanding, thunderous, and awesome. They were “Rockin’,” and it was a very captivating moment for the entire audience. After that song is over, Dave begins singing by himself with his guitar “Forever.” Then John and Brad join in with the vocal harmonies (No instruments, yet.) and after a few verses the entire band start playing all their instruments together and the audience just goes crazy, yelling, singing, raising their hands, screaming, jumping, whistling, and dancing. Those vocal harmonies were executed like nobody’s business! Dave tore up the solo as he moved from right to left on the entire stage. Wow! By now, it appears the show is over since the band left the stage, BUT the audience would not leave and they were shouting over and over, “Y &T.” The audience was demanding an encore and they got one. Amazingly, Y&T comes out (No music, yet.) serving wine to themselves and to the fans in the front row, smiling and absorbing the audience attention, all four of them line up in the center of the stage with their back against the audience while they were being photographed from their front side with intention to photograph the audience in the back ground roaring for more. That was so cool to get a picture with the crowd behind them like that. Y&T loves their fans. Next, they begin to play one of the hottest instrumentals on the planet, “I’ll Cry For you.” Again, the audience looked paralyzed, myself included as Dave tore up that song on guitar. Man! That song killed the audience. Well! Someone just walked by as I’m writing this review and said, “Damn dude, write a review not a book” so I will end by mentioning the last encore song played was “Rescue Me.” It was preformed beautifully, the vocal harmonies were outstanding, Fresno Y&T fans roared in Love and appreciation for Y&T’s live performance. My last comment is Y&T was completely done with the show at 11:00pm. What an awesome and killer show for two full hours (How often do you see a show that long these days?) Oh! Remember I mentioned in the beginning that the audience stood up as the band walked onto the stage? The audience NEVER SAT DOWN throughout the entire show. THANK YOU! Dave, John, Brad, and Mike for the many years of Y&T music. You too Jill for your efforts and energies managing the Y&T merchandise. I forgot to mention a few more important details. The Y&T show was so hot! That my wife who has Fibromyalgia stood up for the entire show. My wife and I decided to go and eat some pizza before the show. We go into Me-N-Eds and John Nymann comes walking in and I grab him as he walks by our table. No one recognized him but us. Can you believe that? John gets his pizza and sits with us and the first thing I ask him is how in the world did he end up with that sweet gig playing guitar in Y&T. We talked for about twenty minutes. It was awesome! John has a wonderful personality. I took a picture with John and he was cool enough to give my wife a hug before he left to go “JAM” for the fans. John? Remember me asking you to work your magic? I would like to join Y&T on stage for one song the next time you come to Fresno. My wife said she would faint if she ever saw me playing on stage with Dave. She just about fainted when she saw me on stage with Gary Hoey. Here’s the link for your viewing. I’m playing the red guitar. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0s6-Bf-TiX0