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Sunday, 16 October 2011

Live & Dangerous 12: Y&T

Y&T (Cardiff Coal Exchange)

With doors opening at 7:30 and the band starting at 8:30 would Y&T be worth and hour wait? The answer is yes. Starting with On With The Show Y&T immediately got off to a rip-roaring start, and then smashed into the classic Black Tiger which got the diminutive crowd going. The band were celebrating the 30th anniversary of their Earthshaker album so many of the tracks came from that album, which is no bad thing considering the quality of it. Dave Meniketti is both a fantastic singer and guitarist and does both brilliantly at the same time (watch and learn Dave Mustaine) the band mix rockers and ballads with metal and blues all of which the do brilliantly none more so than on the epic I Believe In You which shows of Meniketti's voice and guitar talent, this was followed by Hurricane, Summertime Girls and Rescue Me. Not all the credit can got to Meniketti as he is back by a fantastic band, drummer Mike Vanderhule is both speedy and powerful (and even gets a drum solo that wasn't boring), bassist Brad Lang holds the fort and is a great replacement for founder member Phil Kennemore who died earlier this year and John Nyman plays excellent rhythm guitar and also has quite a voice which he shows to full effect on the Kennemore penned Squeeze which serves as a fitting tribute to him. The venue also can't be counted out as the Coal Exchange has crystal clear sound that meant every single glorious note could be heard. The band finished with a new track I'm Coming Home before returning with an encore of Don't Stop Running and the awesome Maidenesque Forever. This was a fantastic gig in a brilliant venue definitely one of my top gigs this year. 10/10 

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