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Interview With Dave Meneketti of Y & T
Dave Meniketti has
seen and done it all. A true guitar
icon, his band Y&T, has been a nonstop juggernaut of rock and roll. For
over 40 years they have criss crossed the world delivering such songs as
"Forever", "Meanstreak," and the celebrated
"summertime Girls". I had the chance to speak with Dave on his
career, highlights and the legacy of Y&T's music
40 years. What are your thoughts on the longevity of the band?
Pretty amazing. Who knew. We just go out there and play
music. All of a sudden here we are and it's 40 years later. It's really kind of
shocking to me. I don't feel like the kind of guy who has been at the same job
for 40 years. I guess that is the good thing about the gig.
Who were your
influences growing up?
Hendrix was certainly one of them. I actually got a chance
to see him play before he died. That kind of freaks people out because they go
"You saw Hendrix play". (laughs) I listen to all kinds of music.
Leslie West. Duane Almond, Dickie Betts, Jeff Beck. There are so many of them.
I never tried to copy them it just sort of works into you
Any band you would
love to record with if you had a chance.
Not really sure. Not off the top of my head.a lot of bands I do admire. Most my voice
probably wouldn't go with.
What is the
craziest thing you ever experienced on the road?
Well it does happen all the time. So many. A cool thing,
when we toured with AC/DC in the 70's. Bon Scott asked to drive in our little
van because he wanted to party and at that time he claimed AC/DC was boring.
They didn't want to party and he did. So he rode with us through Texas and when
we stopped for gas he would run in and buy alcohol. That was a fun moment in
our career. I wish I could have enjoyed the moment more as it happened.
Especially when you think of how early he died. Those guys were still
relatively unknown at the time.
How do you choose
the set list?
One of my least favorite things to do. I choose the songs.
We try to craft the set do it ebbs and flows right. We don't want to bore
anyone. We always want to play more stuff than we can fit in it. When we go
back to the same club year after year we try to change up the set list. I have
every list from the last ten years on my computer. So when we are on the road
we can keep it fresh.
Are you active on
Not so active. I just don't have the time to spend on it. I
just don't really bother with it. Sometimes I respond on our forum on our web
site. Too many avenues. I'm too busy to really get involved. I like to live in
the moment and get out and enjoy life.
O.K. So let's talk
guitars. Straight into the amp or a pedal guy?
I'm a straight amp kind of guy. I used some pedals for a
little vibe onstage. But from the 70's through the 90's it was all handled by
the house guy. For the most part I didn't control it. Eventually I used the
pedals to help control. No rack. Chorus, delay, bare bones. Tube amps.
Marshalls for most of my career until the mid 90's.
40 years. Is it
difficult to come up with new material?
Generally we just write in the moment. We have some riffs on
tape but we usually don't listen to them. Sometimes when you get in a rut you
can go back. But as you write if things are flowing then you don't want to go
backwards. Keep moving forward.
Did you know when
you wrote "Summertime Girls" that it would be such a hit?
Well you know what... that song. A typical rehearsal for us. No one gets there
at the same time. No pressure. Everyone gets there when they can sort of thing.
So we were there with Joey and he starts noodling over my chord pattern I was
messing with. We just stopped and looked at each other and said "That's
cool". So by the end of the rehearsal we had the song basically down. It
doesn't happen all the time but the song was written in a few hours. We thought
it was kind of commercial. The record company wanted another single. We
finished the song. It just happened. We liked it. But the record company
initially told us "what the hell was that crap". A couple of years
later we recorded it for the live album as an extra track. Just because we
thought it was a good song. The label reps heard it and they loved it. They
told us to record it right away. Everyone at the time was looking for a hit. We
just liked the song. We thought it had a nice, fun melody.
Any advice for
The main thing to keep in your head. Just keep remembering
sometimes you make better decisions if you just step back and go with what your
gut is telling you. Always go with your gut. Go with what feels right. Try to
just feel what you are doing. Don't just copy other peoples licks. Create you r
own vibe. So when you're playing they can tell it's you playing.
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