|Birth name||Dave Meniketti|
December 12, 1953 |
Oakland, California, USA
|Genres||Hard rock, heavy metal, glam metal, blues|
Hear 'n Aid
|Gibson Les Paul
Dave Meniketti (born December 12, 1953) is the singer, songwriter and lead guitarist for Hard rock/heavy metal band Y&T. He has also released three solo efforts (including "Live in Japan"), one of which is more blues-oriented. He currently tours worldwide with Y&T.
Dave Meniketti was born and raised in Oakland, California where he has been an icon for guitar players worldwide and a San Francisco Bay Area vocal and guitar legend for over four decades. Perhaps it is the diversity of the artists that influenced him as a kid (Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, Leslie West, James Brown, Led Zeppelin) that is responsible for his varied expressions in both his singing and his guitar playing. He's ranked tops in Best Guitarist polls in newspapers, magazines, and television shows around the world.
As the lead singer/lead guitarist with Bay Area rockers Y&T, Meniketti has sold over 4 million records worldwide. With Y&T, he has currently (2014) recorded 17 albums, and continues to tour the world each year. His style has influenced some of the major stars in rock and over the years he's been asked to join many top bands including Ozzy Osbourne, Peter Frampton, Whitesnake and others. Secret Chiefs 3 and former Mr. Bungle guitarist Trey Spruance said in an interview with Kerrang! magazine in 1991: "... of course, I owe it [his guitar playing speed] all to Y&T. Dave Meniketti is my god."
In the movie Anvil! The Story of Anvil, in the bonus feature interview Lars Ulrich of Metallica talks at length about seeing one of his favorite bands Y&T for the first time at a club in Hollywood in December 1980. Lars Ulrich credits Y&T as the reason he decided to become a musician, saying: "That was the turning point for me wanting to play music...You could tell that they loved what they were doing."
In the early 1990s, while Y&T took a break from recording and performing, Meniketti built his own recording studio and proceeded to record his first solo album titled ON THE BLUE SIDE, which represented his passion for the blues. He would later release a follow up album simply titled MENIKETTI. Recorded in Tokyo, a live concert CD was released by Avex Records in 2003 titled MENIKETTI LIVE IN JAPAN.
In the summer of 2013, Sammy Hagar invited Dave to perform a set of Montrose tunes with the original Montrose band members for 2 Northern California shows on Sammy's "Four Decades of Rock" tour. One of the reasons Dave was picked by Sammy was Hagar's feeling that Dave would be the right choice to do justice to the memory and playing style of Ronnie Montrose.
In January 2014, Y&T celebrates 40 years of recording and touring the world, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
The Talk About Dave & Y&T
"One of the most underrated singers on the face of the earth...such a great singer. I can't believe that Dave has not become such a huge star because he is so, so good." Ronnie James Dio (DIO, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, Rainbow) August 24, 2009 - Eddie Trunk Live, Sirius/XM Radio
“Here’s a guy who can really play guitar. I remember him back when people used to say ‘Yeah, you’re pretty good but that guy Dave Meniketti, he can kick the shit out of you big time’ and they were usually right.” Joe Satriani – November 2003 video clip
"Dave Meniketti is the man--the best voice in rock!" C.C. DeVille (Poison) July 13, 2007 - Rocklahoma
"First time I heard Struckdown off Y&T’s first record, I’ve been a fan ever since. [Dave is] a great player…a positive influence on me." Billy Sheehan – November 2003 video clip
"one of the hardest working blue-collar touring bands in Hard Rock history." July 2007 - Melodic Rock
“…an inspiration!” Steve Vai – November 2003 video clip
San Francisco Bay Area newspapers published their "Top 25 Bay Area Guitar Players" list. Y&T's Dave Meniketti topped the list at #5, ranking impressively higher than Joe Satriani and Journey's Neal Schon. (November 2006)
San Francisco's 107.7 The Bone rock radio station cemented Y&T in their "Top 20 All American Rock Bands" list. (2006)
Dave plays Gibson Les Paul and Fender Stratocaster, and has been playing the Gibson Les Paul since the early 1970s and recently a custom made LP style Bisceglia built by George Bisceglia of Bisceglia Guitars. He has also been seen playing Fender Stratocasters and Kramer guitars. For amplification, he uses Diezel VH4 heads, with a Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifier as a back-up.