Y&T @ Pumpehuset, Copenhagen (DK)

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Y&T

Date: 12th October, 2017
Venue: Pumpehuset
Tickets: 350DKK (€46/$55)
Promoter: n/a
Photos: Erika Wallberg


The dark and depressive weather sure kept people at home to the last minute as it was just a small bunch waiting at the Pumpehuset lobby prior to the show. The place filled up in a very good way though right before show-start and it was everything but gloomy inside. I’ve lost count over how many times I’ve seen Y&T over the years, should be well over 10, or even close to 20 now. Still, I eagerly chase tickets for the shows when they cross my path.

What sets Y&T apart from most other bands these days is of course that they play for real. It is as live as it gets and they always serve intimate and personal shows. What’s fascinating is that it feels like a new show every time, it’s never predictable and even if the majority of the set is the same from time to time there are always details that set each and every tour apart. And there will always be something special with the show. That you can count on! The show took off in a very good way with “Black Tiger” and “Lipstick And Leather”. The sound was fantastic, crisp, clear and loud. One song that has grown over the years isDirty Girl”. I really like beat and rhythm and it was with this one the show hit second gear. The song got the crowd started and it’s cool to hear people sing along and just enjoy themselves.

After “Eyes Of A Stranger” requests came in for “Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark” and Dave Meniketti smiled and said it wasn’t on the setlist for this tour. But as a few guys in the front insisted to hear it Dave said; well ok! And the song took off. The setlist was extensive to start with but that didn’t stop Y&T to add more to it. I’m really happy they did this though as it is a great song which works perfectly live. But it was about to turn even cooler; two songs from the MENIKETTI solo albums were picked up for this tour. Fantastic, mellow and Blues-y “Lay Me Down”, introduced as the sexy song. It’s amazing to just watch Dave play; his tone and the enthusiasm he plays with really does the show. This is the reason for seeing Y&T over and over again, the passion for the music.

There was a great cheer going through the venue when John Nymann played the first few notes of “Winds Of Change”. This was a song that was requested the first few times I saw Y&T and is now a part of the set. Dave dedicated this to his fallen fellow Y&T musicians, Phil Kennamore, Leonard Haze and Joey Alves. It’s crazy they all are gone now, only Dave remains from the original line-up. He’s still going very strong though, both his playing and voice are fantastic. As crisp and clear as it was back in the day which showed in this song in a great way. Ok, mainly the vocals here as he left the playing to John and took the microphone with him to the edge of the stage.

“Masters And Slaves” from “In Rock We Trust” was another very cool feature in the set. This is another reason for seeing this band again and again, there will always be something new with the set, so this one together with the MENIKETTI songs made this show very special. After “Contagious” came the drum-solo; this is hardly what I look forward to the most with a show. It’s actually very rare that I take notice about the drummer at all, unless it’s spectacular. And that certainly was the case with Mike Vanderhule. It’s nothing new, I started to take notice of him the first time I saw him play. He did a cool solo here focusing on beat, groove and fines. It worked out fine and didn’t feel like waste of time which this part of the show (for other bands) do on occasion. Since I notice how good he is I assume nothing less than phenomenal should be said. Something that Dave pointed out when the band came back on stage.

Here, the show shifted up one gear again, the crowd had gotten rather drunk and was cheering and screaming and when “Rock & Roll's Gonna Save The World” was introduced it all became very intense. From this point there was a lot of communication going on onstage too which I interpreted as the real jam-session had started. Everything was still flawless of course and it’s amazing to hear this and just watch the guys have fun. And as for Classical or Jazz concerts Dave as well as John got cheers after each and every solo. “Barroom Boogie” in particular stood out as very loose in structure. But to see the huge smiles coming out of stage while they’re playing is just fantastic and this song sure gets more interesting with a bit of improvisation. Then off to “Squeeze” originally sung by Leonard Haze, then Phil Kennamore took over and now it’s John Nymann’s duty to sing this one. The cool thing here is that Dave backed off from the center microphone and left that to John. I really love this song, it’s raw and fun.

The main set was wrapped up with “Coming Home” from most recent “Facemelter” and that’s perhaps something I missed, a few more from this fantastic record. But I certainly don’t complain about the selection of songs. There can always be more of course (I got a bit spoiled by those three hour shows at Rockland a couple of years ago)... And more was actually to come; one song that had been requested throughout the evening was “Hurricane”. Originally not listed but as Dave said; “if you want to hear it, we need to play it” and that kicked off the encores!

Another real highlight of the show was “Rescue Me”, it’s an amazing song which shows the sense for melody Dave possesses. But what really did it was the crowd, the dark murmur came as a perfect dynamics to Dave’s clear voice gave me goose-bumps (again, it wasn’t the first time during the show) as it sounded fantastic. About 2h10 minutes after the show had started the final song “Forever” was introduced and while later it was a happy crowd waving goodbye to the band.  Earlier during the evening Dave claimed it was way too long since they had last visited Copenhagen. The treatment received by the crowd here should lure them back soon. I certainly hope so as this was another absolutely fantastic Y&T show and I’m definitely not done seeing them.

Y&T setlist:

01. “Black Tiger”
02. “Lipstick And Leather”
03. “Straight Thru The Heart”
04. “Dirty Girl”
05. “Eyes Of A Stranger”
06. “Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark”
07. “Mean Streak”
08. “Lay Me Down”
09. “Storm”
10. “Winds Of Change”
11. “Masters And Slaves”
12. “Hang 'em High”
13. “I Believe In You”
14. “Contagious”
15. Drum Solo
16. “Rock & Roll's Gonna Save The World”
17. “Summertime Girls”
18. “Barroom Boogie”
19. “Squeeze”
20. “I'm Coming Home”
21. “Hurricane”
22. “Rescue Me”
23. “Forever”

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Y&T @ Pumpehuset, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Y&T @ Pumpehuset, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Y&T @ Pumpehuset, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Y&T @ Pumpehuset, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Y&T @ Pumpehuset, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
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