Hard rock heroes Y & T return to Rocklin’s Quarry Park Amphitheatre on April 21

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By Eddie Jorgensen

Easily one of the most influential hard rock band still playing live, Y & T – formerly Yesterday & Today – is still going strong thanks to the tireless energy of its leader, Dave Meneketti.

Sadly, the other three original and highly revered members – bassist Phil Kennemore, drummer Leonard Haze, and guitarist Joey Alves – all passed away within a couple of years of each other.

Meneketti has been carrying on with replacements, including guitarist John Nymann, bassist Aaron Leigh, and drummer Mike Vanderhule. Whatever iteration of Y & T shows up, the Sacramento area is like a second home to the band. It’s regularly played at Ace of Spades in addition to many other Northern California haunts.

Although Meneketti was most prolific during the 1980s with a string of potent records – ‘Mean Streak,’ ‘Earthshaker’ and ‘Black Tiger’ among them – his voice is still a thing of wonder and has aged like fine wine.That’s evidenced in how he sings some of the band’s more challenging, early material.

Local act Red Voodoo will get the evening started. Gates open at 6 p.m. and this curfewed show ends at 10 p.m. Tickets start at $35 and top out at $125 and can be purchased at www.Rocklin421.eventbrite.com. Quarry Park Amphitheatre is located at 4000 Rocklin Road in Rocklin.

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