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DAVE MENIKETTI AND LEONARD HAZE OF YESTERDAY AND TODAY PERFORMING LIVE AT GOLDEN GATE PARK IN SAN FRANCISCO, CA. ON 4-18-75. PHOTO BY BEN UPHAM. MAGICAL MOMENT PHOTOS.

YESTERDAY & TODAY PERFORMING AT GOLDEN GATE PARK IN SAN FRANCISCO, CA. ON 4-18-75. PHOTO BY BEN UPHAM.


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YESTERDAY & TODAY-
“1977 INTERVIEW”
BY MIKE DEL REY
THE MONTCLAIR TRIBUNE
MONTCLAIR, CALIFORNIA
APRIL 14, 1977

A few weeks ago I was in the dressing room at the Starwood, a somewhat showcase arena for new talent arriving in Hollywood. However, the group I talked to Saturday has, according to their publicity release, “arrived.”
The group is “Yesterday and Today.” They have just recently signed with London Records and their debut album “Yesterday and Today” is somewhat promising.
Yesterday and Today is composed of Dave Meniketti, lead guitar, lead vocals, background vocals; Joey Alves, rhythm guitar and background vocals; Phil Kennemore, bass, lead and background vocals; and Leonard Haze, drums, percussion, lead and background vocals.
In an “off-the-wall” manner where questions bounced from one subject to another, I interviewed Yesterday and Today in their dressing room before they took the stage.
MD: How did Yesterday and Today get started?
Dave M: Well, we wanted people to hear us and the only real way was to produce and promote our own concerts. We tried Oakland but Oakland is too funky.
MD: Funky?
Dave: Yes, too “Tower Of Power” and Graham Central Station”.
MD How did you go about promoting your own concerts?
Dave: We had money to put up. Then we just printed about 500 pamphlets and had some of our friends hand them out to the high schools in the area.
MD: Where was the first place Yesterday and Today played?
Dave: Well I believe it was “Ides Lodge Hall in Hayward.
MD: What does the Ides stand for?
Dave: If it stood for anything it’s beyond me.
MD: About how many people attended these self-promoted concerts.
Dave: Between 800 and 1,000.
MD: Were the concerts as “successful” as you thought they may have been?
Dave: Well, we played because we liked playing. As far as being successful we did get our music heard.
MD: How did the group come up with the name Yesterday and Today?
— Henry Bentley (loyal supporter and personal friend also in dressing
room): When the band was doing a concert at Treasure Island Naval Base for the enlisted men one thing lead to another and they were thrown but due to security. Later on that day the band called the promoter and during their conversation the promoter asked one of the members what the name of the group was. Not having a name, they used the first thing that came to mind and that was the title of an early Beatles album resting next to the phone, “Yesterday and Today.”
MD: Interesting. Well here is another toughie for the band. Do you feel that you’re a commercial band?
Leonard: Yes I think we’re commercial hard rock.
Joey: I think we’re commercial also. That is if commercial means selling a lot of albums.
MD: You guys were just on tour for the first time outside the West Coast. I heard that in San Antonio, Texas you got your best welcome yet.
Leonard: Well I don’t know if you can call it our best welcome but it was a welcome we won’t forget.
MD: What happened?
Leonard: San Antonio has one of the finest radio stations in the country; radio station KISS. Not any relation to our “Kiss” Station here at home. Anyway this station played our album “Y & T” before we got there. So consequently people in the S. A. area were familiar with our music.
MD: I heard the crowd would not let you off the stage.
Leonard: Well that’s true. We had already given three encores and if the house lights did not go on we would have given a fourth.
MD: Being a new band, did you have enough material to cover a fourth
encore?
Len: Oh yes. We have 30 written tunes.
MD: I also heard that when you were walking down the street in S. A. a car full of girls drove by and screamed “There goes Y&T”.
Len: Yes. That did happen.
MD: Dave. How did the title cut from your first album come about?
Dave: Well, if you mean “Alcohol,” it’s a true story about a friend of mine who got arrested by being under the influence of alcohol, and the song is his story.
MD: A couple more questions before you go on. Joey what did the band expect from this debut album?
Joey: Well it was like a test album. It would tell us where we went wrong or what we did right. We made the album so as to not overpower our live performance. We want to be better on stage than on an album.
Yesterday and Today are described by Henry Bentley as “steal on stear”. And for being the first such band out of the Oakland area Y & T will be here tomorrow.

YESTERDAY & TODAY (Y&T) DISCOGRAPHY:
1976 Yesterday & Today
1978 Struck Down
1981 Earthshaker
1982 Black Tiger
1983 Mean Streak
1984 In Rock We Trust
1985 Open Fire (Live)
1985 Down for the Count
1987 Contageous
1990 Ten
1991 Yesterday & Today Live
1995 Musically Incorrect
1997 Endangered Species
2000 BBC In Concert
2003 Unearthed Volume 1
2004 Unearthed Volume 2
2009 OneTwo (1st two albums Remastered)
2010 Facemelter

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Y&T PHOTOS FROM SPOKANE, WA. ON 7-18-10 BY BEN UPHAM

YESTERDAY & TODAY (Y&T) PERFORMING LIVE IN CONCERT AT GOLDEN GATE PARK IN SAN FRANCISCO, CA. ON 4-18-75. PHOTO BY BEN UPHAM. MAGICAL MOMENT PHOTOS.

DAVE MENIKETTI & PHIL KENNEMORE OF Y&T PERMORMING IN SAN FRANCISCO ON 4-18-75. PHOTO BY BEN UPHAM


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YESTERDAY & TODAY-
“SUCCESS IS SIMPLE”
BY LARRY KELP
OAKLAND TRIBUNE
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA
12-31-76

“The big question everyone asks us when we play out of the Bay Area is, ‘Who hipped you to rock music?” Rhythm guitarist Joey Alves of hard rockers Yesterday and Today explained, “Just ’cause we’re an Oakland band everyone thinks we’re supposed to play funk and have black chick singers like Tower of Power, Graham Central Station and the Pointer Sisters.”
Yesterday and Today is anything but a funk band. They are white boys playing Hard Rock (with capital letters), and they keep it simple and basic. They are also performing at Winterland tonight.
The quartet’s album, “Yesterday and Today,” has been released on London Records. “They were after rock and roll acts,” lead guitarist David Meniketti said, “and they signed us. They realized that heavy rock of the Aerosmith- Montrose variety is what is filling the arenas.”
The band, with drummer Leonard Haze and bassist Phil Kennemore, has been playing locally for three years. Haze is 21, the others are all 23.
They made a conscious effort to break out of the Top 40 band rut, wrote original material and moved into the metal market, creating their own concert circuit in the Eastbay.
Unlike many other hard rock bands, Yesterday and Today are proud of their simple approach to loud music.
“People can’t get enough hard rock,” Meniketti said. “The people who like it want the same basic sound every time they see or hear it”.
Everyone likes the first two Led Zeppelin albums; same with Montrose. But they’ve both changed, either style or personnel or both.
“It’s easy for the press to call this music simple, then the bands try to play jazz and add fancy production work and acoustic guitars to prove
they can play something else. And that’s when the music loses its force.
“Bad press never hurt Grand Funk Railroad or Kiss, because the people still want that sound. It’s basic, emotional, driving music.”
“We work on high energy, and prefer crowds like those at Winterland,” bassist Kennemore said. “If people come to see bombs and smoke on stage,” Haze added, “that’s okay, but we don’t do that kind of thing. Our music is our bombs; we explode on stage and don’t need the visuals.” “We aren’t addicts and we don’t go out and rape women,” Meniketti explained, taking a swig of Pepsi. Joking, he added, “We play jock rock. We’re behind the A’s, the Warriors and Raiders all the way.
“Yeah, we’d like to play the Superbowl and sing ‘Kenny and the Boys.’” They all broke out laughing. Their equipment cases are all lettered in green and yellow, a visual support of the A’s.
The album contains such fascinating song titles as “Animal Woman,” “Alcohol,” “Fast Ladies (Very Slow Gin)” and “25 Hours a Day.” Drummer Haze explained, “Reviewers may not like ‘em, but just ask people on the street what they enjoy doing most, and they’ll tell you it’s sex, getting drunk, cruisin’ and the like. I write about what I can relate to.
Although Oaklanders, the band members made their name in the Hayward area.” “That’s really sad, because there just aren’t any rock halls in Oakland. What few existed have been replaced with discos. We’d like to play in our town, but where?”
Regardless of one’s music preferences, it’s easy to see Yesterday and Today’s approach as a good one. The three-chord crunchers do bring out huge numbers of people who want to have a good time. And they do it on music that doesn’t require deep thought.
“We sure don’t want to play music that is taken seriously,” Haze said. “We’re in music for fun, and it’s obvious the people who come to hear
us are too.”

YESTERDAY & TODAY (Y&T) DISCOGRAPHY:
1976 Yesterday & Today
1978 Struck Down
1981 Earthshaker
1982 Black Tiger
1983 Mean Streak
1984 In Rock We Trust
1985 Open Fire (Live)
1985 Down for the Count
1987 Contageous
1990 Ten
1991 Yesterday & Today Live
1995 Musically Incorrect
1997 Endangered Species
2000 BBC In Concert
2003 Unearthed Volume 1
2004 Unearthed Volume 2
2009 OneTwo (1st two albums Remastered)
2010 Facemelter

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Y&T FINE ART AMERICA IMAGES BY BEN UPHAM
AND
YESTERDAY & TODAY- SF 4-18-75 PHOTOS BY BEN UPHAM
AND
YESTERDAY & TODAY (Y&T) IN SPOKANE, WA. 7-18-10 PHOTOS BY BEN UPHAM