With Sandra off in Vegas for the weekend, I made the drive to Santa Cruz by myself to see the great band Y&T. Jimmy B was there with his wife Kim, as his son was ill and couldn't make it. They sat up in the balcony for most of the show before coming down to the floor. I stood on the floor in the back. This would be the first show I've seen Y&T play since the death of bassist Phil Kennimore. I don't know who they picked up to play bass, but he held his own. They opened up with a new song, "On With The Show" and it told the story of continuing to play shows after tragedy. Later in the gig they did dedicate a song to Phil's memory, but that was about it. People wanted to party and rock out, to celebrate Phil and what the band means to them, not get bogged down in feeling sorry for each other. This is the 30th anniversary of Earthshaker, their third release. This record got them back in the game and some of their best music came out of the 81-85 period. Three of my favorite songs were played, Knock You Out, Hell or High Water, and Hurricane. As on the record, right after HOHW came Forever, in which the crowd sang all the words. Even with my failing memory, I remembered all the words and sang along. It was just like 30 years ago. I stayed for the entire show and left for home, after a quick stop at the Taco Bell drive thru. Jimmy and Kim stayed until the band came out to sign stuff and take pictures. I've always wanted to meet Dave Meniketti and maybe someday I will. This is where the stutter is a pain in the ass. I can't be sure I'll get everything out in an understandable manner and I have fear of looking foolish. So it keeps me from doing things. I've said this before on the blog, but it bears repeating. Y&T isn't just a local band made good to me, or just a band I've been watching for 30+ years, or anything like that. They're a band that to me is as good as AC/DC, Van Halen and Boston. Every. Bit. As. Good. In fact, IIRC, Van Halen used to open for Y&T back in the LA club days. Now that's a rockin' show. If you ever have a chance to see Y&T, don't pass it up. The poor pics are from my cell phone. Jimmy B took some good video of Black Tiger from up above the stage by where he and Kim were sitting.
This blog is for me (Joe) to keep in contact with my friends and family who I don't see too much of because I work nights. If you're wandering by checking out the blog from the Internet, well, you're welcome too, I'm 50 years old and live in California. I'm married with two bonus daughters and three grandchildren. I write about sports, scooters, vacations in the RV, my atheism, funny pictures, and pretty much anything else I can think of. I welcome all opposing views as long as you can keep it civil, my mom does come by on occasion. And, as always, the true focus of my life is my marriage to Sandra and fulfilling The Plan. Though the blog is in the top 5.