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Birth name  Dave Meniketti
Associated acts  Y&T Hear 'n Aid
Name  Dave Meniketti
Instruments  Vocals Guitar
Role  Singer
Years active  1973–present

Born  December 12, 1953 (age 62) Oakland, California, USA (1953-12-12)
Labels  London Records(1976-1978) A&M(1981-1985) Geffen(1987-1990) Metal Blade(1991)
Music groups  Y&T (Since 1973), Hear 'n Aid
Genres  Hard rock, Heavy metal, Glam metal, Blues
Albums  On the Blue Side, Facemelter, In Rock We Trust, Struck Down, Down for the Count
Similar People  Phil Kenne, John Nymann, Paul Shortino, Brad Lang, Kevin DuBrow

Occupation(s)  Musician Songwriter

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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.


With the passing of Joey Alves in March 2017, Meniketti is the last surviving member of the band's classic lineup.

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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.

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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. Faith No More, 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."

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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 2017, Y&T celebrates 43 years of recording and touring the world, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

Meniketti and his wife, Jill, also produce Chardonnay and Pinot Noir under the Meniketti Wines label.


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.


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