Vocalist/guitarist Dave Meniketti of California rock veterans Y&T has issued the following update:
"First off, [the recording sessions for the new Y&T album] are moving along at the pace we expected — and that's a good thing. All the basic tracks (drums, bass, and rhythm guitars) are in place, with just a few more days of guitar bits to be recorded before we move on to vocals and guitar solos.
"We have recorded 17 songs and will finish completely about 14 or 15, in order to release around 12 or so for the CD. Won't know for sure until it's down to the finish.
"And speaking of finish — it will be right down to the wire, but I'm expecting us to pull it off to get it done in time for our promised release date. There WILL be some injuries along the way to get it done in time — bodies, souls, egos, ears, fingers, throats, and sleep will be abused profusely in the next six weeks.
"As of late last week, the front cover art is now finished and it looks great! Of course, we knew it would because it's been done by an old friend to Y&T covers — John Taylor Dismukes. He has done his magic again, with lots of direction from Phil [Kennemore, bass]. He wanted to be part of this historic event — the first new Y&T CD of original material in almost 15 years.
"I'm sure many of you are wondering what direction the tunes have taken. Well, the best way I can describe it is that it's straight-ahead Y&T rock and roll. No wild pitches, but maybe a few curve balls to keep it interesting. Definitely a few new vibes coming from the hands and mouths of us boys.
"It will likely be very difficult to pick what gets left off because they all have something cool to offer (at least we think so at this point in the recording process). Only time will tell how this all turns out, but I can say with complete confidence that this is not gonna suck!"
Dave Meniketti - Lead Guitar, Lead Vocals
John Nymann - Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals
Phil Kennemore - Bass, Backing Vocals
Mike Vanderhule - Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals
Y&T's last studio album, "Endangered Species", was released in 1997.