Legendary California rockers Y&T have issued the following update:
"Happy holidays to our fans around the world, from all of us in Y&T! We loved spending our busiest year so far this decade with those of you who came to the 2008 shows, talked with us in person, and communicated with us online through our forum. We care what you have to say and love hearing from you. We never forget or take for granted that the success of the shows we do each year are in large part made possible because of the dedication of you great fans who come out to see our shows every year. As long as you keep coming, we'll keep playing.
"We want to give a very special thanks to those who work so hard for us in front of and behind the scenes each and every year. Our great crew — Tom, Chrys, Rolf, and our amazing manager Jill. You keep us moving forward and running smoothly, ensuring we always come across the best we can. We're blessed with your hard work, dedication, great talents, class, and most of all — your friendship.
"And now we look ahead to 2009, which is to be a banner year for Y&T. Not only will it be our 35th year anniversary as a band, but we will be starting the year out by immediately getting into the studio to write for the first new original material Y&T record in over a decade. And depending on our tour schedule, and with any luck, we will be shooting for a late 2009 release.
"We look forward to kicking some serious ass and sharing this upcoming monumental year with as many of you as we can, as we head back out to tour around the world again.
"Thanks, again, for an amazing year!"
MetalSymphony.com recently posted a number of photos of Y&T's October 4, 2008 concert at Heineken in Madrid, Spain.
Fan-filmed video footage of Y&T's November 22, 2008 concert at Mystic Theatre in Petaluma, California can be viewed below.