Iconic Bay Area rockers Y&T are putting the finishing touches on their documentary, "On With The Show", to be released before the end of the year.
Says the band: "We're still at it, in between the flooding, mudslides, and power outages we've been experiencing here at our studio in the Santa Cruz mountains.
"The film is progressing beautifully, and the reviews from the principals involved — Dave [Meniketti, Y&T frontman] and the band, Jill [Dave's wife], and a few other choice insiders — have been glowing and encouraging.
"We're currently knee-deep into the '80s heyday, as we chronologically forge ahead in putting this epic story together.
"We promise this will be worth the wait.
"Release has been pushed back, as we have admittedly underestimated the scope of this project. Our goal now is to complete it and hand over the finished film late this summer.
"We know the anticipation must be tough to tolerate, and we are grateful for your continued patience!"
Y&T previously said that the upcoming documentary would be built out of the hundreds of hours of personal footage shot over the years. It is set to cover the band's earliest days of rehearsing in drummer Leonard Haze's grandmother's house, then move through the first two albums, touring with JOURNEY, BOSTON and QUEEN, to their big breaks with AC/DC, OZZY OSBOURNE and DIO. It is also designed to be a tribute to Haze, who died last September, and bassist Phil Kennemore, who passed away in 2011.
Meniketti explained about the band's decision to produce the documentary without outside involvement: "In the past, we'd ask a record company or a big corporation for funding — and in exchange, sign away our rights and artistic control."
Go to the documentary's Kickstarter page to see an excerpt from the film.
Y&T, rounded out by guitarist John Nymann, drummer Mike Vanderhule and bassist Aaron Leigh, will undertake a short tour of Southern California this week before heading over to Japan for a pair of shows.
The dates are as follows:
March 02 - The Canyon - Agoura Hills, CA
March 03 - Saint Rocke - Hermosa Beach, CA
March 04 - The Coach House - San Juan Capistrano, CA
March 05 - The Rose - Pasadena, CA
Y&T's live album, "Live At The Mystic", was released in November 2012 via Frontiers Records.
The band's first studio album in 13 years, "Facemelter", came out in Europe on May 21, 2010 via Frontiers.