Y&T Frontman Says Bon Scott Thought AC/DC Were ‘Boring,’ Remembers Laughing at Motley Crue
Bay Area rockers Y&T rubbed shoulders with a number of future superstars when they were starting out in the late '70s and early '80s — including, as guitarist and singer Dave Meniketti remembered during a recent interview, the members of AC/DC and Mötley Crüe.
In fact, as Meniketti told WMMR host Jacky Bam Bam (via Classic Rock Magazine), during Y&T's tour with AC/DC in 1976, they bonded so well with singer Bon Scott that he asked if he could travel with them rather than his own bandmates.
"The very first day we did a soundcheck together, Bon came back he was like, ‘What are you guys traveling in?’ We showed him, and he was like, ‘Would you mind if I come with you?'" recalled Meniketti, saying Scott told them, "‘These guys are really boring. They won’t let me drink. They won’t let any groupies on the bus.’ He figured he was going to have more fun with us – and I’m absolutely certain he did."
Meniketti also admitted that his initial impressions of Mötley Crüe were less than favorable when Y&T gave them an opening slot for what turned out to be the first show in a long and platinum-filled career.
"They were supposed to be this up-and-coming thing. I remember sitting in the balcony at the Starwood, overlooking the stage, watching a few songs and going, ‘These guys are crap,'" he laughed. "I ate those words a million times over – we ended up opening for them. It was cool."
Y&T celebrated their 40th anniversary last year; their most recent LP, Facemelter, was released in 2010.
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