MEN•I•KET•TI ( MEN I KET’ Ē )
V. [ORIGIN: BAY AREA] 1. TO SING WITH A PASSIONATE, GUTSY EMOTION; MUCH EMULATED, NEVER DUPLICATED 2. A SONGWRITER WHO WRITES WITH UNFORGETTABLE HOOKS, UNIQUE MELODIES, CATCHY LYRICS — N. 3. GUITAR PLAYER WHOSE SOLOS HAVE ROCKED THE WORLD OF ROCK AND SENT OTHER GUITAR PLAYERS CRYIN’ FOR THEIR MAMAS — ADJ.
Dave Meniketti—the name is synonymous with music—raw, hard-edged, melodic, soulful. His first solo CD ON THE BLUE SIDE received worldwide acclamation—particularly in Europe and Japan. His sophomore solo CD, the self-titled MENIKETTI revisits, as Dave says, his “melodic, rock-based roots.” From its first churning note on Messin’ with Mr. Big, Dave’s music grabs you. This is not background music. It pins your ears to the speakers and kicks you in the butt. It’s infectious, delicious rock and roll that satisfies the soul. In other words MENIKETTI is pure Meniketti.
For the uninitiated, Dave Meniketti was born and raised in Oakland, California, where he has been an icon for guitar players worldwide and a Bay Area vocal and guitar legend for over two decades. Perhaps it is the diversity of the artists that influenced him as a kid (Hendrix, Coltrane, James Brown, Led Zeppelin) that is responsible for his varied expressions in both his singing and guitar playing. And what truly makes him admired by rock stars to the kid on the street.
As the lead singer/lead guitarist with Bay Area Rockers Y&T, Meniketti has sold over 4 million records worldwide, recorded 17 albums and toured across the United States and around the world. 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 and Whitesnake.
When Y&T took a break from recording and performing in the mid 90s, Dave wasn’t ready to hang up his guitar. After building his own recording studio in his home, he answered a primal call and recorded ON THE BLUE SIDE to quench his passion for the blues. Followed up with his pure rockin’ sophomore solo release MENIKETTI, this CD drives home the reasons why BAM Magazine christened Dave “a guitar hero in the classic sense of the term,“ and why the BBC calls Dave’s guitar playing “special…indeed.”
If you haven’t spun these albums yet, put your leathers on and get ready to rock—you’re in for a good time. You’ve got Dave’s word on that.