Y&T Y&T have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the making of a career-spanning documentary.

Frontman Dave Meniketti hopes fans will step up so the band can tell their own story their own way.

The movie is to be built out of the hundreds of hours of personal footage shot over the years. It’s set to cover their earliest days of rehearsing in 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’s also designed to be a tribute to bassist Phil Kennemore, who died in 2011.

Meniketti says, “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. But we can do it differently, and tell the story the way it should be told, uncut, with all the nitty-gritty, the stories you want to hear, in a film you want to see.”

The crowdfunded edition of the DVD will feature bonus material that won’t appear in the standard version. Y&T have raised nearly $9000 of a required $26,000 via the Kickstarter campaign, with 28 days to run. To donate, please click here.

The DVD is expected in July.

source: classicrock.teamrock.com

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  • T on

    Generally I’m not crazy about asking fans to finance things, but these guys have an interesting enough history to where I would actually like to see this.

    • Michael B on

      It’s 2015. Nobody funds these things anymore because people just pirate it for free. I see no problem in asking fans to chip in if there is interest.

  • Sean Koepenick on

    Pledged for the DVD-can’t wait!

  • Medved on

    So how is this different from the bashing several folks posted previously about Robert Trujillo asking for donations for his documentary film about one of his influences?

    • Rob Poling Jr on

      It’s a totally different situation. Y&T is still out there touring because it pays the bills while Metallica are worth a couple hundred million and could do nothing and get paid. If Trujillo is playing in Metallica and can’t foot the bill for a Jaco documentary out of his own pocket then he needs to ask Lars and James for a raise. There are already a few Pastorius documentaries out there so why do we need another.

    • Michael B on

      You make no sense whatsoever. Y&T is still touring to “pay the bills” because like most bands, they never reached the success that Metallica did.

      You’re obviously an expert on the subject of Trujillo’s personal finances. Does he call you when he makes a bank deposit too?

  • RandyK on

    Y&T relies pretty much only on fan support. Their tickets are like $25. They aren’t raking in millions from stadium shows or getting a lot of radio play.

    • Michael B on

      Aren’t most bands floated by fan support??

      They don’t get a ton of radio play because it’s 80’s rock and they never hit the big time when the anvil was hot…it’s not anymore, it’s quite cold, which a shame.

  • MikeyMan on

    This is awesome!

    It’s essentially a pre-order.
    May I please have a DVD? Why thank you very much!

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