Tyketto – ‘Live In Milian’

 


THE BAND:
Danny Vaughn - Lead vocals, acoustic guitar, acoustic bass guitar, mandolin, harmonica, percussion
Chris Green - Lead guitar, backing vocals
Chris Childs - Bass guitar, backing vocals
Michael Clayton - Drums, percussion, backing vocals
Ged Rylands - Keyboards, backing vocals



BIOGRAPHY:
   Tyketto is a hard rock band based out of New York City. The group was put together in 1987 by former Waysted vocalist Danny Vaughn, Brooke St. James (guitar), Jimi Kennedy (bass), and Michael Clayton (drums) completed the lineup.
    By 1990, the band had signed to Geffen Records and released their debut album Don't Come Easy, which included the successful single "Forever Young." Musically, the album was somewhere between Whitesnake and Bon Jovi, and Tyketto opened for the former on many bills. However, the rise of the grunge sound in 1991 saw Tyketto's hopes of a big breakthrough begin to recede. Jimi left the band and was replaced by Jamie Scott. Their second album was rejected by Geffen and finally emerged in 1994 under the title Strength in Numbers on CMC International in the USA and Music for Nations elsewhere in the world.

    The following year, Vaughn left the band to look after his wife, who had developed cancer, and was replaced by former Tall Stories vocalist Steve Augeri. (Augeri later became lead vocalist for Journey.) This line-up released Shine (which was a departure from their classic sound) in 1995, again on CMC / Music for Nations. However, dwindling audiences and the changing landscape of the rock industry saw the band split up in 1996, releasing the live album Take Out & Served Up Live as a swan song, having never really broken through. The various band members went on to other projects: most notably Vaughn, Clayton, and Scott would reunite in Vaughn. Vaughn would eventually start releasing material under his own name in 2007.
    In 2004, Tyketto reformed for a reunion tour with the full original lineup. They played a second set of reunion dates in 2007 and stated at the time that this was the last time the original four members, or any other line up, would ever perform under the Tyketto name. To coincide with the dates the band released an The Last Sunset - Farewell 2007 consisting of alternative versions of previously released songs and unreleased songs unearthed from long forgotten demo tapes.
    Despite this announcement, in 2008 Tyketto reformed again for more dates. In April, they played the "Hard In Rio 2" festival in Brazil, and also played four European dates in October 2008 including Firefest. However, due to scheduling conflicts, Brooke St. James was unable to join the band for these dates and was replaced by P.J. Zitarosa, a former member of Vaughn and Danny's solo career backing band.
    Tyketto toured Europe in January 2009 and played at the Download Festival in the UK in June 2010. They also played a US show and a worldwide webcast in November 2011. The live worldwide webcast was a fan interactive concert and featured the original line up of Danny Vaughn, Brooke St. James, Michael Clayton, and Jimi Kennedy onstage together for the first time in years, along with their newest member Bobby Lynch on keyboards. The band released their latest album, Dig In Deep, in April 2012 with rave reviews.
    The European tour that followed the 2012 release of Dig in Deep would be the swansong for original guitarist Brooke St James as touring life no longer appealed but he went out on a high several times over on that tour, none more so than at Firefest, where the band put on arguably at that time the best show of their lives. The search for a suitable replacement for Brooke St James soon found the perfect fit in Chris Green, that rare breed that can both shred and groove whilst looking good doing it. Green joined now permanent keyboard player Ged Rylands to round out Tyketto heading into 2014.

    2014 brought with it the 25th anniversary of the band forming and major touring plans and bookings followed along with the release of the band's first DVD entitled Documentally Yours. The first half of the year saw a run of UK dates built around the Hard Rock Hell AOR Festival all of which were used as live prep for the booking on the now prestigious Monsters of Rock Cruise which sailed from Miami in late March. The two shows on the aforementioned cruise would serve as a springboard for several other high-profile booking such was the caliber of the performances put in on board. The latter half of 2014 saw a twelve date, five country run around Europe to round out a stellar year for the band.
    The band released their last album titled, 'Reach' on October 14, 2016. The album features bassist Chris Childs in place of Jimi Kennedy and has received excellent reviews.


The Review: Live In Milian – DVD:
   “Don’t Come Easy deserves all the praise it can get.  I hope this record sells millions!

Dave Reynolds; 1991 Kerranag!’s 5 'K' Review

Track Listing:
CD:
Introduction
1.) “Sail Away”
2.) “Strip Me Down”
3.) “Nothing But Love”
4.) “Walk On Fire”
5.) “Lay Your Body Down”
6.) “Standing Alone”
7.) “Seasons”
8.) “Burning Down Inside”
9.) “Wings”
10.) “Forever Young”
11.) “Rescue Me”
12.) “Reach”
DVD / BR:
Introduction
1.) “Sail Away”
2.) “Strip Me Down”
3.) “Nothing But Love”
4.) “Walk On Fire”
5.) “Lay Your Body Down”
6.) “Standing Alone”
7.) “Seasons”
8.) “Burning Down Inside”
9.) “Wings”
10.) “Forever Young”
11.) “Rescue Me”
12.) “Dig In Deep”
13.) “Reach”


   Tyketto ‘Live In Millan’ was recorded at the Frontiers Rock Festival IV in at Trezzo sull’Adda in Milan Italy on Saturday April 29, 2017.  The band co-headlined day one of the festival.  Though the current line-up only consists of two of the original members vocalist Danny Vaughn and drummer Michael Clayton, the rest of the band is filled out by guitarist Chris Green(Furyon/ex-Pride) who joined the band in 2014, former Ten keyboardist Ged Rylands who joined in 2012 along with Chris Childs of Thunder.   Thunder’s bassist has pulled double duty playing bass in both bands since 2005.  The show opens with the full band on stage playing without Danny.  Danny begins playing as he is walking from the backstage area.  I have to say his twelve-string had one of the best sounding rings to it than any twelve-strings I have ever heard live.  The band played their first release ‘Don’t Come Easy’ in its entirety.  With one exception they will play the songs in reverse order. Danny stated that this would be the last time the band performs the whole CD at once.  Over the years many artists such as Pink Floyd and Queensryche has done this however never from back to front.  Outside of the songs from ‘Don’t Come Easy’ the setlist also included, “Rescue Me” taken from their 1994 release ‘Strength In Numbers’, “Dig In Deep” from 2012’s ‘Dig In Deep’ and the title track off their latest CD ‘Reach’.  After “Walk On Fire” there was a small drum solo.  On the song “Lay Your Body Down” there was a bass line breakdown instead of a bass solo.  The lead guitar performance was amazing!  I have been a huge Danny Vaughn fan ever since I heard Waysted’s 1986 release ‘Save Your Payers’.  Am I the only one or does it seem just like a fine wine, Danny’s vocals just get better with age?  Danny’s vocals are just stunning!!!!  His vocals in combination with the sound of his twelve-string guitar give the songs just give the songs a wonderful sound!
    In closing, and absolutely do not get me wrong ‘Don’t Come Easy’ is an amazing CD and I loved hearing and seeing them play it live.  In fact, it is one of my favorites.  However, I would have also liked to have heard a full set list of songs taken from different Tyketto releases.  If you’re a fan of Danny’s or just hard rock in general then you should definitely purchase this on both CD and blue-ray!