Y&T’s Brad Lang: 'I thought I was a social drinker. I’m not'

Brad Lang

Y&T bassist Brad Lang has issued a statement on why he decided to take a hiatus from the band.

Last week, frontman Dave Meniketti confirmed Lang had taken a step back to resolve “some personal issues” and said he wouldn’t be drawn on why the bassist was taking a break.

Now, Lang has issued his own statement, reporting that he’s dealing with alcohol issues.

Lang says: “Ever since the announcement of my hiatus from Y&T, I have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and prayers from my family of friends.

“First of all, everything between the Y&T camp and myself is good. There is, and always will be, love between myself and the band and management.”

He continues: “Dave Meniketti always joked that I was either on zero, or turned up to ’11’ in everything I do, and nothing in between.

“I thought that I was a social drinker. I am not. Meet and greets should not last until dawn. It was time for a course correction. It’s time to take it from ’11’ to zero, and nothing in between. And, nothing happens overnight.”

Aaron Leigh has been brought in to cover bass duties on Y&T’s European tour. The band are currently working on the follow-up to 2010’s Facemelter which is expected to be released later this year.

Y&T 2016 tour dates

Apr 14: Agoura Hills The Canyon, CA
Apr 16: San Juan Capistrano The Coach House, CA
Apr 22: Fresno Tower Theatre For The Performing Arts, CA
Apr 23: San Luis Obispo The Historic Fremont Theatre, CA
Apr 30: Columbia Merriweather Post Pavilion, MD
Jun 03: Reno Cargo Concert Hall, NV
Jun 04: Lincoln Thunder Valley Resort Casino, CA
Jun 11: South Elgin Vasa park, IL
Sep 16: Lezzeno Lario Rock Festival, Italy
Sep 18: Pratteln Z7, Switzerland
Sep 21: Barcelona Razzmatazz 2, Spain
Sep 22: Madrid Sala But, Spain
Sep 23: Santiago De Compostela Sala Capitol, Spain
Sep 24: Lisbon RCA Club, Portugal
Sep 30: Stockholm Gota Kallare, Sweden
Oct 01: Gothenburg Sticky Fingers, Sweden
Oct 02: Malmo Kulturbolaget, Sweden
Oct 07: Isernhagen Blues Garage, Germany
Oct 08: Aschaffenburg Colos-Saal, Germany
Oct 09: Nurnberg Hirsch, germany
Oct 11: Bensheim Rex Musiktheatre, Germany
Oct 13: Essen Turock, Germany
Oct 14: Zwolle poppodium Hedon, Netherlands
Oct 15: Uden De Pul, Netherlands
Oct 16: Zoetermeer Cultuurpodium Boerderij, Netherlands
Oct 18: Verviers Spirit Of 66, Belgium
Oct 21: Villeurbanne Jean-Pierra Lachaize, France
Oct 22: Vaureal Le Forum, France
Oct 23: Kortrijk De Kreun, Belgium
Oct 25: Norwich The Waterfront, UK
Oct 27: Southampton The Brook, UK
Oct 28: London O2 Academy Islington, UK
Oct 29: Bilston The Robin 2, UK
Oct 30: Liverpool O2 Academy, UK
Nov 01: York Fibbers, UK
Nov 03: Glasgow The Garage, UK
Nov 04: Newcastle O2 Academy, UK
Nov 05: Nottingham Rock City, UK
Nov 06: Bristol O2 Academy, UK

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