Update: Thanks to all of your pledges, posts, tweets and sharing, we have reached our initial goal. So now it’s official, Y&T CAN MAKE THEIR DOCUMENTARY!
There are still 22 days left on the campaign. This, of course still allows everyone the opportunity to purchase a copy of the documentary (with the special bonus footage only available during this Kickstarter campaign), and any of the other great rewards that you could never get if it wasn’t for this campaign. Also, besides the high cost of producing and distributing more and more copies of the documentary and the other memorabilia reward items, the extra funds can now help pay for better production costs, clearances of film and TV clips, filming interviews, etc. all making this documentary better and better.
So keep up the good work and keep sharing, let’s make this documentary the best it can be, the legacy of Y&T deserves this and you the fans deserve this. Thank you all for your continued support.
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In the past we would ask a record company or a big corporation for funding, and in exchange, sign away rights and artistic control on the project. But with your help we can do it differently this time and tell the real story the way it should be told, by the band themselves, uncut, with all the nitty-gritty and stories that you want to hear to create a film that you want to see.
We are very excited about the rise of crowdfunding. This gives the opportunity for your participation and input, resulting in a product made together by you and the band.
This documentary, narrated by Eddie Trunk and told by front man Dave Meniketti, along with interviews of past and present band members, will tell the great story that is Y&T by the guys who lived it. From the days of rehearsing in the front room at Leonard’s grandmother’s house in Oakland, California, to the present day celebrating over 40 years, you’ll hear about: the early days touring with their Volkswagen van and a pickup truck, the crazy stories of recording the first two Yesterday & Today albums, meeting Bill Graham and opening for Journey, Boston and Queen, the band’s big breaks recording and touring overseas, being on the road with AC/DC, Ozzy and Dio, the short-lived breakup in the early ’90s, the reformation 3 years later, a tribute to Phil, and much more.
The band has hundreds of hours of never-before-seen personal footage, concert clips, interviews, and thousands of personal pictures to sift through that will visually take you through the journey that they traveled.
There will be rare footage and audio clips of performances old and new, from the band’s first shows to the legendary concerts and festivals.
Also interviews with rock star celebrities from the many bands who have worked with and were influenced by Y&T, plus great stories from the band’s producers, engineers and roadies over the years.
You get to be involved in the making of this DVD, and together we will make a product that we all want. Also, you will be using your voice and your pledge to tell music corporations that you are a valid audience who deserve a say in the music products being made.
To thank you for your help we’ve put together an entertaining variety of rewards that are available exclusively to those who help us out. From the most modest pledge, to the very generous, there’s something for everyone. Choose from DVDs, autographed collectables, access to sound checks, exclusive meet & greets, and more.
For something more exciting and personal, you can choose to go wine tasting with Dave & Jill, play golf with John, have Mike or Brad play on your song, or even talk one-on-one with Dave on the phone. You can get your name in the credits, become and executive producer, or even be in Y&T’s DVD yourself!
Plus, as a special campaign offer: Every copy of Y&T’s Documentary DVD, purchased during this Kickstarter campaign only, will include special bonus footage.If you wait and purchase the Documentary after the campaign ends, you will not get this bonus footage, as it will not be included in the regular DVD.
Take a look at all of the options here on our project page and make your choice today.
For all of our backers we will be releasing sneak peeks and updates along the way, so you’ll feel right there in the copilot seat for this ride.
What We Need You to Do
We can’t do this without your help.
A pledge of any size today is greatly appreciated. Beyond that, we ask that you help us publicize this campaign by posting updates about your support on social media—especially Facebook and Twitter. Your donation and participation makes you just as much a part of this project.
The Clock Is Ticking
We’ve only got a fixed number of days to meet our goal. If we fall short of this on the completion date, everyone gets the money they pledged returned to them and we give up. But we believe we can all pitch in and make this work. So take a look at the video trailer that we have prepared above and then jump in and back us today. Show us you want this DVD. Thank you.
Risks and challenges
We want each and every one of you to be happy, and we’ll do what it takes to make that happen. We’ve studied many other successful campaigns and talked to friends who’ve had success on Kickstarter, and we’ve created an ample budget to cover costs and overhead to ensure the ability to fulfill our promises. If we do run into an unforeseen problem, we’ll work it out.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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