Tyketto is a hard rock and Glam metal 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 modestly 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 step away 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 onto 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 for 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 which ran on June 11–13, 2010. They also played a US show on November 23, 2011, and a worldwide webcast on November 26, 2011. Additional dates in the UK included Nov 30th through Dec 3rd 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 fifth member, Bobby Lynch on keyboards. The band has completed recording of their newest album, Dig In Deep, which was released April 20th, 2012 in Europe and April 24th, 2012 in the USA with rave reviews.
- Danny Vaughn - Lead vocals
- Brooke St. James - Lead guitar & backing vocals
- Jimi Kennedy - Bass guitar & backing vocals
- Michael Clayton - Drums
- Bobby Lynch - Keyboards
- Steve Augeri - Lead vocals
- P.J. Zitarosa - Lead guitar & backing vocals
- Jamie Scott - Bass guitar & backing vocals
James Dilella - Keyboards
Don't Come Easy (1991)
Strength in Numbers (1994)
Take Out & Served Up Live (1996)
The Last Sunset - Farewell 2007 (2007)
Dig In Deep (2012)
- Official site
- Dig In Deep on Amazon.com
- Photos from Madrid concert - January'09
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