Greta Van Fleet performed in Tucson, Arizona in front of a nearly sold-out arena, a show that was a makeup of a previous date postponed last year. This young band made up of three brothers and one buddy have brought the ‘70s back in a huge way. Many say they are trying to be Led Zeppelin. I disagree; I think they were influenced by them, but they are not trying to copy anyone. I am too young to have experienced Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, etc. When I watch these guys, I feel like I have just stepped back in time to some magical place: the ‘70s regalia, the long hair… I hope they don’t change a thing.
GVF’s Dreams in Gold tour supports their newest album, The Battle at Garden’s Gate. The boys didn’t disappoint, delivering a high-energy rock and roll show that had their fans standing the entire night with many singing along tune for tune. Greta’s lead singer Josh Kiszka has that killer voice that the older generations and new can’t help but get behind; his stage presence is amazing to watch, leading the band into battle. The chemistry is there, and it’s fun to watch this fine-tuned machine run on all cylinders.
I had a chance to ask a couple of people if the wait was worth it. Lisa from Tucson said she “was so excited. It seemed like it took years to finally get here.” Lou from Utah told me he drove 14 hours to come back, “I wasn’t missing this for anything,” he said. The band played tunes from older albums and a few from the newest one. And no, they didn’t perform any Zeppelin songs. “Built by Nations” and “Safari Song” seemed to be the right way to warm up this excited crowd, continuing with a rocking drum solo by Danny Wagner.
It’s just great watching the guitar solos by guitarist Jake Kiszka, really complementing his brother’s sound. Finally, bassist Sam Kiszka takes turns playing the keyboard, rounding out the talent that makes this band very special. These boys are playing for keeps. I hope they stay the course and play what they want to play, and do what they want to do. A newer band with older influences, where can you go wrong?
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Images: © Rick Scuteri for ABS
Built by Nations
Black Smoke Rising
Light My Love
Age of Machine
The Weight of Dreams
Age of Man