Many comparisons to classic rock bands—notably Led Zeppelin—have been hurled at Michigan rock quartet Greta Van Fleet (GVF). But the band deserves and, indeed, has earned the right to its own reputation well beyond observed similarities. Music Connection caught the Saturday segment of a sold-out Saturday-Sunday block of shows at LA’s storied Hollywood Palladium. GVF delivered a shot of unadulterated adrenaline straight into the rock bloodstream and the heart rate of the crowd—if it’s conceivable to measure it collectively—spiked in response. GVF shimmied, the crowd swayed and any and all preconceptions were brushed away moments into the hundred-plus minute show.
As the show flowed into closing number “Safari Song,” frontman Josh Kiszka observed “I think we had way too much fun tonight.” Given the audience response, it seems that the sentiment was shared. And an interesting note: a five-minute drum solo was banged out midway through the song. It felt like a curious placement. But perhaps percussionist Danny Wagner (the only non-Kiszka band member) deems it wisest not to exhaust his drum reserves too early in the show. Of course that’s one of the great things about rock & roll, a genre virtually born of rule-breaking: the only rule that must be respected is that everyone is duty-bound to have a killer time.
GVF is on tour for 2018’s Anthem of the Peaceful Army, which summited the Billboard Artist 100 Chart last November. It’s the band’s first full album with Lava Records, which comes on the heels of EPs Black Smoke Rising and From the Fires. GVF is on tour through the end of April, an outing that covers The States, Europe and South America. Nearly every date is already sold-out. But OK: that comparison to Led Zeppelin seems fair.
Photo credit: Paige Wilson