Greta Van Fleet: Rock and Roll Will Not Die

This was the story of Greta Van Fleet. At least, until the current tour Dreams In Gold which led them to the Bell Center on Thursday evening.

Do you remember the first time you heard HighwayTune Where Safari song, five or six years ago? After 20 or 25 seconds of listening to either one, only one name came to mind: Led Zeppelin. And for good reason.

The powerful, flexible and high-pitched voice of Joshua Kiszka was unmistakably that of a young Robert Plantwhile twin brother Jake’s guitar riffs sounded straight out of Jimmy’s factory Page. It’s correct. We never blamed Oasis (Beatles) or the Black Crowes (Rolling Stones) their influences.

Greta Van Fleet singer Joshua Kiszka.

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And said influences have not disappeared on stage. You had to see and hear this reaction from the 11,000 spectators from the first notes of Safari song, second song performed by the American band from Michigan last night. It was like a kick in the anthill that heralded a big night rock and roll. Although on this aspect, we had already been well served.

In the opening, for 25 minutes, Hannah Wicklund demonstrated all her talent with her blues mixed with rock (or is it the other way around?). Whether with his compositions like Ghost Where Mama Saidthe American native of North Carolina hit the mark with a piercing voice, surpassed by her dexterity on the neck of her guitar.

With her long curly hair and her attire, I thought that the singer-guitarist could have been teleported from Woodstock, whose 53rd birthday was celebrated this week after sharing the stage with Jimi Hendrix. Great welcome from the Bell Center crowd, very large from 7 p.m., who warmly applauded the young woman’s flights, including a solo like talk box by Peter Frampton.

The Pretty Reckless: Deafening!

Minutes later, Taylor Momsen and her band mates the pretty Reckless came to smash our eardrums with bursts of ascending metal rock, as one would say in astrology.

Unleashed, Momsen showcased a handful of new songs from the album Death by Rock and Rollbut it was the band’s now classics that set the fire, like Make Me Wanna Die. With her flowing blond hair, her long boots, her general look and her go-getter attitude, god that the singer-actress-model revealed in the TV series gossip girl reminded me at that time of Courtney Love at Metropolis, in 1995. With more vocals, though…

Although, at times, the bass as-sour-dis-san-tes and the volume raised to 11 or 12 on a scale of ten buried him. Notice, it didn’t matter to going to hell and Heaven Knowssongs or the participation of the crowd transformed the floor into a collective stress relief.

The American Brotherhood

Despite these two solid appetizers, the crowd – very young – had come to see the siblings of the Kiszka brothers: Joshua (vocals), Jake (guitar), Samuel (bass, piano) and drummer Daniel Wagner.

And the brothers did not disappoint, although we had the impression that they wanted to quickly evacuate some of the references LedZep. Right after Safari song, Wagner launched into a long drum solo. Nothing to do with that of John Bonham in Moby-Dick, but the exercise allowed Joshua to distribute dozens of white flowers to spectators in the front rows, when perched on the shoulders of a colossus of security. It’s called being appreciated. Then, sequence with Black Smoke Risingalso taken from the first minidisc of 2017.

To say that Joshua Kiszka is one of the best singers of his generation is obvious, but apart from the similarities noted above with Robert Plant, he demonstrated during Heat Above that it has the capacity to offer finals that are not far from being operational. Moreover, if he does not have the stamp of a Freddie Mercury, he shares a certain theatricality in the gestures with the late singer of Queen. As for the clothing lineage, we should perhaps look at the side of the Elvis of the 1950s for the color (lots of gold) and Elton John for the rest, in particular the glasses on the reminder.

A musician sings on stage.

Frankenmuth, Michigan native Greta Van Fleet was formed in 2012.

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I ask you how you’re doing, but I have a good idea of ​​the answer. We are pretty much in the same frame of mind thanks to you. »

A quote from Joshua Kiszka, singer-songwriter

One thing is certain, Joshua wanted to bet on the light at the start of the service. The blow of the flowers and then the interpretation of Light My Lovewhich began with a few bars on the piano of An American In Paris, courtesy of Samuel, the youngest of the three brothers. By the way, when did a rock band headline the Bell Center – or the Molson Center – where all of its members are in their mid-twenties? It must be a very long time…

Since her debut, Greta Van Fleet now has two albums and two minidiscs to her credit. Almost classic rock from the outset, the songs and compositions have been refined and expanded, without taking an iota of their melodic contribution.

Over time, regardless of the influences that we can identify or not in their music, “GVF” gradually came to have its own personality. The songs can be less relevant, but no less unifying or less unifying. On this aspect, Age of Machine may define a part of our present, it is The Weight of Dreams which was the highlight of the evening.

Clocked in at nearly nine minutes on her studio version of the album The Battle at Garden’s Gate, the song exceeded ten minutes on the boards. Shrill vocal flights from Joshua, feverish, inspirational, smoking extended solos from Jake, strobe lights, jets of flame: this pre-recall conclusion was nothing short of epic and worth the ticket price alone.

The group was nevertheless able to unite when it returned to the stage with Age of Man which featured Joshua. For the final point, of course, HighwayTune. When Josh’s primal scream, Jake’s riff, firecrackers and jets of flame simultaneously kicked off a version of more than a quarter of an hour to which was grafted Roll and Tumble Blueswe had the impression that the essence of rock and roll from its roots in blues until today was included in a whole.

Dany and the Juniors (Rock and Roll is Here To Stay), from the 1950s, and Neil Young, with Hey, Hey, My, My (Rock and Roll can never die“,”text”:”Rock and Roll can never die”}}”>Rock and Roll can never die), during the 1970s, asserted that the rock and roll won’t die. Certainly, it is no longer the dominant musical current for a long time, but it will survive all modes.

And today, the contemporary reference is not called Led Zeppelin, but Greta Van Fleet.

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