Man oh man, what can I say about GRETA VAN FLEET that hasn’t already been said? These kids play with the strength of our Rock and Roll Forefathers, and they also write some great songs. Hence why they’re already headliners, like they were on a rainy Saturday night in Philly. I got to the Electric Factory as the skies opened up and I was drenched before I even walked in. But that’s okay because I was in my element, a show. Plus, I had Dan Williams Photography there to shoot the wonderful photos you see before you. It’s always great to visit with him, and we don’t get to do this enough.
The band started things off with hit song “Highway Tune” and we were off and running from there! Lead singer Josh Kiszka sounds every bit as good live as he does on tape and then some. Brothers Jake (guitar), and Sam (bass), alongside drummer Danny Wagner laid down a thunderous groove over a 12-song setlist that had the entire crowd in the palm of their collective hands. “Edge of Darkness” and “When the Cold Wind blows” were up next and the audience ate it up like candy.
“Talk On the Street” and “Flower Power” are two of my favorites, so to hear them in this live setting was pretty awesome, obviously. It still boggles my mind that four guys who are so young can not only play so well, but also play with such heart and soul. You’d think this was a band on tour for decades, the way they have already honed their craft. A HOWLIN’ WOLF cover showed up with “Evil”, and of course the boys nailed it.
“Black Smoke Rising” and closer “Safari Song’ absolutely brought the house down, and the faithful were ready for more and more tunes. But alas, the band stole away into the night and onto the next city. All I know is that I witnessed a piece of rock history on this night. Because a band like this doesn’t come along very often, if at all. Sure, we had LED ZEPPELIN back in the day, and we’ll always have their music, but to hear such raw and honest tunes coming from these young guys, it’s really refreshing.
If GRETA VAN FLEET is playing anywhere within driving distance from you, do yourself a favor and go see them. You will not be disappointed. Not only that, you’ll be rocking out from the first note to the last. This was my second time seeing these guys and I’m so glad I got to do so. Because rock music is cyclical. Everything that’s old is new again. So to hear the retro sounds these kids produce, man it only warms my heart and makes me smile. I hope you all will love them as much as I do.
LIVE IMAGES: DAN WILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPHY
LIVE WORDS: THE MAESTRO