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Greta Van Fleet Proves to be More Than Just a “Sound-alike” at The Armory

Josh Kiszka of Greta Van Fleet performing at The Armory in Minneapolis Minnesota on July 3rd, 2018
Josh Kiszka of Greta Van Fleet - Photo Credit: Justin Bailey

Formed in Frankenmuth, Michigan in 2012, Greta Van Fleet has made quite the splash in the music industry over the last year or so. Often referred to as the “second coming of Led Zeppelin,” their sound is familiar, but one they have made entirely their own. What’s even more impressive is the fact that all four members are currently under the age of twenty-three.

Two days before their show at The Armory, I had the pleasure of seeing Greta Van Fleet do their thing at Summerfest back in my home state of Wisconsin. As they took the stage in Milwaukee, the thing that struck me almost immediately is how well they command the stage. With blistering riffs and spot-on vocals, from the beginning to the end it felt like they had every audience member in an inescapable chokehold.

Jake Kiszka of Greta Van Fleet performing at The Armory in Minneapolis, Minnesota on July 3rd, 2018
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Jake Kiszka of Greta Van Fleet – Photo Credit: Justin Bailey

That same feeling took over my body when they graced the stage in Minneapolis on Tuesday night. From the opening notes of “Highway Tune” to the closing melody of “Safari Song,” the entire set felt like we were strapped into a rollercoaster ride which we never wanted to end. Many times I found myself absolutely lost in the sounds that were coming from these four young men, looking off into the distance with a goofy smile on my face.

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Josh Kiszka of Greta Van Fleet – Photo Credit: Justin Bailey

If you are familiar with Greta Van Fleet, you are aware that they currently only have two EP’s to their name, so it might be surprising that they are able to perform for over an hour and a half. However, it may have been that lack of a back catalog what made this performance truly special. It was the multitude of guitar solos and sometimes five-minute long musical breakdowns which featured all four members jamming with each other, and very clearly basking in every single moment this recent launch their career has experienced, that made this a show to remember.

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Josh Kiszka of Greta Van Fleet – Photo Credit: Justin Bailey

While this may have been the last time we have the opportunity to see Greta Van Fleet in Minnesota for awhile, they do have an upcoming date at the brand new concert venue called The Sylvee opening in Madison, Wisconsin on October 11th.

Greta Van Fleet Setlist – Tuesday, July 3rd – Minneapolis, Minnesota

  1. Highway Tune
  2. Edge of Darkness
  3. When the Cold Wind Blows
  4. Talkon the Street
  5. Flower Power
  6. You’re the One
  7. Evil (Howlin’ Wolf cover)
  8. Mountain of the Sun
  9. Watching Over
  10. Lover Leaver Taker Believer

Encore:

  1. Black Smoke Rising
  2. Safari Song

Written by Justin Bailey

Managing Editor & Social Media Admin for Music In Minnesota. Graduated Valedictorian of my class from IPR - College of Creative Arts with an A.A.S. in Music & Entertainment Business. ICON Award Winner. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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