It’s not double vision, Greta Van Fleet added a second leg of their Dreams in Gold Tour. The tour takes them from coast-to-coast and OC Music News will get to report on them when they stop in Des Moines. This leg of the tour will feature special guests Handmouth and Robert Finley.
The tour will highlight their sophomore studio album, “The Battle at Garden’s Gate.”
The 2021 album has done phenomenally well; in fact, both this album and their first album, 2018’s “Anthem of the Peaceful Army,” ranked number one on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart. It was their 2017 EP “Black Smoke Rising” that put them on the map with their mega-hit “Highway Tune.”
Circling back to “Battle at Garden’s Gate,” it also debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200, and was ranked number one on the Top Hard Rock Albums chart. Prior to these, Greta Van Fleet also released “From the Fires,” which won a 2019 Grammy Award for Best Rock Album.
We all love a good origin story, and this band has one. Formed in 2012 in Frankenmuth, Michigan, the band adapted their name from a local Frankenmuth resident, Greta Van Fleet. She loves the band, and gave them approval to use her name as their moniker.
As for the band itself, it consists of four members, three of which are brothers. Twins, Josh (vocals) and Jake (guitar), and their younger brother Sam Kiszka (bass/keys). Rounding out the band is Danny Wagner (drums). Their collective sound is nothing short of electrifying!
Greta Van Fleet has a very distinct ‘70s rock vibe. Their sonic journey is often compared to that of rock icons Led Zeppelin. Many bands have tried it, few have succeeded to the level that this band has.
Perhaps it’s their keen sense and love of the vinyl classics that led them to the musical promised land. One thing industry people have admired is their adamant need for creative control, or their deep desires to bring rock back to the ages that has critics so riled up.
Their fans, on the other hand, find their music to be inspirational, humorous, and a true revival of rock and roll. Keeping with true ‘70s rock culture, the final song on “The Battle at Garden’s Gate,” “The Weight of Dreams,” has an impressive length of eight minutes and 50 seconds, and features two false endings and a hellacious guitar solo.
If you are a fan or not, you can’t deny their success. They’ve graced the stage of “Saturday Night Live,” “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” and even played at Elton John’s Academy Award party. The guitar solo found inside the hit song “Age of Machine” was deemed the best of 2021 by Guitar World. Other hit songs include “You’re the One,” “Light My Love,” and “Black Smoke Rising.”
Although most of their upcoming tour dates are being held in the Midwest and along the East Coast, OC fans will still get a chance to see Greta Van Fleet live at the Honda Center in Anaheim on November 11th. OC Music News will preview the show for you by catching it on September 21st in Des Moines.