Greta Van Fleet Vancouver Aug 30

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I like their hits. I won’t claim to be a huge fan but I do listen to them. My adult son asked if I’d to go with him. Sure. Good times together. Let’s go.

Hannah Wicklund was the first opener. She impressed me. Sort of a blend of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. She worked hard playing guitar and singing in a true 3 pc band. Never easy.

Pretty Wreckless was the next opener. The band was very good and tight. Nice guitar work. I was impressed with the stripped down ES-335 and Cranked Marshall tone. Guitarist had it fully reigned in. Good dynamics.

Greta Van Fleet. Stripped down raw 70’s rock. Need I say Zepplin-esque? Vintage SG into Marshall stacks all night. The guitarist played 1 guitar the entire show with the exception of 1 acoustic song. He gleaned a lot of great tones from his rig. Far from Angus Young signature sounds with the same set up. The guitarist worked very hard through the entire show. Playing both rhythm and lead. Excellent use of dynamics and gain control from what many other players use as a one-trick pony set up. He was very busy. Definitely akin to Page style with some sloppy licks too. He must have studied Jimi’s signature swaying stance too. He seemed have it dialed-in all night. Not to take anything away from the guitarist. He had my respect. Quite an enjoyable show. No BS. No trickery. No sequencers. No lip synching or vocal auto-tune. Just rock like it should be.

Bass player did well and showed commanding skill on the keys also. Played several songs on keys. Bass with his feet. For the sound mix at the show, I preferred his foot bass key sound over bass guitar. The keys brought a nice fuller sound to the 3 pc basic sound.

A couple of times briefly they were close to what seemed like maybe a crash might happen. So exposed and vulnerable with just the drums, guitar and bass, vocals not assisting. I heard small holes where there were no sounds. Guitar solo taking off. The rhythm section just off a teeny bit for 1 beat. Add a little sloppy Page-esque solo, you’re thinking uh-oh. 2 tires are over the edge flicking up a few rocks. They held it together professionally. Yet it was noticeable by anyone who’s ever played live in a 3 piece. It can be dicey.

Overall, glad I went. Much respect for the twin brother string musicians. Drummer was good but did not leave an impression. Singer…Good, different. Memorable, yes. Wow’d me? Not a ton. Certainly different than anything else I’ve heard since Plant in the big private jet era. Good on them. They are doing their thing well. A good rock band in a time where there seems to be few new rock acts that are touring big arenas.

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Yeah, I tried to like them, followed them for a bit, but yeah, they just didn't "stick", they wear a bit thin after a while, hoping they find some new original inspiration.
 

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I don't care for munchkin vocals. However, I have always been impressed by the Pretty Reckless. That gal can sing. You may or not enjoy her soft-porn stage persona. And the band is totally pro -- no amateur hour here.
 

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My biggest issue is not the obvious Zep inspiration, it's that when they first came out they did an interview and had the audacity to say they didn't even listen to Zep and considered Aerosmith a bigger influence.

If they had owned up and said yeah, we friggin love Zep (which they have since done), then cool. Me too! But that little prideful omission... just can't support it.
 

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Who cares if they're derivative of Led Zep? Very very few bands are truly original. Nothing but good stuff to say about GVF.

They're young and they rock, and they're inspiring other young people pick up instruments and actually play them. That is what matters.
 

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I love the way that the only adjectives I read are “inspired by, influenced, infused, derived….”. Call it what it is: a huge Zep rip-off. Not Aerosmith. I can appreciate young musicians getting up there and playing their hearts out. I just came back from the OffBeat Festival in Reno, must have seen 20 bands playing killer original music. Didn’t see a single set that reminded me of another band.

As far as comparing GVF to Zep, there’s nothing there. Page wrote and recorded the first three records of truly great songs, never repeating himself, all on a Tele and a Supro. The GVF songs I’ve heard are boring. No catchy hooks or riffs. It’s just not great rock n roll. If I wanna see a Zep copy band I’d rather go to the all-female Zeparella show.

On a positive note, I can only imagine the amount of back stage affection these young men are enjoying. If they don’t do drugs I guess one out of three ain’t bad.
 

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Who cares if they're derivative of Led Zep? Very very few bands are truly original. Nothing but good stuff to say about GVF.

They're young and they rock, and they're inspiring other young people pick up instruments and actually play them. That is what matters.
The only thing different about LZ and GVF is that LZ mostly copied artists their audience didn't know already. The copied influences were just as blatant as anything GVF has done to mimic LZ.

Same ol, same ol, comes around, goes around.
 

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Nobody's forcing anyone to pay any attention to any band...unless you're in a band that plays music you despise :oops: Then that is your problem.

You can easily see the similarities between Airbourne and their inspiration AC/DC. It's pretty in-your-face. But the good news is Airbourne are keeping the music alive, and bringing young people into the fold that may never have heard AC/DC music (yes--that is possible). It just warms my heart that there are younger folks into styles of music that are not the manufactured product of some producer's imagination; there are plenty of actual bands playing actual instruments without any studio trickery. Good on 'em, I say!

WARNING: there may be some adultish language in this video:

 
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Hi

GVF disappeared for a while. Some say Joe Bonamassa put on his suit and glasses & had them disappeared. Was overhead saying “Picked on in TDPRI, that’s my thing, they don’t get no piece of that.” Rumour is John Mayer brokered a deal between them.

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I am glad to see Gretta doing well and rock is at least getting some attention.
I wish people would stop with the Led Zep thing.
His voice hurts my ears and he is no Robert Plant.
 

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Okay, I watched that critique clip, and (overall) it was pretty interesting, with some informative observations. And, it ended upbeat and positive, more than critical.

‘Led Zep riffs with AC/DC rhythm section.’



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