Greta Van Fleet
October 3, 2018
South Side Ballroom
Review by Michael Insuaste
Photos by David Gonzalez
"STOP Children, what's that sound? Everybody look what's going down!"
Last Wednesday night at the South Side Ballroom in Dallas Texas if you were fortunate enough to get in, you experienced a REAL ROCK SHOW as Greta Van Fleet packed the house and played their ASS OFF to an embracing Texas fan base!
With the anticipation of the show and for many the first time to see GVF, you could feel the excitement among the fans. Even the intro from The Eagles 97.1 fm DJs, Ayo, set the crowd on Fire as he express the love for this band and basically said they are in for a treat as they are following in the footsteps of the mighty Led Zeppelin and in the tradition of rock and blues that is missed in music today!
The band kicked off the show with a mellow new song, “Brave New World” but rolled right into “Highway Tune” to move things into high gear. Honestly, I wished they would have started with a BANG like “Highway Tune”, a more familiar song like that would have been an explosive start.
“Edge Of Darkness” followed and even-though it’s a very familiar song from their second EP, From The Fires, the band smoothly grooved into a jam that for a moment you forget what song they were performing. They have mastered their stage musicianship that takes their music to a new level, far from the studio version one may be familiar with. Looking around the full room, the fans were digging it too.
“Flower Power” has to be a highlight of the night and from the warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air, set the tone in the audience to a nice groovious mood. That song really is the bands Anthem!
On to another new number, “You’re The One” slowed things down a bit which was followed by “Evil” a classic song by the great Howlin’ Wolf. But make no mistake, GVF turns this song and makes it their own. Probably one of the best songs of the night as far as I'm concerned, until they played “Lover Leaver Taker Believer”… that was pure brilliance! The JAM in that number seem to go on forever!
Only eight songs into their set, the show came to a closed! Yeah, eight long songs but with the inter-twine jam session on each song, the time had melted away!
Closing with their two most familiar songs, “Black Smoke Rising” title track from their first EP, and “Safari Song” that can easily be the fan favorite, the show ended around the 85 minute mark. Looking around I saw hands in the air and and smiles everywhere for what looked like another great night of throwback rock and roll!
Their new LP, Anthem Of The Peaceful Army is due for release on October 19th. This would be their first full length album and from what I hear throughout the social media fans, they cannot wait for that date! Highly recommended band to see while they are still in the groove. Catch them LIVE!