Greta Van Fleet At The Joint Las Vegas

Review and Photography by Jorge Lara

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Greta Van Fleet performed at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas on September 27. The sold-out concert is part of their 14-date March Of The Peaceful Army 2019 world tour.

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Launching the night with ‘When The Curtain Falls,’ brothers vocalist Josh Kiszka, guitarist Jake Kiszka, bassist Sam Kiszka; and drummer Danny Wagner enthused the crowd from the start with their song from their debut album, Anthem of the Peaceful Army.

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They continued their sonic blitzkrieg with their hit, ‘Highway Tune,’ a song I can admittedly say has been on repeat on my own personal listening playlist. It’s drone anthemic flow has a sense of vibrancy that just asks for repeat listening.

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The band followed next with ‘Black Smoke Rising,’ song that can be a testament to the current political climate.  Its lyrics are a "reflection on the lessons of history and that man does not always learn from the lessons of history" and "in a more positive light, embodies a unity of humanity."

They later played an encore with ‘Lover, Leaver (Taker, Believer).’

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Greta Van Fleet is an American rock band from Frankenmuth, Michigan, formed in 2012. It consists of brothers vocalist Josh Kiszka, guitarist Jake Kiszka, bassist Sam Kiszka; and drummer Danny Wagner. They were signed to Lava Records in March 2017 and a month later the band released their debut studio EPBlack Smoke Rising. Their debut single, "Highway Tune", topped the Billboard US Mainstream Rock and Active Rock charts in September 2017 for four weeks in a row. Their second EP, From the Fires, containing the four songs from Black Smoke Rising and four new songs, was released on November 10, 2017, alongside a second single, "Safari Song".

Their debut full-length studio album, Anthem of the Peaceful Army, was released on October 19, 2018, and topped the Billboard Rock Album charts in the first week after its release. The album's first single, "When the Curtain Falls", was released ahead of it in July 2018 and became the band's third number-one single on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock charts.  Anthem of the Peaceful Armyalso debuted atop the Billboard Hard Rock charts and reached the number one spot on the Billboard Top Album Sales charts in the first week after its release.

The band's EP, From the Fires, won the 2019 Grammy Award for Best Rock Album.

Jorge Lara