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Anthem of The Peaceful Army: Greta Van Fleet To Release Debut Album On October 19th!

Anthem of The Peaceful Army: Greta Van Fleet To Release Debut Album On October 19th!

GRETA VAN FLEET – L-R: Danny Wagner, Sam Kiszka, Jake Kiszka, Josh Kiszka

Greta Van Fleet – Jake Kiszka/guitars, Sam Kiszka/bass & keys, Josh Kiszka/vocals, and Danny Wagner/drums – is very proud to announce the upcoming release of the band’s debut album, Anthem of The Peaceful Army, due out October 19 on Lava/Republic Records. The album is available for pre-order now by going HERE . Fans who pre-order the album will receive an instant grat track, the brand new song “Watching Over,” that you can check out here HERE.

Collectively written by all four band members, the ten original songs explore a variety of topics that include fresh starts, love, integrity, innocence, adventure, diversity and peace, the life cycle and its inherent responsibilities, courage, masked deceptions, revolution, and truth. Blending rock, soul and blues, Jake’s blazing guitar riffs, Josh’s soaring, powerful vocals, Danny’s thunderous drums, and Sam’s swaggering baselines and keys create a menagerie of musical elements throughout.

Anthem of the Peaceful Army was produced by Marlon Young, Al Sutton and Herschel Boone (The Rust Brothers) and recorded earlier this year at Blackbird Studios in Nashville and Rustbelt Studios in Royal Oak, Michigan.

The first single from Anthem of the Peaceful Army, “When The Curtain Falls,” arrived at rock radio on August 15 and is already a Top 10 track with more than 13-million total audio streams. The song’s companion music video has surpassed 1.7-million views and can be seen HERE.

Music fans were first introduced to Greta Van Fleet in March 2017 with the release of the band’s debut single “Highway Tune” that held the #1 position on U.S. Rock Radio Charts for five consecutive weeks and on Canada’s Active Rock Radio Charts for nine straight weeks. For Greta Van Fleet, 2017 went on to be a wild ride of sold-out concerts in North America and Europe, glowing press, accolades from a slew of fellow artists from Elton John to Nikki Sixx to Justin Bieber, millions of YouTube video plays and Spotify streams, two #1 EPs, and most importantly, the genesis of an extraordinary connection with their fans.

The tracklisting for ‘Anthem of the Peaceful Army’ is as follows:

1. Age of Man
2. The Cold Wind
3. When The Curtain Falls
4. Watching Over
5. Lover Leaver (Taker Believer)
6. You’re The One
7. The New Day
8. Mountain of the Sun
9. Brave New World
10. Anthem

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Greta Van Fleet Release New Music Video For “When The Curtain Falls”

Greta Van Fleet Release New Music Video For “When The Curtain Falls”

L-R: Danny Wagner, Sam Kiszka, Jake Kiszka, Josh Kiszka

With the band’s new single “When The Curtain Falls” already Top 10 at Rock Radio and nearly eight-million streams to its credit, Greta Van Fleet presents the companion music video, a performance piece that finds the band in an esoteric foreign landscape filled with mystical symbolism, celestial events and otherworldly psychedelia. Filmed in Southern California and conceived and directed by acclaimed visual effects artist Benjamin Kutsko (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Iron Man”), you can check out the video below along with a complete list of tour dates.

Greta Van Fleet Tour Dates:

SEPTEMBER
7 – The Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA*
8 – The Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA*
9 – Skookum Festival, Vancouver, BC Canada**
11 – Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton, AB Canada*
12 – BMO Centre, Calgary, AB Canada*
14 – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR*
17 – Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA*
18 – City National Civic, San Jose, CA*
19 – The Masonic, San Francisco, CA*
22 – iHeart Radio Festival, Las Vegas, NV**
23 – The Observatory North Park, San Diego, CA*
25 – Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ*
26 – Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ*
28 – Union Event Center, Salt Lake City, UT*
29 – Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO*

OCTOBER
1 – Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO*
3 – South Side Ballroom, Dallas, TX*
5 – Austin City Limits Festival, Austin, TX**
6 – Cal Jam, San Bernardino, CA**
11 – The Sylvee, Madison, WI*
26 – Elysee Montmartre, Paris, France*
27 – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium*
29 – 013, Tilburg, Netherlands*
30 – Mehr! Theatre, Hamburg, Germany*

NOVEMBER
1 – Palladium, Cologne, Germany*
4 – Berns Salonger, Stockholm, Sweden*
5 – Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark*
7 – Columbiahalle, Berlin, Germany*
9 – 02 Kentish Town Forum, London, UK*
11 – 02 Kentish Town Forum, London, UK*
14 – 02 Academy Birmingham, Birmingham, UK*
15 – Academy Manchester, Manchester, UK*

* – headline date
** – major music festival

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Greta Van Fleet Unleash Brand New Single, “When The Curtain Falls”

Greta Van Fleet Unleash Brand New Single, “When The Curtain Falls”

L-R: Danny Wagner, Sam Kiszka, Jake Kiszka, Josh Kiszka

Greta Van Fleet has unleashed its brand new single, “When The Curtain Falls,” to fans via social media. Check it out below and weigh in with your thoughts!

Over the past year, the band – twins Jake (guitars) and Josh (vocals) Kiszka (22), younger brother Sam (19) on bass and keys, and long-time family friend and drummer Danny Wagner (19) – has been captivating audiences with its blend of bluesy, big-riffed rock-n-roll.  Rolling Stone recentlly cited the band as one of the 20 creative visionaries whose work will help define the future, and that they are “making rock & roll cool again for a younger demographic.”

Recording has wrapped on Greta Van Fleet’s debut album which will be released on Lava/Republic Records later this year.  The band is currently on a sold-out headline tour of England and Europe that includes appearances at major rock festivals in Germany, Denmark, the UK, Paris and the Netherlands.  Greta Van Fleet’s 2018 itinerary also includes major Japanese rock festivals as well as  appearances here in the U.S. at Lollapalooza, the Panorama Music and Arts Festival in New York, Virginia’s Floyd Fest, and Summerfest in Milwaukee.

With today’s newly-announced additions, the band’s itinerary is as follows:

JULY
18 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA* SOLD OUT
20 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C.* SOLD OUT
21 The Anthem, Washington, D.C* SOLD OUT
23 House of Blues Boston, Boston, MA* SOLD OUT
24 House of Blues Boston, Boston, MA* SOLD OUT
27 Floydfest, Floyd, VA**
29 Panorama Music and Arts Festival, Randall’s Island Park, New York, NY**
31 The Agora Theatre, Cleveland, OH* SOLD OUT

AUGUST
1 The Pageant, St. Louis, MO* SOLD OUT
3 Lollapalooza, Chicago, IL**
4 Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL* (Lollapalooza aftershow) SOLD OUT
18 Summer Sonic Festival, Osaka-Shi, Japan**
19 Summer Sonic Festival, Tokyo, Japan**
23 Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului, HI*
24 The Republik, Honolulu, HI*

SEPTEMBER
7 The Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA* NEW DATE
8 The Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA* NEW DATE
9 Skookum Festival, Vancouver, BC Canada**
11 Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton, AB Canada* NEW DATE
12 BMO Centre, Calgary, AB Canada* NEW DATE
14 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR* NEW DATE
17 Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA* NEW DATE
18 City National Civic, San Jose, CA* NEW DATE
19 The Masonic, San Francisco, CA* NEW DATE
22 iHeart Radio Festival, Las Vegas, NV**
23 The Observatory North Park, San Diego, CA* NEW DATE
25 Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ* NEW DATE
26 Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ* NEW DATE
28 The Union Event Center, Salt Lake City, UT* NEW DATE
29 Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO* NEW DATE

OCTOBER
1 Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO* NEW DATE
5 Austin City Limits Festival, Austin, TX**
6 Cal Jam, San Bernardino, CA**
11 The Sylvee, Madison, WI* SOLD OUT
26 Elysee Montmartre, Paris, France* NEW DATE
27 Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium* NEW DATE
29 013, Tilburg, Netherlands* NEW DATE
30 Mehr! Theatre, Hamburg, Germany* NEW DATE

NOVEMBER
1 Palladium, Cologne, Germany* NEW DATE
4 Berns Salonger, Stockholm, Sweden* NEW DATE
5 Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark* NEW DATE
7 Columbiahalle, Berlin, Germany* NEW DATE
9 02 Kentish Town Forum, London, UK* NEW DATE
11 02 Kentish Town Forum, London, UK* NEW DATE
14 02 Academy Birmingham, Birmingham, UK* NEW DATE
15 Academy Manchester, Manchester, UK* NEW DATE

* – headline date
** – major music festival

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Florence + the Machine Announce North American Leg of “High As Hope’ Tour

Florence + the Machine Announce North American Leg of “High As Hope’ Tour

Florence + the Machine confirm a 23 city North American fall headline tour today, produced by Live Nation, kicking off August 5 in Montreal, QC and including stops at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl andNew York’s Barclays Center. Further dates include Seattle, Portland, Nashville, Washington, D.C.,Philadelphia, Chicago and more.

Tickets are on sale to the general public beginning this Friday, June 1 at 10 a.m. local time at Ticketmaster.com. American Express Card Members can purchase tickets for select dates before the general public beginning Tuesday, May 29 at 12 p.m. local time, through Thursday, May 31 at 10p.m. local time. Visit florenceandthemachine.net for more information.

Florence + the Machine’s hugely anticipated fourth studio album High As Hope—co-produced by Florence and Emile Haynie and featuring contributions from Kamasi Washington, Sampha, TobiasJesso Jr, Kelsey Lu and Jamie xx—is out June 29 on Republic Records. Watch the A.G. Rojas-directed video for first official single “Hunger” here.

TOUR DATES:
08/05 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga
08/09 – Lake Tahoe, NV @ Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys *
08/11 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands
09/08 – Vancouver, BC @ Skookum Festival
09/10 – Seattle, WA @ KeyArena ^
09/11 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center ^
09/14 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Maverik Center ^
09/15 – Denver, CO @ Grandoozy Festival
09/22 – Las Vegas, NV @ Life Is Beautiful
09/23 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl San Diego State University #
09/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl #
09/29 – Dallas, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory #
09/30 – Houston, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion #
10/02 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena $
10/03 – Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center $
10/05 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem %
10/09 – New York, NY @ Barclays Center
10/12 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
10/13 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena @
10/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center @
10/16 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre @
10/19 – Chicago, IL @ United Center !
10/20 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center !

* with Wet
^ with St. Vincent & Lizzo
# with Grizzly Bear
$ with Billie Eilish
% with Beth Ditto
@ with Kamasi Washington
! with Perfume Genius

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We Will Stand Up In the Cold: Greta Van Fleet at Rams Head Live in Baltimore, MD

We Will Stand Up In the Cold: Greta Van Fleet at Rams Head Live in Baltimore, MD

Rock ‘n’ Roll music as a whole has been in a bit of a lull over the past few years, at least in the mainstream. Indie and pop rock had become the music of choice of most young adults, and rock radio itself has been filled with manufactured “jock rock” bands that all sound 100% identical. Rock music needs a shot in the arm, and as I have stated in the past, Greta Van Fleet is just the band we need to do that.

Hailing from Frankenmuth, Michigan, the brothers Kiszka (Jake, Josh, Sam) and friend, Danny Wagner, to bring back that smooth blues rock sound made popular by the likes of Zeppelin, The Who, etc. Last summer I had the incredible honor of watching these young men open for The Struts. They absolutely blew me away. Their sound was something I hadn’t heard from any modern band since maybe Wolfmother. I immediately purchased their four-song EP, “Black Smoke Rising” and played it out non-stop. Little did I know that this was just the beginning of something beautiful.

After picking up and selling out multiple headlining shows, at the end of 2017 Greta Van Fleet released a double EP titled “From the Fires”. The disc included the four incredible tracks from the original EP along with four new cover tracks showcasing the bands earliest musical influences. Our review of that EP can be found here >

Now it’s 2018, and on the back of a mere 8 song double EP, Greta Van Fleet is selling out venue after venue. What is it about their sound that makes it so infectious? Are they truly the next big thing or a simple novelty “nostalgia” act? Spoiler alert, these guys are the real deal. Now join me as I had the chance to check out Greta Van Fleet’s headlining show at Rams Head Live in Baltimore, Maryland.

As I first enter the venue I can already feel the magic in the air. This is definitely unlike most of the shows I attend. Usually when I look at a lineup I know the exact demographic of who is going to be in attendance. That wasn’t the case with tonight. True rock music transcends across the population. It breaks barriers, and this was the case at Rams Head as people from all walks of life have gathered to have a fantastic night filled with incredible tunes.

When I first heard that “Dorothy” was opening I was a little hesitant. Two years ago I caught her set at a bar in Dewey Beach, Delaware and was really underwhelmed. It felt as though she was trying to grasp onto the generic “I’m a badass chick” shtick that is ever so popular with female fronted bands. I felt as though she had no real identity, she was just the next manufactured leading lady for *insert backing band here*. So when she took the stage on this night I was in complete shock. Gone was the skin tight leather and multiple crotch chops throughout the set. As she let the incense burn from her fingertips she had the crowd in her grasp. A group that I had once referred to as “Halestorm-light” had completely won me over. Dorothy Martin’s movements and new vocal stylings reminded me of a reincarnated Janis Joplin, now that’s some praise! They released their latest album, “28 Days in the Valley” this past March, I highly recommend everyone pick it up.

I was in my glory as this was one of the few nights where only one supporting act stood between myself and the headliner. I know this may sound negative, but hey I work at a school, late nights aren’t what they used to be. At about 9:30 Greta Van Fleet took the stage. Little did I know that this was going to be much less of a rock concert, and more like a life changing experience.

As the boys first took the stage you just knew you were in for a “once in a lifetime” show. Jake (guitar) and Sam (bass) begin dueling that opening lick for the bands early single, “Highway Tune”. There I stand, mouth agape as Josh (vocals) grabs the mic and dives into that opening howl. To say that I had chills would be underselling it. From the first song to the final song, every track was played as if it was their last. It felt as though at the end of every song they were going to give the old, “Thank you and good night”! Every song shined. It wasn’t just a concert, it was a cohesive set that stood as a whole. Each sound seamlessly blending into the next, all with Wagner (drummer) in the driver’s seat making sure the group remained on the road. While still being a young band, the four command an attention like no other modern group. If they walk into a room, you better make damn sure your eyes are on them. From the opening track the band took the audience through many of our personal favorites, a couple of cover songs, and some unreleased material I hope to hear very soon. The boys closed out the night with fan favorites, “Black Smoke Rising” and “Safari Song.”

I cannot praise these guys enough! Greta Van Fleet is a band unlike any other in the current rock community, and they’re here to say. To see the progress they’ve made in less than a year is mind blowing. I could be prouder of this hard working band.

Greta Van Fleet will be touring throughout the summer in both the US and Europe. For our local fans, they’ll be around the DC area come July. However, both nights are already sold out! For the latest up to date news on what GVF will be doing next be sure to check out the bands official website at www.gretavanfleet.com.

About The Writer: 
Dylan Lyles – Staff Writer
The Phenomenal Dylan Lyles is an obsessive fan of cinema, pro wrestling, horror, vinyl, and comic books. Bursting from the womb in 1992, Dylan’s surrounded himself with all things geek culture. Earliest memories include Wrestlemania 11, ‘The Death of Superman,’ and Jason popping out of the waters of Camp Crystal Lake. He worships at the alter of the the alter of Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rolla. You may see him sharing his opinion on just about everything on the internet or maybe even working the various pop culture conventions on the east coast. Most importantly,vyou love him and he loves you!
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Greta Van Fleet Adds More Dates To 2018 North American Tour

Greta Van Fleet Adds More Dates To 2018 North American Tour

L-R: Danny Wagner (drums), Josh Kiszka (vocals), Sam Kiszka (bass, keyboards), Jake Kiszka (guitars)

Exploding onto the music scene just last year with all U.S. headline dates sold out in advance, its debut single, “Highway Tune,” a #1 rock radio track in both the U.S. and Canada, and its upcoming inaugural European tour completely sold out, Frankenmuth, Michigan’s Greta Van Fleet continues its red-hot streak with the announcement of additional headline dates on its 2018 North American tour, which will include the band’s Canadian concert debut.  Tickets go on sale this Friday, 2/23 at 10AM local time; log onto www.gretavanfleet.com for all ticket purchasing information.

All previously announced 2018 U.S. dates have sold out, including the band’s two L.A. shows at the John Anson Ford Theatre that went clean in under an hour.  The band’s confirmed itinerary is below.

MARCH
20 Doomroosje, Nijmegen, The Netherlands SOLD OUT
21 Melkweg (Qudo Zaal), Amsterdam, Netherlands SOLD OUT
22 Artheatre, Cologne, Germany SOLD OUT
24 Molotow, Hamburg, Germany SOLD OUT
25 PrivatClub, Berlin, Germany SOLD OUT
27 AB Club, Brussels, Belgium SOLD OUT
28 Les Etolles, Paris, France SOLD OUT
30 Deaf Institute, Manchester, England SOLD OUT
31 02 Institute3, Birmingham, England SOLD OUT

APRIL
1 St. Lukes, Glasgow, Scotland SOLD OUT
4 02 Academy Islington, London, England SOLD OUT
5 02 Academy Islington, London, England SOLD OUT
13 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Indio, CA
16 John Anson Ford Theatre, Hollywood, CA* SOLD OUT
17 John Anson Ford Theatre, Hollywood, CA* SOLD OUT
20 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Indio, CA
29 Welcome to Rockville Festival, Jacksonville, FL

MAY
1 House of Blues Houston, Houston, TX* SOLD OUT
2 House of Blues Dallas, Dallas, TX* SOLD OUT
3 Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre, Austin, TX* SOLD OUT
5 Shaky Knees Music Festival, Atlanta, GA
6 Carolina Rebellion, Concord, NC
9 Rams Head Live, Baltimore, MD* SOLD OUT
11 Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ* SOLD OUT
12 Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA* SOLD OUT
14 Marathon Music Works, Nashville, TN* SOLD OUT
16 Marathon Music Works, Nashville, TN* SOLD OUT
18 Rock On The Range Festival, Columbus OH
20 Hangout Music Festival, Gulf Shores, AL
22 The Fillmore Detroit, Detroit, MI* SOLD OUT
23 The Fillmore Detroit, Detroit, MI* SOLD OUT
25 The Fillmore Detroit, Detroit, MI* SOLD OUT

JULY
8 REBEL, Toronto, ON Canada* NEW DATE
10 Bluesfest, Ottawa, ON Canada
18 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA* NEW DATE
20 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C.* NEW DATE
23 House of Blues Boston, Boston, MA* NEW DATE
27 Floydfest, Floyd, VA
29 Panorama Music and Arts Festival, Randall’s Island Park, New York, NY
31 Agora Theatre, Cleveland, OH* NEW DATE

AUGUST
1 The Pageant, St. Louis, MO * NEW DATE

* headline show

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Post Malone Announces Dates For North American Tour

Post Malone Announces Dates For North American Tour

Multi-platinum artist Post Malone announced his upcoming North American tour with multi-platinum rapper 21 Savage and special guest SOB X RBE. Produced by Live Nation and sponsored by blu, the outing will kick off April 26 in Portland, OR and make stops in 28 cities across North America including Seattle, Nashville, Toronto, Atlanta, Austin, and more. The tour will wrap in San Francisco, CA on June 24.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public starting Friday, February 23 at 10am local time at LiveNation.com. Citi® is the official presale credit card of the Post Malone tour. As such, Citi® cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning today, February 20th at 2pm local time until Thursday, February 22nd at 10pm local time through Citi’s Private Pass® program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

Every pair of online tickets purchased comes with one physical copy of Post Malone’s forthcoming album, Beerbongs & Bentleys. Ticket purchasers will receive an additional email with instructions on how to redeem their album and will be notified at a later date on when they can expect to receive their CD. (U.S. and Canadian residents only.)

The history-making Dallas, Texas artist, Post Malone, will also release his new single “Psycho” [feat. Ty Dolla $ign] on Friday February 23, 2018 via Republic Records.

Produced by Louis Bell and Post Malone, the song arrives hot on the heels of the record-breaking, triple-platinum, mega-smash hit “rockstar,” featuring tour mate 21 Savage. It’s the next anthem to be unveiled from his forthcoming, second full-length album and what promises to be the biggest musical event of 2018, Beerbongs & Bentleys—out soon.

Post Malone with 21 Savage and special guest SOB x RBE Tour Dates:

DATE CITY VENUE
Thu, April 26 Portland, OR Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Fri, April 27 Vancouver, BC+ Rogers Arena
Sun, April 29 Seattle, WA ShoWare Center
Tue, May 1 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
Wed, May 2 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Fri, May 4 Sioux City, IA Battery Park at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City
Tue, May 8 Nashville, TN Nashville Municipal Auditorium
Wed, May 9 Simpsonville, SC Heritage Park Amphitheatre
Thu, May 10 Jacksonville, FL Daily’s Place
Wed, May 16 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
Fri, May 18 Raleigh, NC Coastal Credit Union Music Park
Sat, May 19 Baltimore, MD Preakness*
Wed, May 23 Philadelphia, PA Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
Thu, May 24 Boston, MA Xfinity Center
Sat, May 26 Darien, NY Darien Lake Amphitheater
Sun, May 27 Toronto, ON+ RBC Echo Beach
Tue, May 29 Detroit, MI Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
Sat, June 2 Cleveland, OH Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
Tue, June 5 Chicago, IL Huntington Bank Pavilion
Wed, June 6 Indianapolis, IN Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn
Sun, June 10 Atlanta, GA Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Thu, June 14 Dallas, TX The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Fri, June 15 Houston, TX+ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
Sat, June 16 Austin, TX Austin360 Amphitheater
Tue, June 19 Phoenix, AZ Rawhide Event Center
Thu, June 21 San Diego, CA Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU
Fri, June 22 Las Vegas, NV Park Theater at Park MGM
Sun, June 24 San Francisco, CA* Shoreline Amphitheatre

*SOB X RBE not supporting

+ 21 Savage not supporting

Post Malone’s North American tour with 21 Savage and special guest SOB x RBE is sponsored by blu. Designed for smokers, by smokers, blu’s top priority and mission continues to be exceeding the needs of adult smokers with high quality vapor products and e-liquid flavors. To discover blu and experience blu satisfaction, visit www.blu.com/en/US.

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Greta Van Fleet Announce First 2018 Tour Dates, Enter Studio For Debut Album

Greta Van Fleet Announce First 2018 Tour Dates, Enter Studio For Debut Album

L-R: Danny Wagner (drums), Josh Kiszka (vocals), Sam Kiszka (bass, keyboards), Jake Kiszka (guitars)

Greta Van Fleet, who took the 2017 music scene by storm with its dynamic rock ‘n’ roll debut single “Highway Tune” claiming the #1 spot at Rock Radio for five consecutive weeks, amassing 10-million-plus Spotify plays and 6.8-million YouTube views in 2017 alone, selling out every single one of its headline dates in advance, and being named Loudwire’s  “Best New Artist,” will kick off its 2018 tour schedule at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Friday, April 13.  The band’s itinerary will include a slew of other major outdoor music festivals as well as headline dates that will see them playing to larger-capacity venues and multiple nights in some cities.  Five of the dates – Houston, Dallas, Nashville and two nights in Detroit – went on sale last week and all sold out in under 15-minutes.  Tickets for Greta Van Fleet’s headline dates for this leg go on sale to the public this Friday, January 26; log on to www.gretavanfleet.com for all ticket purchasing info.

“We love making music and we love playing shows, but we never expected anything like the attention we’ve been getting,” said bassist Sam Kiszka.  “We are truly humbled by the response we’ve gotten, and are very excited to get back on the road and play for our fans.”

Prior to the tour, the Frankenmuth, MI-based Greta Van Fleet – 21-year old vocalist Josh Kiszka, brothers Jake (guitar, also 21) and Sam (bass, keys, 18), and longtime family friend Danny Wagner (drums, also 18) – are spending January and February recording its debut full-length album anticipated to be released late Spring/early Summer (Lava/Republic Records).  The album will be recorded in Nashville and Detroit and produced by Al Sutton and Marlon Young, the duo that helmed the band’s critically-acclaimed, chart-topping/breakout EP Black Smoke Rising (4/21/17) and the follow up From The Fires double EP (11/10/17).  For the album, the band has an archive of songs written over the past few years as well as brand new material penned late last year when they spent a week in the Tennessee woods.  So, fans can look forward to the next evolution of, as Revolver magazine put it, Greta Van Fleet’s “high-octane, soul-and R&B-influenced riff rock.”

“Each of us has his own set of influences so that brings a great diversity to the music we make,” said Jake.  “Every one of our songs has its own unique complexities and we’d like for the full album to showcase that diversity, let people see what we can really do.”

APRIL
13 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Indio, CA
20 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Indio, CA
29 Welcome to Rockville Festival, Jacksonville, FL

MAY
1 House of Blues Houston, Houston, TX SOLD OUT
2 House of Blues Dallas, Dallas, TX SOLD OUT
3 Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre, Austin, TX*
5 Shaky Knees Music Festival, Atlanta, GA
6 Carolina Rebellion, Concord, NC
9 Rams Head Live, Baltimore, MD*
11 Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ*
12 Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA*
14 Marathon Music Works, Nashville, TN*
16 Marathon Music Works, Nashville, TN SOLD OUT
18 Rock On The Range Festival, Columbus OH
20 Hangout Music Festival, Gulf Shores, AL
22 The Fillmore Detroit, Detroit, MI SOLD OUT
23 The Fillmore Detroit, Detroit, MI SOLD OUT
25 The Fillmore Detroit, Detroit, MI*

JULY
27 Floydfest, Floyd, VA

* headline shows, on sale Friday, January 26

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Greta Van Fleet Unleashes Their Powerful “From The Fires” EP Today!

Greta Van Fleet Unleashes Their Powerful “From The Fires” EP Today!

L-R: Danny Wagner (drums), Josh Kiszka (vocals), Sam Kiszka (bass, keyboards), Jake Kiszka (guitars)

Credited as the breakout rock band of 2017, today Greta Van Fleet – Josh Kiszka/ vocals, Jake Kiszka/guitars, Sam Kiszka/bass & keys, Danny Wagner/drums – celebrates the release of its double EP From The Fires  (Lava/ Republic Records), available digitally and as a physical disc.  For a taste, check out the brand new “A Change Is Gonna Come” here.  Use this link to access the entire release via outlets like iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, more.

The eight-track From The Fires combines four new tracks recorded in September at Rust Belt Studios in Detroit – two GVF original songs, “Talk on the Street” and “Edge of Darkness,” and two covers, Sam Cooke’s emotional “A Change Is Gonna Come” and “Meet On The Ledge” by the late 60’s folk rock band Fairport Convention – with the four songs from the band’s debut EP, Black Smoke Rising, released earlier this year.  From The Fires was produced by the same duo that helmed Black Smoke Rising, Al Sutton and Marlon Young.   As Greta Van Fleet vocalist Josh Kiszka said, “These eight songs belong together as they share a theme of basic humanity.”

The ‘From The Fires’ track listing is as follows:
1. Safari Song
2. Edge of Darkness
3. Flower Power
4. A Change Is Gonna Come
5. Highway Tune
6. Meet On The Ledge
7. Talk On the Street
8. Black Smoke Rising

The four new recordings shine a light on some of the band members’ earliest musical influences, the blues, soul and funk of artists like Muddy Waters, Joe Cocker, Sam & Dave, Howlin’ Wolf and Wilson Pickett.  As Screamer magazine said in its From The Fires review, “These new tunes show how much Greta Van Fleet is really capable of and how deep the talent runs.”

According to Josh, “Edge of Darkness” is about “the bravery behind the compassion that we feel for each other.  One of the lyrics is ‘I’ve got love in my heart,’ and I think, as a global community, it’s a spiritual thing to share all that we have together.  Giving love is giving power.”

Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” is one that has special meaning for the band.  When Josh and twin brother/guitarist Jake first heard it, they thought it was a song they’d like to cover, but never did.  Fast forward a few years and ironically, co-producer Marlon Young suggested they cover it for this release.  “All of us are very affected by oppression of any type,” said Josh, “cultural, racial, sexual.  I’ve never experienced what Sam Cooke did so I have to admit, it was a little difficult for me, getting behind the mic, but I did it because singing this song meant a lot to me.”  As Icon vs Icon wrote about this track, “This is where the group truly shows they are like no other.  This isn’t simply a rock song, or even blues, it’s a gospel ballad that will move even the toughest soul.”

Josh has always connected with folk songs, with their beautiful melodies and harmonies and is a big fan of late ’60s folk-rock groups like Spyro Gyra, Pentangle and Fairport Convention.  “Meet On The Ledge was composed by Fairport Convention’s Richard Thompson.  “I was on a train going to New York,” he recalls, “and on the way, I listened to an entire decade of Fairport Convention’s music.  ‘Meet On The Ledge’ was the fourth or fifth track I heard and it caught me by surprise.  I was absolutely entranced, the verse and chorus blew my mind.”

About “Talk On The Street,” Josh describes it as “a fun song, full of catchy riffs and dynamic drums, kind of an ambiguous wild ride, a real rock’n’roll song.”

Greta Van Fleet will do some writing and recording this month, take some well-deserved time off for Thanksgiving, and then hit the last weeks of its first-ever U.S. tour – with all headline dates sold out in advance – on November 30 at Lincoln Hall in Chicago.  Dates are below.

November
30- Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL – SOLD OUT

December
1 – Limelight Eventplex, Peoria, IL (GVF co-headline) – SOLD OUT
2 – Sokol Auditorium, Omaha, NE – SOLD OUT
5 – Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY – SOLD OUT
6 – Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY – SOLD OUTT
12 – Capone’s, Johnson City, TN – SOLD OUT
14 – Delmar Hall, St. Louis, MO – SOLD OUT
15 – Granada Theatre, Lawrence, KS – SOLD OUT
16 – Wooly’s, Des Moines, IA – SOLD OUT
18 – Mercy Lounge, Nashville, TN – SOLD OUT
19 – Mercy Lounge, Nashville, TN – SOLD OUT
28 – St. Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI – SOLD OUT
29 – St. Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI – SOLD OUT
30 – Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI – SOLD OUT

ABOUT GRETA VAN FLEET
Greta Van Fleet is four young musicians, brothers Josh (vocals), Jake (guitar) and Sam (bass/keys) Kiszka, and best friend Danny Wagner (drums).  Josh and Jake have just turned 21, Danny and Sam are 18.  They’re all from the tiny Michigan hamlet of Frankenmuth known for its family-style chicken dinners and the world’s largest Christmas store.  All four were raised on their parents’ extensive vinyl collections (shared influences are Muddy Waters, Lightnin’ Hopkins, The Who, Jimi Hendrix), and were encouraged to be creative, daring and innovative.  Each band member has killer musical chops and Josh has a voice that is simply jaw dropping.  The band is making some of the most exciting, high-energy, sweaty, sexy rock’n’roll heard in a long time, and are bound and determined to bring real rock’n’roll back to the mainstream.

With their debut single “Highway Tune” spending five weeks as the #1 track at Mainstream Rock radio, more than 4.5-million YouTube views for the companion music video, 7.4-million Spotify plays, their first-ever tour of the U.S. completely sold out, and spectacular praise from the media, Greta Van Fleet is – in just a few months – as hot a developing band as one can be.

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From the Ashes, The Black Smoke Rises: A Review of Greta Van Fleet’s Brand New Double EP “From the Fires”

From the Ashes, The Black Smoke Rises: A Review of Greta Van Fleet’s Brand New Double EP “From the Fires”

L-R: Danny Wagner (drums), Josh Kiszka (vocals), Sam Kiszka (bass, keyboards), Jake Kiszka (guitars). Together they are Great Van Fleet and they are a force to be reckoned with!

“Rock and Roll is dead.” — A sentiment that has been shared amongst various music lovers across decades. A sentiment I may actually agree with, to an extent. In my honest opinion, we haven’t had a truly authentic rock band in years. In a genre over saturated by “jock rock” bands like Avenged Sevenfold, Five Finger Death Punch, etc. and “Warped Core” bands, true rock and roll may have taken a backseat. Rock music in which you can feel the truth in each and every note and lyric has, in a sense, died. From the ashes of rock’s fiery death rises a band harnessing the raw power of the unforgettable artists of 60’s and 70’s; a band that captures the glory days of rock and roll while also flipping the genre completely on its head. That band is Greta Van Fleet!

I first became aware of Greta Van Fleet this past Spring when they were opening for another band that’s rocking my socks, The Struts. The brothers Kiszka: Josh (vocals), Sam (bass), and Jake (lead guitar) joined forces with Danny Wagner (drummer) to resurrect heart felt rock. They’ve become my favorite band since that show. As soon as the show ended I rushed home to purchase their four song EP, “Black Smoke Rising”. Knowing that the band has such an extensive live catalogue I was a bit disappointed to see that they only had four songs officially released. But, perhaps that was a good thing. Those four songs left me wanting more. I listened to them on repeat, knew every word, and craved for new tracks. Earlier last month they announced that on November 10th they would be releasing their new double EP: “From the Fires”. How would these new songs stack up against the ones I love and adore?

Let’s get right to the elephant in the room. If you’ve heard Greta Van Fleet before then you’re aware that Josh’s vocal resemblance to Robert Plant is almost uncanny. I haven’t read an article yet that hasn’t considered them a modern day Led Zeppelin. That being said, I feel like that title puts them into a box they can’t escape from. While the similarities are there, Greta Van Fleet is a group of musicians doing something unique in a world full of artificial flavor. That continues on their latest release.

While I was a bit disappointed when I discovered half of the “mini-album” was just the “Black Smoke Rising” EP, as the opening guitar licks of “Safari Song” kicked in, all was forgotten. This high-intensity double EP is made up of the original four songs and four brand new ones, that being said, the re-order of the songs almost changes them completely. Call me a mark, or not, there is a change there.

The album first kicks off, as stated, with “Safari Song”. Jake kicks in with those opening licks and you know that you’re in for a magical blues rock ride. From there we move into “Edge of Darkness”. This is where I knew that the boys were not going to let me down. Josh’s screams of his lost love are heart wrenching, but extremely catchy. The next track, “Flower Power”, is a lighter track that is sure to make the ladies swoon. It tells a tale of an “outasight” girl that they just can’t stop thinking about. Perfect for any cool afternoon, to put on and drift away. Moving into another one of the new tracks, “A Change Is Gonna Come” is where the group truly shows they are like no other. This isn’t simply a rock song, or even blues, it’s a gospel ballad that will move even the toughest soul. Don’t worry boys, change is definitely headed your way. The following track is one I’m sure you’re all familiar with, “Highway Tune” the boys’ first single. I’ve got a love/hate relationship with this song. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a kickass track, but it’s also been my alarm for the past 6 months. We’ve all ruined a song by making it our alarm. Don’t let that deter you though, definitely a solid track. The 7th track on the album is appropriately titled “Meet on the Ledge”. Originally performed by Fairport Convention, I see it as the band’s tribute to their friends, both past and present. While it is my least favorite song on the album, it’s still a solid track that will never get skipped. “Talk on the Street” is the following track and it’s definitely the most danceable tune on the album. While the track talks about a person being spoken about in quiet, I can’t help but get down. I’m not kidding, this song had me out of my seat and boogying all over the place. The album finishes the same way the EP did, with the track “Black Smoke Rising”. I wouldn’t have it any other way. This is my favorite track by GVF, and I was happy to hear it once again. It’s a tale of standing as one, together to take down the forces against us as a people. It’s also damn catchy.

So, there you have it — Greta Van Fleet proves once again that they are a force to be reckoned with. There isn’t much else to say, you need this album in your life. With the release of the original EP and the subsequent Double EP, GVF has undoubtedly lit the fuse on what’s sure to be an explosive career in rock and roll.

For the latest news and dates for Greta Van Flee, visit the band’s official website at www.gretavanfleet.com. Follow their continuing adventures on social media via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.


About The Writer: 
Dylan Lyles Staff Writer
The Phenomenal Dylan Lyles is an obsessive fan of cinema, pro wrestling, horror, vinyl and comic books. Bursting from the womb in 1992, Dylan’s surrounded himself with all things geek culture. Earliest memories include Wrestlemania 11, ‘The Death of Superman’ and Jason popping out of the water. You may see him sharing his opinion on just about everything on the internet or maybe even shooting photos in every pit up and down the east coast. You love him and he loves you!
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