Chris Loomis

Greta Van Fleet @ Fivepoint Amphitheater – 09/30/2019

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Great Van Fleet’s The March of the Peaceful Army Tour stormed The Fivepoint Amphitheater in Irvine on Monday night September 30 to some 8,000 hungry Rock n Roll fans. Having taken the music world by storm back in 2017 with their single “Highway Tune”, these young rockers immediately drew comparisons to Led Zeppelin and that’s not a bad thing and has certainly helped rocket them to stardom proven by a Grammy Award earlier this year for Best Rock Album. Along for the ride on this tour in the opening slot is garage punk quartet Shannon and the Clams.

At 9:00pm the lights went black and the mostly young crowd (with a plethora of young females right in front screaming wildly) erupted in loud cheers as Greta Van Fleet took the stage and opened the night with “The Cold Wind” then right into “Safari Song”. Comprised of brothers Josh (vocals), Jake (guitar) and Sam (bass/keys) Kiszka along with drummer Danny Wagner immediately remind you of very early 70’s era rock with their Zepplinesh sound, 70’s influenced attire and groovy stage movements.

Josh has a piercing voice as he gyrates around the stage driving the ladies wild while his brother Jake never stops moving as he wails on that Gibson SG while Sam along with Wagner hold down the rhythms. Wagner showed of his drumming talents early on with a massive drum solo that had everyone captivated for the duration. The band took you on a roller coaster ride of faster rocking songs and acoustic slower songs. They played a killer version of John Denver’s “The Music is You” before a brief jam session with the highlight being Jake showing off his six-string skills.

A two song encore ended the night with the final song being the mega hit “Highway Tune” and Fivepoint Amphitheater went insane – this songs just ROCKS and it is even better live. It’s fantastic to see classic Rock n Roll back in the spotlight in 2019 delivered by a group of super-talented youngsters – kudos to Greta Van Fleet – Long Live Rock n Roll!

Shannon and the Clams opened the night with an entertaining set with elements of doo-wap, punk and surf sounds and the youngsters in the crowd certainly seemed to dig it. The band ended the night with a cover of Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit”.

Greta Van Fleet Setlist:

The Cold Wind | Safari Song | Black Smoke Rising | Flower Power | Age of Man | The Music Is You (John Denver cover) | You’re the One | Black Flag Exposition | Watching Over | When the Curtain Falls

Encore: Lover, Leaver (Taker, Believer) | Highway Tune

Shannon and The Clams Photo Gallery

Greta Van Fleet Photo Gallery

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