Greta Van Fleet’s Influences, Style & Drug Scandal Revealed

Right at this time, hard rock similar to that of the 70s has been reverberating in all its eminence through a young band that goes by the name Greta Van Fleet. Formed in 2012 in Frankenmuth, Michigan, the band has been subjected to an ambivalent attitude amongst the hardcore listeners of rock, with many making out their music to be a rip-off of the legendary rock band Led Zeppelin.

And it’s no surprise that the young rockers too have picked up on the critics. They’ve been conscious of the similarity and stated Zeppelin to be one of their influences.

No matter how honored they feel due to the comparisons, they believe it’s time to move on, as they plan to incorporate even more styles like jazz, country, and folk into their music so that they don’t get stagnant. 
The resemblance of the singer Josh Kiszka with Robert Plant, the frontman of Zeppelin, is uncanny though. You just can’t unhear it. The legend from Led Zeppelin himself has sarcastically made a remark on Kiszka’s voice, which was intended to be a praise.

They are Led Zeppelin I.Beautiful little singer. He borrowed the voice from somebody I know very well.

Also, take a moment to look at this interesting video of elders reacting to the band that makes it evident that the band resonates with past generations as well.

Elder people had positive reaction upon hearing them ( Source: YouTube )

The rock group released their latest album The Battle at Garden’s Gate recently on April 16, 2021, which they believe has more maturity than their previous albums. The band definitely has evolved in the studio, the road, or during their songwriting sessions over the years and has been able to develop more of their own style. In guitarist Jake Kiszka’s own words, 

One certain thing that sticks out to me is some of the maturity of this album, in pretty much all aspects – performance aspects, the recording aspect, the songwriting aspects of it, those are some elements.

Apart from music, let’s dive into some other interesting details of Greta Van Fleet, the group whose name is simply inspired by a woman who lived in their town whose first name is Gretna.

Favourite Style And Outfits

The band has been mesmerizing young audiences with their soul-crushing riffs and snazzy outfits in their live performances. When asked in an interview about their favorite outfit from tours, drummer Daniel Wagner revealed that he liked the planetary-themed clothes they wore in their performance at Red Rocks Amphitheater

Greta Van Halen’s performance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre ( Source: YouTube )

On the other hand, Jake really preferred donning their pirate-themed outfit at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, 2018.

Greta Van Fleet Earnings, Merch

Greta Van Fleet has been enticing their fans with the ferocity and power of rock that they had been yearning for ever since the 70s.  Being one of the few bands to play such music in the mainstream, they have been able to build a decent fanbase and are earning generous money from it.

They have a series of tours coming up for the US and Europe. Aside from that, the rock group also makes money from streaming with more than 3.9 million monthly listeners on Spotify.  In the Billboard charts, their song Highway tune ranked #1 in 2017 and Safari Song ranked #1 in 2018. The band also generates revenue from merchandise that are sold from their website which contains band t-shirts, posters, necklaces, and many more.

One of their notable achievements is them bagging the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album in 2019 for the album From The Fires along with the Best Rock Performance for their song Highway Tune which ranked #1 in 2017.

Booking Of Greta Van Fleet And Honors

For any loaded individuals out there, there’s a piece of good news. Greta Van Fleet can be booked for live shows and events through Las Vegas Talent. The website mentions the booking fee to be around $750,000 to $1,312,500 in case you can afford to pay this price. Hopefully, it’ll be worth it.

In just a few years, they have successfully been able to establish themselves in the musical community and even got the royal treatment at the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

Greta Van Fleet members at Musicians Hall of Fame ( Source: YouTube )

The bassist and keyboardist Sam Kiszka described their experience at the Museum as:

We went in, and we were greeted by Duane Eddy. We all got a guitar, which was awesome. And then we go into the museum and Josh is trying on Elvis’s suits, and they’re pulling out, like, B.B. King’s guitar. It was a wonderful time.

This moment certainly must’ve been a surreal moment for these talented folks!

Early Years In Hometown, Influences & Family

The siblings, having an unprejudiced upbringing, were directed more towards the music from the early days which they got exposed to through their father’s music collection. 

Their influences B.B. King, Clapton, Hendrix, and of course, Zeppelin had much more to do with their distaste of mainstream music. The intensity and charisma of rock music that makes your hair stand is what drew them into that style. 

Greta Van Fleet talk about their influences ( Source: YouTube )

Given their independent upbringing, the youngsters from Michigan were disconnected from the digital world and were mentally maturing earlier than other kids in their neighborhood. The group didn’t grow up in a house of musicians. Their father worked as a chemist with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and their mother was a science teacher. 

According to Kiszka, the lead singer, 

There wasn’t a lot of television in the house. And when all the other kids wanted cell phones, I fought that. I preferred to take a hike.

Also, the books these siblings were exposed to has an immense impact in their imagination and worldview. They read works of Dostoevsky, Edgar Allen Poe, and subjects relevant to the metaphysical arena.

Greta Van Fleet’s Use Of Symbols, Drug Controversey

One of the Reddit users noticed a bit of similarity in the alchemy symbol of progressive rock band Rush’s last album and one used by Greta Van Fleet. However, be rest assured that the band had no intention in plagiarizing at all since the symbol is used and recognized universally with each of them representing elements of death like fire, water, sun et cetera.

Use of symbols in their cover art of album Battle At The Gardens Gate ( Source: Instagram )

Also, rumors surround the internet that the members of the band use drugs, which in fact, is a very stereotypical way of looking at things. Interestingly, a year ago during a live appearance on a Chicago radio show, singer Josh Kiszka accidentally spilled a bottle of colored pills on the floor.

As expected, some were quick to label them as drug users but turns out that they were simply multivitamins. So yeah. not all rockstars are hooked on drugs for inspiration.

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Sandesh K.C
A musician in the making specializing in songwriting and musical composition. Recent Engineering graduate and music writer trying best to keep the spark for my passion alive.
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