Review by Ashlee Grigg
Photography by Chontalle Musson
Long queues of fans stood in the rain on Tuesday night waiting to get inside the Logan Campbell to see Grammy Award winning rock band Greta Van Fleet, for their first ever New Zealand show. As their show earlier in the year was cancelled due to the bands Grammy commitments. The show was kicked off by dreamy surf rock band Golf Alpha Bravo. Although they were quite a contrast to Greta Van Fleet musically there was a group of hardcore fans singing along in the front row.
Lights went down, and screams erupted from the crowd as Greta Van Fleet burst onto the stage. Frontman Josh Kiszka ran ahead of the band throwing white roses to lucky fans in the front row, before launching into the first song of the night, Cold Wind. Greta Van Fleet commanded the attention of the crowd as their high energy performance kept up throughout the entire night. Through hit songs such as Flower Power and When The Curtain Falls, the crowd matched their energy.
As they moved through their set list each song seemed to be longer than the original recording, with extended guitar solos from Jake and plenty of impressively high notes from Josh. At moment bassist Sam moved over to play the Mellotron for the more laid back tracks which added an interesting dynamic to the sound of bands live performance. Although the sound at the Logan Campbell Centre wasn’t the best. After powering through ten track, the brothers left the stage but soon returned after screams and stomps from the audience. The banger filled encore consisted by Lover, Leaver and closed with their 2017 hit Highway Tune, to which the crowd sung along enthusiastically.
Greta Van Fleet left the stage looking happy and please with the excitement from the crowd. There’s no doubt that it was a night in rock history, fingers crossed the band returns to New Zealand to play a bigger and better venue on an album cycle.
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