Brian McCollum Detroit Free Press Published 7:00 PM EST Dec 27, 2018 Sam Kiszka was snoozing in his Los Angeles hotel room when his cell phone started lighting up. “I woke up and I had like three billion text messages. I was like, ‘Oh, good God, what happened?" recalls the Greta Van Fleet bassist. "And then I open my phone and I see all this stuff. What is going on? So I get up out of bed, look around, look out the window, then I go back to look at my phone and I’m like — yeah, now I’m awake!” More: Meet the Michigan grandma who inspired Greta Van Fleet's name More: For Greta Van Fleet, new album is just beginning of rock 'n' roll ride It was the morning of Dec. 7, and Greta Van Fleet had just landed four Grammy nominations, topped by a nod for best new artist. Kiszka and his Michigan band mates — brothers Jake and Josh Kiszka, along with drummer Danny Wagner — will attend the Feb. 10 ceremony at L.A.'s Staples … [Read more...] about Greta Van Fleet on Grammy nominations: ‘Kind of surreal’
Brian McCollum Detroit Free Press Published 7:15 AM EDT Oct 20, 2018 FRANKENMUTH — Greta Van Fleet’s little hometown threw a big party Friday for its conquering rock heroes — with a special birthday tribute to the band’s elderly namesake. The young group’s much-awaited debut album, “Anthem of the Peaceful Army,” was celebrated with a proud and festive record-release party at a restaurant in the scenic town usually best known for its Bavarian-style attractions and Christmas lights. Greta Van Fleet's rising rock stars were never scheduled to attend the gala at Bavarian Inn’s Michigan On Main Bar and Grill. As they gear up for a European tour that starts next week, band members Jake Kiszka, Josh Kiszka, Sam Kiszka and Danny Wagner were otherwise occupied. But the Frankenmuth event drew about 200 folks happy to mark the achievement for them, including family members, proud locals and even fans who had traveled hundreds of … [Read more...] about Greta Van Fleet is the pride of Frankenmuth at album party
Brian McCollum Detroit Free Press Published 6:21 PM EDT Oct 19, 2018 Once in a while, if you’re lucky, the zeitgeist throws a fun curveball. On the face of things, perhaps there’s no obvious reason Greta Van Fleet and its hippie hard rock should have the prominence it does right now — not in this musical era dominated by hip-hop, pop and social-media celebrity drama. But here we are, and the Frankenmuth-bred, Detroit-based rock band just delivered an old-school album with a big gust of hype at its back. “Anthem of the Peaceful Army,” the quartet’s full-length debut, was released Friday, the latest career milestone for a young band whose year has included transatlantic touring, big festival gigs, magazine covers, network TV and praise from the likes of Elton John and Robert Plant. Last month, GVF sold out three upcoming Fox Theatre shows in minutes — 15,000 ticket-buyers who could have filled Little Caesars Arena. It’s the … [Read more...] about For Greta Van Fleet, new album is just the beginning
Greta Van Fleet lead vocalist Josh Kiszka performs at the Fox Theatre in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group) Greta Van Fleet bassist Sam Kiszka, left, lead vocalist Josh Kiszka, lead guitarist Jake Kiszka and drummer Danny Wagner perform at the Fox Theatre in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds Greta Van Fleet lead vocalist Josh Kiszka performs at the Fox Theatre in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group) Greta Van Fleet bassist Sam Kiszka, left, and lead vocalist Josh Kiszka perform at the Fox Theatre in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group) Greta Van Fleet lead vocalist Josh Kiszka performs at the Fox Theatre in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group) Greta Van Fleet lead vocalist Josh Kiszka, drummer Danny Wagner and lead … [Read more...] about Does America’s hottest new rock band live up to the hype?
Adam Graham The Detroit News Published 6:11 AM EDT Sep 7, 2018 Frankenmuth rockers Greta Van Fleet have set an Oct. 19 release date for its debut full-length album, "Anthem of the Peaceful Army." The 10-song set, which is now available for pre-order, was recorded in Nashville and at Royal Oak's Rustbelt Studios and was produced by Marlon Young, Al Sutton and Herschel Boone. “This record is going to be a heavy hitter,” Sam Kiszka, the group's bassist, told the News in May. “We poured our hearts and souls into this thing. I think it’s the start of something very serious.” The album follows the group’s two 2017 EPs, “Black Smoke Rising” and “From the Fires.” The band, which played three sold-out nights at the Fillmore Detroit in May, is expected to support the album with a concert at the Fox Theatre, which was being advertised outside the Fillmore shows. No specifics on the concert have been announced. … [Read more...] about Greta Van Fleet’s debut album due in Oct.