This is a post I wanted to nail the day I felt this magic but I just didn’t have room for it with all that’s been going on. But let me tell you…I love these boys. They are everything that’s alive in me in music and give me hope. Not that I need it but, goddamnit it feels so good.
I was working a Saturday at the salon. Usually the music playing is pop or top 40. Lately it’s been a lot of workout type music that is really busy and peppy. I’ve grown accustomed to all of it and don’t mind listening to it during my shifts.
I enjoy music and have all of my life, but as you get older it just isn’t that important to me. I guess I’ve sort of heard it all in my lifetime and nothing new really lights me up anymore. There just aren’t any new bands coming out that spark my passion.
I’m okay with that.
Sometimes the music cuts off if the internet fails at the salon. I usually go into the control room and just turn it back on.
That happened today and I went to the tablet that the internet station is on and tapped what I thought was the station we were currently on. But it wasn’t the disco workout channel. It was a hard rock channel. I dug what I heard and just left it on.
I’m hearing the likes of Metallica, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, etc. It all sounds good to me.
Then I hear this song that really strikes me. It has a certain familiarity to it. An almost eerie familiarity. I grab my phone and walk into room #2 (The music comes from the sun beds themselves.)
“Siri. What song is playing?”
“Let me listen.”
“That’s Highway Tune, by Greta Van Fleet.”
I’m thinking, who is this chick Greta?
It’s a quiet day, so I go back to the computer at the counter and pull up Youtube and search for Greta. I find that there is no girl named Greta. Greta Van Fleet is the name of a band of four good-looking young guys. Three of them are brothers!
The band was formed in 2012 by Joshua “Josh” Kiszka, Samuel “Sam” Kiszka, Jacob “Jake” Kiszka and Kyle Hauck. Hauck subsequently left the band, in Oct. 2013 and was replaced by Daniel “Danny” Wagner the same year.
The band is named after a woman from Frankenmuth (MI, US) named Gretna Van Fleet and the name is used with her blessing. Frankenmuth, Missouri is where this band is from.
GRETNA VAN FLEET . . . center, was the 2016 recipient of the Frankenmuth Women’s Club’s Edelweiss Award for her volunteer work for the community and the club. Above, Edelweiss Award organizers Ruth Wallace, left, and Marilyn Banes, present the honors to Van Fleet. The club also makes a $500 donation to the cause of the recipient’s choice and Van Fleet chose the Frankenmuth Farmer’s Market. Read about ALL the happenings in your hometown in this week’s issue of the NEWS.
One of their grandparents once said, “Hey we got to stop by and visit with Gretna Van Fleet.”
And the boys were like: “Hey that would be a cool, unique name for our band!”
In the time Hauck was the drummer, the band recorded and released 3 songs “Highway Tune” “Cloud Train” and “Standing On”. February 28, 2014 a live EP was recorded all in one take and subsequently released on June 7, 2014 at a release party. In 2014 their song “Standing On” was featured in 2014 Chevy Equinox advertisements in the Detroit area. It’s one of several songs, along with “By the Riverside”, “Cloud Train”, “Lover, Leaver, Taker, Believer”, “Down to the River”, “Sing in the Rain”, “Thunder Stomp”, “You’re the One” and “Written in Gold” that were previously released and are currently unavailable.
I wanted to give you some background on this band before I got to what I wanted to say.
I pull up the Highway Tune video and it begins playing. I watch this band and hear the opening chords and then a very familiar howl come from the singer. Goosebumps pop up all over me. I’m tingling as I watch what I would describe as…
The Second Coming of Led Zeppelin.
I kid you not. I am so excited to hear this band, I look to see if they’re on tour and if they’ll be coming to this area and also if I can get tickets.
They’re that good. It’s almost haunting to see a band that can create a sound like Zeppelin. The howling vocals of a young Robert Plant coupled with the galloping rhythms of Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and the late John Bonham.
It feels so good at my age and experience I can still be moved. Thank you boys! I wish you much luck. Rock ‘n Roll is alive and well!
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