Robert Plant Is a Fan of Greta Van Fleet
By Andrew Magnotta
January 22, 2018
Nobody doubts that Greta Van Fleet can play the heck out of some rock 'n' roll, but the one criticism of the Michigan-based band of 19 through 21-year-olds is that the group sounds an awful lot like Led Zeppelin did on its first couple of albums.
The members of Greta Van Fleet haven't shied away from the comparison, however; they're avowed Zeppelin fans—and GVF singer Josh Kiszka takes the Robert Plant comparisons as a massive compliment.
Until recently, the question remains: do the surviving members of Led Zeppelin believe Greta Van Fleet is a tribute or a ripoff?
We still don't know how Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones or Jason Bonham feel about Greta Van Fleet, but the kids are all right in Plant's book.
Plant recently told a Louisville-based radio station (91.9 WFPK) that he's familiar with Greta Van Fleet. He even called Kiszka's voice "pretty good," adding "There's a job out there for him."
The band told Q104.3 New York's "Out of the Box" with Jonathan Clarke last year that it formed when the members were still young teenagers learning blues and classic rock covers.
Josh told the show that he developed his voice much the way Plant did, as a way to hear himself in the mix over an extremely loud band.
"I had to come up with something," he said. "In the garage you've got only so much to work with—these little monitors. It's like, 'Well, how am I supposed to sing over that?' You know, that sound that they were creating."
Watch the full "Out of the Box" interview and performance of an acoustic version of "Black Smoke Rising" below.
Greta Van Fleet's impressive first single, "Highway Tune," released last March, was penned "as an ode to that appreciation for rock 'n' roll music" at its finest, Josh said at the time, according to The Pulse of Radio.
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