Greta Van Fleet Want You to Stop Comparing Them to Led Zeppelin

By Katrina Nattress

January 26, 2019

Greta Van Fleet are doing what most young rock bands only dream of: They're selling out tour dates; playing Saturday Night Live; being called the future of rock musicand were recently nominated for four Grammys.

Their success is palpable, but their reception has been polarizing. When the band's debut full-length album, Anthem of the Peaceful Army, dropped this fall Pitchfork gave it a scathing review. While harsh words could be detrimental for an up-and-coming band, singer Josh Kiszka admits to Rolling Stone that he never even read the review. “It’s unfortunate they’d be putting that energy out into the world, but it’s their prerogative, I guess,” he says. “Ultimately, I’d like to think that there’s substance to what we’re doing.”

He'd also like to think it's time for people to get over the Led Zeppelin comparisons. “Obviously we hear the similarity,” he says. “That’s one of the influences of ours. But at this point it’s like, ‘Okay, we’ve acknowledged that. Let’s move on.'”

Perhaps one way to move on would be watching the classic rock revivalists perform with someone else during the Grammys. “There’s been a little talk,” Kiszka says about playing the award ceremony, “but it’s been very brief and I don’t really know what is going to happen.”

If he had his choice, the 22-year-old would love to perform with Florence + The Machine or Chris Stapleton. “I’ve also always wanted to play with Paul McCartney,” he adds. “Getting the chance to play ‘Let It Be’ with him one day would be amazing.”

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