Jack White Praises Greta Van Fleet And Twenty One Pilots In New Interview
By Katrina Nattress
July 15, 2019
Jack White is an old-fashioned kind of guy. He likes analog. He doesn't own a cell phone. He looks to the past to pave the future, and in a new interview with Rolling Stone, the guitar virtuoso praises bands like Greta Van Fleet and Twenty One Pilots for carrying the rock & roll torch.
Since their meteoric rise to rockstardom, Greta Van Fleet have been heavily criticized for sounding to much like older acts (namely Led Zeppelin) — a sentiment White can relate to. When asked how he felt about them, the Raconteurs frontman had nothing but nice things to say. "They’re three Polish brothers from Frankenmuth, Michigan — I thought that was a joke!" he exclaimed. "But it’s exciting to see young people play rock & roll, no doubt about it. That guy has a very cool voice. The more he makes it his own, the better. People used to say, when I first came out, 'He sounds like Robert Plant.' If you keep pushing forward, that s**t goes away."
The former White Stripes band leader also loves seeing fellow two-piece bands make a name for themselves, like Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun. "I love what they’re doing," he said of Twenty One Pilots. "First time I saw them was on Saturday Night Live. And I thought 'Oh, that’s really great. Another really cool two piece band that can do something really powerful.' I liked what they were doing, playing piano and bass, that guy, the lead singer. And it was strong."
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