Greta Van Fleet : A Night of Musical Brilliance.
November 20, 2023 : Venue: Glasgow OVO Hydro
The evenings opener was Hannah Wicklund who, previously accompanied by The Stepping Stones, now playing her own brand of modern blues music with a level of confidence rarely seen in an opening act in an arena show.
Her soon to be released album “The Prize” was produced by Greta Van Fleets own Sam Kiszka and tonight she is accompanied by a group of exceptionally talented musicians.
With an exceptionally short 20 minute set, Hannah Wikland manages to combine lead vocal duties alongside some incredible guitar playing, leaving the welcoming crowd safe in the knowledge thatch is very capable of navigating her way around blues music.
Philadelphia’s Mt. Joy, a 5 piece band from Philadelphia, do what they do they do exceptionally well though it is always hard to judge a support band when their set is quite short.
With their style being a mixture of Americana and rock music, the Glasgow crowd gave them a very warm welcome and it is the finale of “Silver Lining” which has guaranteed that Mt. Joy have picked up a few extra fans. It is a superb track and has that stuck in your head for a long time’ quality about it.
With 2 excellent support acts, both leaving the crowd wanting to hear more, it was on to the main event
With the dropping and removal of a very large curtain, Greta Van Fleet took the stage at Glasgow Hydro to a rapturous welcome that had been building during the intro tape.
The evenings setlist provided a journey through the band’s back catalogue, including their latest album release, ‘Starcatcher’ and fully showcased their musical ability.
The evening commenced with “The Falling Sky” from the ‘Starcatcher’ release and immediately set the tone for the evening with the band’s musicianship on full display from the very start.
Guitarist Jake Kiszka’s prowess on the guitar enraptured the crowd whilst the soaring vocals of his twin brother, Josh Kiszka complimenting the sound perfectly. This is truly a family and friends band with their brother Samuel Kiszka on bass and friend Daniel Wagner on drums.
The track ‘Indigo Streak”, also from the ‘Starcatcher’ album soon followed which led into an extended version of “Lover, Leaver (Taker, Believer)” from their “Anthem of The peaceful Army” album. This stretched to around the 20 minute mark with blistering solos from Jake Kiszka highlighting his rock solid guitar playing, the track finishing with several large pyrotechnic explosions.
“Meeting the Master” followed which showcased the bands blend of rock music with elements of blues and psychedelia whilst the he familiar strains of “Highway Tune” then reverberated through the venue, prompting a massive roar from the audience.
A drum solo by the Danny Wagner displayed his technical ability and provided the lead in to a nod to Greta Van Fleets differing musical backgrounds with an absolutely delightful version of “Unchained Melody”.
Progressing through their set, Greta Van Fleet delivered more classic album tracks in “Fate of the Faithful” and “Sacred the Thread,” demonstrating their growth as musicians and songwriters. “The Archer” before the most amazing of encores.
This took the form of a collaboration of Greta Van Fleet and the 2 support acts, though heavily featured guitarist Hannah Wicklund, for a rendition of Neil Young’s “Don’t Let It Bring You Down.”
Dual guitar solos aplenty brought the night towards a conclusion with “Light My Love” leaving the crowd begging for more.
Alas it is farewell for now to Greta Van Fleet who will no doubt grace the Glasgow stage again soon.
Review & Photographs by Gavin Ross