The Fillmore Detroit was packed for the sinfully soulful, bluesy, folksy, classic rockin’ Led Zeppelin-ish powerful performances of Greta Van Fleet with special guests Dorothy. Currently, on their headline tour, with shows all selling out in advance, Greta Van Fleet has been joined by Dorothy for eleven of the tour dates. The tour’s three nights in Detroit kicked off on Tuesday, May 22, with shows also happening on May 23 and 25, 2018.
(Joshua Kiszka belts out vocals during Greta Van Fleet’s sold out opening show at the Fillmore in Detroit on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. Photo above by Kevin Blondin / Eyes On Windsor)
Eyes On Windsor photographer Kevin Blondin shot the the bands for us on opening night and says, “they were awesome!”
Dorothy, fronted by singer/songwriter and powerhouse vocalist Dorothy Martin, blew the crowd away. Dorothy Martin was born in Budapest but raised in San Diego. As a child, she started singing early and eventually made her way to Los Angeles.
Rolling Stone named Dorothy one of the best 50 Best New Artists of 2014 and soon after, Jay-Z’s Roc Nation signed Dorothy. Martin recently put together a new, high level, and powerful band including guitarist Owen Barry, guitarist Leroy Wulfmeier, bassist Eliot Lorango, and drummer Jason Ganberg.
On March 16, 2018, Dorothy released their sophomore album, 28 Days in the Valley, led by their single Flawless. The song, performed towards the end of the band’s set list in Detroit, has a vulnerable message that begins with heartbreak and ends as a vindicated feel good anthem of self-love. Dorothy opened the show with White Butterfly also from the new album.
Rolling Stone says Dorothy “is the perfect mix of blues thunder and alt-rock guitar crunch.” Their sound is for fans of bands like Led Zeppelin, her vocals “bring to mind the ear-bending acrobatics of Janis Joplin and Robert Plant.”
More information about 28 Days in the Valley and the band can be found at dorothytheband.com
Speaking of Robert Plant, the legendary Led Zeppelin vocalist recently referred to Greta Van Fleet in an interview with Australia’s Network Ten this past March. Plant was asked about emerging bands he appreciates and quickly named Greta Van Fleet. “There’s a band in Detroit called Greta Van Fleet. They are Led Zeppelin I,” Plant said. He jokingly referred to vocalist Josh Kiszka, as a “beautiful little singer, I hate him! He borrowed [his voice] from somebody I know very well,” referring to himself.
The band has been drawing numerous comparisons to Led Zeppelin and word about the band is spreading fast worldwide. Not bad for a young band made up of members just hitting their twenties, who haven’t released a full album yet and only just started touring in the past year. If you haven’t heard about them yet, you will soon!
Sir Elton John even asked them to perform at his recent Oscars party supporting the Elton John AIDS Foundation. He called them the best rock band he’s heard in decades. “They’re going to be one of the biggest new bands of the year. They have an amazing future ahead of them. I’m so thrilled—I’m so thankful for them to come onstage and play for you,” Elton John told guests at his party as he introduced the band.
Eyes On Windsor photographer, Kevin Blondin says, “Greta Van Fleet performed like they’ve been doing this their whole lives. Their stage show is phenomenal. Selling out all three shows at The Fillmore tells me they’ll probably be playing a much bigger venue in the near future.” If rumors are true, as hinted at during the bands recent interview with mlive.com, then Greta Van Fleet should hit the stage at Detroit’s Fox Theatre later this year.
The band’s show in Detroit was more of a homecoming celebration because these young 70’s era style rockers’ hail out of Frankenmuth, Michigan. In fact, their band is named after an elderly resident from their hometown, Gretna Van Fleet (they removed the n). Current band members are a trio of brothers and their drummer, namely Joshua “Josh” Kiszka (lead vocals), Samuel “Sam” Kiszka (bass guitar, keyboards), Jacob “Jake” Kiszka (guitar) and Daniel “Danny” Wagner (drums).
The band only recently released their first single, Highway Tune, on March 31, 2017, and it hit number one on the Billboard Mainstream Rock and Active Rock charts in September 2017. Their second single, Safari Song, was released as part of their first EP, Black Smoke Rising, on April 21, 2017. Safari Song hit the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart in February 2018. The band also released a double EP, From The Fires, on November 10, 2017. Just under a month later on December 2, 2017, the EP peaked at #1 on Billboard’s Top Hard Rock Albums Chart.
Early this year, just before heading out on this current headlining tour, Greta Van Fleet was in a Nashville recording studio recording their first album. It’s set to be released later this summer. The Detroit News reported that award winning Hollywood movie star, Tom Hanks was in the studio. His wife, Rita Wilson, was working on a recording. Hanks heard Greta Van Fleet and enthusiastically said, “bitchin! I love this stuff.”
Greta Van Fleet will take their tour to Europe once they conclude their final show at The Fillmore on Friday night. They will then return to continue touring the United States and two shows are set for Toronto this July.
For more information about the band, their tour, and upcoming album visit gretavanfleet.com
While the spectacular vocals of Josh Kiszka are eerily close to those of Robert Plant, the insanely talented Dorothy Martin, if teleported back to the 1970’s could easily take Plant’s place if Led Zeppelin was fronted by a female rocker instead! Music fans definitely were thrilled by the talents of both vocalists and their respective bands at the Fillmore Detroit.
Photos by Kevin Blondin / Eyes On Windsor
Kevin Blondin is an aspiring photographer studying public relations at the St. Clair College Mediaplex. He is dedicated to promoting artists, entertainment and events in the Windsor-Detroit area. Kevin has recently launched Sound & City Photography which can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.