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Greta Van Fleet brings down the house at Cleveland Agora with classic-rock revival (photos)

August 1, 2018 GMT

Greta Van Fleet brings down the house at Cleveland Agora with classic-rock revival (photos)

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- 2018 has been a whirlwind year for Greta Van Fleet. The four-piece rock band from Frankenmuth, Michigan, has been building a lot of buzz with its Zeppelin-esque twist on classic rock. They’ve played just about every major music festival in the United States and a few national TV appearances, too, including a recent gig on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

A stop in Cleveland was on their itinerary last night, with the band playing a sold-out show at the historic, recently renovated, Cleveland Agora.

Fog-machine smoke and incense floated through the air as the four guys took the stage throwing roses out into the crowd. Lead singer Josh Kiszka took center stage while his twin, Jake, began to play the first notes of the band’s hit, “Highway Tune”.

Younger brother Sam Kiszka played bass while Danny Wagner pounded the drums despite injured fingers that prompted the band to cancel a few shows last week. Josh Kiszka’s voice channeled the energy and unmistakable falsetto of Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant.

They soon launched into an extended version of “Edge of Darkness,” building slowly to a guitar solo that Jake Kiszka played against the back of his head. Josh, who was slapping his tambourine in the background, broke it into pieces and threw it out to the crowd.

While the setlist was short, the energy was full as Greta Van Fleet gave it their all. Other notable songs included the newest single, “When the Curtain Falls”, “Flower Power” and a cover of Howlin’ Wolf’s “Evil”. The encore featured “Black Smoke Rising” and the beloved “Safari Song”.

Those who were there at the Agora Tuesday night just might have witnessed a historic performance by a band that’s only going to grow from here on out. Can Greta Van Fleet revive classic rock? Some might say no, but after this Cleveland performance, everyone there left hoping that it is happening.

Cloves, singer and songwriter from Melbourne, Australia opened for Greta Van Fleet.