By: Jon Harrison
Since entering the mainstream music scene in 2017, Greta Van Fleet has been a radio favorite, steadily gaining a large fanbase over the years. On July 28th, 2023, "GVF" would be playing to a lively crowd at Houston's Toyota Center. I certainly was anticipating a show that would match the energy of the fans. Throughout the evening it seemed everyone in the arena was ready to experience the band put on an energetic performance of their throwback-style rock 'n' roll music.
Their set would start off in a very impressive Game of Thrones-like instrumental to which the band was revealed with a roaring applause. They opened with new and older songs like The Falling Sky and Lover, Leaver. GVF would go on to play lots of new music from their latest record, Starcatcher. What was so impressive is that Greta Van Fleet made it feel as if I were hearing and experiencing this musical journey that featured heavy guitars and drum solos that would be a rock and roll purists dream.
The tour was also featured a unique B-stage where the band treated fans to an acoustic part of the show. They effortlessly strummed to Waited All Your Life and an gave a lovely stripped back version of Black Smoke Rising. To end the set list, GVF would play fan favorites Light My Love and Farewell For Now that was the cherry on top of a magical show at Toyota Center.
This was a concert that felt vintage and old school, and I enjoyed the undeniable skills that the band showcased all night long. Simply put, Greta Van Fleet know how to on a memorable show that I’ll be talking about years down the road.