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Greta Van Fleet Keeps Rock Alive
CMCU Ampitheatre: May 16, 2019

By Jeff Hahne

May 16, 2019

Greta Van Fleet frontman Josh Kiszka at CMCU Ampitheater on Wednesday. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)

Call it retro rock. Renaissance rock. Classic rock. Whatever you call it, Greta Van Fleet thundered through 11 songs of it on Wednesday night at Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre. The quartet plays a brand of rock ‘n’ roll that’s reminiscent of Led Zeppelin and gets crowds screaming just as loudly. Rabid fans packed the pit in front of the stage and sung along to every word — fighting to match the tone and power of singer Josh Kiszka. The sold-out show was the band’s first performance in the area since the 2018 edition of Carolina Rebellion. With limited songs to their name, the quartet made the most of a short setlist by finding ways to extend songs with longer intros, fills and solos. Who said rock is dead?

The night started with a 30-minute set from Ida Mae, a foot-stomping folk-rock husband-and-wife duo that’s worth a second listen. Keep an ear out for them.

(Click the photo gallery below to scroll through. All photos by Jeff Hahne.

Setlist

The Cold Wind
Highway Tune
Black Smoke Rising
Edge of Darkness
Flower Power
You’re the One
Age of Man
Black Flag Exposition
Watching Over
When the Curtain Falls

Encore

Safari Song

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