There aren’t too many young rock bands around today who are accomplishing what Greta Van Fleet is at the moment. The four-piece rock band found themselves on the outskirts of New York City on Saturday where they headlined the iconic Forest Hills Stadium in Queens for the outdoor venue’s first show of the year.
Following an impressive opening set from British folk-rock duo Ida Mae, Greta Van Fleet took the stage for their 13-song headlining performance just as the sun was beginning to settle beneath the opposite side of the venue, allowing for the temperatures to go down with it. While the night’s weather may have cooled down, the momentum coming from the stage heated up as GVF started their set with an electrifying cover of “Wild Thing”, followed by “The Cold Wind” and “Safari Song”, with the latter including an impressive solo from drummer Danny Wagner.
Fans who love the trademark banshee vocals of Robert Plant will surely adore singer Josh Kiszka, whose own abilities may have even outshined his rock predecessor as the band continued their thrilling performance with originals “Black Smoke Rising” and “Flower Power” before diving into another cover with their rendition of Labi Siffre‘s “Watch Me”. The show continued with performances of “Age of Man”, “Black Flag Exposition”, “Watching Over”, and “Lover, Leaver (Taker, Believer)”. The band returned for a climactic two-song encore beginning with “When the Curtain Falls” and sending audiences home with “Highway Tune”.
Check out photos from Saturday’s show in the gallery below, courtesy of photographer Eric Gettler.
Setlist: Greta Van Fleet | Forest Hills Stadium | Queens, NY | 5/25/2019
Set: Wild Thing (The Troggs cover), The Cold Wind, Safari Song, Black Smoke Rising, Flower Power, Watch me (Labi Siffre cover), You’re the One*, Age of Man, Black Flag Exposition, Watching Over, Lover, Leave (Taker, Believer)
Encore: When The Curtain Falls, Highway Tune
*”The Music Is You” by John Denver tease