Controversy may be good or not so good for a new band, but for Greta van Fleet, the Michigan-based rock enterprise consisting of four members, it looks like the former. For many people, the first chords of Highway Tune are proof enough that Greta van Fleet sounds just like Led Zeppelin. However, the band members proved hesitant in admitting the influence the legendary group had on how they shaped their sound.
Robert Plant gives his approval
The young members of Greta van Fleet might have nothing to worry about, though, no matter how much some may want to accuse them of being nothing but a rip-off of Led Zeppelin. Robert Plant, the Led Zep singer, practically gave his blessing, in a 2018 interview.
Especially regarding Josh Kiszka’s voice, Plant says that the newcomer learned from the best. At the same time, the rock legend doesn’t condemn the similarities that many people see between Greta van Fleet and Led Zeppelin.
So it seems that no matter how much some might have tried to turn this into a controversy that was supposed to sign a costly bill for fame for the post-millennial rock band, with Robert Plant’s blessing, they will continue to sing and show what they are truly made of.
Not an overwhelming influence?
It looks like so far, the singer of Greta van Fleet tries to be a diplomat. Although he admits that Led Zeppelin was one of the influences that shaped up the band’s music, he also says that it’s not an overwhelming influence. Now that might make some audiophiles either doubt their ability to sense the sensible similarities between the two rock bands between which more than half of century of music lies, or make them decided to call out Josh Kiszka.
How did they receive Robert Plant’s seal of approval?
We live in a world where word travels fast. And seeing that we have smartphones, social media, and so many media outlets ready to transmit the latest tidbit of information at the speed of the fastest computers in the world, it’s no wonder that what Robert Plant said about Greta van Fleet reached the young musicians’ years.
While the singer Josh Kiszka was modest and tried to take the compliment offered generously by Led Zeppelin’s famous vocalist with the necessary humbleness dictated by the situation, his twin brother lightened up the air by telling him that he should be pleased seeing that Plant is some grumpy old Englishman.
The guitarist is a fan of Jimmy Page
While the entire group tried to downplay the similarities between them and the famous rock group, Josh’s twin, Jake, also the guitarist, admits that he is a big fan of Jimmy Page, but he was also influenced by other big names, like Jimmy Hendrix, and Eric Clapton.
With a new album in the works, Greta van Fleet has nothing to worry about. And seeing that Robert Plant doesn’t have a problem with them being influenced by Led Zeppelin, no one else should have one, either.