Greta Van Fleet really have been the most popular punching bag in music these past few months. It seems as though every Tom, Dick and Sally have taken a swipe at the tasselled teens. Despite the endless flack the band cop, it looks like their rise is unstoppable. Back in February, the band scored their first ever Grammy and now they’re about to embark on a colossal North American tour.
The latest musician to take aim at Greta Van Fleet is Steven Wilson, a former member of has-been prog act Porcupine Tree. Wilson recently appeared on My Rock Podcast, and had a few scathing words reserved for Greta Van Fleet. Spoiler alert: there’s another Led Zeppelin comparison.
“I think they’re absolutely abysmal. I think they’re terrible; I think it’s a joke,” Wilson shared. “They’re an example of a band — because they’re pretty young boys, they look like a boy band, they play this really piss-poor third-rate impersonation of Led Zeppelin. But they’re pretty and they’ve had all the help of the media and the commercial machine behind them, and they’ve been able to reach a massive audience overnight by playing third-rate music. I don’t believe for one minute that anyone will remember who they are in 10 years.”
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Wilson then continued to explain that he understands the appeal of Greta Van Fleet and why the band have become an overnight success and why he had to put in the hard slog for 25 years.
“I’m not naïve. I understand that a lot of the industry is based around being young, pretty, having the right kind of image and all that stuff., He shared. “And I’ve never had any of those things. I’ve never been pretty. I mean, I have been young, but I’m not young now, so I understand. I’m 51 years old. That’s not gonna work. So there is this frustration that the media has been slightly resistant to what I do.”
Greta Van Fleet will be heading to Australia in September this year for three shows in Melbourne and Brisbane. The band were forced to cancel their tour down under earlier this year after singer Josh Kizska contracted laryngitis. Ticket information and dates below.
GRETA VAN FLEET
EATONS HILL HOTEL, BRISBANE
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 3
FORUM THEATRE, MELBOURNE
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 6
FESTIVAL HALL, MELBOURNE
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7