Greta Van Fleet at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on September 22, 2023
The Starcatcher Tour
Photos by Laura Fox (LLFoxphotos)
Review by Hadyn Mayes (Photographybyhalo)
In a whirlwind of electric riffs, thunderous drums, and soaring vocals, Greta Van Fleet brought their "Starcatcher" Tour to Gainbridge Fieldhouse last night, leaving Indianapolis forever changed. The rock revivalists had promised an unforgettable night, and they delivered that and much more, turning the arena into a vibrant sea of music enthusiasts.
As the lights dimmed and the crowd's anticipation reached a fever pitch, the opening chords of "The Falling Sky" echoed through the arena. The stage bathed in an ethereal blue hue as Josh Kiszka's voice soared like a phoenix, setting the stage for an epic night of rock 'n' roll. The band's commitment to their craft was immediately evident as they effortlessly transitioned from one song to another, creating an unstoppable wave of energy that surged through the audience.
Throughout the evening, the quartet demonstrated their virtuosity. Jake Kiszka's guitar solos were nothing short of extraordinary, reminding us why he's often compared to guitar legends of the past. Bassist Sam Kiszka and drummer Danny Wagner formed a rock-solid rhythm section that served as the backbone of the band's sound, while Josh Kiszka's vocals were nothing short of mesmerizing. His ability to channel the spirit of classic rock legends like Robert Plant was uncanny, sending chills down the spine of every listener.
The setlist was a perfect blend of Greta Van Fleet's classic hits and tracks from their latest album, "Starcatcher." Songs like "Heat Above," "Highway Tune," and "The Falling Sky" were met with roaring applause and sing-alongs from the crowd. However, it was the deeper cuts like "Lover, Leaver (Taker, Believer)" that truly showcased the band's musical prowess and had fans in awe.
The visual spectacle accompanying the music was equally impressive. The stage production featured mesmerizing light displays, pyrotechnics, and a giant LED backdrop that transported the audience into the cosmic universe that Greta Van Fleet's music often evokes. It was a sensory overload that complemented the music perfectly.
One of the highlights of the evening was when the band came out to the B-Stage for an acoustic performance, delivering songs like "Black Smoke Rising”, and “Waited All Your Life”. With the whole audience singing together made for a surprisingly intimate moment for a nearly sold out Gainbridge Fieldhouse show. Josh made sure to interact with the crowd by taking bracelets from them and of course the iconic Fireball shot. Josh then made his way back to stage while handing out white roses to many in the crowd.
Greta Van Fleet did an excellent job of interacting with fans throughout the whole show. They made sure everyone in every section felt included. Josh went down to the front row on multiple occasions giving hugs to fans and taking their gifts and wearing them on stage.
The encore was nothing short of spectacular as they returned to stage to an uproar of cheering and screaming. After a brilliant cover of the beginning of "Rhapsody in Blue" by Sam Kiska on the piano, the band performed “Light My Love.” The crowd shined lights of all different colors, filling the field house with a sense of community and inclusivity. Josh proceeded to give thanks to the crowd after the song before going into their final song entitled, “Farewell for Now.” A perfect ending to what was one of the greatest performances I’ve seen to date.
Greta Van Fleet's "Star Catcher Tour" stop at Gainbridge Fieldhouse was nothing short of a rock 'n' roll extravaganza. The band's undeniable talent, powerful stage presence, and the sheer intensity of their performance left the audience buzzing with excitement long after the final chords had faded. It was a night that reminded us all why rock 'n' roll will never die and why Greta Van Fleet is leading the charge in keeping the flame alive. Although the U.S. leg of this tour is nearly complete, be sure to catch them on their next tour - you'll be in for an unforgettable night of rock music at its finest.
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