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Greta Van Fleet: Starcatcher Tour

“Can you feel my love? Rising with the heat above. Life’s the story of Ascending to the stars as one.”

Love and heat filled the Capital One Arena Monday night as Greta Van Fleet took to the stage performing their rock anthems amongst a backdrop of shooting fire balls and twinkling stars. The arena was filled with a mix of older guys, young girls, and lots of sparkles, Starcatcher sparkles.

The Kiszka brothers (twins Josh and Jake, and Sam) and Danny Wagner showed their musical fluidity throughout the evening. Danny, the drummer, took up the mandolin during an acoustic set. Sam switched from bass guitar to piano/keyboard halfway through the concert; and even Josh, the lead singer, picked up a harmonica in one of the opening numbers. He reminded me of a re-incarnated Freddie Mercury.

The band performed a mix of new releases from their Starcatcher album, such as “The Falling Sky” and “Sacred the Thread”, along with older fan favorites like “Highway Tune” and “Black Smoke Rising”. When the band left the mainstage and reappeared on a small stage at the back of the arena, only three rows away from me, the audience was surprised with an acoustic set which included “Meeting the Master” and “Unchained Melody”, originally by the Righteous Brothers. Later in the show, Sam entertained the crowd with a little “Rhapsody in Blue”. The highlight of the evening, for me, came during the finale when the band performed “Light My Love” as the audience used their phones to create a rainbow of colors throughout the arena.

The band closed out the evening with “Farewell for Now”, a song with perfect lyrics to finish up the night. “I wish we all could stay / But I bid you a farewell / And it means the world to play / But I bid you a farewell.” It was a loud and late evening for this English teacher, who is usually in bed by 9:15 on a Monday night, but I had a rockin’ time hanging out with my two teenagers and my guy, even if my outfit was a little lacking in glitter and sparkles.

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