Edmonton’s Rogers Place received a healthy dose of rock ‘n’ roll on Saturday night as Greta Van Fleet‘s Dreams in Gold Tour graced Alberta’s capital. With the likes of The Pretty Reckless and Hanna Wicklund in tow, the evening was set to be full of haunting vocal melodies and a lot of tasty guitar licks.
Kick off the night was Hanna Wicklund; the Carolina girl came strutting on stage with her pink guitar in hand and a smile on her face. She immediately slammed into a bluesy rock ‘n’ roll tune that showcased her guitar playing prowess before grooving into a “Bomb Through The Breeze,” which caused an eruption of cheers from those gathered in front of the stage. To sum up Hannah’s performance, you could say it was all cascading curls and blues licks that made you want to come back for more.
Heating things up with The Pretty Reckless, the New York grunge rockers took to the stage with their classic “don’t fuck with me” attitude, and it resonated perfectly with the audience at Rogers Place as they opened up their performance with the title track off of their newest album Death By Rock and Roll. Prancing from one end of the stage to the other in black lingerie and gothic boots, grunge princess Taylor Momsen had the crowd eating up The Pretty Reckless from the palm of her hand.
Greta Van Fleet was up next, and you could feel the anticipation rising among the 6,000-some people in the audience. As their stage curtain tumbled to the ground, the Michigan rock icons boomed into “Built By Nations” from their latest release, The Battle At Garden’s Gate. Bedazzled and adorned in beautifully crafted outfits, the Kiszka brothers and drummer Danny Wagner brought a performance of bombast and showmanship to Rogers Place.
Frontman Josh Kiszka seemed to be running a controlled vocal marathon, keeping pace with the tasty guitar shredding of his brother, Jake, as the foursome rolled into “Black Smoke Rising” and “Safari Song,” which had the audience singing along to every word and gesturing air-guitar and drum patterns in the crowd below. Complete with strobes and propane-powered pyro-technics to top off the show, the young rockers truly had their Edmonton crowd feeling the love.