L.A. GUNS frontman Phil Lewis has defended GRETA VAN FLEET over accusations that the Michigan rockers have ripped off LED ZEPPELIN.
Despite the fact that GRETA VAN FLEET has managed to sell out shows all over the world, the four-piece has been criticized for channeling a sound uncannily similar to LED ZEPPELIN, with some music fans slamming singer Josh Kiszka for allegedly copy-and-pasting Robert Plant‘s vocal style.
During a recent interview with Legendary Rock Interviews, Lewis was asked if there are any new bands out there that he is listening to now. “I like GRETA VAN FLEET,” Phil responded. “I know they get a lot of shit from people. [They are a] good band. Anything that inspires a 12- or 13-year-old to pick up a guitar or learn to play bass or drums is okay with me. That’s exactly what they’re doing, so right now they’re my favorite. [I have] great hope that they might be the ones to change everything, get kids off their phone, wanting to be DJs and wanting to do real rock instead. There’s nothing sexier, nothing cooler than a guy who can pick up a guitar and sing a song, or a bunch of guys in a band.
Lewis continued: “Look at this MÖTLEY CRÜE movie [‘The Dirt’] — it’s gangbusters. People are going crazy. This doesn’t exist anymore and bands like GRETA VAN FLEET are making an effort. I notice that. I think it’s great, and I wish them all the best in the world.”
GRETA VAN FLEET‘s debut album, “Anthem Of The Peaceful Army”, landed at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart in July despite earning a lukewarm 53/100 score on review curation site Metacritic.
In December, GRETA VAN FLEET scored four Grammy Award nominations, one for each major rock category — “Best Rock Album”, “Best Rock Song”, “Best Rock Performance” — and a “Best New Artist” nod. They went on to win for “Best Rock Album” for their sophomore EP, “From The Fires”.
L.A. GUNS‘ new album, “The Devil You Know”, will be released on March 29 via Frontiers Music Srl.