Greta Van Fleet stages explosive homecoming at Little


Greta Van Fleet is a band that was made to play in arenas.

Since its formation in Frankenmuth just over a decade ago, the Grammy Award-winning quartet’s aesthetic has hit a time-defying sweet spot unifying classic and contemporary rock conventions. GVF is at once throwback and current as fit for Lollapalooza as it would have been for the revered rock ‘n’ roll palaces of the late 60s.

And its music is meant to be played in big spaces — such as Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena on Friday night, Sept. 8.

With a crowd of nearly 14,000 it was GVF’s biggest show to date in its home state — and its first in the metro area since 2018, when it played three shows just down the street at the Fox Theatre. (Nearby concerts slated for Ypsilanti and Flint last year were each canceled, twice.) That sense of occasion was not lost on the band, now based in Nashville; frontman Josh Kiszka, one of GVF’s three brothers, sang a line from John Denver’s “Back Home Again” early in the show, and during the encore he noted that, “I can’t begin to express how absolutely significant tonight is…This town is unparalleled in so many ways.”

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