Rising rockers Greta Van Fleet are getting ready to kick off a three-week headlining tour across the U.S. The band’s gritty and infectious debut track “Highway Tune” has been turning heads and generating plenty of buzz including a spot in our Best Rock Songs of 2017 (So Far).

The tour starts Aug. 15 in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to these newly announced tour dates, the young band comprised of brothers Josh (vocals), Jake (guitars), and Sam Kiszka (bass, keyboards) and close friend Danny Wagner (drums) will play a special Los Angeles performance that is open to the public at The Viper Room on Tuesday, July 25. The full itinerary is below, and tickets are on sale now. Go to gretavanfleet.com for all ticketing details.

At these headlining shows, fans can expect to hear all four songs from Greta Van Fleet’s critically-praised debut EP Black Smoke Rising as well as selections from the 25-plus additional songs already written. “Each of our songs has its own gravity,” says guitarist Jake Kiszka. “And we’re really excited for people to hear the diversity of more than just the four songs that have been released.”

Greta Van Fleet’s music is generating praise for its high energy, sexy bravado and strong musical chops. The band describes their music as infused with the simple message of peace, love and unity. “It’s important for all of us to personally identify with what we’re doing,” Jake says. “To have our music stand for something and affect people in a positive way. We’d love for anyone who comes to our concerts to take that positive energy generated back out into the world and make it their own.”

The Glorious Sons

There is a mechanic shop in the heart of industrial Kingston. It stands in the corner of a dead end surrounded by dead trees and mangy strays of all kinds. There, lies their dream; In each graceless poster covering the walls, in the stained carpet beneath their feet, in the empty cases of Pabst that jingle to the vibration of their melodies. They are The Glorious Sons, a Canadian rock band, defined by their music and inspired by the day to day grind. They are the everyman band, with a passion for portraying the lost romance of liquor, women and rock and roll.

The band was formed eighteen months ago as a four piece and was quickly changed to a five piece with the addition of lead singer Brett Emmons. The band is made up of of Jay on the lead guitar, Adam on the drums, Andrew on guitar and vocals and Chris on the bass and Brett on keyboard and lead vocals. Using the money they earned from the first few months of shows, The Sons recorded their first demo with talented Sound Engineer Duncan Holt.

On a whim, Adam Paquette entered the tunes into the Whiskey Rocks Showdown, which consisted of over seventy Ontario bands. Rigorous voting by their extremely loyal friends, family and fans, allowed the band to make the top three, which sent them Barrie to compete against two other groups in a live showcase. Members of The Trews, John Angus Macdonald, and Jack Spyrek judged the event. The boys proved victorious in front of their heroes. The prize package was worth five thousand dollars but the real kicker came when John Angus approached the band and expressed interest in working with them. John Angus, who became their producer, took the boys to Newmarket and they recorded their first single "Mama", with highly recommended Engineer, Nick Detorro. Both Detorro and John Angus would both work on the rest of their Ep.

After a strong winter of playing shows in Toronto and Kingston, the band was united with inspired manager, and "sixth member of the band", Jordan Howard. He had the work ethic and ambition that the band needed in a leader. Howard worked closely with John Angus and others, and advised the boys to enter the highly acclaimed competition, Rocksearch, hosted by 97.7 Hitz Fm. The Sons beat out hundreds of bands across Ontario and won the event, just as The Trews had done10 years earlier. The prize package for winning was worth over 15,000 dollars. But the chance to open for Finger Eleven, The Trews, The Poor Young Things and Gloryhound at the Biggs and Barr BBQ , not to mention that their single was to be played in regular rotation on 97.7 HTZ FM, proved to outweigh the money. They played a strong show in front of thousands of fans and it was by far their biggest show to date. Two days later, the single boomed to #1 in the first week, causing an onslaught of support in the Niagara- St Catherines region. Money has proved useless compared to the support that they have gained from personalities in the industry.

The future for the band is bright. Their first EP will be released in September and they are beginning to gain fan support across Canada and will be touring the east coast come the fall. The band currently resides in Kingston and they continue to jam atop the mechanic shop where they began. They continue to write songs and play as often as possible. As their dreams become a reality, they still understand the importance of keeping their lives afloat. They continue to wake early in the morning for the daily grind and at five pm, you can count on that old Nissan truck pulling into the lot, followed by three others. Five men will get out; make their way to the corner of Jay's house and united by their goals and day to day lives, they will continue to preach the lost romance of liquor, women and rock and roll.

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