Following a short break after their Australia and New Zealand shows, Greta Van Fleet kicked off the latest leg of their U.S. tour at the Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, MO on Saturday, September 21, 2019. I flew in from Boston to take up my usual spot in the front on the right side of the stage and was not disappointed!
As with any outdoor venue, the weather was a concern for the show. With the threat of impending thunderstorms, showtime was moved up a bit early in the hopes of finishing before the rain. It appears that Mother Nature is also a GVF fan, though, because the downpour held off until well after the concert ended! We were dry the whole time.
Shannon and the Clams came out to start the show. Still not sure how I feel about them. Let me just say that they were interesting, but I don’t understand the pairing with GVF. They had more of a vintage 50’s/60’s throwback sound reminiscent of doo-wop bands. Not very similar to Greta Van Fleet at all. I’ll be seeing them a few more times so maybe they’ll grow on me.
Greta Van Fleet then took the stage, opening with “The Cold Wind.” They then continued to entertain us all with their great tunes! I’m not sure how long they played because I didn’t keep track, but it seemed a bit longer than usual. They may have continued playing until the original show end time, even though they started a bit earlier. The set list is shown below. It may seem short, but “Flower Power” alone was over 12 minutes long.
I recently read a comment from someone who said there were too many jams at their live shows, and that the band should just play the songs so they could include more of them in the show. I’m not typically a jam band fan, but I happen to love GVF’s live extended versions of their songs. They are great musicians and always offer up a slightly different take on a few of them. This is especially good if you see the band multiple times, because you never know what you’re going to hear!
A few notes/highlights from the show:
- I was hoping to hear “Anthem” live for the first time. While we didn’t get that, they did throw in a bit of “Goin’ to Kansas City.” Seemed appropriate for this show. (video clip below from my live stream)
- Yes, Jake did cut his hair but if you listen very closely, you’ll notice that it didn’t affect his playing at all.
- Right before “The Music is You”/“You’re the One,” Josh seemed to be introducing “Black Flag Exposition.” He passed it off as sarcasm. (video below)
- They did one of my favorite encores – “Lover Leaver Taker Believer” with “Highway Tune” thrown in the middle. Can’t get much better than that…and talk about jamming! That one was incredible. (video from my live stream below)
- They were selling a Kansas City tour poster at the show. I didn’t get one before the show since I thought it might rain and get ruined. Unfortunately, they were sold out at the end of the show. My advice is to buy merchandise before the show if you want it! (photo below from Brian B.)
Up next is Red Rocks!!
Here are a few of my pictures and videos.