Greta Van Fleet Postpones Upcoming Cincinnati Show Due to Illness

Tickets for Greta Van Fleet's March 29 show at Heritage Bank Center will be honored later.

click to enlarge (L to R): Jake Kiszka, Josh Kiszka, Sam Kiszka and Danny Wagner of Greta Van Fleet. - Photo: Alysse Gafkjen
Photo: Alysse Gafkjen
(L to R): Jake Kiszka, Josh Kiszka, Sam Kiszka and Danny Wagner of Greta Van Fleet.

An upcoming Cincinnati show has been put on hold.

Rockers Greta Van Fleet have postponed their March 29 show at Cincinnati's Heritage Bank Center as guitarist Jake Kiszka continues to recover from pneumonia. The band announced the postponement for Cincinnati — and all dates through April 4 — via social media on March 21. New tour dates will be announced soon, and current tickets will be honored. More information is available on the Heritage Bank Center website.

Last week, Greta Van Fleet postponed a number of shows after both Jake and his twin brother vocalist Josh Kiszka fell ill. Josh Kiszka quickly began recovering, but Jake Kiszka was diagnosed with pneumonia and was hospitalized for four days, according to the band's social posts.

The Cincinnati show was to be part of Greta Van Fleet's "Dreams in Gold" tour, which was announced in November. The tour began March 10 and supports the band's sophomore full-length album The Battle at Garden's Gate.

In an interview this month with CityBeat, bassist/keyboardist Sam Kiszka — brother of twins Jake and Josh — says that the album, which was released last April, represents a major leap forward in the studio, thanks to producer Greg Kurstin.

“We got lucky with Greg,” Kiszka tells CityBeat. “The first time in the studio, we started talking about albums, like Odessey and Oracle by the Zombies, and Hans Zimmer’s Ambient scores and all the great Western soundtracks and John Williams and his stuff. We recorded ‘Light My Love’ and put together that arrangement, and when it was done, we were like, ‘Yeah, this is how we have to make this album.’”

The Battle at Garden’s Gate represents a significant evolutionary step for Greta Van Fleet as they embark on a path that will likely see even more growth. It’s an impressive leap for a sophomore album.

“Everything that came before Garden’s Gate was minimalism,” Kiszka says. “It was pretty bare bones, nothing was buried, you could hear every instrument and every overdub perfectly clear. That was great for what it was, but the album we really wanted to make, we couldn’t have gotten away with right out of the gate...accidental pun. Garden’s Gate is almost like a soundtrack to a movie that’s not been created. It’s widescreen. It’s cinematic.”

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