Ex-Guns N’ Roses Guitarist Shows Support To Greta Van Fleet Against Harsh Criticism Of Their Music

The former rhythm guitarist of Guns N’ Roses, Gilby Clarke, shared his ideas about Greta Van Fleet, and he defended them against the critics during his interview with Hangin’ & Bangin’ hosted by Carmine Appice, Vinny Apple, and Ron Onesti.

As you may remember, after Greta Van Fleet’s debut studio album ‘Anthem of the Peaceful Army,’ the band got some criticism about duplicating Led Zeppelin. In his previous interviews, the band’s lead vocalist John Kiszka admitted that Led Zeppelin had a big influence on their musical style.

However, they also started to question themselves after receiving comments about sounding like the band too much. Greta Van Fleet stated that they would create their unique style and be related to this century for now in their second studio album.

As it can be understood from the latest positive critics on their second studio album ‘The Battle at Garden’s Gate’ which was released on April 16, 2021, Greta Van Fleet proved their own independent style to both their fans and haters. Since the beginning of their career, many rock legends showed their support to them such as Guns N’ Roses lead guitarist Slash, former rhythm guitarist Gilby Clarke and Asia frontman John Payne.

In his interview on the 44th episode of Hangin’ & Bangin,’ Clarke thought that they were too harsh to the young rock band about the resemblance to Led Zeppelin. He mentioned that when he was young, he was buying and listening to almost every record that he found such as Led Zeppelin, KISS, Alice Cooper, and Ted Nugent. Gilby implied that it was natural to be inspired by their music. He chose to give support to the young rock band’s music and he mentioned that he was very excited about the upcoming projects.

Here’s what he said:

“I think the Greta Van Fleet case is just – because there’s such a small sample size of young rock bands, they’re going a little harsh on them.

When I was young and I was buying records of whether it was Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, KISS, or anyone else, I bought everything- every Foghat, Ted Nugent, I bought everything.

I didn’t judge them too harshly, I was just so excited to get music, I think you got to be happy with the new young band making music.”

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