Slash says that GRETA VAN FLEET's success is "opening the doors for a lot of young, new" rock bands who are "doing this for the right reasons."
Despite the fact that GRETA VAN FLEET has been criticized for channeling a sound uncannily similar to LED ZEPPELIN, the Michigan band has wracked up millions of streams, late-night appearances, spots on the world's biggest festivals, and sold out shows around the globe.
Speaking to the Australia radio station Triple M, the GUNS N' ROSES guitarist — who is currently on tour with his band SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS — admitted that he finds the GRETA VAN FLEET "phenomenon pretty interesting and cool. It's really opening the doors for a lot of young, new bands — which there are a ton of — that just can't get any kind of traction," he said (hear audio below). "So it's really cool that those guys are making such headway.
"The thing is there's a really cool energy right now for new rock and roll bands, and it's the right kind of energy, 'cause it's kids that are into doing this for the right reasons," Slash continued. "It's not about getting on MTV, it's not about fame and stardom, it's not about Learjets and chicks, 'cause none of that shit [exists in the music industry] anymore. It's all about the music and it's about the passion of just doing whatever it takes to be able to get your music out in front of people. So I'm really inspired about what's gonna be happening over the next two, three to five years, and coming out new music-wise."
GRETA VAN FLEET's first full-length album, "Anthem Of The Peaceful Army", debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's rock chart and No. 3 on the all-genre albums chart last year. It has also reached the Top 10 in Canada, Italy and Germany.
Since its April 2017 breakthrough with the song "Highway Tune", GRETA VAN FLEET has also put out two EPs and has performed on "Saturday Night Live" and "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon".
Last month, GRETA VAN FLEET scored four Grammy Award nominations, one for each major rock category — "Best Rock Album", "Best Rock Song", "Best Rock Performance" — and a "Best New Artist" nod.