Imagine my excitement when two of my most favorite bands from this century were nominated for Grammy Awards for 2019…I’m still screaming! I am glad that my instincts about these two stellar acts were spot on; now lets just hope that they can keep up the momentum and win a few Grammy Awards for their efforts.
Greta Van Fleet are relatively new to the mainstream rock world, but they are by no means new to the world of rock as they were weaned on Rock N’ Roll and carefully educated in the realm with their parents extensive vinyl collection. These young men have thoroughly impressed me with their stage presence, musical/lyrical abilities and stamina. The minute I heard them from Mr. Lee at Mark Skin Radio I knew these guys were the real deal.
I’ve been to two of their shows in LA in 2018 and each show was excellently curated for the most bang. Wish I had known about their show at The Viper Room as I probably would have gone to that one too. Their carefully honed fusion of blues, soul and rock blow my mind each and every time I hear them. And to think, it all started with “Highway Tune” for me with many thanks to Mr. Lee at Mark Skin Radio.
Their Grammy nods are: Best New Artist; Best Rock Performance/Highway Tune and Best Album for “From The Fires.” which I have on my iPod as well as “Anthem Of A Peaceful Army” which is also a really great release; their 4th Grammy nod is for Best Rock Song/Black Smoke Rising.
As an added bonus friends, Greta Van Fleet will be hitting the stage of Saturday Night Live on January 19 on NBC Channel 4 at 11:30pm. Don’t change the channel after their 1st song as acts on SNL have two performance spots. Cannot wait to see what they play and what they wear.
What can I say about the Arctic Monkeys that I haven’t said before?
It was a tough few years when they went on hiatus and I almost lost faith more than once. I said ALMOST. I would post little things on their Twitter account in hopes of reaching them and would scan Google for any news tidbit that the fates would allow. Each day I prayed for more Arctic Monkeys.
Alex Turner did not let me down with “Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino” when it came early in 2018. It has garnered rave reviews and was met with critical acclaim although I am not sure how much of this was lost on a lot their fans. I say this because at both of the Arctic Monkeys’ Hollywood Bowl shows in October the audience for the most part did not sing along with any of the tunes from this conceptual album. At one point Turner flung his guitar around the stage and I wondered what that was about…was it because the audience sang louder and more to “Don’t Sit Down Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair” than they did with “Four Out Of Five”?
Indeed, the audience seemed to respond better to the older tunes than they did to “Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino.” I don’t think what the Arctic Monkeys played mattered, as long as it was the ARCTIC MONKEYS. If you have read what I wrote about their shows at the Hollywood Bowl at nohoartsdidtrict.com/lamusicscene then you know my opinion about this effort. If you want to know my overall opinion then please read it at nohoartsdidtrict.com/lamusicscene. In fact, please do read it if you haven’t so you can see what friend I bonded with over the sweet “talents” of Alex Turner.
Today, January 6, is Turner’s birthday and I want him to enjoy his birthday no matter where he is on this Earth. I don’t think he is at his Hollywood, CA place and think he’s overseas will his pal Miles Kane partying like crazy. Those two dudes are very close and seem to have some sort of cosmic connection that goes beyond brotherhood.
Anyway, the Arctic Monkeys received two Grammy nods: Best Rock Performance/Four Out Of Five; Best Alternative Music Album: Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino. Congrats guys and my fingers are crossed for you.
*Alex, please allow your hair to grow out.