Greta Van Fleet drummer Danny Wagner, his girlfriend/actress Mackenzi Kellie Anthony, and actress Rita Wilson were photographed backstage at a show recently. Wilson is a big rock fan, having worked with the late Chris Cornell before his death and playing “The Promise” at the ‘I Am The Highway’ Chris Cornell tribute show in January. Wilson is married to Tom Hanks.
Detroit News reported last year:
The members of Greta Van Fleet were working on their debut album last month at a Nashville recording studio when actor Tom Hanks swung by and offered his nod of approval.
Hanks had been down the hall, where his wife, Rita Wilson, was recording, and the two-time Oscar winner — whom the young members of Greta Van Fleet recognize as the voice of wholesome cowboy Woody from Pixar’s “Toy Story” films — got a taste of their sound and expressed his fanfare for the group.
“ ‘Bitchin’! I love this stuff,’ ” Hanks told the boys, recalls Greta Van Fleet guitarist Jake Kiszka. He laughs. “I heard Woody say ‘bitchin.’ ”
Hanks isn’t the only one on board with Frankenmuth’s throwback rock quartet. Earlier this year, Greta Van Fleet played Elton John’s Oscar party, at the request of Sir Elton himself. Bob Seger let the group open for him in concert last year. And Justin Bieber pulled up in his Lamborghini to a recent show in Los Angeles, after catching their set at Coachella.