Greta Van Fleet Reveal Member’s Terrible Illness


Greta Van Fleet bassist Sam Kiszka discussed singer Josh Kiszka getting sick earlier this year in a new Heavy interview, leading to the postponement of many shows including part of an Australian tour. Alternative Nation transcribed his comments.

“It was pretty tough by the time we got to Australia. You have to realize, we flew in, we did Saturday Night Live, and then we went over to Japan and did a pretty quick tour, and then we flew down to Australia. We were 3 or 4 shows in when Josh started coming down with an ailment, probably from traveling and switching timezones and not getting much sleep. It’s a really fucking hardcore job to tour at that rate, it’s surprising that he held up that well.”

He also discussed Greta Van Fleet members balancing their personal lives with the band, and how they beat Fall Out Boy.

“It’s all very important. You’re right, it’s very difficult to kind of juggle those things. I suppose being a musician is kind of the highest extremes of great and horrible. Because sometimes you’re exhausted. The last thing you want to do is get on another airplane. You just want to sleep, but being a musician means that you can go all over the world and bring your music all over the world with you.

You can go to all the continents and all the different seas and deserts; you can see everything. I suppose it’s the biggest blessing that we could really have to get the opportunity to travel. Every single human that has ever lived in every single culture and religion and everything that has taken place on this earth, and to be able to go around and see it and live nowhere is amazing.”