Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Photo Credit:  David Dickensong
LOS ANGELES, CA - (Monday, May 13, 2019) - Grammy-winning rock 'n' roll band GRETA VAN FLEET today announces a three week Fall North American leg of its March of the Peaceful Army Tour, set to kick off in Kansas City on Saturday, September 21.  The tour will include first-time visits to Kansas City and Irvine, and the band performing a blend of fan-favorites and some brand new tunes.  Shannon and the Clams, a GVF personal pick, will support on all dates.  Pre-sales for Peaceful Army Fan Club members begin Wednesday, 5/15, and the public on-sale starts Friday, 5/17 at 10 AM local time.  Log on to http://www.gretavanfleet.com for all ticketing details.

Greta Van Fleet - Josh Kiszka/vocals, Jake Kiszka/guitars, Sam Kiszka/bass & keyboards, and drummer Danny Wagner - kicked off 2019 with sold-out shows on the band's first-time tours of Japan, Australia, South America, and Mexico.  The group is currently on a four-week tour of North America and will then head to Europe on June 27 to play a series of major outdoor festivals and some stand-alone headline dates.  All confirmed dates are below.

13   Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA
15   Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre, Charlotte, NC 
16   Red Hat Amphitheatre, Raleigh, NC
18   The Stone Pony Summer Stage, Asbury Park, NJ
19   Kerfuffle, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD (DC101 Radio show)
21   MECU Pavilion, Baltimore, MD
22   Rochester Dome Arena, Rochester, NY 
24   Boston Calling Festival, Boston, MA
25   Forest Hills Stadium, Queens, NY
28   Echo Beach, Toronto, ON CANADA 
29   Echo Beach, Toronto, ON CANADA
31   Bunbury Music Festival, Cincinnati, OH

1    Bunbury Music Festival, Cincinnati, OH
2    Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland, OH 
4    Breese Stevens Field, Madison, WI

(June 27 - September 10 - Europe, Australia and New Zealand dates)

21   The Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, MO
23   Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO
27   The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
29   Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, San Diego, CA
30   FivePoint Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA

 2    Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
 5    Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, CA
 9    Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, Sugar Land, TX
11   UNO Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, LA
13   Nashville Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN
15   The Met Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA


Greta Van Fleet is four young musicians - twin brothers Josh (vocals) and Jake Kiszka (guitar), both 22, younger brother Sam (bass/keys, 20), and longtime family friend Danny Wagner (drums, 20).  All are from the tiny Michigan hamlet of Frankenmuth known for its family-style chicken dinners and the world's largest Christmas store.  All four were raised on their parents' extensive vinyl collections which helped give birth to the music they make today:  a high-energy hybrid of rock'n'roll, blues and soul.  

Since the March 2017 release of "Highway Tune," the band's first single that claimed the #1 spot at Rock Radio for five consecutive weeks, the four members of Greta Van Fleet have achieved three more #1 rock singles ("Safari Song," "When The Curtain Falls," and "You're the One").  The group has also been on a wild ride of sold-out concerts around the world, racked up tens of millions of YouTube video plays and audio streams, received glowing accolades from iconic artists like Elton John, Dave Grohl, Joe Satriani, and Billy Corgan, and recorded two #1 EPs.  The band's debut album Anthem of the Peaceful Army (10-19-18), entered Billboard's Top Album Sales and Top Rock Albums charts at #1, and at #3 on the Billboard 200 chart.  On December 7, 2018, the band awoke to find they had received four Grammy nominations - Best New Artist, Best Rock Song ("Black Smoke Rising"), Best Rock Performance ("Highway Tune"), and Best Rock Album (From The Fires EP), which the band took home.  Greta Van Fleet has made two late-night television appearances:  "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" (7/26/18), and "Saturday Night Live" (1/19/19).  Most importantly, Greta Van Fleet has been building an extraordinary connection with its fans.

Greta Van Fleet's shared message with their music is to spread "peace, love, and unity," and their collective goal is to have people walk out of their live shows feeling invigorated, energized and exhilarated, and to take that feeling out into the world.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Views from a Troubled Mind 
Scene #15

Real Monsters & False Beliefs
by Anthony Servante

With all this talk about the Mandela Effect going around YouTube, where I spent much of my time when I'm not writing, I've given much thought to the possibility that this is another Flat Earth Society movement. I'd like to use the word "fad" to describe this trend, but that would demean Frisbies, Pogs, and Hula Hoops. 

Let's first talk about just what this Mandela Effect is. There are a great number of people who remember events and objects that never existed. As the name of the effect implies, Mandela is the source of this new mass hysteria. There are many folk who remember the death of Mandela in prison, the eulogy given by Mandela's wife, and the coverage on the TV news. Yet Mandela was released from prison and became a leader in South Africa. There was no funeral or eulogy. Not in this dimension. Similarly, when the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers took place, many people, including our current president, remember hundreds of Muslims in New Jersey celebrating in dance at the destruction of the New York towers. I, myself, recall a few women dancing, but not hundreds (some say thousands). How can we have two different memories of the same event?

The answer is simple for the Mandela Effect Society: Both events took place. Both memories are accurate. However, they took place in different locations. One took place here on this Earth; the other took place on an alternate Earth. And somehow these two dimensions crossed, leaving Earth Two inhabitants, who remember the Mandela death in prison, stuck on Earth One, where Mandela was released from prison. 

It's all about dimensions crossing, doorways opening, and Earthly citizens slipping into a dimension that is not their own. 

Which brings me to the monsters. 

In trauma, this phenomena is called "disassociative amnesia", where patients remember things differently than they happened. It's the mind's defense mechanism for protecting the patient from re-experiencing the horror of the original trauma event. In one patient's account, the young girl was molested by a trusted family member. Today, she remembers being abducted by aliens from outer space. She recalls details of the abduction clearly, the color of the lights at her window, the thin creatures that wrapped her in a cellophane material, and the experiment room on the spaceship where she was taken and held captive. She claims that the aliens tried to warp her memories with family molestation images, but she knows that she was taken from her bedroom by these creatures with huge eyes, silvery skin, and thin lipless mouths. 

If we were to apply our theory of dimension shifting, our patient would really have been abducted, which is why the memory of any molestation does not stick. The kidnapping by these space creatures took place in her dimension, but she somehow got stuck here in this dimension where the vague memory of a molestation is present. Perhaps her Earth One persona is on Earth Two with memories of the physical abuse at home, while her therapist is trying to convince her that she was abducted by aliens. The persona who was abducted is stuck here with a therapist trying to convince her that she was molested. 

Very tricky stuff.

Now let's turn our attention to my memories. I recall a large creature following me, a bird-like lizard with human appendages. To this day, I still dream of this monster. It lives by the ocean. I could be dreaming about having fun at the beach on a sunny day, but suddenly the sun is blotted out by a darkness, and this monster appears. It attacks the smaller children on the shore, it scatters the shanties of the homeless under the pier, and then it sees me and swoops down in my direction. That's when I wake up. I always wake up. Just in time. 

But I never shake the feeling. 

My Shrink told me to jot down any memories that I have of these dreams. Oddly, it's not the dreams that I recall so much as the events of the day following the dreams. There were dead bodies found in the homeless camp in the San Gabriel River basin; reports that made the news. A petting zoo was destroyed by strong winds, yet all the animals were killed--and not by the wind; again, this made the local news. Throughout the San Gabriel Valley, there are deaths that are unaccounted for, mostly homeless people. In addition, many birds, pets, squirrels, and possums are littering the yards in my small town. I've called the Animal Control Department many a time to come and pick up these carcasses littering my lawn. 

Maybe Earth Two creatures have entered Earth One, our world. Maybe these creatures exist on an alternate dimension. Well, that's an good an answer for the dream monsters as the Berenstain Bears being mixed up with the Berenstein Bears. 

Still, it does give one pause to reflect on this dimension-shifting. With quantum physics opening new doors to possible alternate realities, such possibilities give rise to the prospects of maybe multiple Earths within as many as a hundred or a thousand different dimensions. Each one with its own set of monsters. 

For the trauma patient, it's one thing to hide behind an alternate version of your own original traumatic event. When aliens from space seem like a preferable alternative to a perverted relative, who's to say that we should force-feed "realities" to these patients?

This isn't my area of expertise, but with my meds, counseling, and therapy beginning to clear up the source of my nightmares, it's becoming clearer and clearer that my original traumatic event may be something I can face head-on someday soon. In the meantime, the monsters from another dimension are as real to me as the deaths in the homeless camps and the carcasses littering my street.