Photos by G.
The only thing better than Lenny Kravitz releasing a new album this week – “Black and White America” – is Lenny Kravitz releasing a new album this week AND playing a free show at New York’s Terminal 5 on August 31, 2011 to celebrate. The show was part of the Samsung Summer Krush concert series and it rocked! Lenny Kravitz looks and sounds amazing. He does not look like he’s aged a day since his career began in the late 80s and his voice sounds as great as ever. I’ve seen Lenny in concert a lot and I don’t think you can really leave one of his shows disappointed. His fans are great as they really seem to take the words “Let Love Rule” to heart and everyone is cool so it makes the concert-going experience even better. I ran into Grammy-nominated art director, my “Ultimate Prince” partner in crime and the man responsible for directing the exclusive videos that are posted on Lenny’s official site, Mathieu Bitton, at the concert and it looks like a lot of great footage will be gained on Lenny Kravitz’ upcoming European tour.
Lenny opened the show with my favorite track off “Black and White America,” the extremely funky “Come On Get It.” The hits kept on coming after that with “It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over” and “Mr. Cab Driver.” Before the end of the night, “American Woman,” “Fly Away” and “Are You Gonna Go My Way” were played and the audience lost their minds! No show would be complete without Lenny spreading the love during “Let Love Rule” as the audience participated in a chills inducing sing-a-long and Lenny Kravitz also walked into the crowd. That ruled!
I was fortunate enough to be front row center seeing Lenny up close and personal for 2 hours and it made me think about how much his music has meant to my life (and all of our lives, for that matter). His words have always been inspirational and full of love while giving us rock, funk and soul all at the same time! Thanks Lenny!
As always his band was great. Craig Ross (pictured above) absolutely tears it up on guitar and music fans will know a few of Lenny’s personnel including long time David Bowie bassist Gail Ann Dorsey and No Doubt’s horn player Gabriel McNair.
The band jammed at the end of “Always on the Run” and the players got to show off their skills while funkin’ the audience up with a groove you never wanted to end. A few new songs were played off the new album including the title track “Black and White America,” “Come on Get It,” “Everything” and the new single “Stand.”
I possibly had the ultimate fan experience as I met Lenny as well, but that’s a story for another time – so stay tuned. A video from the show will be up next week as well so don’t miss it (I was in the front row so imagine how amazing that’s going to be). Lenny Kravitz is about to embark on a European tour, so if you’ve never seen him live, you should check him out and if you are a Lenny fanatic, you’ll love it as well.
The setlist was:
Come on Get It / It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over / Mr. Cab Driver / Black and White America / American Woman / Always on The Run + Extended Jam / Stand / Where Are We Running / Everything / Fly Away / Are You Gonna Go My Way
Encore: Let Love Rule