Let me start by saying that I have seen Lenny Kravitz perform live before and every single time, he delivers an incredible rock infused mind-blowing performance. During last night’s performance at Wolf Trap, he set the stage on fire from the second he walked onto it with his commanding presence, electric guitar chops, and a ten piece band that was there to make the place groove. Proof, my friends, that rock and roll is not dead. Not as long as Kravitz is around to do anything about it. Here’s a clip of Kravitz rocking out on American Woman during last night’s show.
Last night, every member of his band gave it their all, and Kravitz seemed focused on taking in his surroundings, the music and his fans. He made it a point to highlight every instrumentalist, particularly during Mama Said; a medley which lasted a good 10-15 minutes showcasing the talents of the musicians sharing the stage with him. His lead guitarist shredded it like a late 80s metal band song after song, taking the show to a whole new level. His trumpet player, Ludovic Louis, and his saxophone players were equally as impressive. These moments by far were some of the highlights of the show.
In a world where mainstream music charts are inundated with the pop music genre, Kravitz hits the road with his Strut Tour and we welcomed it with open arms. Yet, at the end of the day, Kravitz knows his fans are there to appreciate his new stuff, but mostly to hear his greatest hits. He comes through for them and delivers each one with a euphoric performance that exudes coolness like only Kravitz can. I Belong to You, Fly Away, Are You Gonna Go My Way, and It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over still sweep the audience of its feet.
However, it is Let Love Rule that has a special energy during his performance of it on this tour. Maybe it is the challenging times we are facing throughout the world today, that makes it hit home that much more; but there was an emphasis on spirituality and love throughout the entire evening that lead to this all encompassing moment. Kravitz lead the crowd in a sing along, his band jammed on, and for ten minutes the world stood still, filled with peace and love.
By the way, in case you were not aware, Kravitz has also released a book, Lenny Kravitz, documenting the last two decades of his career in photographs. A must have for true fans.
For all the New Yorkers out there, he may not be residing there any longer, but his heart still belongs to you. New York City is a track on his latest album. Here is the full video for you. Enjoy it!
Catch him on tour at one of his upcoming shows: Strut Tour. He is still as amazing as ever.
Lenny, this has always been at the top of my list of all time favorites, and after twenty years of having a major crush on you, I still. Can’t. Get You Off My Mind.