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Born Leonard Albert Kravitz on May 26 1964, Lenny Kravitz is a rock and soul singer, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and actor from New York, US.

Known for his unique blend of just about every music genre including rock, soul, reggae, psychedelic rock, R’n’B and ballads, Lenny Kravitz is a multi-talented artist whose craft has been perfected since 1978 (when he was just 14 years old). He won the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for four consecutive years (1998-2002), which broke the record for most wins in that particular category and most consecutive wins in one category by a male artist.

He has been nominated for and won awards from the likes of BRIT Awards, American Music Awards and MTV Video Music Awards to name but a handful. Since 2011, Kravitz has also been an Officer of the Odre des Arts et des Lettres in France. His penchant for producing music that spans a plethora of genres and cultures could be attributed to his multi-cultured heritage (his mother, who played Helen Willis on the TV show The Jeffersons, was of Afro-American and Afro-Bahamian descent and his father, from a Russian-Jewish family originating from Ukraine). Then again, it could simply be down to growing up on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York, with his parents taking him to concerts form an early age. These live concerts included a Madison Square Garden performance from The Jackson Five, which quickly became Kravtiz’s favorite group.

Other influences on his musical style are James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder. Following the family moving to the west coast from New York, Kravitz was exposed to rock music from Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, which then influenced his music further, later joined by inspiration from John Lennon and Bob Marley.

Kravitz’s refreshingly retro style (against the general brashness of the 80’s) saw the success of his debut album, “Let Love Rule” (1989) with its radio-hit title track responsible for its triumph. Kravitz also wrote Madonna’s hit single, “Justify My Love” and has collaborated with Guns ‘n’ Roses guitarist, Slash on “Always on the Run.” His most widely recognized album success is third album from 1993 named “Are You Gonna Go My Way” which saw radio hit singles like “Heaven Helo” and “Believe.”

Kravitz is famous for his elaborate stage performances and music videos, and has recently acted in The Hunger Games film series as Cinna.

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His Royal Hotness oozing sexappeal, hot like a volcano and cool like an iceberg gave his all, to me when he (husband in my head) came up on stage my baby looked tired then like a bolt of lightning he gave us elements of his many different music genre rock, blues, soul, R&B, funk, jazz, reggae, hard rock, psychedelic, pop, folk, and ballads, from start to finish he did not disappoint one song after another showed how much of a genius Mr. Kravitz truly is. 2 hours of none stop music that made you move your feet, hips and shimmy your shoulders, oooh girl when he grind his hips with “I belong to you” HAIL His Royal Hotness.

When he threw that tambourine at Mama and she caught it and start beating it with Zoe looking on it was a precious moment of real blood and bond.

While Lenny was presented with his many guitar’s. His presence was tall, he seemed very humble but also he looked cool calm and collected truly at peace holding his trusted guitar against his body. With this instrument he knows that he can conquer the world. He captivated and held us hypnotized, while he teased with his guitar, with our reaction to Rock N Roll what he wanted and needed he teased with “Taxi” and teased us some more with these three little words “New York City”

We jammed, we swayed, we pumped our fist and we even high fived each other, but most importantly we embraced this talented musical genius who is very much underappreciated with our undivided attention, and he rewarded us with his effortless cool and magnetism voice.

If Lenny aka Romeo-Blue aka His Royal Hotness is ever in your town or State do yourself a favour and buy a ticket. Money well and truly spent.

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Lenny Kravitz is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist who has been famous since the 90’s. Some people might dismiss his music as lightweight or without too much substance, but odds are that they are only familiar with some of his more pop-oriented songs that were constantly on the radio in the early 2000’s.

He is actually a much more dynamic and talented performer than some would give him credit for – sort of a modern-day Prince. He actually can play just about every instrument featured on his albums, so you certainly have to give him props for that.

One great thing about a Lenny Kravitz show is that he attracts a very diverse audience. As a multi-racial individual who plays songs with a wide variety of musical styles, there will probably be some songs in any given set that will appeal to just about everyone. A Lenny Kravitz show draws an audience with people of all races and ages.

He also puts on quite an elaborate stage show, complete with a number of interesting costumes! Open-minded music fans will find that there is a lot more to Lenny Kravitz than his songs that get radio play. His eclectic, soulful music and surprising amount of technical chops will win over all but the most cynical individual.

Let me start with the basics...Event Venue, Civic Theatre San Diego, was great. easy parking, Sound amazing, seating good.

Lenny Kravitz, Holy Shit! He is out standing!!! I go to 3-6+ concerts a month. He rates in the top 15! He is super talented, entertaining, totally into the music, creates an amazing space, has a great variety of fan of all ages, super easy on the eyes! Good I have to say he is super sexy :o)

His lyrics are amazing, the BAND is crazy talented, unbelievable musicians. His interaction with the crowd is in the top 3 concerts, his message is brilliant he definitely brings the crowd into unity, which i personally enjoy. I would see him again and again. I have always enjoyed his music, interviews and what he stands for. I decided 1 hr before his sold out show, to see if I could grab a last minute ticket and go on an adventure and sure enough one ticket populated at the last minute. Man am I soooooooo glad I grabbed it! I generally don't care to go to concerts alone, but I didn't feel alone once I got there. LOVED this concert, highly recommend, super inspiring. Aloha XO...dm

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Lenny Kravitz is a sexy sexy beast, that let my 20 year old self in a state of frenzy when the concert was over.

He was entertaining on so many levels that I simply could not behave during his performance. His musicality and sheer stage presence astounded me, even though I had been a fan of his for years. He sang some of his classic songs, much to everybody's delight, leaving out some of my favorites though like "Again" and "Stand by your woman".

The set could have been longer, with less musical solos, as amazing as they were (that trumpet and sax solo gave me life), but then again as much as Lenny was dancing and gyrating on stage he probably couldn't have sang more.

However, I'm greedy.

It was an all around beautiful (his rendition of "let love rule, and "sister" were just awe-inspiring), entertaining (the man can move, and entice everybody to move with him), and thrilling (I repeat he is a sexy sexy beast).

Hands down one of the best concerts I've ever been to.

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I took my eight years old son to appreciate an artist that his mama has been listening to for over 20 years and I wish his reaction to when Lenny came on stage went viral, though I did not record him at the time :oD

He was ecstatic to see a rock and roll artist performing live for the first time in his life! He asked me if he could meet Lenny and I will sure do what I can to make it possible:o)

Lenny is a true artist! That was also my first time watching him live and more than a dream come true, it was a real satisfaction to realise how amazing he is on stage!

My only regret about the show was no to be near the stage. Did not expect that ge would get so close to his fans!

Thank you Lenny! I will be there again with my boy! Lots of love and keep raising vibration!

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Lenny still has what he has always had, big heart, decent voice and a great band. His interaction and willingness to go out into the crowd, to great people, slap hands sign autographs on stage, to share with the audience was fantastic! Never really seen an artist get into the crowd like he did, but he pulled it off! I might add, without being surrounded by tough security guards knocking people out of the way.

The sound set up was perfect, the stage show a little week, the new music not quite what the old stuff was, but honestly, he is worth the ticket price. Not one of my all time top 5 shows, or even 10, but well worth the money and if you are a true Lenny fan, you will not be disappointed.

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I love Lenny Kravitz and I have seen him more times than I can count. This show is not on the top of my list, it was different. I love the Fonda Theater and the "up close and personal" experience, but I am not a fan of continuous 20 minute jams on a few songs. He didn't do any of my favorites and jammed for ever and ever. I still love you Lenny!!! The band is amazing.. Glad I could be there.

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Frickin awesome! A night of great music, love and unity that Lenny created right from the moment he hit the stage. Supported by amazing musicians and at one point a choir, he played his hits and a few new songs. The man is definitely charismatic and his voice is in peak form. He he even signed autographs for some of the lucky front row fans. Catch this show! You will not be disappointed.

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Excellent show with a magnificent band.A set list of greatest hits with two songs of the new album.the artist was swept by the magnificent atmosphere in Poble Espanyol.Incredeable when he sang Let Love Rule walking through the people.

Maybe the only negative point was the price of the tickets according to the running time of the concert (less than two hours)

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Absolutely the best concert I have ever been too and I’ve been too a lot. The way he interacted with the crowd and then walked around the arena was unbelievable. Never experienced that at a concert before. I think the music was the loudest as well. Loved the light show. Had so much fun. Will definitely be going back to see him again! Loved it and Love him!

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Lenny Kravitz Extends World Tour In North America With Gail Ann Dorsey on Bass

Lenny Kravitz returns to the road in North America on August 21st

Extending a monumental two-year world tour, Lenny Kravitz returns to the road in North America on August 21st. He announces a month-long run across the continent, beginning in Vienna, VA at Wolf Trap, trekking through major markets coast-to-coast, and concluding in Los Angeles, CA at The Shrine Auditorium on September 21. Along the way, he will take the stage at the legendary Radio City Music Hall in New York on August 27.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, May 10 at 10 am local time. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets in select markets before the general public beginning Tuesday, May 7 at 10 am local time through Thursday, May 9 at 10 pm local time. For more information, check out his official site. The full itinerary can be found below.

Kravitz continues touring in support of his critically acclaimed 2018 album, Raise Vibration [BMG]. Around the world playing stadiums and arenas, the jaunt has attracted fervent critical applause.

Known for undeniable, energetic gigs, this North American run promises to uphold his live legacy yet again. Lenny Kravitz elevates the union of rock ‘n’ roll, funk, blues, and soul once again on his eleventh full-length album, Raise Vibration. Receptive to youthful inspiration, but enlightened by three decades of wisdom, it represents a powerful creative rebirth and a bold, bright, and brilliant body of work befitting of his legacy and boundless spirit.

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Aug 21 Vienna, VA Wolf Trap

Aug 22 Philadelphia, PA The Met Philadelphia

Aug 24 Boston, MA Agganis Arena

Aug 25 Mashantucket, CT Foxwoods Resort Casino

Aug 27 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall

Aug 30 Montreal, QC Bell Centre

Aug 31 Trois-Rivieres, QC Amphithéâtre Cogeco

Sep 4 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage

Sep 5 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre

Sep 7 Highland Park, IL Ravinia Festival

Sep 8 Minneapolis, MN Orpheum Theatre

Sep 10 St Louis, MO Fox Theatre

Sep 12 Nashville, TN Ascend Amphitheater

Sep 14 Grand Prairie, TX Theatre at Grand Prairie

Sep 15 Sugar Land, TX Smart Financial Centre

Sep 18 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre

Sep 20 San Diego, CA San Diego Civic Theatre

Sep 21 Los Angeles, CA The Shrine Auditorium

About Lenny Kravitz

Regarded as one of the preeminent rock musicians of our time, Lenny Kravitz has transcended genre, style, race and class over the course of a 20-year musical career. Reveling in the soul, rock and funk influences of the ’60s and ’70s, this writer, producer and multi-instrumentalist has won four consecutive Grammy® Awards, as well as set a record for the most wins in the “Best Male Rock Vocal Performance” category. In addition to his ten studio albums, which have sold 40 million worldwide, this multidimensional artist has segued into film, appearing as Cinna in the box-office hits, “The Hunger Games” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” Kravitz can also be seen in the critically-acclaimed films “Precious” and “The Butler.” His creative firm Kravitz Design Inc, touts an impressive portfolio of noteworthy ventures, with a range that includes hotel properties, condominium projects, private residences, and high-end legendary brands like Rolex, Leica and Dom Perignon.

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Lenny Kravitz Set for First U.S. Tour in Five Years

Retro rocker Lenny Kravitz is getting ready to kick off a winter U.S. tour run that starts in Boston on Jan. 27. The trek, his first American run in five years, will support his latest studio album, ‘Black and White America.’

The U.S. tour dates run through the end of February and then Kravitz plans to head overseas to Japan and Australia for the third leg of his world tour, followed by additional U.S. dates and Europe later this year.

Raphael Saadiq will join Kravitz on select dates.

Check out the tour dates below to see if Kravitz is coming to your city, and for some bonus entertainment, watch this hilarious collaboration between Kravitz and 'Funny or Die'.

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1/27 - Boston, Mass. - Wang Theatre 1/28 - New York, N.Y. - Radio City Music Hall 1/30 - Detroit, Mich. - Fillmore 1/31 - Chicago, Ill. - Chicago Theater 2/7 - Minneapolis, Minn. - State Theatre 2/10 - Denver, Colo. - Buell Theatre 2/12 - Phoenix, Ariz - Comercia 2/14 - Oakland, Calif. - Fox Theatre 2/16 - Los Angeles, Calif. - Nokia Theatre 2/19 - Las Vegas, Nev. - MGM Las Vegas 2/22 - Dallas, Texas - Verizon Theatre 2/23 - Biloxi, Miss. - Beau Rivage 2/25 - Miami Beach, Fla. - Fillmore

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(DETROIT – May 6, 2019) – Extending a monumental two-year world tour, Lenny Kravitz returns to the road in North America on August 21. He announces a monthlong run across the continent and trekking through major markets coast-to-coast to include the Fox Theatre in The District Detroit on Thursday, September 5 at 8 p.m.

Tickets (starting at $39.50) go on sale go on sale Friday, May 10 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at 313Presents.com , LiveNation.com , the Fox Theatre and Little Caesars Arena XFINITY box offices and and Ticketmaster.com .

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets in select markets before the general public beginning Tuesday, May 7 at 10 a.m. local time through Thursday, May 9 at 10 p.m. local time. 

Kravitz continues touring in support of his critically acclaimed 2018 album, Raise Vibration (BMG). Around the world playing stadiums and arenas, the jaunt has attracted fervent critical applause.

Known for undeniable, energetic gigs, this North American run promises to uphold his live legacy yet again. Lenny Kravitz elevates the union of rock ‘n’ roll, funk, blues, and soul once again on his eleventh full-length album, Raise Vibration . Receptive to youthful inspiration, but enlightened by three decades of wisdom, it represents a powerful creative rebirth and a bold, bright, and brilliant body of work befitting of his legacy and boundless spirit.

About Lenny Kravitz

Regarded as one of the preeminent rock musicians of our time, Lenny Kravitz has transcended genre, style, race and class over the course of a 20-year musical career. Reveling in the soul, rock and funk influences of the ‘60s and ‘70s, this writer, producer and multi-instrumentalist has won four consecutive Grammy® Awards, as well as set a record for the most wins in the “Best Male Rock Vocal Performance” category. In addition to his ten studio albums, which have sold 40 million worldwide, this multidimensional artist has segued into film, appearing as Cinna in the box-office hits, The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire . Kravitz can also be seen in the critically-acclaimed films Precious and The Butler . His creative firm Kravitz Design Inc, touts an impressive portfolio of noteworthy ventures, with a range that includes hotel properties, condominium projects, private residences, and high-end legendary brands like Rolex, Leica and Dom Perignon.

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Lenny Kravitz has announced that his new single, “Stand,” will be released June 6. The track is from his forthcoming ninth studio album, Black and White America . The collection, set to debut on Aug. 30th, marks Kravitz’s first release on Atlantic Records/Roadrunner Records, following eight previous albums and more than 35 million units sold. In addition to his new single, Kravitz has confirmed a series of performances in conjunction with the release of Black and White America. He will perform on the Toyota Concert Series on the TODAY Show, closing out the morning program’s summer shows on Sept. 2. Kravitz will perform songs from Black and White America , along with other hits. Kravitz also is set to appear on "The Late Show with David Letterman" on Aug. 30 and "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" on Sept. 1. In addition to the album, Kravitz will star as Cinna in the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ novel, "The Hunger Games." Black and White America is a rich rock and funk-infused collection filled with Lenny’s signature guitar riffs, compelling melodies and the undeniable anthemic lyricism that has been his trademark over the course of his 20-year career. In addition to the release of his album, Kravitz will kick off a world tour this year. He'll kick things off by joining U2 on tour on June 4, as the band resumes their U.S. dates at stadiums on the West Coast. Kravitz’s vocals and guitar playing are as distinct as ever on Black and White America. Kravitz produced, wrote and arranged the 16 tracks on the record. For more information, visit lennykravitz.com.

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Lenny Kravitz Wants To Clear a Few Things Up

As he prepares to drop his first album in more than five years, with a massive tour to follow, the rock and style icon talks candidly about family, faith, sex, love, and legacy.

Lenny Kravitz does not blend in. We're sitting in Bemelmans, the iconic piano bar at the Upper East Side’s historic Carlyle Hotel. Here, things are done properly. Have been since 1947. Waiters wear white coats. Cocktails, served exclusively in etched crystal glasses, arrive on silver trays. Fancy little bowls full of fancy little bar snacks adorn the tables. Murals by Ludwig Bemelmans—of the Madeline children’s book fame—decorate the walls. And some of the country’s most celebrated jazz pianists still play the black and whites nightly. It is a place completely synonymous with old-school New York City glamour. It’s also maybe the last place you’d expect to spot a certified rock god during daylight hours.

But this is where Kravitz wanted to meet, so here we are. It’s 3:00 P.M. on a very rainy Yom Kippur; the remnants of Tropical Storm Ophelia are battering Manhattan outside, and the sparser-than-usual crowd is almost entirely drinking martinis. Kravitz, who is staying at his daughter’s Brooklyn apartment while she’s holed up in his Paris home, looks like he beamed in straight from 1975. Tailored brown-leather jacket, turtleneck, flared trousers. His signature locks are pulled half back, and gold rings wrap around a few of his fingers. He orders a hot green tea.

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Surprisingly enough, Kravitz is right at home at the Carlyle. This is where his mom, Roxie Roker, then an assistant at NBC and an aspiring actress, asked Bobby Short, the fabled cabaret singer who headlined here for decades, if she should accept the marriage proposal of a news producer who worked in her building named Sy Kravitz. (Replied Short: “I don’t see anyone else asking!”) When Lenny’s classmates were with sitters on Saturday nights, Short visited him and his parents at their table between sets. He met Andy Warhol here many years later at a party for Bret Easton Ellis. Kravitz even hosted his dad’s final birthday party here in the early 2000s. “This place is all over my life,” he says plainly.

Besides, has Kravitz ever blended in? The only son of Roxie and Sy, he is equal parts his mother, a Black woman of Bahamian descent, and his white, Jewish father, whose family came to America from Kyiv before Sy was born. Growing up biracial in the sixties and seventies, Kravitz stuck out as much in the largely white East Eighties of Manhattan as he did in the primarily Black Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, where he lived during the week with his maternal grandparents while his parents worked in the city. It wasn’t a problem.

“I was comfortable,” says the man who, decades later, would push the boundaries of rock and fashion—the very definition of cool, even—into new frontiers. “I dug that.”

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Colson Whitehead once wrote that everyone’s New York is the New York they first arrive in, that they begin building their own private skyline the moment they lay eyes on the city. Kravitz, fifty-nine, has arrived in Manhattan a few times, always welcomed by a different city. His parents had an apartment around the corner from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, on Eighty-second Street. He spent his middle and high school years in Los Angeles but returned in the late eighties when he moved in with his girlfriend, Lisa Bonet—Denise Huxtable herself. And a decade and a half later, after trying out both New Orleans and Miami, he came back with his and Bonet’s daughter, a then-teenage Zoë Kravitz.

Kravitz misses all of his past lives in New York for different reasons. But as Whitehead predicted, his true New York is the one that sitting here in Bemelmans brings him back to. The Upper East Side. After all, he says, it changes more slowly than perhaps any other neighborhood in the city. Lobel’s, his mother’s favorite butcher shop, remains around the corner from their old apartment. Their preferred café, E.A.T., is still just down the street. Of course, some things inevitably change. And like any New Yorker, Kravitz delights in recalling what a current building used to be. Example: The Nectar diner on Eighty-second and Madison was once the Copper Lantern, where young Lenny first learned to tie his shoes.

He rarely comes to town just to visit. It’s almost always for work, and this trip is no exception. When he’s in New York, he is typically in a constant state of motion—though you get the sense that Kravitz himself wouldn’t use the word work to describe his various ventures in interior design, philanthropy, and spirits. He’s just as busy as ever this week, but it’s in service of his first love. For the first time since 2018, he is on the verge of releasing new music: Blue Electric Light, a buoyant, occasionally blistering electro-funk collection, drops March 15.

Kravitz has long favored first-person storytelling in song, but on two of his recent releases he mainly looked outward. Black and White America (2011), brimming with Obama-era optimism, imagines life in the U. S. A. beyond the racial divide; Raise Vibration (2018) bears witness to the comedown, urging positivity as the necessary response to the divisive Trump tenure. With this new set, Kravitz’s attention has returned inward. His testimony to the power of self-love and personal evolution is searingly specific and at times downright anthemic. It also—and this is important—flat out cooks musically.

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The arrival of Blue Electric Light marks the end of the longest span Kravitz has gone between albums since his 1989 debut, Let Love Rule. Ten records followed his first one, each dropping at a steady clip. The pandemic shutdown had a lot to do with the atypical five-year lag time. But Kravitz credits the isolation imposed by Covid with triggering a period of powerful creativity and reflection.

Kravitz showed up at his Bahamas home in March 2020 with enough clothes for a weekend. Two years into a three-year tour at the time, he thought he’d stop at the beach for a few days to recharge between runs of shows. But then the next leg got canceled. And the next. Kravitz stayed for the better part of the next two and a half years.

Musical inspiration finds him on Eleuthera, the island he calls home. He bought thirty acres when he signed his first record deal and for a long time lived in an Airstream on his own beach. He still has it, though he’s since built a proper house elsewhere on the property. There’s a garden out back where he grows his own fruits and vegetables. A studio nearby. “Shoes go out the window,” he says. “There’s no keys. No wallets. No money. You start to go with nature.” Kravitz is normally a night owl, going to bed around 5:00 in the morning and waking up at noon, but after a certain amount of time there he resets. Heads to bed shortly after dark, wakes up early.

During the longest stretch of stillness—of staying in one place—in his adult life, music poured out. At times he barely slept at all. Waking up at all hours, hearing melodies in his head, and racing to get them down. He had three separate albums in progress. It was chaotic and occasionally hard to organize. Harder still to finish. But as the world began to open and live shows returned to calendars, Kravitz tinkered away in the studio. Testing different arrangements, dialing up the drums, lowering the vocals. Mixing songs and then mixing them again—“a thousand times,” he says. “I kept polishing.”

He expects we’ll hear the two other sets, both mostly completed, someday. But the music on Blue Electric Light is what he’s feeling now, he says. “This one spoke to me.” He’ll devote the next six months to promotion, and then the next couple years to a world tour. He’s ready for all of that. Hungry, in fact. “This one has to come out.”

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It feels like Lenny Kravitz has been the epitome of cool forever. But when Let Love Rule debuted, it did so to a lukewarm response stateside. You could argue that people didn’t get it. Didn’t get him. As hip-hop was exploding in popularity, here was a twenty-four-year-old Black man from New York making rock music using vintage recording techniques and old-as-hell equipment. At the same time, the rock charts he was trying to hit—almost wholly white in makeup then—were rattling with pumped-up LPs from the likes of Aerosmith and Mötley Crüe. Raw and insular, at times even delicate, there was nothing else like his sound gaining traction.

“I look at him as someone who stuck to their guns,” says longtime friend and occasional collaborator Jay-Z. “This is what I like. This is the type of music I like to create.” He adds, “You always applaud that: someone who stays and does what they do and doesn’t follow trends. Someone who has that confidence in what they’re doing is very rare.” Europe was different. His crowds were growing faster there. So he toured and toured and toured abroad. Then he dropped his second album, 1991’s Mama Said. Equal parts gritty and tender and musically steeped in the sixties, it defied trends and expectations. The set went platinum, and his rock ’n’ roll peers were suddenly curious. Bruce Springsteen came to a show and became a friend. Prince, too. And when the Purple One met Kravitz, he told him in no uncertain terms, “We’re going to be brothers.”

Mick Jagger, a personal hero of Kravitz’s, even wanted to hang out. Kravitz was floored. Jagger came backstage before a show and, spur of the moment, they decided they should sing together that night, live. Learned the song just before the houselights dimmed. Afterward, Jagger went back to Kravitz’s hotel and the two spent the night talking and toking up. “I saved that roach for like ten years,” Kravitz says. What happened to it then? “I was out of weed and smoked it,” he replies, laughing.

But even after his next two albums— Are You Gonna Go My Way (1993), whose title track became a pop-culture statement, and Circus (1995)—did better and then better again, cracking the top twenty and then the top ten of the all-genre Billboard 200 albums chart, Kravitz struggled to be taken seriously by the rock-critic establishment. Maybe it wasn’t that they didn’t get it. Maybe it was that they didn’t want him to have it.

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“There was this one article that, at that time, said, ‘If Lenny Kravitz were white, he would be the next savior of rock ’n’ roll,’ ” he recalls. Instead, reviews dragged him for relying too heavily on his influences. Accused him of lacking originality. Of doing a Led Zeppelin impression, as if Zeppelin never riffed off anybody. “I got a lot of negativity thrown at me by all these older white men who weren’t going to let me have that position,” he says calmly.

They still aren’t. Forty million records sold. Four Best Male Rock Vocal Performance Grammys—in a row. An MTV Video Award from the time MTV Video Awards still mattered. Concerts at the biggest venues on the planet. The true sign of relevance in this century, he’s even an annual meme; photos of Kravitz in his bewilderingly oversize scarf flood the Internet on the first day of fall each year.

“There would be no Tyler, the Creator without Lenny Kravitz,” says Jay-Z. “We need those moments of inspiration. That pushes creativity and opens up lanes for others.”

Kravitz says he isn’t bothered by the lack of respect he’s received from critical institutions. “It was discouraging at times,” he’ll allow. But he doesn’t think much about it now. “I’m good. Intact—happy, healthy, focused, with still so much to do.” That’s more important.

But ask him if he’s aware of recent racist and misogynistic comments from Rolling Stone founder and former editor in chief Jann Wenner and Kravitz sits up. “Very much so,” he says. For those catching up: While promoting his new book, The Masters, touted as a “visit to the Mount Olympus of rock,” Wenner said in an interview with The New York Times that the reason all seven of his subjects are white men is that there aren’t any women or artists of color “articulate enough” on the subject to speak about it. When the Times gave him an opportunity to rephrase what he said, Wenner doubled down.

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“It’s very disappointing,” Kravitz says, “and sad. I’ve known Jann since 1987.” Met Wenner before he even made his first record, when Bonet was on the cover of the Hot Issue, pregnant with Zoë. The two men became friendly. “I’ve been to his house. In his life.” He’s had Wenner’s ex-wife and their children (his son Gus is the current CEO of Rolling Stone ) down to the Bahamas. Now it’s Kravitz’s turn to double down: “I was disappointed. I was very disappointed.”

It’s not just the personal connection that hurts. “The statement alone, even if you just heard about the man yesterday, was appalling and embarrassing,” Kravitz says. “And just wrong.”

Those old reviews make a bit more sense when you read those comments , I suggest.

His one-word answer: “Yes.”

Kravitz is more mystified, though, by how he’s been treated by Black entertainment and culture outlets. Take Vibe magazine, which featured a who’s who of Black artists in its pages when it began publishing in 1993 but waited almost a decade to put Kravitz on the cover. And it wasn’t just Vibe. “To this day, I have not been invited to a BET thing or a Source Awards thing,” he says. “And it’s like, here is a Black artist who has reintroduced many Black art forms, who has broken down barriers—just like those that came before me broke down. That is positive. And they don’t have anything to say about it?”

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He’s got a point. And it’s not as if he has scandals hanging over him. Punch “Lenny Kravitz controversy” into the search engine of your choice and all that comes up is a wardrobe malfunction involving a pair of split leather pants that was out of his control. But Kravitz can’t make sense of the reception he’s received over the years—he doesn’t understand why his success “is not celebrated by the folks who run those publications or organizations. I have been that dream and example of what a Black artist can do.”

Still, he doesn’t want to complain. Life is too beautiful. “I’m not here for the accolades,” he says after a pause. “I’m here for the experience.”

For all its gilded trappings, fame can be punishingly isolating. Yet famous people are so rarely alone. For a long time, Kravitz was no exception. His homes were busy and loud. Teeming with bandmates, revelers, and women. Groupies and neighbors. At one point, even a professional joint roller whom Kravitz used to keep in his employ. People claiming to be his friend, to love him. “Who are these people?” his mom used to ask. Sounds like she had good reason: On one visit to his loft on Broome Street, in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood, following the release of Mama Said, she sat down to eat with her son at the dining-room table. Except in a classic case of famous-man feng shui, the dining-room table was right next to the pool table, and there was a guy sleeping under it. He popped up at the commotion, and Roker couldn’t believe her eyes. “My mom looked up and said, ‘And your name is?’ ”

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His house in Miami—the first one, though he doesn’t own any property there these days—was basically a recording studio and a nightclub. “It was absolutely insane,” his daughter, Zoë, says, referring to the period right after she arrived in the Sunshine State at age eleven to live with Kravitz for the first time in her life. (He and Bonet split in 1991 and divorced in 1993.) “It was like living in a mall or an airport, where people are just constantly coming in and out.”

Eventually, though, it became clear that a lot of those friends weren’t actually friends. They didn’t love him. “I got burned,” says Kravitz. “Completely. I put it all out there, and I put it all out there in a way for people to take advantage of it. I was an empty vessel.”

Zoë shares a story about an incident that wasn’t funny at the time but that she laughs about now. When the actress was fourteen or fifteen, she and a friend descended into the kitchen to find a woman they’d never seen at the table, eating a slice of pie. No big deal; there were always people she didn’t know in the house. But when her dad came home and asked to be introduced to Zoë’s other friend, they both froze. “She ended up being some unwell person who found their way into the house,” Zoë recalls. “We realized, we need to button this up a little bit.”

But clearing ranks was unnatural for Kravitz. “Saying no is very difficult for me,” he explains. “I was like that from childhood. My mom used to call me the Pied Piper. I’d bring everybody home. Just met them a few hours ago? I bring them home. I love people. I always have loved people.”

And perhaps it wasn’t just his personality type, he considers, but also the color of his skin. “Being Black in America at that time,” he says, referencing his childhood in the seventies, “everybody’s sticking together. Everybody’s helping each other. There’s always an extra seat at the table. There’s always extra food.” You take care of your people.

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By the time Kravitz decided to tighten his circle, he had been famous—superfamous—for more than a decade. The toll was obvious. There were stretches on tour when he would get back from a show, close the blinds, and sleep until it was time to do the next one. Spend even just a little time with Kravitz and it’s obvious that he is naturally suited to having fun. But he wasn’t then, and he hadn’t been for a while. When Robert Plant, supporting a solo album, opened for Kravitz in the nineties, one evening included the Led Zeppelin frontman yelling at his headliner for taking his concerts too seriously. “You need to start having a good time with this!” Kravitz bellows, recalling the scolding. A few years later, on her deathbed, Roker offered a warning by way of an admission when she told her only son, “I wish I hadn’t taken it all so seriously.”

Change wouldn’t come for several more years. Kravitz had become too closed off. And he struggled with feelings of depression. “There were times when I had to fight that darkness,” he says now. But the people who loved him kept pushing. “I used to have to really confront him,” says Zoë. Her message: “ ‘I don’t see you very often. Get rid of all these people.’ ”

As his home life got quieter, Kravitz evolved, blossomed. “That’s what’s allowed all this growth, not only as a person but as an artist,” says Zoë. “He’s taken the time. It’s the quiet moments when you have all these little epiphanies—these emotional shifts. He’s made space for that.” His communication, she says, improved along with his outlook. Kravitz echoes the sentiment: “Now I’m in a place where I just want to embrace the light.”

His inner circle agrees. “I don’t know what the definition of a great friend is,” says Denzel Washington, “but I am sure there is a picture of Lenny Kravitz next to the words.” Washington and Kravitz became friends so long ago that any details regarding their initial meeting are outside of memory’s reach. But the actor, famous for roles in Training Day and American Gangster, does remember hearing Kravitz’s music before they fell in with each other, adding with a laugh, “I don’t know if I bought any of it—just being honest!” The two men raised their kids alongside each other, and now they all gather at Kravitz’s home in the Bahamas every year. What’s better, though, says Washington, is that their greatest memories lie ahead. “The best thing I can say about our friendship is that it’s still happening.”

Jay-Z can’t remember how he and Kravitz met either, come to think of it. Been too long. But they share a group of friends and get together when they can. Over the summer, it was in Paris, for Beyoncé’s concert. “That was a great night,” the rapper recalls of seeing his wife’s show with close friends. Went out, celebrated. Went out some more. Sang “Happy Birthday” to one of the people they were with and to Kravitz, who hadn’t even revealed it was his birthday. “B in Paris was super special,” Jay-Z says by way of explanation.

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These days, Kravitz splits most of his time between his homes in Paris and the Bahamas, though he also owns a farm in the Brazilian highlands. In the French capital, he surrounds himself with a small group of locals. A few Americans. Many Africans. They go out to eat. See concerts. Kravitz’s French isn’t great. “I get by,” he says. He loves the ballet and the opera. The fashion. “And just feeling the energy of the city.”

Whatever it is, it’s not work to him. “It’s just living.”

I'll confess something: I've always been a little bit fascinated by the impossibly attractive, somehow even more talented blended family that still connects Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz. The two dated young, married young, and became parents young. Bonet, then a household name through her role on The Cosby Show, was just twenty-one when Zoë was born; Kravitz was twenty-four. He credits Bonet and their relationship with finally unlocking his creative vision. Before they met, he’d been trying on alter egos like “Romeo Blue,” wearing blue contacts with his hair in Prince-esque Jheri curls, and considering a record deal that would have made him the frontman for an all-Black version of Duran Duran. “I was not sold on me.”

Let Love Rule is, by and large, an album about falling in love. But Kravitz and Bonet’s romance didn’t survive more than the first few years of his ascent—the despair Kravitz felt as it began to unravel is all over Mama Said —and the years after required a lot of work for them to be on an even keel. (Zoë stayed with her mother in Topanga, California, away from the spotlight.) They’re good now, and have been for decades. In 2005, Bonet began dating actor Jason Momoa, and Kravitz took him in as well. He became his brother—and “Uncle Lenny” to the two kids Momoa and Bonet would have together in their near-two-decade relationship. Kravitz doesn’t really get the public interest in his healthy relationship with Bonet. Why is everyone so curious about how it all works? He sees posts with long captions about how they’re an inspiration—how this is the way “it should be” between exes—and it’s not as if he’s not flattered. But for Kravitz, it’s simple: It’s family. Even when it wasn’t working, he knew one day it would. It had to. “I wouldn’t think of it as this heroic feat,” he says. “This is just normal to me.”

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Still true today, as that family has recently entered another new phase. Bonet and Momoa split in early 2022, after seventeen years together—but according to Kravitz, the bond between each, while different, is just as important. Case in point: In a crisis of parenthood, Kravitz was stuck in the Bahamas and missed the New York premiere of The Batman, starring Zoë, last year. Bonet couldn’t make it either. “ ‘I got you,’ ” Momoa assured Kravitz. “ ‘I’m going to this one. I’ll be there.’ ” And he was, bringing Zoë’s half siblings along with him. Tabloids furiously speculated about whether Momoa and Bonet were reuniting, but they missed the point. Family shows up. “It was beautiful,” Kravitz says.

He has no trouble talking about his family. His ex. Her ex. His mom and the life she opened up for him. Sitting on Duke Ellington’s lap at the Rainbow Room in Manhattan, being serenaded with “Happy Birthday” as he turned six. Bonding over music with Miles Davis, then married to Kravitz’s godmother, Cicely Tyson. Wasting away an evening right here at the Carlyle, “listening to Bobby.” When he spent all his time in school playing music rather than studying, it was Taj Mahal, the genre-altering American blues singer, who sat his father down and told him to let Lenny run at it.

Kravitz provided his daughter with a similarly charmed childhood. But as Zoë decided to pursue acting, instead of delighting her, her background caused her anxiety. And instead of running at it, she ran from it. She even tried changing her last name as she began her career. “I understood it,” says Kravitz, “but I was like, That’s your name. ”

Have you been online in the past two years? Okay, great, so you’re familiar with the term “nepo baby” then. Of course, we’re talking about the phenomenon at a moment when, after decades of the entertainment industry being full of sons and daughters and nephews and nieces and granddaughters and grandsons—you get it—of other famous people, the Internet has finally had enough.

Timelines are filled with accusations of how nepo babies get better treatment. The term has become a slur. When New York magazine did a story on the subject, it included a picture of Zoë on the cover. “I don’t understand that whole thing,” Kravitz says, “if”—and it’s a big if‚ he admits—“you are good at what you do.”

It's been a while since Kravitz has had a serious partner. He’s been one half of many an It Couple over the years—after Bonet, he dated singer and model Vanessa Paradis for five years. He popped the question to Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima in the early 2000s and then got engaged to Nicole Kidman not long after his previous engagement fell apart. He dated Lima’s countrymate and fellow lingerie model Barbara Fialho in the 2010s. From the outside, it looked pretty cool. But on the inside, as each relationship failed, Kravitz struggled. He felt cursed.

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Growing up, Kravitz was especially close to his mother. She was strict but caring. Worked tirelessly—first at NBC, then in the New York theater community. She became a household name when she landed a landmark role as part of television’s first onscreen interracial couple on The Jeffersons. When Roker booked that gig, only she and her son moved to L. A. at first. And during the show’s first season, they slept next to each other on his godmother’s pullout couch. Roker took two buses to work, spending hours each day in transit. At home, once the show was renewed and her husband had relocated, the family living under one roof again, Roker still did all the cleaning, using her off-hours to scrub floors and toilets.

Roker was humble, but her unwillingness to show off the life she’d earned for her family was rooted elsewhere. Sy had difficulty finding his professional footing out west, trying on a variety of showbiz roles: manager, agent, producer. Nothing stuck. Kravitz watched his mother make herself smaller so that her husband might feel bigger. He also floundered under his father’s rule. Sy had served in the Army, and for him, there was only one way of doing anything. When Kravitz was sixteen, the tension boiled over and he moved out. He would never live with his parents again, spending the next few years bouncing between friends’ couches and rental cars.

At nineteen, Kravitz discovered that his father was having an affair. He begged his mother to fly him to the Bahamas, where she was visiting her own father, so he could break the news in person. Except Roker wasn’t surprised. Sy had been cheating on her throughout their marriage, she revealed. They would stay together for a short while longer—until Roker learned how much money her husband had siphoned off for his mistresses and gambling. As Sy packed up and prepared to leave, Roker asked him if he had anything to say to their son, who was there to witness his departure. “You’ll do it too,” he spat.

There’s a saying in the Bahamas for a moment like that: Don’t put mouth on me. “In the spiritual world, it’s called a word curse,” Kravitz says across our table at Bemelmans. “It goes back to anything in the Bible where God spoke everything before it was done. ‘Let there be light.’ The light just wasn’t there! He spoke it into existence.”

Kravitz felt that his father spoke something into existence for him; Sy’s words haunted him for years. “I felt it when he said it, but the shock waves lasted decades and got stronger and stronger and stronger.”

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He did indeed have trouble staying faithful in his romantic relationships (“I won’t lie to you,” he says alongside the admission, hands folded in front of him) and with “being confident that this is the person for me, always thinking something else may be better.” That’s all worked itself out now. “It was hardcore.” Took years. More than he would have liked, though he doesn’t do regret; those moments, he says, are “part of the journey.” Still, he certainly sounds sorry when he recalls what his own partners went through. “I put some people through some hard times.”

Kravitz has come close to marriage a couple times since his split with Bonet. “The desire has always been there,” he says, accounting for the near misses. “The tools in which to do so have not always been there.” He’s currently single, but he’d get married again. He wants to, actually. “Absolutely. I’ve grown enough. I’ve become stronger. I’ve become more disciplined. I’ve become more open to be able to do so. But it’s been a very difficult thing for me to figure out.”

Though he hasn’t come close again, he’s open to having more kids, too. “I could not, and I could,” he explains. “If it doesn’t happen, I’ve done the best with Zoë that I could ever dream to do. If I was with somebody that wanted to have kids, absolutely. A hundred percent.”

As for Kravitz and his own father, they got to a better place before Sy’s death. It didn’t come easy. “There was so much resentment,” Kravitz admits. “So much yearning to be loved by him in a way that I could comprehend.” But Roker urged Kravitz not to ever give up on his pops. “That’s your dad,” she always said. “And you’re going to do what you’re supposed to do.” Honor thy father. No ifs, buts, or unlesses.

As Sy aged, his hardened posture toward his son began to soften. Once, when they were sitting together watching baseball, not really talking at all, Sy turned to Kravitz. “ ‘I can’t believe what you’ve achieved,’ ” he said. Near the end of his life, in the hospital, he apologized to Kravitz as well as to Kravitz’s half sisters. “That was the moment,” says Kravitz. The healing process, for him, finally began.

Still, it’s never enough time, is it? Total forgiveness was still a ways off. “I wish he got to live to when I had grown more,” says Kravitz. “Where I could have loved on him in a deeper way. We would’ve had so much fun if he could have lived to the place where I learned what I needed to learn.”

Kravitz imagines the memories they might’ve shared instead. “In my mind, I dream of all the fun we could have had,” he says. It’s not the same, but it’s enough.

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Rock icons are rarely known for moderation, but Kravitz has worked hard to keep any potential vices in check. Hard drugs were never really his thing (though he did famously admit to smoking weed every single day from ages eleven to thirty-five). Drinking wasn’t a problem either. Kravitz is not sober, but he can go months at a time without booze. Sex, while readily available (and sometimes with a person other than his girlfriend), was never something he says he aggressively chased. “I was more motivated by love.”

Much of his approach to sex was formed while he was in high school. “I remember the girls always liking the bad guys,” he says. “And it was like, if I have to act like them to have a girlfriend—I’m not down.” There was also an incident that Kravitz writes about in his excellent 2020 memoir, Let Love Rule. When his parents were out of town, they enlisted a family friend to watch their son, then a teenager. And one night when that man, old enough to be an uncle, had friends over, Kravitz retired to his room to sleep. A woman soon entered, slipped into his bed, and began touching him. It’s a brief passage, but he writes that the incident would affect the way he would view sex from then on. “I wasn’t interested in convincing or coercing women,” he writes about his approach to intimacy going forward. “I’d been coerced myself and didn’t like it.”

I ask if he considers the interaction sexual assault. Kravitz resists the label. “It was an experience and a lesson,” he begins. “Everything doesn’t have to be so . . .” He changes course: “I’m not saying that there aren’t things that deserve to be addressed—maybe somebody would say it should have been addressed and that it was, whatever, but that’s the time it was. I lived, and I learned. I wasn’t traumatized.”

So what can throw Kravitz off-balance? All internal factors, it turns out. As a naturally introspective person, he’s long struggled with overthinking. He is also still prone to darkness and feeling down, he admits. “It could happen tomorrow.” But over the years, he’s been able to shorten the duration of the spells. What used to last days or weeks now takes up only a few hours of his time. Never more than a day. “I won’t let that go overnight,” he says.

The path out is mental and physical. Kravitz believes his intense dedication to his diet and exercise greatly helps him stay positive. It’s not just the actual food he eats, which is mainly vegan and primarily raw, or the specific moves he does in the gym—it’s the discipline to make those decisions. “It’s the sacrifice,” he says, “and then accomplishing the daily goal. When you exercise that, it makes you stronger in all the other ways.”

It’s also spiritual. Ask Kravitz about the roots of his relentless optimism and the answer comes quickly: “my constant faith in God and the power of love.” Though for a time in his youth he considered observing his father’s faith and getting bar mitzvahed, Kravitz experienced a religious conversion in middle school and has accepted the gospel of Jesus Christ ever since. He tried out a few churches in L. A. afterward, but he doesn’t claim an organization as his own now. “For the most part, church is everyday life,” he says. “I wake up in church. And I’m aware of God all day long. I can’t escape it. It’s so powerful to me.”

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The LGBTQ+ community has been a huge influence on Kravitz throughout his life. “Not only in fashion and style, because that’s just something on top,” he says, but in deeper ways, too. “They raised me. I was in the street—my choice—and it was the eighties in West Hollywood. It was that time; artists, musicians, hairstylists, and designers, those were the people I was hanging out with. I wanted to be around the creatives, and most of the people I met were from that community.” They took him in and, as he says, “protected me. Educated me. Fed me.”

Kravitz doesn’t deny that organized religion has been awful to the community he loves. They aren’t the only ones who have had the good word weaponized against them, he is quick to remind me. “The Ku Klux Klan themselves were reading out of the Bible,” he says. And as he figures (and history surely supports), “people will always use Jesus Christ to back up something that’s got nothing to do with how Jesus Christ would handle a situation.” That’s a reality that changes his relationship only with church, not God, says Kravitz.

Denzel Washington, the son of a Pentecostal minister and now a self-proclaimed man of God, finds inspiration in Kravitz’s relationship with the divine. “I read the Daily Word every day,” he says. “And the word for today—I tore the piece of paper out, so maybe I was supposed to read some of it to you—is inspire. ”

I’ve just asked if he could speak to what role faith plays in his relationship with Kravitz, and Washington reads me the entry in reply: I give thanks for those who have helped me spiritually. As I reflect on those teachers and wise guys who’ve inspired me along my spiritual journey, I prayerfully center each one in the love and light of God, remembering the ways they supported and encouraged me. These radiant souls nurtured my spiritual growth.

“I don’t know if that’s an answer to your question,” he says, “but that’s my answer.”

Lenny Kravitz looks like he just woke up. It’s 1:00 p.m. the following Wednesday, and he’s in Miami. We’re on Zoom, and Kravitz is in bed, wearing a silvery, sheer tank top. He’s there for only a second, as he seems to reconsider his background, quickly moving to the kitchen of wherever he is staying. After a few minutes, he makes an espresso.

When we parted the week before, Kravitz was heading straight to his dentist’s office to discuss plans for their annual dental mission in the Bahamas. The next day, he had a big photo shoot—ours—and then jetted off to Florida to film a new music video. Somewhere along the way, he also dropped the video for Blue Electric Light ’s lead single, “TK421.” (Why did that song get tapped to go first? Kravitz played the unreleased LP for a couple friends—you know them as Bono and the Edge of U2—and they were insistent. “They even texted me days later, saying, ‘You really need to come out with that one first.’ ”)

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It’s a glamorous sprint of events, sure, but also kind of a grind—and at this point in Kravitz’s life, totally optional, at least financially. When artists could still make money off selling records, he sold a hell of a lot of them. He lives in an eight-bedroom townhouse in Paris. That farm in Brazil? It’s one thousand acres. There’s the Bahamas place, too, of course.

I suggest as much and Kravitz shrugs, but Jay-Z gets what I’m saying: “There was a point early on that I was like, ‘How is this guy so sick? Like, what’s going on?’ Just his lifestyle. He’s like a Renaissance man—living between Paris and New York. And then I remember that he writes and produces. There’s no one else in the process. I remember thinking how extraordinarily talented he is, and then I remember thinking, Wow, those publishing checks. . . . ”

He could probably take a break if he wanted. “But what is that?” Kravitz says in response. “You know what I mean? What drives me is the creative.” It’s not just something to do; it’s the thing to do. His raison d’être.

The most grueling extension of his creativity is, without a doubt, touring. Thirty-four years in, Kravitz knows what it takes to prepare for years on the road. “Your life is that” once tickets go on sale, he says. “Your whole life is centered around being able to do those two and a half hours every night. So you don’t hang out. You don’t smoke. You don’t drink. You don’t talk a lot. You’ve got to get your sleep.”

You have to want to do it, in other words. You have to need to do it. “It doesn’t just happen,” Kravitz cautions. But he won’t stop anytime soon. He’s built his entire existence around being able to do it. And there’s a Bahamian phrase for that as well: If you love it, let it kill you.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – You never know what you’ll find at a Buc-ee’s in Florida — including a rock-n-roll legend!

Lenny Kravitz , the 59-year-old superstar who was nominated as a potential inductee to the 2024 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame class, posted a video on Instagram this weekend of himself at the Buc-ee’s in Daytona Beach.

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“First time at @bucees ... So many smiling faces and warm hearts. We are all #Human . See you on the road!” Kravitz wrote on Instagram

The video, which features the Kravitz song “Human,” shows the singer walking from his tour bus into the store, where he mingles with fans, gives hugs and takes selfies.

“I would have perished right in front of the wall of jerky,” a Kravitz fan wrote on Instagram.

Kravitz, scheduled to begin a European tour this summer, may be best known for his hits “Are You Gonna Go My Way?” and “Fly Away.”

Other artists up for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame are Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Cher, the late Sinéad O’Connor and others.

Currently, there are two Buc-ee’s locations in Florida: Daytona Beach  and St. Augustine.

Another Buc-ee’s travel center is expected to open next year in Marion County, an 80,000-square-foot facility near Interstate 75.

In addition, a  fourth Florida Buc-ee’s  is in the works along Florida’s Treasure Coast in St. Lucie County. That gas station is expected to feature over 100 gas pumps and nearly 800 parking spaces.

Buc-ee’s, the brainchild of Arch Aplin III, first opened in Texas in 1982, expanding throughout the state before expanding across the South, including in Florida in recent years.

The store offers numerous gas pumps, clean bathrooms, Beaver Nuggets (caramel popcorn), Texas-style brisket sandwiches, fresh jerky, T-shirts, hats, blankets, mugs and more.

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Lenny Kravitz has announced his upcoming 'Blue Electric Light Tour ' for 2024, which will also come to Bulgaria, Burgas , at the Sea Station on August 6th, by invitation from LIVE NATION, FEST TEAM, and with the support of KMD and the Municipality of Burgas. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on March 25th at TicketStation.bg. Pre-sale for Fest Club members begins on Saturday, March 24th. For more information, visit the artist's official website - https://lennykravitz.com .

Eternal. Explosive. Romantic. Inspiring. How else to describe "Blue Electric Light," the 12th studio album by Lenny Kravitz ? Kravitz writes and records the album, where his masterful deep soul rock and roll is once again evident, in his studio in the Bahamas. As an unstoppable creative force – as a musician, songwriter, producer, actor, author, and designer – he continues to be a powerful global energy in music , art, and culture. "Blue Electric Light" is an exciting collection of songs that builds upon this popular image and is yet another addition to the persona of the man whose music , as well as his iconic aesthetic, continues to inspire millions around the world. In the album, Kravitz 's talents as a songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist continue to shine brightly, as he writes and plays most instruments himself, with the assistance of his longtime guitarist, Craig Ross. Ultimately, Lenny creates 12 songs that encapsulate his legacy as a pioneer who transcends musical genres, yet also remains firmly rooted in the pulse of the 21st century and beyond.

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Kravitz’s debut album, Let Love Rule , was released in 1989. In 1991, Mama Said was released, followed by Are You Gonna Go My Way in 1993, Circus in 1995, and 5 in 1998.

Lenny was released in 2001, Baptism in 2004, It Is Time for a Love Revolution in 2008, Black and White America in 2011, and Strut in 2014.

In September 2018, he released his 11th studio album, Raise Vibration , and started his world tour with the same name.

His 12th studio album, Blue Electric Light , is scheduled for release on March 2024.

To date, Lenny Kravitz released 11 studio albums, one greatest hits compilation, four box set compilation albums, two extended plays, 58 singles and eight video albums.

Over time, Kravitz earned three gold albums, two platinum albums, two double platinum albums, and one triple platinum album.

LUCCA SUMMER FESTIVAL

The first edition of the Lucca Summer Festival was held in 1998, when Bob Dylan, George Benson and Joe Cocker attended the event.

Over time, important artists performed at the festival, such as David Bowie, James Brown, Ray Charles, Elton John, Paul Simon, The Rolling Stones, Sting, and Scorpions.

As usual, the Lucca Summer Festival 2024 will take place during the month of July, in Lucca.

The concerts of the Lucca Summer Festival 2024 will be held in Piazza Napoleone, Piazza San Martino, Piazza dell’Anfiteatro , or in the former Campo Balilla, located outside the historic walls of Lucca.

Besides Lenny Kravitz, other artists announced for the 2024 edition of the Lucca Summer Festival are Rod Stewart , Diana Krall , The Smashing Pumpkins , Toto , Sam Smith , Mika , and Ed Sheeran .

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Piazza Napoleone is the main square of Lucca, and one of the venues where, every year in the summer, is held one of the most important music festivals in Italy, the Lucca Summer Festival.

Piazza Napoleone is located inside the city walls of Lucca, about 650 meters away from the Lucca railway station.

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If form is a guide, Lenny Kravitz ought to be a shoo-in for the Rock Hall class of 2024.

With a new album out in May, the veteran rocker has been soaking up the plaudits on the awards trail, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame , presented earlier this month (with a savage roasting by his daughter Zoë Kravitz), and the Music Icon Award at the 2024 People’s Choice Awards, held last month in Santa Monica, Calif.

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“It’s a beautiful thing. It’s lovely to receive flowers,” he explained when he stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon , for an interview which aired Wednesday night, March 20.

The “Fly Away” singer’s recording career took off in the early ‘90s, following a bidding war among the-then five major labels. He decided on Virgin, and the label’s promise that the multi-hyphenate would have total creative control.

“I promised myself,” he told host Jimmy Fallon, “when I was coming up I never took the time to enjoy those kinds of things. I was always moving forward, not thinking about the past or what was happening. So, I said when this stuff starts happening again, I’m going to take the time, and I’m going to enjoy the moments because it’s beautiful.”

Awards are a bonus for Kravitz, who is readying the May 24 release of Blue Electric Light , his 12th studio album. The collection, he remarked, is about “celebration, life, humanity, sexuality, sensuality, spirituality.”

Its title track came to Kravitz in a dream during the final stretch of recording sessions in the Bahamas. He cut it the next day, and guitarist Craig Ross persuaded Lenny to dump his previously planned album title.

Blue Electric Light is “just that vibration of love, of god, of spirit,” he explained to Fallon.

Kravitz will support the album with a summer European arena and festival tour, kicking off June 23 at Sporthalle in Hamburg, Germany. But first, the rock star and his band gave a taste of things to come with a late-night performance of album track “Human,” a song about us “spiritual beings having a human existence, the journey, man.”

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Almost 60, Lenny Kravitz talks workouts, new music and why he's 'never felt more vibrant'

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Lenny Kravitz has turned into his grandfather.

“I do all of the things that he did, and it works,” Kravitz says.

He’s talking about the reality that he’ll hit 60 in May. But anyone who has seen his video for “TK421,” where much of Kravitz’s sculpted body is on display, or admired his many abs-spotlighting mesh shirts will share the disbelief of Kravitz’s march toward Social Security eligibility.

The deeply spiritual and Zen-like Kravitz shared vivid anecdotes about his beloved grandfather, Albert Roker, by way of explaining his own commitment to health and fitness.

But we’ll get back to that.

After a six-year gap since his last album, “Raise Vibration,” Kravitz will drop the brawny “Blue Electric Light” May 24. He'll continue the rollout of his 12th studio album  March 22 when he releases the kinetic single “Human,” stuffed with a thick groove of clattering percussion, chimes and a soaring chorus.

In a conversation from Los Angeles, Kravitz dug into why he postponed the release of “ Blue Electric Light ,” how he’s an “antenna” when writing songs and why he’s finally making time to “smell the flowers.”

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Question: I saw that you caught one of U2’s final shows at the Sphere in Las Vegas. What did you think of the experience?

Lenny Kravitz: I thought it was absolutely incredible. Dynamic. We’re living in the future, and this was seeing a new way to present a rock concert. Amongst other things, I think it’s an incredible medium to present art and messages and vibes and inspiration. There were moments that were almost like an out-of-body experience or a psychedelic trip. I found that Bono’s delivery – his soul, his voice – was as big as everything (surrounding him).

When you see something like that, does it start to generate inspiration about what you might want to do on your next tour?

Anytime I see some thing , I see art and I learn something. You learn what you want to do, what you don’t want to do. It gives you ideas and shows you it’s all the same equipment available − it’s just a matter of what you do with it.

“Blue Electric Light” was initially announced to arrive in March, but you pushed it to May. How does your admiration of (political activist) Bayard Rustin and your song “Road to Freedom” fit in with that?

As I was finishing the album in Paris last summer, I got the call to write the track for the Rustin movie (“Rustin”) and it was very important to me. I came out to LA and I basically was working for Netflix and the movie for a couple of months, so I pushed my album back. That was what was important at the time. I was honored to be part of the storytelling. I have no problem doing what I needed to do for the legacy of Mr. Rustin.

Let’s talk about a couple of songs on the new album. “TK421” – does the title really have something to do with “Star Wars”?

It ultimately comes from “Star Wars” by way of “Boogie Nights.” (Director) Paul Thomas Anderson was doing a little shout-out to George Lucas, and there is a scene in “Boogie Nights” that the character Buck (Don Cheadle), he’s trying to sell a stereo system and he’s telling (the buyer) he has to get this "TK421 modification" to make it work better and to perform better and to sound better. So I used it as my metaphor for improving any situation. Positive energy, positive thinking, love. It’s makes no sense, but it makes sense. I’m a cinephile, and I love that film.

Did you have fun filming the video?

Yeah, does it look like it? It was the video director’s (Tanu Muino ) idea, but it was a lot of fun. Before she came over, she said, "I’m going to have you get up, get ready for your day, get dressed and leave the house," and I thought: "What is that? That sounds really boring and I don’t understand what you’re talking about." I found out when she showed up and told me what to do.  

Meaning, to take off your clothes?

That was the first thing she said: Take off your clothes and get in bed and wake up like you would and open the curtains, and we’ll go from there. What was nice was we weren’t taking ourselves seriously.

In “Love is My Religion,” you talk about there being too much hatred in the world and also sing that “love is my God.” Did anything in particular inspire that song?

With songwriting, I’m just an antenna, so I just hear what’s out there. But when I’m working, I can then intellectualize it. For me, the song was just about a stadium anthem, where people would be chanting these lyrics all together, “love is my religion.” Love is what connects us all … and to begin by having that mantra, I can picture it when I’m playing it live, putting that energy into the atmosphere.

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How are you feeling about the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination?

I’m honored. Anytime someone is trying to give you some flowers, you should take them and take the moment and smell them. When I was much younger and coming up, I did not do that. I was moving so fast, and I wasn’t concerned with the accolades. I was just moving forward: What am I doing next, stay focused. I didn’t take the time to smell the flowers. I made myself a promise years ago that as flowers would come in front of me, that I would take the time to enjoy them. So I’m doing so.

So your exercise routine … please enlighten us.

I work out five or six days a week. I’m very serious about my training, about what I put in my body. I try to get as much rest as possible, but that is my weakness.

I had a grandfather who always looked 25 years younger than he was, and he did the same thing. I was not into this as a young adult and he used to wake me up to do chores, but he wanted me to work out with him. He used to get on his bike in his late 80s and ride for five hours. Five hours! When he was 9 he became the head of his household to provide for his mother, who was bedridden, and his four brothers and sisters in the Bahamas, where there was no electricity. He learned to roller-skate at 80 because he didn’t get to have his childhood. This is the kind of guy he was.

We have this thing about age, like we have about race or religion, and these stereotypical ideas about at this point in life you should be doing this or that, and it’s not that way. You can be 30 and you can be destroyed and you can be 80 and you can be young and vibrant. If you asked me "When were you in the best shape of your life?" it’s today, right now. Mentally, physically and spiritually, I’ve never been better. That’s all I can tell you. I’ve never felt more vibrant, and youthful. I’m not saying that in an egotistical way. All of us have the possibility to have that if we have the basic blessing of health, and we should go for it.

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Lenny Kravitz Struts Through Buc-ee's Meeting Fans and Trying Food in Head-to-Toe Leather Outfit

The Grammy-winning artist purchased a bag of the beloved Beaver Nuggets while visiting the supersized convenience store for the first time

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Lenny Kravitz brought his swag to Buc-ee’s.

The rock and roll legend, 59, parked his tour bus at the supersized convenience store in a TikTok shared on Tuesday. Kravitz strutted through the aisles of Buc-ee’s for his first visit to one of the Texas-based roadside shops and gas stations.

“First time at #Bucees ... So many smiling faces and warm hearts. We are all #Human . See you on the road!” Kravitz wrote in the caption, including a nod to his new song "Human," which played in the background of the TikTok.

Kravitz was all smiles himself. He walked happily through the aisles, stopping to take selfies, give hugs and shake hands with fans.

While he didn’t give a haul of his purchases, it looks like he grabbed a bag of Buc-ee’s beloved Beaver Nuggets (a sweet puffed corn snack), a freshly-made barbecue sandwich, Celsius energy drinks and more.

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Of course, the singer was dressed in his iconic style while visiting the convenience store. He wore a brown leather jacket and pants, plus a pair of brown pointy-toed boots. Kravitz paired the look with some accessories, including a pair of reflective sunglasses and a cross-body bag.

Fans praised Kravitz’s fashionable look in comments of the video.

“Walks up to Buc-ee’s like he’s in a runway show,” one person commented. Another wrote, “Sir, you have no business being this good looking and strutting into Buc-ee's like this…”

Just two weeks ago, his daughter Zoë Kravitz lovingly poked fun at her father’s fashion choices during Lenny's Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony . Zoë , 35, gave a thoughtful speech praising his “true love of life” — and sheer shirts.

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“Since you were so young when I was born, in many ways, we’ve grown up together. We’ve been through a lot. We’ve seen a lot. I’ve seen a lot. I’ve seen you change in the most beautiful ways, I’ve seen the ways you’ve stayed the same in the most important ways. I’ve seen the way you show up and take care of the people you love. I’ve seen your incredible dedication to your art,” she said to the crowd before delivering her jokes. “But mostly, I’ve seen through your shirts.”

“According to my dad, if it doesn’t expose your nipples, it’s not a shirt. And, sure, it used to embarrass me when you’d pick me up from school as a kid. But I’ve gotta say, at this point, I respect it. You really do pull it off,” she continued. “Your relationship with the netted shirt is probably your longest one.” 

Lenny later told Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show that his daughter’s jokes were “quite appropriate.”

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Rock legend Lenny Kravitz paid a visit to Daytona Beach Buc-ee's. See the video

Buc-ee’s megastores are known for being places where you can get anything and everything ― even a rock god sighting.

Rock-n-roll legend Lenny Kravitz posted an Instagram video of himself at the Daytona Beach Buc-ee's on LPGA Boulevard over the weekend. The rocker stopped in with his tour bus on Saturday.

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“First time at Buc-ees . … So many smiling faces and warm hearts. … See you on the road!,” he posted along with the video on Instagram.

In the video, set against Kravitz's song “Human (Album Version),” he can be seen leaving his tour bus and walking into the Daytona Beach Buc-ee’s , strolling through various parts of the store, visiting the barbecue station, grabbing a bag of popcorn and beverages. He happily stops to engage with fans who give him hugs and take selfies with them before climbing back onto his tour bus.

His fans took to Instagram to comment:

"I would have perished right in front of the wall of jerky," wrote farrahrockon.

"Lenny doesn't walk, he floats on good vibes," posted kingoffree.

"Love it! Gotta get the road trip snacks!" wrote suzbaldwin.

Lenny Kravitz was 'super sweet'

Danielle Fatigate and her 9-year-old son Maxim were two of the lucky customers who got to meet Kravitz. Fatigate's husband, Anthony, who was with the couple's 12-year-old son Nico on the other side of the store, called out to his wife, "Danielle, get over here!"

"And I just grabbed my younger son's hand and ran over to [Kravitz]," Fatigate said.

The singer was very soft-spoken and "super sweet," she added. "I told him, 'God bless you' and he gave me a hug."

The family, who live in Windermere, drove from their beach house in New Smyrna to the Daytona Beach Buc-ee's to break up what was a rainy day.

"We certainly didn't expect to run into Lenny Kravitz," Fatigate said.

Kravitz begins a European tour this summer.

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Earlier this year, Kravitz, 59, was nominated as a potential inductee to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, class of 2024, along with Mary J. Blige, Oasis, Cher, Dave Matthews Band and more. Some of Kravitz's best known hits include “Are You Gonna Go My Way?,” “Fly Away” and ”Let Love Rule.”

Kravitz comes from a showbiz family. His mother, Roxie Roker, played Helen Davis on the CBS sitcom, "The Jeffersons," and his dad, Sy Kravitz was a producer at NBC. Lenny Kravitz has a daughter, Zoe, 35, with ex-wife Lisa Bonet.

This article originally appeared on The Daytona Beach News-Journal: Rock legend Lenny Kravitz paid a visit to Daytona Beach Buc-ee's. See the video

In this photo taken over the weekend, Danielle Fatigate and her 9-year-old son Maxim poses with rocker Lenny Kravitz at the Daytona Beach Buc-ee's on Saturday, March 23, 2024. Kravitz was greeted with hugs and selfies as he made his way through the store.

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