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Interview:
Latest tour lets Lenny Kravitz "Strut" his stuff
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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When Lenny Kravitz talks about jamming with his band, he's not kidding.

Look at the set lists for recent shows in support of his latest album, 2014's "Strut," and you'll see 12-14 songs -- not exactly a length repertoire. But the shows are two hours long, which means there's plenty of playing going on on stage.

"We're doing a lot of improvisation in this show," Kravitz, 51, says by phone from Sweden during the recent European leg of the tour. "The band has reached that point where we're really gelling and communicating on stage musically, and the musicians are really getting to express themselves. Someitmes we mump out of the window and we land on our feet, sometime swe roll around al ittle bit and then wend up on our feet.

"It's all about the vibe, the energy between the audience and the musicians. I'm really enjoying it and people seem to be enjoying it as much as we are, so it feels great."

The side benefit to the jams, of course, is generating ideas for new music. Kravitz, who released his first album in 1989, is "already working on" his follow-up to "Strut," which he says will be out next year. "It's very funky and very raw," he reports. "It's very psychedelice. It feels really good."

And even in this digital download age, Kravitz says that, "I still make albums. I'm still in love with album-making, and I even think about vinyl, so, y'know, that's jsut my taste. I grew up listening to albums and I believe in it for my music. I don't know any other way."

Music isn't Kravitz's only pursuit, however. His Kravitz Design includes lines of architecture, interiors and fashions, while his photography exhibition has shown in Los Angeles, Paris and Germany and recently opened in Vietnam. His acting career continues as well; Kravitz -- who's appeared in "Precious," "The Butler" and the first two "The Hunger Games" films -- has another movie coming, though he "can't say yet" what it is, and he'll also be "doing a couple episodes of 'Empire' in the near future."

Lenny Kravitz and Andra Day

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27.

Meadow Brook Music Festival on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester Hills.

Tickets are $49.50-$99 pavilion, $29.50 lawn.

Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.


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