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Interview:
Lenny Kravitz at the Fox Theatre, 5 Things to Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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Thirty years ago Lenny Kravitz made an auspicious music debut with his single "Let Love Rule" and his album of the same name -- a gold-certified career-launching smash.



Since then Kravitz -- whose show biz lineage includes a producer father (Sy Kravitz) and actress mother (Roxie Roker) -- has released 10 more albums, including last year's "Raise Vibration." His hit list includes the likes of "Are You Gonna Go My Way," "Again, "Always on the Run," "It Ain't Over 'til It's Over," "Fly Away" and a remake of the Guess Who's "American Woman," and Kravitz, 55, won the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance four years straight, from 1999-2002.



He's also carved out niches in acting (most notably in the "Hunger Games" series), and he's started a Kravitz Design firm whose projects include the Temple Detroit hotel currently under construction...



Kravitz says by phone from Paris that his current show is "really about a vibe. It's about a connection and we're bringing love and we're bringing music. We love to play. We love being with each other and we love making connections with the audience. Just like the album title, we are coming to these concerts to commune with people, to raise vibrations, to feel one another, to understand one another. It's nice for us to play new music, and then we go through the catalog pretty evenly."



Kravitz adds that he and his band are also trying to spread a message of positivity with the shows. "These are very trying times we're going through, but I'm always on the optimistic side. Even when it's looking really band, I remain optimistic. The message is always let love rule and to stand together in the name of love."



The 30 years since "Let Love Rule" came out "seems like yesterday, but so much has gone down and it's like, 'How did I get here?'" Kravitz says. "Time is a very interesting thing, but I can remember everything. If you ask me about the making of the first record and what was going on, I can tell you the details like it was yesterday. But I feel like the first 30 years has been a really great education to me, and I feel like what is to come in the next 25, 30 years will be even more defining. I feel like I'm in the middle of it now."



The biggest different for Kravitz is that "I think I'm accepting myself better than I did before, as a human being, as who I am. As you experience more you care less about the things that you don't need to care about, and I'm more careful about how I spend my time and how I exhaust my battery power. So I'm a bit more focused, in a more calm way, more relaxed -- and that's a good thing."



Kravitz's next project is a film and companion album that's currently being written. "I would call it more of a drama. It's about an artist searching for deeper meaning in his life. It very much has to do with a lot of what my life is. It would be premature to say too much about it now, but it's going to be very exciting."



Lenny Kravitz performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at the Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave. $39.50 and up. 313-471-7000 or 313Presents.com.

Web Site: www.313Presents.com

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