LENNY KRAVITZ live at Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre Friday, February 10, 2012. TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY, JANUARY 13th at 10AM. Reserved tickets are $44.50 – $57.50 plus applicable service charges. All ages show.
Doors 7pm || Show 8pm.
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For his ninth album, Lenny Kravitz found much of his inspiration close to home. In fact, the very spirit of BLACK AND WHITE AMERICA came from the locations in which the music was made—from a tiny, 400-person community in the Bahamas to the streets of Paris. And out of his experiences as a true citizen of the planet, his first new songs in three years became the most personal and diverse collection of his career. “No doubt, my environment definitely lends a lot to the creative process,” he says. Kravitz has repeatedly shown what that process can accomplish. He’s been making records for over twenty years, since his landmark 1989 debut LET LOVE RULE. In that time, he has sold over 35 million albums and won four Grammy awards. But despite these dazzling achievements—or maybe because of them—the singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist’s home in the islands has remained a crucial part of his life. “It’s such a beautiful, isolated place,” says Kravitz, “and it’s a really great, basic existence. You eat out of the garden and the sea, you don’t have shoes or keys, and you know everybody and don’t pass by anyone without acknowledging them.” While the island, the homeland of his mother’s family, has long been a familiar sanctuary for Kravitz, in the last year he committed to the place in a new way. Fortunately, what emerged was a new level of comfort and clarity with his music. “I dreamt a lot of this music, sleeping in my trailer on the beach,” he says. One morning, he recalls, he “just woke up and ran to the studio and this thing came out”—which turned out to be the ferocious, funk-style groove of “Life Ain’t Ever Been Better Than It Is Now.” On the soaring, prayer-like piano ballad “Dream,” he sings, “no one can take the dream from your heart.” Not that all of BLACK AND WHITE AMERICA—his first release on Atlantic Records/Roadrunner Records, and the follow-up to 2008′s IT IS TIME FOR A LOVE REVOLUTION, which marked Kravitz’s highest-ever debut on the album charts—was as mystical as those experiences. On other songs, he drew from his year in the secluded town in earthier ways. “Playing the new music live will be really inspiring,” says Kravitz. “I have an amazing band, including a full horn section and singers. We’re gonna come hard,” he says with a laugh. For Lenny Kravitz, BLACK AND WHITE AMERICA represents a new peak in both the range and the focus of his music. “I think it’s the best work I’ve done to date,” he says. “It’s a great balance of where I’ve been, where I am and where I am going.”
Lenny Kravitz “Stand” Directors Cut