Lenny Kravitz shines at the Wang Theatre

A review of Lenny Kravitz at the Citi Wang Theatre on January 27, 2012

, Managing Editor

Lenny Kravitz, now 47, and on his ninth studio album, the recently released Black & White America, got funky at the Wang on Friday night showing that he hasn’t aged a bit nor lost his touch.

After a strangely drawn out introduction, Kravitz finally appeared in the classic rock star uniform of vest, scarves, and shades and kicked into “Come On Get It” off his latest effort. Black and White America wasn’t released until August of last year, but much of the album was actually written years back. One could tell how excited Kravitz was to finally be performing the songs live but first he warmed things up with the hits. “Always on the Run”, “American Woman” and “It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over” all appeared early in the set to the delight of fans, as the lengthy wait was all but forgotten.

Kravitz slowed things down for only a short portion of the show, segueing “Fields of Joy” into “Stand By My Woman” after guitarist Craig Ross’s blistering solo then finished off the slow string with “Believe”. New tune “Stand” picked the tempo back up with an air of Sly & The Family Stone with its flashy 70s-ish video as an accompaniment and funky drums and clapping combination. A rock block brought the show to a close, with the entire band shining in “Where Are We Runnin’?” as each member was given time for improvisation. “Fly Away” had fans singing along before “Are You Gonna Go My Way” had them jumping in their seats prior to the encore.

Pushing up against curfew, Kravitz and co. returned to rock an extended “Let Love Rule”, which saw Lenny make his way through the audience while his band jammed out on stage. Once Kravitz returned he was humorously greeted by a female fan who casually strode up to the star, who played along nicely, dancing with her like it was all part of the show.

Kravitz may not put all of his efforts in to music these days, as the Renaissance man takes on acting, producing, and clothing design amongst other ventures, but he showed on Friday night that when he does get back into his first love, he most certainly puts his all into it.

Special guest Raphael Saadiq loosened things up with some funky jams himself as he continues to tour in support of his critically-acclaimed 2011 album Stone Rollin’.

Setlist
1. Come On Get It
2. Always on the Run
3. American Woman
4. It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over
5. Mr. Cab Driver
6. Black And White America
7. Fields of Joy
8. Stand By My Woman
9. Believe
10. Stand
11. Rock And Roll Is Dead
12. Rock Star City Life
13. Where Are We Runnin’?
14. Fly Away
15. Are You Gonna Go My Way
Encore
16. Let Love Rule

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