Lenny Kravitz at Budweiser Stage

Lenny Kravitz is still doing it his way.

Gaining stardom in the 1990s, the forever youthful 55-year-old provided a refreshing injection of rock and roll attitude to the capacity crowd at Toronto’s Budweiser Stage.

In a time where countless pop artists rule the charts, the New York native – who was influenced by Jimi Hendrix and Prince – has lost none of his passion and fury.

Displaying his signature dreadlocks and sleek shades, he came onstage backed by an impressive band featuring former David Bowie bassist Gail Ann Dorsey.

Riffing through Fly Away and a pumping version of American Woman, the latter eventually morphing into a groove-laden cover of Get Up, Stand Up complete with a sultry horn section.

Kravitz, in no rush for an early evening, said to the crowd “I hear there’s a curfew, but y’all better write the cheque now because I don’t think I’m gonna make it.”

After a short speech condemning the ubiquity of social media and smartphone concert videos, he gave a passionate version of Stillness of Heart, before a lovely It Ain’t Over ’Til It’s Over. Sounding perfect live, it also gave way for some guitar solos, which Kravitz applauded enthusiastically, shaking his head as if he couldn’t quite believe what he was hearing.

Covering Kravitz’s three-decade-long career, an epic rendition of Let Love Rule finished the show just shy of 11 pm.
Further proof that the iconic performer can still outlast and outperform with the best of them.

 

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Myles Herod

Myles Herod

Traveller, image maker, pop-culture seeker, storyteller, a guy you want around when things go south. Tastes range from Kubrick to Krautrock, Wu-Tang to Wiseau. Currently resides in Toronto, Canada.
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