Lenny Kravitz at The Fillmore Detroit
The 21-year-old hit "It Ain't Over Til It's Over" was a highlight at Lenny's show at The Fillmore. As he noted, the groovy tune has several elements of the Motown sound that Lenny said was a huge influence on his musical education growing up.
I've been fortunate to see Lenny Kravitz perform two other times before seeing him play last night at The Fillmore, but never has it been in such an intimate setting. The first time was at Pine Knob in Clarkston 10 years ago, with Pink as his opening act. The second time was when he himself was the opener for Aerosmith at The Palace of Auburn Hills, where he absolutely rocked the place and almost made me forget we were there to see another act after his performance.
Still, it feels like forever since Lenny's been on the scene. His last album came out almost four years ago, but his latest offering Black and White America is bringing him back on the road. It was surprising to learn that he would be playing a venue as small as The Fillmore, especially in comparison to the places I'd seen him perform.
But it turns out the intimate setting allowed Lenny to shine and envelop the room. After an impressive set from opener Raphael Saadiq, Lenny ripped into his set with songs from the new album and classics like his cover of The Guess Who's "American Woman", "Stand By My Woman", and "Rock and Roll Is Dead".
One of the highlights was his performance of "It Ain't Over Til It's Over" near the beginning of his set. That timeless Motown sound swept the room as disco ball-like light sparkled all over the stage and the crowd.
Lenny appeared to be excited to be back on stage and interacted with fans near the stage throughout the show, accepting trinkets and gifts, and holding out his hands for quick high fives. My favorite fan moment was during his encore finale of "Let Love Rule", when a camera panned the front of the stage to reveal a fan with a "Let Love Rule" tattoo on her back, the black text formed together in the shape of a heart.
The tattoo was up on the big screen behind the stage, and as the crowd cheered, Lenny noticed the fan and gave a genuine, heartwarming expression before nestling right up the edge of the stage and playing his guitar mere inches from her.
It's the type of fan moment every music lover dreams about, including myself, where the stars align and give you the opportunity to wordlessly express how much of a fan you truly are to someone you admire.
Monday night at The Fillmore was pure magic, and Lenny Kravitz proved that he can just as easily make us fall in love with his latest offerings while also blowing the nearly-90-year-old roof off during an electrifying rendition of "Are You Gonna Go My Way".