Let love rule

I feel like I haven’t done a concert review in forever, but that’s about to change!

On Wednesday, Ro and I (and Ro’s friend Carrie!) went the Toronto date of Lenny Kravitz’s Strut tour.

strut

Image taken from Lenny’s Twitter.

Before you ask, no, he didn’t have any wardrobe malfunctions. Not that we could see, anyway, though we were in the 400’s level.

The opening act was Andra Day. She had a lot of soul, but we only made it to the amphitheatre in time to see the last ten minutes of her set, so I can’t really judge her.

Lenny went on at about 8:45pm. Ro and I saw him in 2012 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas (humblebrag alert!), but this was the first time he played in Toronto in years.

soundcheck

Image taken from Lenny’s Twitter.

We had looked up his setlist the day before, and was surprised to see that he only played about ten songs. But, we learned, it’s easy to fill up two hours with eleven songs when some of the songs last about thirty minutes!

Songs like his anthemic “Let Love Rule” went on for a long time as he worked his way through the crowd. Other songs like “Sister” and “Always on the Run” were marathon jam sessions that featured solos from his multiple horn players and his fabulous drummer, Cindy Blackman. I always forget that he has a female drummer, but dang, that woman is phenomenal (fun fact: she’s married to Carlos Santana!).

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Of course, the moments we were most excited for were his big hits: “American Woman” (a cover of a The Guess Who song), “Fly Away”, and the encore/closer, “Are You Gonna Go My Way”.

For a two-hour long show, it felt short, but it was enjoyable. Lenny Kravitz is a fantastic performer, and generously shares the stage with other talented musicians.

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