Rocker Lenny Kravitz plays Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena
Lenny Kravitz is taking a break from his first recurring television role and work on a new album to play some shows, including one on July 14 at Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena.
Kravitz has a recurring role on a new Fox TV show called “Star,” a drama set in the music business. He is playing the role of Roland Crane, a famous rock singer whose daughter Alex is part of a female musical trio trying to make it in the business. Kravitz has acted before “Star,” with supporting roles in the films “Precious,” “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “The Butler.”
It is for music, though, that Kravitz is still best known. He first came to prominence in 1989 with his debut album, “Let Love Rule.” Although it had several guest musicians, most of the instruments were played by Kravitz. The album became an immediate it, selling 500,000 copies and featuring the title track as a radio hit.
His second album, “Mama Said” in 1991, continued his momentum, selling two million copies and featuring a No. 2 pop hit with the soul-revival track “It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over.” An even bigger breakthrough was his third album, 1993’s “Are You Gonna Go My Way.” The title track is now a rock radio staple, and again Kravitz sold two million albums, plus it was his first top 20 album on the charts.
In 1999, Kravitz earned another top 20 hit on the charts, this time with the song “Fly Away.” It was from his album, “5,” which eventually sold three million copies. That was helped in part by a new edition of the album which featured his cover of the Guess Who’s classic rock song, “American Woman.” It was used for the film “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me,” which helped raise its profile along with an ubiquitous MTV video for the song. Like “Are You Gonna Go My Way,” Kravitz’s version of “American Woman” has become a rock radio staple.
Kravitz took stock at this point and released a “Greatest Hits” album in 2000, which ended up being his biggest seller yet. It reached No. 2 on the album charts and also spawned his only other top 5 single with the song, “Again.” From this point on, Kravitz released albums every three or four years and toured the world on a regular basis. His best known songs of the early ‘00s include “Stillness of Heart,” “Where Are We Runnin’?” “Lady,” “I’ll Be Waiting” and “Stand.”
Kravitz’s last two albums were both on indie labels. “Black and White America” was released by Roadrunner in 2011, while “Strut” was on Kravitz’s own label, Roxie Records, named for his mother and actress Roxie Roker, who died of cancer in 1995.
Kravitz has been nominated for nine Grammy Awards. He won Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for three years in a row, 1999 to 2001. He also won that same award in 2002.