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Lenny Kravitz Rocks the Tabernacle

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Lenny Kravitz’s “Let Love Rule” tour rolled into Atlanta to the nearly full Tabernacle on Wednesday night with JJ Grey of Mofro opening the show. The tour marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Kravitz’s “Let Love Rule” album. He kicked off the U.S. tour on Oct. 11.

Wednesday morning, a sleepy Kravitz Tweeted and videotaped his arrival into Atlanta. He put on one heck of a show at the Tabernacle later that night (more on that shortly) and posed for a photo with his “ATL brothers: LK, Jermaine Dupri, Dallas Austin and Nelly” at an afterparty.

We have photos from the show, but otherwise don’t know first-hand about Kravitz’s performance. Judging from the photos, he was in his usual “fine” form. Were you there? What was your favorite song from the concert? Did anyone actually get in to the after-party that he attended? Tell us about that, too.

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TELL US WHAT YOU THOUGHT ABOUT THIS SHOW COMPARED TO PREVIOUS TOURS FROM LENNY KRAVITZ. (Photo Credit: Robb Cohen/ www.robbsphotos.com)  For other concert photography linked to Access Atlanta, please visit for Atlanta Concert Photography Galleries. by Atlanta Photographer Robb Cohen www.RobbsPhotos.com

20 comments Add your comment

Gwyndolyn

November 5th, 2009
9:07 am

Lenny absolutely rocked this show! His skills on the guitar and drum were amazing! He is so talented, not to mention sexy and gorgeous! His band is simply unbelievable. I would go see him tonight if he was playing again!

MariahTheresa

November 5th, 2009
10:19 am

Lenny rocked it…he is gorgeous and was so thankful, greatful, and sweet for his gifts and
his fans….he is one incredible musician…and The Tabernacle is such a great place to see a show….

Elizabeth

November 5th, 2009
10:25 am

As a looonnnng time Lenny fan and one who had been looking forward to seeing him for quite sometime, it pains me to say that I was really disappointed by the show. Lenny is sexy and talented, but I felt like his body and voice were just going through the motions. The performance was empty with no soul.

Alex

November 5th, 2009
10:35 am

It’s true. There is no one cooler on this planet than Lenny. The guy just oozes it. What a rockin’ show. Totally tore the roof off of the Tabernacle, which is one of the best venues I have ever been in. He has a crazy band, with an awesome horn section. His guitar player was wild and never missed a note. You could tell they love playing together, I hope they come around again soon.

Boogers for the children fund

November 5th, 2009
10:52 am

Lets all take of our clothes and writhe to Lenny!!

YEA!

“Ah ya gonna go my way”

Kurt

November 5th, 2009
10:56 am

I’m going with Elizabeth here. It pains me to say it too, but I can hardly say Lenny rocked it last night. In the first hour of the show, Lenny brought back the 80’s version of the drum solo, except he extended it to the Sax, Keyboard, and Trumpet — really a 10 minute trumpet solo? This isn’t to take away from Lenny’s musicians, they are great, but a trumpet solo hardly rocks the house. The entire upper deck of the Tabernacle were in there seats, arms crossed, and some less faithful walked out.

The show was saved in the last 30-45 minutes when Lenny pulled out most of his staple tunes and brought some life back into house!

Love Lenny, but he’s been better.

JP

November 5th, 2009
12:12 pm

I really don’t understand how anyone can say that the concert last night didn’t jam. It was completely off the charts. He walks out on stage and immediately goes into Freedom Train to let everyone know that Lenny was indeed in the house. I can honestly say that I have no idea what the second song was. He then goes into It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over, Mr Cab Driver and Flower Child. The middle part of the concert was a gigantic jam session with songs thrown in. He jumps on a stool and small keyboard located at the front of the stage after performing Flower Child and pauses there as the crowd revs up. Then they proceed to just jam out for about ten minutes with Sax solos at the forefront. IT WAS AWESOME. The Sax players in his band were just outstanding. Next is Believe where he extends this song to “rap” a little to the crowd and showcase his keyboardist (I forgot to get names of the band members). The keyboardist was good but not great in my personal opinion. His performance did not diminish the experience though, the extra long rendition of this song was very enjoyable. Onto Blues for Sister Someone where once again an extended version is played and the keyboardist and trumpet player are showcased. I felt that this song was more comfortable for the keyboardist because he sounded better than than the first solo (my opinion). So then Lenny asks for some trumpet and hops into the drum set. As someone mentioned before this went on for about ten minutes….and I loved all ten minutes of it. I have definitely heard better trumpet players but this guy was very, very good. It was just plain cool because all this was going on under the bluesy guise of the song. I will never understand how anyone could not appreciate that part of the concert.
Next is a four song run to bring the house down. Mama Said, American Woman, Fly Away and Are You Gonna Go My Way with barely a second break between each. A fitting end to an incredible show I felt, but it was not the end. Lenny left the stage and returned a few minutes later and performed Let Love Rule and said something to the degree “this is where it all started so this is where it will end tonight”. He comes down off the stage during the song to greet the crowd at the front and personally meet some handicapped patrons to the left of the stage. At this point the entire crowd was completely into it and of course he extends this one too but for another reason. He noticed some people in the balcony area earlier and the show and invited them on stage. He said when you come to another city you have to pay your respects and asked Jermaine Dupri, Dallas Austin, Nelly and Cee-Lo to join him on the stage. There were 3 other guys too but I have no idea who they were. Lenny had Cee-Lo, Nelly and a third guy sing a little on the mic….all this is happening with the band still in Let Love Rule mode. It was AWESOME to see those artists come together like that just having fun. As Lenny pointed out it was not planned at all. Once all that was done Lenny grabbed the bass player and the bass together and started a short revival to “go back to church”.lol Then thanked Atlanta and left. As a whole I was floored by the show. Looking at all the little pieces of the show I am just in awe of the talent of this guy. I failed to mention that all the while he kept smiling at the crowd and looked like he was just in his element. Just an awesome show.

L.

November 5th, 2009
12:32 pm

This was my first time ever seeing Lenny in concert! It was amazing I’m still very much in AWE!!! HE ROCKED THE HOUSE!!!
We had chuch’ lastnight….
In addition to what JP said lol!!

Tokesan

November 5th, 2009
12:56 pm

I have never seen Lenny before but I agreed with JP above. We didn’t see the whole show because we got there late. We waited for my 11 year-old daughter in 6th grade to finish her homework before we drove down from Alpharetta. So we got there at about 9.30. Yes, I took my 13 year-old son and 11 year-old daughter. I thought the show would start late, so I was a little bummed that we missed half of it after paying over $400 for the balcony seats. Nonetheless, it was a MasterCard moment – seeing my 2 kids jam to Lenny Kravitz music – PRICELESS! I haven’t watched live music/performance in a long time (save for Opera, if we can include it in that group) but I thought it was an excellent performance. It was great mix of music payed. I never liked all the props that artist brings on stage for live shows because they are distractions from the talent (because they are not talented, they bring props). This show had no props, just the band, their instruments and it was pure heart pounding, ear piercing Rock and Roll. It was plain, raw, guitar, brass, drums, percussion and keyboard performance. To those that said Lenny could be better, he is 45 years old and still rocked like a 20-something! I was surprised he was so physical on stage. He’s talent shows the way he jammed on his guitar. When he took off his glasses you could see the emotions in his face. It was great that he acknowledged the audience for coming to see him and he said he knew they have spent their hard-earned money to come and see him in this current economic situation (I am one of those).
The Tabernacle (my first time visit) is an excellent locale for the event. It was the right size, not giant and not too small. I will certainly visit again as long as there are performers that picked my interests.
Cheers all…

love mofro

November 5th, 2009
2:13 pm

jj grey was unreal! This guy is a seriously underrated musician! He will never be big on radio because his music is too meaningful but he is awesome! Thanks for coming to ATL JJ

Brian

November 5th, 2009
2:15 pm

I’m afraid i have to agree with Elizabeth and Kurt. The first time i saw Lenny was probably 15 years ago and back then it was a simple 4 piece rock band. Last night was the same as last tour, i felt like i was at a show at a Vegas casino.
Maybe its is due to the fact that i just saw AC/DC and KISS as well as Robin Trower in the past few weeks that i am somewhat jaded. In my opinion Lenny needs to go back to the raw rock band formula.

Stephen Boswell

November 5th, 2009
3:09 pm

Fantastic show. It rivaled the last time I saw him at the Tabernacle a few years back. All of the musicians in the band are top notch. The encore was great with the addition of Jermaine Dupree, Nelly, and Cee-Lo.

LizDawg

November 5th, 2009
3:13 pm

Tokesan please, don’t take your 11-year old to a rock concert when you know good & well Lenny will drop the F bomb in Mr. Cab Driver and between songs.

All in all a great show, The Tabernacle was great venue and Kravitz really finished strong!

Adgurl

November 5th, 2009
3:16 pm

WoW JP! Great review! I hate I missed it. Hate even more that I have been scanning Ticketmaster for that pass few months, looking for Lenny concerts (was even willing to go to Canada). I DON’T KNOW HOW I MISSED HIM RIGHT HERE IN MY HOME TOWN. I am soooooooooooooooooo bummed.

rodtron74!

November 5th, 2009
6:31 pm

The last time I saw Lenny at the Tabernacle was the fall/winter of 1998, which will forever live on in my memory as the single greatest Lenny Kravitz concert ever (and I’ve seen him quite a few times)! 5 hadn’t quite become a “smash” success yet because the ‘chart history-making’ single Fly away wasn’t fully released yet…that happened shortly after this concert, which made Lenny a megastar. Where Are You Gonna Go My Way made him a superstar, Fly Away made him a “household name!” One could say that this was Lenny’s last moment before entering into “Mega-Super stardom,” and he did it here in Atlanta!

Which brings me to last night. In a lot of ways last night was like a Lenny homecoming for me. I firmly believe that the Tabernacle is one of the greatest concert venues out there; with its cozy, yet “rocked-out” setting and warm acoustics, it’s a perfect backdrop for someone of Lenny’s artistry and also supports the intimate relationship he has with his fans.

The concert started amazingly. Let Love Rule seemed an appropriate start, with a wondrously diverse crowd standing before him, he welcomed himself to Atlanta. From there he maneuvered through his impressive catalog of new and old favorites. Of course he highlighted his band (deservingly so), which at times seemed to drag (a la the trumpet solo), but with his never ending energy, amazing stage presence, bare-bones no frills display of talent, and his ‘good old-fashioned rock star stellar performance,’ Lenny once again, gave Atlanta a HELL of a show! Not to mention the impromptu jammed-out encore with hometown locals, such as Cee-lo Green.

My only disappointment: the damn thing was rescheduled! I requested off from my job a month in advance, with no way of changing it. Not knowing the show date had been changed, I got half-way there only to get a text from the friend meeting me there, that it wasn’t happening! But that’s what I get for not having network television or listening to the radio, other than the lovely NPR, of course! The next day, when friends asked how was the show? I sarcastically said “Lenny was Lenny…the show was great.” I know, I know, I know…I suck!

The show was truly amazing! Thanks Lenny, for reminding us that a great concert only needs instruments, a great band, and a remarkable artist to tie it all together…nothing more, nothing less!

I’d love to see Lenny do an all Acoustic Tour! Just the songs, the guitar, and Lenny! (I hope someone reads this that has the power to make this happen!).

11year old ( Tokesans daughter )

November 5th, 2009
7:43 pm

Hey, Lizdawg I saw your comment …

Hahaha… I know all the words to Mr.cabdriver anyway.
I’m glad you enjoyed the show too.

PH

November 5th, 2009
8:34 pm

Lenny rocked it. HOT HOT HOT. Just wish I knew he wasn’t coming on until 9:30 PM, my dogs were shot from standing in one spot for nerarly 2 hours…I was starting to get cranky, but all was forgiven when he took the stage. I have to agree the trumpet solo wasn’t my favorite part of the show but maybe if I had the option to sit during it I would have enjoyed it more. It was my first visit to the tabernacle, great venue but now I know to wear more comfy shoes. Sore feet couldn’t keep me from dancing though. Thanks Lenny – you ARE the coolest man on the planet.

Jim

November 6th, 2009
4:43 pm

I was not at the show but have seen many a show at the Tab. I will agree it is a great venue, but 8 out of 10 shows there the sound is horrible! the high ceilings make for an echo chamber. You need to check out some other venues before you go saying the sound is incredible in there. Venue – good, sound – not so good, there are better sounding venues.

Chantal

November 7th, 2009
9:14 am

I was glad Lenny played some of his old stuff. It was great to hear that again. I do wish that it had started earlier. I even called Liva Nation & the Tabernacle to see if there was an opening act & they both said no, the day before. I think most of us in the crowd have children with baby sitters at home, plus since most of us were adults, we needed to get up the next day! Not like 20 years ago!!! Thank goodness we had seats! I also don’t understand why you couldn’t purchase the VIP tickets online when we ordered the tickets originally, it was just general admission, but they had seats reserved.

It was great to see Lenny again though! I’ll always go see him!!

Phillip and Matthew

November 16th, 2009
7:16 pm

It was nice to meet our cousin for the first time. He was terrific. His mom would be proud of him. I’m very happy we went. Can’t wait till the next one.