One of the biggest hits for the Canadian group The Guess Who was a song that seemingly warned against getting involved with ‘American Woman’. But the songwriter Burton Cummings has since said, in a 2013 interview, that it was simply a way of saying that he preferred Canadian girls. Whatever the meaning, Lenny Kravitz tapped into the song’s magnetism and room for guitar theatrics in his 1999 cover that has since become a cover version that stands alongside the original.
Are You Gonna Go My Way elevated Lenny Kravitz to superstar status, cementing him as more than just a pop-culture curiosity. The singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist’s third album got heavily featured on MTV, received blanket airplay on rock radio and ultimately became one of the biggest sellers of his career.
Before Are You Gonna Go My Way’s release on March 9, 1993, Kravitz was reasonably well-known but wasn’t a household name. In 1993, during hip-hop’s golden age and the height of grunge, it may have seemed that what is commonly referred to as “classic rock” was dead. Apparently, no one told that to Lenny Kravitz. The self-styled rock-soul revivalist has always been unabashed about wearing his influences on his sleeve while still transmitting his own message.
American singer, songwriter, producer and actor Lenny Kravitz is in town to present his 11th album, ‘Raise Vibration’ (2018), which lends its name to this tour. Kravitz, author of such biggies as ‘Are You Gonna Go My Way’, a cover of The Guess Who’s ‘American Woman’, and ‘Fly Away’, presents his newest songs as well at Poble Espanyol.
With a Colombian father and French mother, the New Yorker Gabriel Garzón-Montano genuinely exemplifies the black and tropical movement currently shaping pop. Before releasing his debut album,Jardín (2017), he had already received support from pillars of the music community such as Mayer Hawthorne, who was the go-between between him and his label; Drake, who sampled his voice; and Lenny Kravitz, who called upon the artist to open for him on tour. In his music one can hear neo soul sophistication combined with hints of electronic and an exquisite sense of groove funk served on his own organic lattice. This saturday at Sala Apolo within the festival Primavera Club.
Una nova cita festivalera i estiuenca arriba avui i demà a Barcelona amb la primera edició del Hard Rock Rising, un festival de vocació eclèctica i transversal que aspira a convertir-se en nova cita obligada a la ciutat.
Els nord-americans Lenny Kravitz i Kings of Leon són dos dels grans reclams internacionals que actuaran en directe al Fòrum, així com el Britànic Robbie Williams. També hi veurem els catalans Thalab i als madrilenys Vetusta Morla, així com als DJ suecs Avicii i Steve Angello.
Hard Rock Rising es una coproducció entre Hard Rock International –el gegant propietari de la cadena Hard Rock Cafe– i la promotora de concerts Live Nation.