Lenny Kravitz Announces New Live DVD 'Just Let Go': Exclusive
Lenny Kravitz's latest tour has given him something to, well, "Strut" about. So he's captured it on a new home video, Just Let Go, that will be released Oct. 23 on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats, Billboard is announcing exclusively.
The 12-track set was filmed over the course of three month's during the first European leg of Kravitz's world tour supporting his then-new 10th studio album, Strut. "It's been great," Kravitz tells Billboard about the trek, which just started in North America over the weekend. "Really powerful, and the band has reached that point where you're really jelling and communicating well on stage musically. I'm really enjoying it, and people seem to be enjoying it just as much, so it feels great."
The group's approach, meanwhile, has been expansive and free-form, giving Kravitz's band members plenty of room for musical exploration. "We jump out of the window and we land on our feet," he explains. "Sometimes we land on our feet. Sometimes we roll around a little bit and then end up on our feet. It's a vibe. It's about the evening, the energy between the audience and the musicians. It does challenge the audience every now and again, but for the most part it works. It's beautiful and they end up really being receptive and it's nourishing to the soul for people to hear things that are happening at the moment just because the moment took us there."
Watch an exclusive trailer for Just Let Go, which Billboard is premiering exclusively.
The 12 performances on the set will be intercut with interview clips and rehearsal and behind-the-scenes footage. The package also includes additional bonus versions of "Sister," "Always on the Run," "Sex," "I Belong to You," "New York City" and "Let Love Rule." In a statement announcing Just Let Go, Kravitz says that, "I am a solo artist, but Just Let Go reflects on the relationship with my band and the camaraderie that develops between us while out on the road. The film takes a deeper look into what it's like to be on tour and also gives an intimate perspective into my life with the band, both on and off stage."
Kravitz will be on stage through Sept. 19, wrapping up at the Music Midtown Festival in Atlanta. He then returns to work on his next album, which is already well in progress. "Once I finish a record I'm on to the next thing, so I'm working it and there will be new music next year for sure," says Kravitz, who describes the material as "very funky and very raw. Very psychedelic. It's really, really good. I'm still in love with album-making, and I even still think about vinyl. That's just my taste; I grew up listening to albums, and I believe in it for my music."
Outside of music, Kravitz continues to work with his Kravitz Design lines of architecture, interiors and fashions, while his photography exhibition has shown in Los Angeles, Paris and Germany and recently opened in Vietnam. He has another moving coming, though he "can't say yet" what it is, and he'll also be "doing a couple episodes of Empire in the near future."
The track list for "Just Let Go" includes:
1) Fly Away
2) Dirty White Boots
3) American Woman
4) Dancin’ ‘Til Dawn
6) It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over
7) New York City
8) The Chamber
10) Dig In
11) Let Love Rule
12) Are You Gonna Go My Way