Lenny Kravitz has reason to walk tall these days. In recent years, the singer-songwriter has become more known for acting, thanks to his role as Cinna in the first two films of the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise. But on Sept. 23, Kravitz returns to music and hits the 10-album mark with the release of Strut -- the first for his own Roxie Records label (named for his mother, actress Roxie Roker) -- followed by a world tour kicking off Oct. 22 in Moscow. Before his whirlwind fall takes off, Kravitz talked about his new LP and plans post-Hunger Games.
Strut definitely plays to your rock side. What led you there?
I had nothing to do with it. It came together by itself. I really had no idea I was about to make a record. I was on the set making Catching Fire. Making an album was the last thing on my mind, and all of a sudden I started hearing this music at night, and it wouldn't go away. So, I have two choices at that point: Either I ignore it and lose it, or I pay attention. I decided to pay attention, and this is what came out, really fast -- like in two weeks, all of it.