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Lenny Kravitz at The Ryman

Justify Your Love

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Has it really been 20 years since the release of Let Love Rule, the debut album where Kravitz announced himself as the alt-rock Prince in a welter of fuzzed-out guitar, druggy beats, psych-pop harmonies and birds flipped at racist cab drivers? Those who saw his first Nashville show, at the Cannery on that tour, remember it as much for his diva-esque two-and-a-half hour delay as for his performance—and all we really remember of that is the way he lashed his bandmates in the face with his dreads while they tried to play. (Imagine getting slapped with an octopus as you try to solo, and you can picture the players’ expressions.) But this tour brings his career full circle, blowing the dust off his first and best album—so if you were ever planning to see him, you’ll never get a better chance. Unless you want to wait a few years and see if he’ll devote a tour to the 20th anniversary of his cover of “American Woman.” K’NAAN opens.
Mon., Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m., 2009

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