Concert Review & Photo Gallery: Lenny Kravitz Lets Love Rule in Boston
August 25, 2012
BOA Pavilion – Boston, MA
Reviewed by: Ilya Mirman
To celebrate the grand opening of Microsoft’s Boston, MA store at the Prudential, the Redmond software leader did something very cool – they brought Grammy-Award winner Lenny Kravitz to Boston and sponsored a free concert for New England fans.
Kravitz’s monster 2-hour set included both hits and deep cuts from his catalog, as well as material from his latest album, Black and White America. Among other songs, I was particularly psyched to be there as Lenny rocked Always on the Run, American Woman, It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over, Mr. Cab Driver, Black And White America, Stand By My Woman, Fly Away, Are You Gonna Go My Way, and Let Love Rule.
Lenny and his eclectic band put on an energetic, passionate, exciting show – seamlessly blending rock, soul, funk, folk, reggae, and other influences. It was interesting to see a horn section and piano perfectly incorporated into the hard rock mix. And Lenny was clearly having fun on stage – playfully interacting with every band member, and generously sharing the spotlight – giving ample opportunities for band mates to showcase their own powerhouse talents.
Lenny had the crowd dancing and singing along for the entire duration of the set. The epitome of cool, he was also gracious and grateful, throughout the show humbly thanking his fans for their response. Kravitz exuded warmth and reached generations of fans.
Microsoft treated their customers to a first-class experience, starting with local favorite Pizzeria Regina, raffling off X-boxes and other cool prizes, and an exclusive meet-and-greet with Lenny for diehard fans.
The climax came during the encore, when – during a long jam version of “Let Love Rule” – Kravitz went into the crowd, walking the entire pavilion perimeter, embracing and high-fiving fans.
Boston’s answer to Lenny’s “Are You Gonna Go My Way?” was a resounding YES.
View photos from the show below: