‘I need a mothafunkin’ bass tonight!’
Yells Lenny Kravitz to his technician, who, at the start of the show, had left Kravitz’s bass unwired to the speakers as 8,000 fans revel in a 70’s style rock and roll. Its Wednesday 7 July and the venue is London’s Wembley Arena and the crowd are going nuts over a stellar performance of Lenny’s Baptism Tour reaching electrifying heights as he pounds out the immortal classic Are You Gonna Go My Way. During the show Kravitz treated us all jazz, funk, a taste of his drumming, bass and of course his masterful guitar playing, just like Prince had done during the One Nite Alone Tour.
I need a mothaf@?#!n’ bass tonight!
But why were so many Prince fans absent from this show. What’s up? Lenny is a masterful musician like Prince, an intense performer and crowd controller, just like Prince, he even sounds like Prince, plus is also a very close friend to Prince – but that’s it, he is too close to Prince for their liking. Prince fans have gone off Lenny because aside from everything else he now even looks like Prince. Think of the man on the cover of Graffiti Bridge and you also have what appears to be the same person on the cover of Baptism. Is it a clone? The fans think so. Even my mum asked me why I bought a Prince t-shirt at a Lenny Kravitz concert. However, the truth be known they are both so alike spiritually, ethnically, musically, also talent and even temperamentally wise, so I think its fair to call for the Prince fans to stop ostracising Lenny, as they done Larry Graham and Tony M. What did Prince once say “I don’t need suggestions about my hair … I rock therefore I am”. We all know Lenny is no flash in the pan wannabe, he is up there with the best, so my advice to them is to stop being precious and start enjoying some of the finest music around from the finest musicians around. After all aren’t we part of Prince’s plan to school people in real music, its a bit hypocritical to start shunning one of them then from a man who’s ability is unquestionable, just like Prince. Not all similarities should be baulked at.