Lenny Kravitz is getting ready for the release of what promises to be one of the biggest movies of the year so far, 'The Hunger Games.' In the first in what will probably be more movies based on the best selling books, Lenny plays Cinna, a creative stylist who is part of the prep team that helps Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) make a good impression with the sponsors of the futuristic show the title comes from.
Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which "Tributes" must fight with one another until one survivor remains.
'The Hunger Games' will be in theaters March 23. Kravitz talks about how he got this amazing role and his perception of the movie in this Artisan News Report:
Lenny Kravitz made an appearance on The Ellen Degeneres show yesterday (Mar. 6). He talked about his big role of Cinna in the upcoming 'The Hunger Games' motion picture, his acting career, who he'd like to make a movie with and Ellen also brings up how the guy never ages. In the second clip, Lenny helps out with the 'Billion-Dollar wheel of Riches.' Check out the clips:
Lenny Kravitz is lending his support for the UNICEF Tap Project by encouraging his fans and dining patrons across the country to pay $1 or more for the tap water they usually enjoy for free during World Water Week, March 19 -- 25.
With $1, UNICEF can provide a child with access to clean, safe water for 40 days, or 40 children with access to safe water for one day.Help out at: www.tapproject.org
Rock Picks of the Week: Van Halen, Black Stone Cherry, Shinedown, Pop Evil, Sebastian Bach, Lenny Kravitz
First up is the new Van Halen track 'Tattoo', which comes from the new album 'A Different Kind Of Truth'. The album will be released on February 8th, and although the reviews on this first single are mixed, how can I not put the new Van Halen in Rock Picks of the Week? Personally, 'Tattoo' seems to be Van Halen's attempt to maximize airplay with a radio friendly track that could be construed as being as mass appeal as possible. I would have preferred a more 'in your face.' kick ass track to introduce the album, but that obviously wasn't the consensus decision in the VH camp. Some online observations from those that have heard the entire album say that the rest of the album has some seriously rocking tracks, and I have got to think that is the case. I can't wait to hear the full album. Van Halen kick off their tour Feb. 18 in Louisville, KY at the KFC Yum! Center.
Black Stone Cherry are back in the Rock Picks of the week for the third time with another track from one of the top rock albums of 2011, 'Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea.' 'In My Blood' could very well surpass the ascent of 'White Trash Millionaire' and 'Blame It On the Boom Boom' on the charts, as the track is already nearly Top 20 on the rock charts. It's another great track, from a great album and a fantastic American Rock Band!
Let's all request the song on our local rock radio stations and jack it up even more!
Road Warriors BSC will be back on the road in the U.S. with Cavo starting Jan. 30 in Omaha, Nebraska. The guys will keep it going with a headlining trek in Europe starting in March. Keep kicking ass guys!
Shinedown are back with their new track 'Bully.' The anti-bullying anthem come from their upcoming album, 'Amaryllis,' to be released on March 27 from Atlantic Records. 'Amaryllis' sees Shinedown joining forces once more with producer Rob Cavallo (Kid Rock, Green Day), who previously collaborated with the band on 2008's hugely successful 'The Sound of Madness.' They recorded at Cavallo's Lightning Sound studios outside of Los Angeles as well as a pair of Hollywood landmarks, Ocean Way Recording and Capitol Studios.
"I've always seen Shinedown as its own entity – this living thing that's been growing and developing and evolving over the past 10 years," said frontman Brent Smith. "During the recording, the vision of what Shinedown is and where it's going became completely clear. Amaryllis is the manifestation of that vision, the centerpiece of what Shinedown is. It reflects on everything we've done and where we're heading. It's a message of empowerment, perseverance, and inspiration that I think speaks to fans that have been with us since the beginning as well as those who are just learning about who we are and what we're about. I can't wait for the world to hear it."
The song is already nearly Top 10 at rock radio. Shinedown kick off a tour of Germany and the U.K. on February 1st in Hamburg.
Michigan rockers Pop Evil have released another kick ass track from their latest album 'War Of Angels.' The sexy 'Boss's Daughter' is hell on heels! The third single from 'War Of Angels' was co-wriiten with Mick Mars of Motley Crue. Leigh Kakaty (vocals),Tony Greve (guitar), Davey Grahs (guitar), Dylan Allison (drums) and Matt DiRito worked their asses off in 2011, and they will continue to keep the momentum going into 2012 with another great track and continuous touring. These guys deserve all the success they have gotten and continue to build on the Pop Evil brand. I am really liking what the band are bringing and want to see them live, as I haven't done so yet.
Pop Evil have released a deluxe version of 'War Of Angels' on iTunes with 4 tracks not on the original album and kick off yet another tour on January 19 in Ottawa, Illinois.
The band have to be happy that Michigan Wolverine quarterback Denard Robinson is coming back to the big house for his senior year. They are huge Wolverine fans, and even wrote a song in tribute.
Sebastian Bach is up next with 'Tunnelvision', the second track released from his great album 'Kicking & Screaming.' Seb wrapped up 2011 in fantastic fashion, opening up for Guns N' Roses on New Year's Eve in Las Vegas. Bach will continue to be busy in 2012, starting with some gigs singing with the Steve Stevens (Billy Idol) Band at Iridium Jazz Club in New York City on Friday Jan. 27th, Saturday the 28th & Sunday the 29th. There will be a live webcast at 8 and 10pm for the Jan. 28th concert at iridiumlive.net. Bach will continue his solo headlining dates on Feb. 2nd in Baltimore, Maryland.
Lenny Kravitz has released "Push', the second single from his latest album 'Black And White America.' It's an inspirational song inspiring us to keep pushing, to find our place, find our way home.
Lenny has a big 2012 in store. Besides a U.S. tour coming up, he participated in Amnesty International's latest music project, 'Chimes Of Freedom: The Songs Of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International.' Lenny recorded "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" for the collection, which will support Amnesty's life-saving human rights work. You can also see Lenny in the highly anticipated movie version of 'The Hunger Games' as Cinna on March 23rd. It promises to be one of the movies of the year. Lenny was great in 'Precious,' and he was recently featured in yet another hilarious 'Funny Or Die' video, 'Lenny Kravitz Is Angry.'
Lenny kicks off his North American tour on Jan. 27th in Boston. Here's the dates:
Jan. 27 - Boston, MA - Wang Theatre
Jan. 28 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall
Jan. 30 - Detroit, MI - Fillmore
Jan. 31 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theater
Feb. 7 - Minneapolis, MN - State Theatre
Feb. 10 - Denver, CO - Buell Theatre
Feb. 12 - Phoenix, AZ; Comerica
Feb. 14 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre
Feb. 16 - Los Angeles, CA - Nokia Theatre
Feb. 19 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Las Vegas
Feb. 22 - Dallas, TX - Verizon Theatre
Feb. 23 - Biloxi, MS - Beau Rivage
Feb. 25 - Miami Beach, FL - Fillmore
Bush are back with their first album of new material in 10 years called "The Sea Of Memories", to be released on September 13. Produced by Bob Rock (Aerosmith, Metallica), the CD is the first to be made available via Bush's own imprint, Zuma Rock Records, through an exclusive partnership with eOne Music. The first track "The Sound of Winter" is marking a major comeback for the band and is on it's way to approaching the success of some of their previous tracks from the 90's.
About the album, singer Gavin Rossdale said about the album: "When making music, you have a choice to repeat what you've done or move on. It would've been safe to just rework (1994's debut album) 'Sixteen Stone' over and over, but what kind of life would that be? When you're driving down the road, you're focused on what's in front of you; you don't really think to keep checking in your rear view mirror. I like the idea of art changing, developing and morphing."
The current Bush lineup includes original drummer Robin Goodridge, guitarist Chris Traynor and bassist Corey Britz. Traynor replaced original axeman Nigel Pulsford in 2001 while Britz has stepped in for Dave Parsons.
Bush has announced a headlining tour of North America that will kick off September 13 at the Babcock Theatre in Billings, Montana. On September 27 at 4th & B in San Diego, Bush will begin a tour with Chevelle and special guests Filter. Bush has also partnered with I Love All Access to offer a variety of VIP packages for the tour.
Look for Gavin Rossdale on "Chelsea Lately" September 21 and on September 22, Bush will perform on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno."
Lenny Kravitz is back with the first single from his new release "Black and White America" called "Stand." It's another great track from Lenny, exuding positivity and joy, while delivering an impowering message. Lenny has always been known as a student of the musical past, with his music and image harking back to the 60's and 70's. In this video from recordstoreday.com, Lenny himself gets a good look at his new baby. The vinyl release is also out only at participating indie record stores. The smell, the packaging, the photos..it's all good with vinyl!
Lenny has been branching out into acting in the last couple of years, first with a critically acclaimed dramatic role in "Precious", and next with the role of Cinna, a fashion stylist who designs outrageous costumes for Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) to wear while participating in the Hunger Games. Cinna develops a close friendship with Katniss, and his designs help shape her character. "The Hunger Games" movie will be released on March 23, 2012. The movie is based on best selling trilogy of books by Suzanne Collins.
Lenny also continues with his acting chops in his new extended directors cut for the first single "Stand". Lenny plays three different characters, including band leader Desmond Ritchie, drummer in The Fab Three, Bubba Washington and game show host Bart Billingsworth. Lenny looks ready to take Wayne Brady's job on "Let's Make A Deal" if he wants it.
Lenny will be headlining the free Samsung & AT&T Summer Krush 2011 Concert Series on August 31 at Terminal 5 in New York City. Also look for Lenny performing as part of the Toyota Concert Series on the NBC's Today show on Friday, September 2nd in New York City. Lenny will be touring Europe until the end of November, so don't expect a full North American tour until early 2012.
Lenny also released a "behind the scenes" for his video "Stand" from the set of "Run For Your Money." Bart Billingsworth, Desmond Richie and Bubba Washington are all profiled in this hilarious film:
Up next are Toronto, Canada rockers My Darkest Days, who have been working thier ass off in 2011, and it's paying off! Non-stop touring has gotten the band big-time exposure, and now they are onto the third single from their self-titled debut album. After the success of the first two singles "Porn Star Dancing" and "Move Your Body", the band are onto "Every Lie" for the new single. It's approaching top 20 at active rock, with top 10 potential.
The guys are back on the road Septemeber 1st in their hometown of Toronto at the Canadian National exhibition, before hitting Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, including shows with Finger Eleven, Great White and Sick Puppies.
Cold "Wicked World" is the next Rock Pick of the Week. Cold are wrapping up a summer tour with Volbeat with three consecutive nights at the House of Blues in Anaheim, California, before continuing on solo with dates in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. The song comes from the Jacksonville, Florida band's 5th studio album "Superfiction."
Cold have been in the game for quite awhile, having formed in 1996, broken up in 2006, and gotten back together in 2009. "Wicked World" is a current top 20 track at active rock radio.
Up next is ex-Dangerous Toys frontman Jason McMaster's band Broken Teeth with a straight ahead kick ass rocker called "Bullet". The song is featured on the band's latest album, "Viva La Rock, Fantastico." 'Bullet' is the third video release from the record. McMaster was inducted into the South Texas Music Walk Of Fame on June 4th in his home town of Corpus Christi, TX. McMaster is the first metal artist to be honored by the South Texas Music Walk Of Fame.
A vocalist, bassist, guitarist, and songwriter with two gold-certified records under his belt, McMaster is notorious for being one of the busiest musicians in rock and roll. His rock and roll resume dates back to 1982, when he fronted influential progressive metal band Watchtower, later moving on to make headlines with the southern sleaze rock act Dangerous Toys. In recent years, Jason has been channeling his talent into the Austin-based hard rock act Broken Teeth, having released five albums since the band’s formation in 1999; along with two albums from his NWOHB influenced band IGNITOR, and various tribute bands. His impact on the Texas rock and metal scene was previously recognized in 1998, with an induction into the Texas Music Hall Of Fame.
The South Texas Music Walk of Fame honors six new Texas artists every year, in a ribbon-cutting ceremony that kickstarts the annual WaterStreet Market Music & Arts Festival in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Lenny Kravitz gears up for new album release, will play Cinna in “The Hunger Games” movie, director’s cut of new video for “Stand”
Lenny Kravitz is ramping up for the August 30 release of his 9th studio album, “Black And White America.” His first release of new material in three years, “Black and White America” is billed as a rich rock and funk-infused collection filled with Lenny’s signature guitar riffs, compelling melodies and the undeniable anthemic lyricism that has been his trademark over the course of his 20-year career.
“I am really excited for everyone to hear the music on Black and White America. Musically and lyrically, I feel it is the most diverse album of my career,” said Kravitz.
Lenny Kravitz's new 16-song album, Black And White America, is due out on August 30, and the singer/songwriter says that fans will hear plenty of his signature genre-bending in his new work. There's plenty of hard rock riffing on tracks like the first single, "Stand," "Rock Star City Life" and "Come and Get It," old school R&B on the title track and "Super Love," and a hint of Reggae on the song "Boongie Drop," which features a rap part by Jay-Z.
"As a person I am all over the place. I'm completely schizophrenic. I've tried to make a record that sort of has one sound throughout, and I just can't do it," Kravitz told Billboard.com. "When I go left, I want to go right; When I go up, I want to go down. I have so many musical styles inside of me. Growing up, I listened to every kind of music and it's in me and it's just the way I am, so the albums always come out like that, all over the place."
Recorded mostly by Kravitz and guitarist Craig Ross, Black And White America features some other guest spots as well. New Orleans' Jazz man Trombone Shorty plays on several tracks, Drake guests on "Sunflower," and the aforementioned Jay-Z and DJ Military are featured on "Boongie Drop."
"It's all music, you know? I only go where the music takes me, so if I hear it in the track, I'll do it," Kravitz continued. "I won't do something for the sake of, 'Well, this is hip now.' When I wrote 'Boongie Drop' I heard a rap in the middle, and I immediately heard Jay's voice and we had collaborated twice before, so I called him and when I went to New York I put him on the track. And then I got on the phone with Drake for ('Sunflower') before he had even heard the track and he said, 'Yeah, I'll do it. I'm a fan and I love your work and I would love to be on it.' So that was cool."
As for touring in support of the new album, Kravitz will hit the road in Europe starting in mid-October, and then return to North America for shows in November and December. Kravitz recently completed a North American leg opening up for U2 on the 360 Degrees tour.
The big-screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins' best-selling novel The Hunger Games has added another cast member: Lenny Kravitz will play the role of kindhearted stylist Cinna. "When I saw Lenny's work in Precious, I was just knocked out," said director Gary Ross of the casting decision, according to MTV. "It was quiet and strong and understated and openhearted; all qualities which define this character. I'm really looking forward to this ride."
Check out some of Kravitz' acting skills in the great new director's cut of the video for Lenny's first single from "Black And White America" called "Stand":
Here's a recent acoustic performance of "Stand" that Lenny posted on Youtube: