Lenny Kravitz fans show the love, and it feels "great"

Fri Feb 10, 2012 2:32pm EST
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By Sabrina Ford

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lenny Kravitz is touring the United States for the first time in five years and playing to packed houses, and while the singer says it is good to be in his home country, it's even better that his fans haven't forgotten him.

"I haven't been for quite some time and it's been a really great homecoming," Kravitz told Reuters in a recent interview. "I didn't take it for granted that people would come," he added.

He said that after spending most of his time in recent years between homes in the Caribbean and Paris, he hadn't know exactly what to expect when he committed to the U.S. tour which kicked off in Boston on January 27.

"I've spent a lot of time away. I didn't know if people would even show up. You know, out of sight, out of mind."

But the 47-year-old singer hasn't been forgotten, not by a long shot. The release of his ninth studio album, "Black and White America" last year, almost 21 years after his debut album "Let Love Rule," has kept his music in the ears of fans.

His recent show at New York's Radio City Music Hall was sold out, and already for this current U.S. tour, he has made stops in Detroit and Chicago and performed at an NFL event in Indianapolis during Super Bowl weekend. He'll wrap in Miami Beach on February 25 before heading to Australia.

While it's been widely reported that his next release would be a funk album, "Negrophilia," Kravitz said: "I'm actually working on two or three albums, so I'm not sure which will be next."

Even as he contemplates his musical direction, his fans will see him in an acting role in the widely-anticipated sci-fi thriller movie "The Hunger Games," which hits theaters in March.   Continued...

<p>U.S. singer Lenny Kravitz performs during the German game show "Wetten Dass" (Bet it...?) in the southern German town of Friedrichshafen December 3, 2011. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann</p>