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Electric Lennyland

Marcus Amphitheater
Aug. 28, 1999

Lenny Kravitz
Lenny feels electric.

Story and Photos by Phil Bonyata

Lenny Kravitz, the modern alchemist of '60s psychedelia, '70s hard rock and lightly peppered Motown R&B, busted loose on the Marcus Amphitheater stage last night to an all ages crowd.
Opening with "Believe" Kravitz preened and posed like a true guitar hero, although good, his stylings and ability aren't unique enough. Imitation is a lot easier than innovation. Other tunes churned out with a "I come first attitude" like "Believe" and "Fly Away" OK songs always define their mediocrity live. There's no rock to hide under. No voice mail.
Kravitz is ultimately a repackaged product who can't find his own road to travel on.
Openers Smash Mouth, the college fav of the day, mixed their '60s beats meet Beck stylings on "All Star" and "Can't Get Enough of You Baby" to the memorable notion that forgettable music has a place - even for only a brief moment between the claps of our hands.

Smash Mouth
College radio never tasted so good!

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