…And that’s how the Lenny Kravitz concert ended, with the audience on their feet, singing Let Love Rule, hoping their reverberations would be heard across the city and the world. As Lenny Kravitz said last night, “It all starts with a vibration.”
It’s been a Lenny kind of weekend: happy, energetic, fun. Enjoy the images of Lenny Kravitz and his band, photographed from the middle Orchestra section at Radio City Music Hall.
Don’t give the people what they want. Give them something better! ~ said Samuel “Roxy” Rothafel, creator of Radio City Music Hall.
Roxy together with John D. Rockefeller and Radio Corporation of America (then an NBC radio as well as motion picture producer and distributor via RKO studios), collaborated to form one of the most glamorous looking venues in the world: Radio City Music Hall.
Opened in 1932, Radio City Music Hall is a stunning example of American Modernist design. Edward Durell Stone designed the theatre; Donald Deskey decorated the interior. One New York critic commented, “It has been said of the new Music Hall that it needs no performers.”
It was granted official city landmark status in 1978.
Since 1933, more than 700 movies have opened here. Premieres included King Kong, National Velvet, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Mary Poppins, and To Kill a Mockingbird, which starred a former Radio City usher, Gregory Peck!
Radio City Music Hall used to follow a movie-and-stage-show format, though this ended in 1979 because of heavy competition in securing exclusive movie bookings. Today, it hosts live performances. Aretha Franklin and Barry Manilow will be touring here in early 2012. More permanent is the annual The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. A tradition since 1933, it features the popular dance team, The Rockettes.
Radio City Music Hall is the largest indoor theatre in the world. Its marquee is one city-block long. Its auditorium measures 160 feet from back to front, and the ceiling is 84-feet high. The walls and ceiling form by a series of sweeping arches that define a splendid space.**
This concert was part of Lenny’s American tour, a first in five years. His latest studio album is: Black And White America.
**Excerpt from http://www.radiocity.com/about/history.html