Mick Gives it up for Lenny
Retro-rocker Lenny Kravitz, whose new album Lenny hits stores on Oct. 30, has also co-written and produced one song on Goddess In The Doorway, the upcoming fourth solo album from Virgin labelmate and friend Mick Jagger.
In an exclusive Canadian newspaper interview with The Toronto Sun in the Bahamas last week, Kravitz said the Jagger song, God Gave Me Everything, was produced at his own Roxie Studios in Miami.
"It's great," said Kravitz. "I started writing the track and then had some melody ideas. Mick came down, (I) played him what I had and said, 'Okay, man, you put your part to it.'
"He sat down, hung out for a couple of hours, and later walked back into the studio and said, 'I got it.' I said, 'Great, go sing it.' He went in and sang it. It was amazing. (I) got him on the first take -- the vocal's got a lot of energy."
Kravitz, who has produced other artists, says working with the frontman of the Rolling Stones wasn't any more nerve-wracking than with the others.
"I'm very comfortable working with people. Of course, he's a legend and I have an immense amount of respect for him, but when you're working, you're working. It's what I do, so it's just like working with anybody, except you're working with somebody who is ridiculously talented, has an amazing voice and knows what he's doing."
Jagger told Rolling Stone this week the album, due in November, also includes work from Wyclef Jean, Matchbox 20's Rob Thomas, U2's Bono, Pete Townshend and Aerosmith's Joe Perry.
Jagger is scheduled to attend the Toronto International Film Festival as co-producer of Enigma, a U.S.-U.K. co-production about the struggle to crack the infamous Nazi Enigma code during World War II.
He is also attending the festival for The Man From Elysian Fields, a film in which Jagger plays an escort service owner.
Pete Townshend Calls Upcoming Jagger Album 'Best He's Done'
-- Not only has Pete Townshend confirmed his work on Mick Jagger's upcoming solo album, he's actually raving about the project. The Who leader was asked by his webmaster to clarify his involvement in the album because of all the rumors circulating, and the answer was posted at petetownshend.com: "I played on three tracks. The best was 'Gun.' I loved the tracks I heard. It is the best solo album he's done so far in my opinion."
U.K. tabloid The Sun has reported that the song "Gun" is directed at Jagger's ex-wife Jerry Hall. The paper quoted a "Rolling Stones insider" who said, "The song is about Jerry and it is the only way Mick can think of venting his fury. He is still in love with her and the fact she won't get back with him is driving him crazy." The lyrics for "Gun" say the "mild and meek" Hall should find a gun "and shoot it through this heart of mine" if she won't take Jagger back. However, the words do acknowledge that by not taking Jagger back, Hall is probably just protecting herself from more heartache at his hands.
Jagger's Goddess In The Doorway, which will also feature Bono, Lenny Kravitz, and Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas, is set for release on November 6.