Lenny Kravitz headlined at Glastonbury in 1993 – the same year that his number one album Are you gonna go my way was released to much critical acclaim. This was the album that put Kravitz firmly on the rockstar map, with the title song reaching the top of the charts and providing one of the most iconic tracks of the 90s. The album also features the hit singles Believe and Heaven Help in a mix of tracks that Kravitz says were inspired by Hendrix, Lennon, Mayfield and Prince – not a bad set of role models.
Are you gonna go my way is the exclusive extra album for High50 subscribers when they buy Vinyl Box’s Glastonbury Pilgrimage 2000-2010 box set. As with the other sets in the Vinyl Box collection, this features three mystery albums from legendary attests who made a profound impact at the world’s greatest music festival – a bestselling album, an album from a household name and an undiscovered gem – perfectly curated by music expert, writer, DJ and A&R consultant Daryl Easlea.
Since 1970, the iconic Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, England, has played host to the biggest names in pop, rock and almost every genre under the sun. From punk to funk, grunge to garage, country to hip-hop and Afrobeat to reggae, ‘Glasto’ has played host to all sorts of music during 50 eventful years that have seen it transform from a local, small-scale affair into an international phenomenon that has become the most eagerly anticipated event on the festival calendar.
But Glastonbury is so much more than a music festival; it’s a major cultural happening where over a 100,000 people from all corners of the world converge on a dairy farm in deepest rural England to see and hear the greatest names across the spectrum of popular music.
For the seasoned festival goer, the Glastonbury experience is an annual pilgrimage to be savoured, even when the fickle weather gods are at their most capricious; whether they’re wading through a sea of mud or basking in the sun’s golden rays, it’s all the same for the Glasto faithful, who feel a special kind of kinship with their fellow music fans, especially when they’re singing along to arm-waving rock anthems and being lifted up by the transcendent power of loud live music.
The fields of Worthy Farm have witnessed many memorable moments down the years but 2000-2010 was a particularly fertile time; arguably, the most iconic concert of that period came at the start of that decade, in 2000, when the late art-rock aristocrat, David Bowie, triumphantly returned to the festival after previously performing there in 1971. Fellow rock legends Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young also lit up the Glastonbury stages in the 2000s as did Jay-Z, who in 2008 became the first hip-hop artist to headline the festival; as a response to Noel Gallagher’s objection to him headlining, the rapper opened his set with a cheeky hip-hop take on Oasis’ “Wonderwall.” There were also notable appearances from many leading rock bands of the time; including Foo Fighters, Oasis, Coldplay, Muse, Radiohead, R.E.M. and The Verve, who all delivered mind-blowing concerts that are now part of Glasto folklore.
The Glastonbury Pilgrimage 2000-2010 box set costs £43.99. High50 customers taking up this offer will get an additional album for free – Lenny Kravitz’s Are you gonna go my way.