June 28, 2004 12:00 PM

Lenny Kravitz

Fifteen years after his debut, 1989’s Let Love Rule, Lenny Kravitz, who hit the big 4-0 last month, continues his classic-rock revival on his seventh studio album, Baptism.

ON WHAT HE’S LISTENING TO A lot of classical music, a lot of jazz, stuff without vocals. When I’m working on so much music of my own, I don’t want to hear much vocal music.

ON ATTENDING THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION IN MARCH It was kind of a surreal experience. I’m sitting there with Mick [Jagger], Yoko [Ono], Keith [Richards], Robert Plant. You flash back to yourself as a kid, look at yourself now, and you go, “This is funny.” These are all people that I’m friendly with now. And I still deeply respect their work.

ON TURNING 40

Forty never looked so good. I’m in the best shape of my life. Truthfully. I’m in better shape now than I was in high school. So for me it’s about that–it’s not about a number. You can be 20 and be out of shape and unhealthy. I’m still a young man.

ON HAVING COURTNEY LOVE AS A NEIGHBOR IN MANHATTAN Exciting neighbor to have. You open the elevator and she’s naked in there. The doorman will say, “She was naked, running through the lobby.” It’s great, you know? Adds a little excitement to the building. She’s a sweetheart. She’s got her stuff, but when you sit and just talk with her, there’s a very intelligent, beautiful person inside of there.

ON BEING A ROCK STAR You miss being able to be anonymous, you miss being able to just take a walk and look at people. You miss the way it was before people were, like, hunting you. But at the end of the day it’s a great life that I have. I get to do what I love. I got a big ol’ grin on my face.

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