Lenny, Lewis & Nicole in the Paddock at Melbourne

Lenny, Lewis & Nicole in the paddock at Melbourne

Prior to his first live dates in Australia in over 18 years, Lenny Kravitz took a quick tour of the McLaren garage at the Australian Grand Prix circuit in Melbourne yesterday.

The rock legend hung out with Lewis Hamilton and the F1 driver’s girlfriend, Nicole Scherzinger and was shown around the cars. However, the noise of one of the engines forced him to retreat for fear of damaging his ears prior to his F1 Rocks debut tomorrow night (Saturday).

When asked earlier of his knowledge of Formula 1, the four times Grammy winner said: “Well, I like cars and I like going fast but I don’t know too much about F1 so don’t ask me any technical questions. I’m here to take it in and learn about it and I’m here to play.”

Speaking of his paddock visit, Kravitz compared it to the rock n roll experience: “People are always excited to come backstage at a rock concert you know. That’s what I do, so for me it’s normal and it’s not very exciting,” he claimed.

“But being backstage the drivers, and getting to see the cars, it’s really exciting. I’m very much into design and technology and cars have all of that, especially these cars.”

Kravitz will be playing two F1 Rocks shows at Melbourne’s enormous Sidney Myer Music Bowl on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th March.

Touring in support of his latest album, Black and White America, the New York born star will share the stage at both concerts with opening acts, The Cranberries and Wolfmother.

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