Watch D’Angelo’s First U.S. Concert Appearance In 12 Years
D’Angelo surprised thousands of fans when he took the stage at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival last weekend during Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson‘s Superjam session. And, let’s just say it definitely felt good.
“I’ve been waiting 12 years to say this,” Thompson said as D’Angelo hit the stage for the first time in 12 years dressed in a black tank top and jeans. “Ladies and gentlemen, D’Angelo!”
For the next 90 minutes, the ’90s heartthrob rocked the stage performing a number of classics, including The Beatles’ “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window,” Jimi Hendrix‘s “Have You Ever Been to Electric Ladyland,” Parliament Funkadelic‘s “Funky Dollar Bill,” and Led Zeppelin’s “What Is and What Should Never Be.”
Thompson, a huge fan of D’Angelo, hoped the performance would inspire him to finally put out another album. “I wanted him to see that,” he said. “That’s a green light. Me doing it wasn’t, like, running out of jam partners. Me doing it was basically showing him, ‘Look, you are so missed you don’t even realize how much you are missed,’ hoping that this will be the adrenaline boost that will finally get him to turn his record in to the label. It’s done, it’s brilliant. I played on it. I know it’s brilliant. Now, it’s just time to let his kids go and show it to the world. That’s what I’m here for.”
Next up, the 38-year-old artist will perform at the ESSENCE music festival and as part of JAY-Z’s Made In America festival. Watch D’Angelo perform the Beatles classic below. How do you feel to see D’Angelo back on stage?