The solitary R&B singer performed live at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival after twelve years of (public) absence from the United States. He made an appearance on Sunday morning a couple weeks ago, surprising thousands of fans during the Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s Superjam session. Thompson said: “I’ve been waiting 12 years to say this – ladies and gentlemen, D’Angelo!,” and the crowd began to shout instantly.
The last time D’Angelo performed in the US was in 2000. His recent appearance was a prelude to his upcoming performance at the Essence Music Festival and a European tour.
D’Angelo and his band gave a 90-minute jam session which included: Jimi Hendrix’s “Have You Ever Been to Electric Ladyland,” Parliament Funkadelic’s “Funky Dollar Bill,” Led Zeppelin’s “What Is and What Should Never Be,” and The Beatles’ “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window.” However, he did not play any new music.
The crowd cheered: “One more song! One more song!”, but Thompson told the fans that there was no more. D’ Angelo responded in an interview saying, “not yet.”
Not yet? So there is more to come! And we will find out what it is most certainly at the Essence Music Festival!