American R&B fans were greeted with good news and bad news at the beginning of 2012. The good news was that neo-soul powerhouse D’Angelo was returning this year with a new album and a tour (and a really, really good cover of Soundgarden’s "Black Hole Sun"). The bad news was that D’Angelo’s "Occupy Music" Tour would only be through Europe.
Well, weep no more, excited D’Angelo fans! The singer just announced his first U.S. show in a decade, where he will join the likes of Mary J. Blige, Aretha Franklin, Kevin Hart and many more at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, July 6th – 8th. Luckily for fans, both the European gigs and the new songs performed at them, including "Charade" and "Sugar Daddy," were met with positive words. The Occupy Music Tour backing band included a pretty formidable lineup, too, featuring Chris Dave, Pino Palladino (The Who, John Mayer Trio), Kendra Foster and Jesse Johnson (Morris Day & The Time).
D’Angelo has a new album due out this year, of which collaborator ?uestlove has said: "At best, it will go down in the Smile/There’s A Riot Goin’ On/Miles Davis’ On The Corner category." A bold prediction, indeed.
For a preview of what’s to come, here’s a clip from his Stockholm show: