I overheard someone saying a lady next to them had flown in from New York to see D’Angelo perform in London, I think that alone tells you the epic proportions of how this eagerly awaited comeback concert was. With dates having been announced in both Amsterdam and Paris it was only a matter of time before London dates were announced and the audience at D’Angelo’s sold out show at Brixton Academy were in for a treat. The show’s supporting act Bluey Robinson impressed the crowd with his acoustic set (including a dope rendition of Stevie Wonder’s ‘All I Do’) and after a few jokes from host Kojo the comedian there seemed like an even longer wait until D’Angelo took the stage.
The screams from women (and men…someone actually apologised to me in advance just in case he cried) was reassurance that Mr Archer still had it and the show to follow was one that I know people won’t forget in a hurry. His vocals were on point, his band which included the likes of Chris ‘Daddy’ Dave, Pino Palladino and Jesse Johnson also put on a stellar performance. Although he didn’t perform songs like ‘Lady’ which I know a few people really wanted to here, he blessed the audience with mixture of covers, a medley of classic snippets and also a few songs from his new album which is set to be released this year. The second date of his London tour isn’t sold out yet but I’m pretty sure once word gets round about Friday’s performance that it will be.