This weekend, D'Angelo launched his The Second Coming Tour with one lone U.S. date at New York City's Apollo Theater. Performing on the same stage he wowed when he was a mere 16-year old back in 1991, he did a repeat on February 7th to an audience who had waited almost 15 years for new material from the singer. Concert-goers experienced every side of D'Angelo as he performed cuts from his albums past and present. For those of us who didn't attend, we luckily get a slice of the action, too. In video footage of the show, we see a sweaty D'Angelo closing out his three-hour show (yes, THREE hours) with a 14-minute rendition of Voodoo's "Untitled (How Does It Feel)."
With The Vanguard playing strong back-up, D'Angelo eased into the performance, singing calmly and holding audience member's hands. Singing every note just as perfect as he did in 2000, D'Angelo took the audience on a roller coaster ride of emotions. His vocals went from soaring highs to sultry lows and back as he stripped the show down to a solo performance. Each member of The Vanguard sang their last "how does it feel" or strung their last chord and walked off the stage, leaving D'Angelo by his lonesome in front of his keys. At this point he led the audience in an effortless sing-a-long, later thanking the Apollo audience and walking off stage to a standing ovation.
D'Angelo's tour continues from February 11th in Switzerland to March 7th in Belgium. Unless you have a ticket to any of those shows, you can go ahead and watch what live audiences can expect from the soulful one right here. We'll just wait until he comes to our neck of the woods to experience every morsel of this performance and more.