Questlove's Superjam Live @ Bonnaroo


I think everyone is ready for the return of D'Angelo, check out the Billboard review of his surprise performance at Bonnaroo with Questlove:

D'Angelo is back. Let that sink in for a second. His return was far from a foregone conclusion, of course, and when the R&B recluse touched the stage for a surprise performance during the Questlove-curated Superjam at Bonnaroo, those in attendance who were aware of his recent history realized just how rare a D'Angelo sighting had become. Sure, he was already booked for Essence Music Festival in July and Jay-Z's Made in America weekend in September, but D'Angelo's first U.S. show in over a decade was going to be a must-see exhibit.

But, incredibly, D'Angelo's Bonnaroo set was even more special than that. Backed by a band that included members of Parliament Funkadelic, The Time and The Roots, D's big return to the States was positioned as an ode to the soulful forefathers that had helped shape his career. Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and Funkadelic were all covered, and the entire collective sounded terrific while chomping down on such legendary material. Saxophone solos split the night air, the multi-pronged percussion was never out of synch, and D'Angelo sounded like the rhythm-melding master that he once was -- and that he still might be. The band didn't touch D'Angelo's two timeless albums, but those will be performed as the singer continues on his comeback trail; the Superjam was meant to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, never to be replicated and always to be remembered fondly. "When they told me to curate the jam session... I was trying to figure out what magic I could make happen tonight," Questlove told the crowd prior to the performance. Magic was indeed made during the 90-minute performance, which easily served as the highlight of Bonnaroo 2012.