Neo-soul and R&B legend D’Angelo is unparalleled when it comes to his musical prowess and performing abilities – and he proved it last night, with a welcome return to Sydney. In the country to perform at Byron Bay’s Bluesfest this weekend, he took to the Sydney Opera House stage with a full live band and one hell of a theatrical performance, including multiple hat changes and a feathered vest that only he could make look undeniably cool.
D’Angelo returned to the music industry in late 2014 with his stunning third album Black Messiah, a whopping 14 years after his game-changing sophomore release Voodoo, immediately reinstating himself as one of the greatest musicians in R&B and soul history.
Earlier this year, D’Angelo took home Grammy Awards for best R&B song and album, and the sold out Opera House crowd were more than excited to finally witness the man in the flesh. The entire Concert Hall was standing up, dancing and having the time of their lives, watching one of the most influential artists of the past two decades.
Finally arriving on stage around ninety minutes late, the career-spanning set was thrilling and bouncing with energy from start to end. From incredible room-shaking rhythms to immense multi-axe guitar solos and beyond, this will no doubt be one of the best live shows of 2016 for everyone lucky enough to witness it.
Photos by Tristan Stefan Eduoard