D’ANGELO AND THE VANGUARD + MEG MAC @ CLUB NOKIA
Photos and words by David Benjamin
“All we wanted was a chance to talk
‘Stead we’ve only got outlined in chalk
Feet have bled a million miles we’ve walked. Revealing at the end of the day, the charade”
For nearly a decade and a half, D’Angelo disappeared from public view. Many speculated that it was because the notoriously perfectionist artist may have grown pathologically self-conscious in the wake of the frenzy of attention to the video for “Untitled (How Does It Feel).” If you are one of those people and you live within what you consider to be a reasonable distance between wherever you are and wherever he’s playing, you should go see him do that, because holy wow what a show for a self-conscious person to put on for a rapt, shrieking fans.
D’Angelo’s Second Coming tour brings us Black Messiah with some powerful songs. Songs impeccably played live by his band, the Vanguard. Incredible amounts of energy went into “Chicken Grease” and “Till It’s Done” – the bridge between the encore and the real encore, the one where everyone basically just played themselves to death. And then they ended on “How Does It Feel.” Any unhappiness or unease that may have existed in the minds of anyone at Club Nokia at the moment that song started vanished completely. A security guard lost his composure.
Australian singer Meg Mac started the evening and was overjoyed to be opening for D’Angelo.