D’Angelo Surprises Bonnaroo With First U.S. Show In 12 Years

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June 10, 2012 | 8:56pm EST

Reclusive R&B star D’angelo stunned fans at the Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tennessee early on Sunday morning by hitting the stage for an unscheduled performance with The Roots star Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson.
Thompson made light of his friend’s decade-plus absence from the stage when he stepped up to the microphone to introduce his special guest, stating, “I’ve been waiting 12 years to say this: ladies and gentlemen, D’Angelo!”
Fans went wild as D’Angelo walked out for what was his first American show since 2000 and performed a string of covers with his all-star backing band.
The 90-minute jam session featured funky renditions of Led Zeppelin’s What Is and What Should Never Be and The Beatles’ She Came in Through the Bathroom Window.
Reports suggest the band worked on the set for much of Saturday in secret, but perfectionist D’Angelo still largely relied on a lyric sheet onstage.
Reserved at first, he said little to fans during the set – but appeared to enjoy his stage return in America.
Thompson was thrilled, telling reporters backstage, “I’ve been dreaming about this.”