Ignoring all of the merit in his music, of which there is a ton, he's a reclusive artist from the turn of the century who disappeared at the peak of his creative abilities. This really isn't very different from any of the indie acts from that period that have reunited and played to crowds much larger than they did when they were originally around. Of course, D'Angelo wasn't a niche artist when he disappeared, he was masssssive. I just looked it up and his last album, Voodoo, sold 320,000 copies in its first week. Questlove and J Dilla were heavily involved in the production of the album which has led to it's continued legacy over the years. Thrown in the fact that groups like The Weeknd are bringing this sound back into focus and you should have your answer.
I was all stoked to see the Flaming Lips on the CHBP lineup but now I'm struggling to even pull the trigger to spend $100 on two tickets. Must have something to do with the fact that I've seen them live 7x in the last few years. Maybe I'll just wait until they come through next time.
PAUL McCARTNEY •RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS •NINE INCH NAILS •PHOENIX KASKADE •VAMPIRE WEEKEND •PRETTY LIGHTS •YEAH YEAH YEAHS D'ANGELO •THE NATIONAL •JURASSIC 5 •WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY GRIZZLY BEAR •DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES •YOUNG THE GIANT BAND OF HORSES •A-TRAK •THE HEAD AND THE HEART •YEASAYER MATT & KIM •ZEDD •THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH •FOALS •DAWES TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE •YOUTH LAGOON GARY CLARK JR. •JESSIE WARE •DILLON FRANCIS KURT VILE AND THE VIOLATORS •EMELI SANDÉ •THE MOTHER HIPS SURFER BLOOD •CHROMATICS •THE GROWLERS •RUDIMENTAL THAO & THE GET DOWN STAY DOWN •CAMPER VAN BEETHOVEN SMITH WESTERNS •BOMBINO •WAVVES •FISHBONE •MILO GREENE ATLAS GENIUS •ANUHEA •TWENTY ONE PILOTS •THE HEAVY •DAUGHTER IVAN NEVILLE'S DUMPSTAPHUNK •WILD BELLE •KING TUFF THE LONE BELLOW •MS MR •LITTLE GREEN CARS •JAMES MCCARTNEY THE SOFT WHITE SIXTIES •DEAP VALLY •THE MEN •MIDI MATILDA KOPECKY FAMILY BAND •HOUNDMOUTH •FOY VANCE •BHI BHIMAN LOCURA •NAIA KETE •THE EASY LEAVES
Turns out Live at Squamish (Aug 8, 9, 10) and Outside Lands (Aug 9, 10, 11) do, in fact, overlap. Shucks. Squamish for me! I might try to do a bit of a west coast road trip around that time though.