So, wow. D’Angelo performed on the Saturday Night Live stage for the first time, and absolutely killed it. I’m late to the whole Black Messiah album, and to be honest, I still haven’t listened to it. But after seeing this performance, I need to give this album my full attention. It was actually hard to pick which clip to include, because the other song he performed, “Really Love”, was absolutely wonderful too. However, the powerful message behind the song and performance of, “The Charade”, just can’t be topped. The very real and relevant themes of Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, and Michael Brown, plays a heavy roll in this performance. The lyrics, the shirts the entire band is wearing, and even the chalk outline on the stage, demands all of your attention. It was a great platform to display such a tumultuous topic.
Can we also talk about the backing members of his band, The Vanguard? Guitarists Jesse Johnson (The Time) and Isaiah Sharkey, Pino Palladino (The Who bassist), John Blackwell (Prince drummer), and keyboardist Cleo “Pookie” Sample. I mean, c’mon… C’MON. It’s no wonder this performance is so badass, when the characters on stage are so frickin’ talented.
Okay, I’ll shut up. Just watch the clip below and you’ll understand my excitement and awe.