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D'Angelo cancels shows due to 'medical emergency'

August 07, 2013|By Gerrick D. Kennedy
  • D'Angelo has been forced to cancel U.S. dates due to illness.
D'Angelo has been forced to cancel U.S. dates due to illness. (Cheryl Gerber/Invision/Associated…)

A medical emergency has forced D’Angelo to cancel a handful of concert dates, including an appearance at San Francisco’s Outside Lands festival on Friday.

“He expresses his sincere regret due to this unfortunate circumstance,” festival organizers said in a statement Wednesday, announcing that Chic featuring Nile Rodgers would fill D’Angelo's slot.

The R&B crooner -- he's been steadily building his much anticipated comeback for more than a year -- canceled the string of shows after being stricken with an unspecified "medical emergency.”

Although no details have been released on his ailment, an agent for the singer told a House of Blues executive, "It's serious, but he should be OK," according to the Chicago Tribune.

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Organizers of the Summer Spirit Festival said D'Angelo was in the hospital when he canceled his appearance last weekend. He was on the bill alongside Erykah Badu, Busta Rhymes and a slew of soul acts.

D’Angelo also scrapped shows in Chicago, Minneapolis, San Diego and New York.

A rep for the singer’s label, RCA, said there were no further details available, and a rep for the singer has yet to return a request for comment.

Largely a recluse in recent years, D’Angelo had begun touring more aggressively as he geared up for his first new album since 2000's "Voodoo," and he had been previewing music from the long-gestating record on the road.

Gerrick Kennedy


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