D'Angelo was hospitalized last week due to an unspecified "medical emergency," forcing the singer to cancel six shows, including an appearance at this weekend's Outside Lands festival in San Francisco. CHIC, the pioneering disco band led by Nile Rodgers, is set to replace the singer.
"We hope that D'Angelo has a speedy recovery, and we are grateful to Nile Rodgers and CHIC for stepping in at this late hour," says Outside Lands promoter Allen Scott. "CHIC is still one of the greatest live bands around and I can guarantee that they are going to bring the party to Outside Lands on Friday."
The soul singer canned appearances at Brooklyn's Williamsburg Park and Maryland's Merriweather Post Pavilion last week, citing a vague "illness." Now, he's had to cancel upcoming shows in Chicago, Minneapolis and San Diego, with an agent for the singer saying, "It's serious, but he should be OK," according to the Chicago Tribune. A Facebook post on Merriweather Post Pavilion's page noted, "This just in… Unfortunately D'Angelo is ill, in the hospital and won't be performing tonight. Our thoughts are with him."
Promoting giant Live Nation said D’Angelo "expresses his sincere regret due to this unfortunate circumstance."
The reclusive singer's tour was the first major string of dates in more than a decade. After battling with substance abuse issues on and off, D'Angelo returned to the spotlight with an all-covers performance at Bonnaroo 2012, followed by a mesmerizing show at Brooklyn Bowl and Prince tribute at Carnegie Hall. Earlier this year, Questlove said that D'Angelo's new album was "97% done."
It's unclear whether the five non-festival dates will be rescheduled or not.