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D'Angelo announces trio of UK tour dates

The singer will visit in February of next year as part of a wider European tour

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D'Angelo will play a trio of UK shows next February.

The R&B singer has announced plans for 'The Second Coming Tour', which will see him playing Birmingham Academy (February 17), Manchester Apollo (18) and London Apollo (20) alongside his band The Vanguard, which is made up of bassist Pino Palladino, guitarists Jesse Johnson and Isaiah Sharkey, keyboardist Cleo 'Pookie' Sample and John Blackwell on drums.

In June of this year D'Angelo's manager confirmed that the singer's new album would be released this year. However, a new record has yet to materialise. After releasing two landmark soul albums – 'Brown Sugar' in 1995 and 'Voodoo' in 2000 – D'Angelo, real name Michael Archer, has kept a low profile.

However, Kevin Liles of KWL Management said to Billboard that the singer's long-awaited third LP will be out by the end of 2014.

"There'll be an album this year: there's 14 records so far, we might have a couple of bonus records, but all the recording is basically done and we're mixing and mastering now. Definitely, he'll be back," he said. Liles added there is a "rock influence" on the record. "...it's very melodic and there's an influence of all the things he loves: there's James Brown, there's Prince, and everything people grew up loving D'Angelo for, from 'Brown Sugar' to 'Voodoo.' It's a mixture and an evolution of where he is right now."

Earlier this year footage of D'Angelo in the studio appeared online. Producer Russell Elevado, who worked on the singer's 2000 album 'Voodoo', posted three videos from Los Angeles' Henson Recording Studio onto YouTube, previewing new tracks called 'Sugah Daddy' and 'The Charade'.

D'Angelo will play:

Birmingham Academy (February 17, 2015)
Manchester Apollo (18)
London Apollo (20)


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