Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Erykah Badu Live @ HOB on New Year's Eve

Shortly before midnight on New Year’s Eve, Erykah Badu took the stage at the House of Blues wearing designer bag-lady gear (Chanel, Gucci) and sporting a massive, dusty, tangled wig. Very Mahogany on crack. She opened the show with the ribald “Annie Don’t Wear No Panties” and for almost two hours gave a concert that has to rank as one of her finest — no small thing considering that Ms. Badu is one of the most phenomenal live performers around. In great voice and dancing her funky ass off, she premiered some new material, sang a shitload of hits and fan favorites (“Cleva,” “Apple Tree,” “I Want You,” “Danger,” “Booty,” “Kiss Me on My Neck,” “Back in the Day”), did what seemed to be an impromptu but lovely version of “Believe in Yourself” from the Wiz, and created a frenzy when, during “Love of My Life,” she wove in full verses from Doug E. Fresh’s “La Di Da Di” and N.W.A’s “Gangsta Gangsta,” both of which became crowd sing-alongs. But wait, there’s more.

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Richard said...

Ernest was this event taped do you know? [And please don't leave me hanging like you usually do! ;)]

EH said...

House of Blues usually tapes shows for their own archives (and the quality is kinda shitty), but as far as I know, this show wasn't taped or recorded for any sort of commercial release. It really should have been.

Richard said...

Dang. Thanks for gettin' back. By the way, beautiful poem you wrote. Definitely getting the book.