Light up that panty-scented incense and get yourself in the mood, because Page Six says that Erykah Badu has started a concert series. Her first show, Quarantine Concert Series: Apocalypse One was two weeks ago and streamed on her website. She charged $1 per ticket and the show went down in her bedroom with a band. If your wet dream is to see Erykah Badu as a cam girl, that is the closest you’ll ever get, I’m guessing. The second show was last night and she charged $2 a ticket. I’m guessing the third show will be $3 a ticket? If this quarantine lasts a long time, Erykah will be rich(er)!
Erykah spoke with Page Six about how excited she is to do shows from her own home:
“I’m the laziest artist in the world. My dream was always to perform from my bed and guess what? It came through!”
As for why Erykah is charging, she says she has bills to pay and that touring is how she makes most of her money, and since that’s not possible right now, she’s gotta do something to support “her lifestyle.”
“I’d say to them, “Did you ask iTunes when you bought music?” No, you didn’t. You bought the music, and you enjoyed it, but I’m not just giving you a track. I’m giving you a show with the integrity of my live show… And, I would say, “Thank you very much, because.” There’s also a donate button, so if you have more than a dollar, then we’ll take that too because it feeds a community of artists… I perform eight months out of the year. It’s my main source of income and there’s a whole universe of people that is supported from the tour… This is the only thing that truly supports the lifestyle.”
Those Louis Vuitton Hazmat suits don’t come cheap!
Erykah says that her whole crew is practicing social distancing during the shows and they wear masks and gloves, and wash their hands like Charo said:
“All of our hands are three shades lighter than our arms,” she joked.
Erykah tells Page Six this is “just the first of many large dream series.”
“The experience has really been that we can, as artists, musicians use our own platforms to make our own money and not owe a middle man. It erases that imaginary line between us and our audience… I just created a new way, a new revenue, not just for myself but for anyone who watches–every artist who watches.”
The second show had technical issues, and Erykah addresses that in an Instagram video and jokes about breathing in coronavirus particles:
“It was a a great night. Apocalypse Two was a success… It was tough to pull off, but we did it. …Especially live and in real time. …Everyone took a deep breath at the end–But not too deep, you know what I’m saying?”
I just hope that Erykah keeps it together during these concerts. Because I feel like it’s only a matter of time until one happens where she gets a little too lit and too comfortable and too loose and decides to perform in her bedroom wearing her “Free R. Kelly!” t-shirt.