The Quest For Autographed Vinyl ~ Erykah Badu In Japan ~

Hiroaki Gobe

My name is Gobe. I am a fan of records and the Japanese wrestling classics. I introduce special artists through my personal stories.


ERYKAH BADU「Next Lifetime」12"
(Autographed @ Yebisu Garden Place on November 19, 2000)

I have seen Erykah Badu in live concert three times.

SHOW 1 @ LIQUID ROOM in Shinjuku
February 6, 1998

Erykah Badu was a much-anticipated newcomer to the scene; landing a duet with D’ANGELO as part of the R&B and hip-hop star lineup in the motion picture soundtrack High School High. Thus her first album BADUIZM was all the rage before its release. And as preempted, it was a smash hit. 

There was no way I was going to miss this phenomenal artist’s first performance in Japan and I chose her solo show at the LIQUID ROOM over the other events.

The mystical stage was set up and it embodied BADUIZM, and oh her presence when she descended onto stage! Her performance was so polished; it was very hard to believe that she was a new artist. I totally fell under her spell.


SHOW 2 @Yebisu Garden Place
November 19, 2000

With a complete shift from her first appearance in Japan, Erykah returned two years later with great vigor. She went from peaceful to energetic; in the middle of her set she stage-dived into the crowd! Of course, the types of people who come to her shows weren’t ready for anything like that. Foreseeing a domino affect disaster, my friend and I reacted fast and managed to catch her. We were regulars at hardcore shows, and thus were able to safely send her back to stage as if she was crowd surfing. She was light as a feather!


SHOW 3 @ Shinkiba Studio Coast
April 1, 2005

It was her third visit to Japan and she was even further evolved and totally different again from the first and second times.

I was blown away by the highly improved-feel presented in I Want You.

Fully fueled from the show, I moved on to Shibuya to enjoy the rest of the night at DJ JIN’s party called “breakthrough.” I told JIN how incredible Erykah Badu was and that I Want You was the absolute highlight. A few hours later, JIN played I Want You for me. I was totally caught off guard by this! After his set, a grinning JIN came to tell me that he didn’t have that record prepared for the night. But after hearing my story, he called up his girlfriend (now wife) and she brought it to him all the way from home! What incredible service! Thank you two for that special gesture!

Overall, I was able to see Erykah Badu three times, and I haven’t been able to attend her following shows. She just came last year, so I don’t know when she will return again, but I am betting on the next time!

Stay tuned for more autographed records, adventures, and artist stories.

Hiroaki Gobe

Hiroaki Gobe
Gobe is a lover of vinyl and Japanese wrestling classics, and is a being that finds joy in going to concerts and clubs and collecting autographs on records. His very first autograph was from the famed Japanese wrestler Giant Baba. His favorite wrestlers are Brody, Fujinami, etc.

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