The Black Eyed Peas took the stage and delivered booming sounds and dance moves, turning the sold out Pacific Amphitheater into a giant party Friday night.
The amphitheater was filled with over 8,000 diverse fans ranging from tweens, teens, 20-somethings and even parents. Everyone in the audience sang along to every Black Eyed Peas song and danced in their seats as the group exuded an energetic stage presence.
As soon as Fergie (Stacy Ferguson) belted out her lyrics, the crowd put their hands in the air and screamed in excitement. Females in the audience sang along with their female idol and without a doubt, the guys enjoyed the sight of women enjoying themselves.
Doing most of the talking in between songs, will.i.am ( William James Adams, Jr.) told fans that the Black Eyed Peas finally released their fifth record. He took fans on a journey down memory lane and explained that the group started back in 1995, overcame hardships and released their first album in 1998.
“I remember going to the store…we’d steal chicken and steak. It was tough man,” will.i.am said.
He continued to reminisce about meeting Fergie for the first time, traveling around the world and most importantly, he expressed gratitude towards fans for making it possible.
“We are so blessed and out of all the years, this album is so successful. Thank you for listening. Thank you for the love,” will.i.am said as he led into the song, “Where is the Love?” During the song, all the lights in the amphitheater were turned off and the crowd was instructed to take their phones out creating a sea of cell phone stars. Footage below:
Whether it was the green laser lights pointed at the crowd or the upbeat music, or the bright lights, the show took fans on an emotional rollercoaster starting off with fast paced songs, “Let’s Get It Started,” and “Boom Boom Pow,” then slow ballads by Fergie and then closing the night with “Mare,” “Imma Be,” and finally, “I Gotta Feeling.”
Other highlights include will.i.am’s tribute to Michael Jackson where he played “Thriller” and “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough.” See footage below:
Expressing a bit of Filipino pride, apl.de.ap (Allan Pineda Lindo) sang a song in Tagalog on the track titled, “Mare,” which is featured on the latest album titled The E.N.D. (The End Never Dies), in stores now.
If you’re looking for a non-stop entertainment and a party atmosphere, then the B.E.P. is a must-see. This show gets 5 out of 5 stars.
(Youtube videos are courtesy of users: missarstyaj and g0tmus1c).
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