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February 24, 2010

Concert review: Black Eyed Peas at Verizon Center

black eyed peasMoments before showtime, the lights dimmed at Washington's Verizon Center and a giant green CGI head appeared on a video screen and sternly announced, "This is the beginning of sound."

Then, the Black Eyed Peas rose from the floor, shrouded in fog and illuminated with green laser spotlights, and launched into "Let's Get it Started."

What followed was more spectacle than show -- a dizzying digital love fest, where singer Fergie and rappers Will.i.a.m, apl.de.ap and Taboo strutted around the stage in sparkle-tastic outfits and toured through their hits ...

Behind them, screens flashed images of circuit boards, outer space and people talking on their cell phones, while back-up dancers preened and posed in outrageous get-ups. Fergie emerged in a shiny metallic dress, looking like a chrome Barbie; Will.i.am and apl.de.ap's suits must have been dipped in a vat of glitter. The glare was intense.

Oh, and there was music, too. The Black Eyed Peas can get a crowd moving when they want to, and there were moments when they shook the nearly sold-out Verizon Center last night.

fergie"Boom Boom Pow" was a hot and heavy Auto-tuned romp, and the distorted surf hooks of "Pump It" got booties shaking. The show's most spontaneous moment came when Will.i.am free styled for a few minutes using text messages audience members sent to the overhead screens before the set.

Fergie can belt it out with the best of them, and she didn't hesitate to prove it on songs like "Big Girls" and "Don't Phunk With My Heart." The five-piece live band was a welcome surprise, though the sound levels -- especially the vocals -- were muddled at times.

Each of the Black Eyed Peas had a solo section in the middle of the show. Apl.de.ap did "Mare," Fergie sang three of her solo tunes and Taboo rode a neon motorcycle suspended above the crowd (it looked like something out of "Tron").

For his solo set, Will.i.am asked the crowd if he could "transform this arena into a night club," and spun a roughly 15-minute DJ set of pop tracks by Michael Jackson, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Journey. This got old really quickly. Sorry, Willi.i.am, but we didn't come to hear you play other people's hits for so long. 

The last song of the night, the party anthem "I've Got a Feeling," got the place jumping. Sirens wailed and confetti cannons shot a bazillion brightly colored bits of paper into the air. It was a fitting way to cap a night of eye-popping excess.

Here is the set list:

1. Let's Get It Started
2. Rock Your Body
3. Meet Me Halfway
4. Don't Phunk With My Heart
5. Will.i.am freestyle
6. Imma Be
7. My Humps
8. Missing You
9. Mare (apl.de.ap solo)
10. Taboo solo rap
11. Fergalicious (Fergie solo)
12. Glamorous (Fergie solo with Ludacris)
13. Big Girls Don't Cry (Fergie solo)
14. Will.i.am DJ set
15. Sweet Dreams (instrumental band jam)
16. Now Generation
17. Pump It
18. Where is the Love?

Encore

Boom Boom Pow
I've Got a Feeling


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Posted by Sam Sessa at 11:39 AM | | Comments (17)
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BEP=worst band ever

but did they get retarded?

The real show was on the otherside of DC at the Rock and Roll hotel where Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears tore it up to a sold out crowd.

No, Fergie is a dude, they came that way.

It was awesome!!

I was there, and it was absolutely SPECTACULAR!!!!
I LOVE YOU TABOO!!!

Blackeyed Peas: if you're reading this... Know that everything will be alright. You're still in my heart and you're exceptional musicians... I heart you. Hold your head high my love and do your thing. See you in NY and you're forgiven by me... See you in March and next week in NY Babe!!! IL09

LOL JTK. That will neeeever get old.

Fun I forgot everything else and just had a good time, isn't that what concerts are for.Thanks Peas, you are great.

Are these photos from the DC show???

I'm sure it was a great show. I'm looking forward to seeing Alicia Keys at the 1st Mariner Arena!!!

The Black Eyed Peas are a great group and I can’t wait to go see them! Now that she’s back with the Peas, they’re better than ever and I’m surprised at how many hits their The E.N.D. album has made. For the most part, no complaints.

great concert!!!!!!
moving....and rocking
true entertainers!!!
wil i am and fergie were spectacular
the dancining was awesome
what a show

What time did the BYPs come on stage? We are seeing them tomorrow in Philly and don't want to be late.
Thanks

They had a concert last night in Chicago at the United Center. It was better because Slash was there! He did Sweet Child Of Mine with Fergie and one of his solo songs. Also apl.de.ap performed two songs including Bebot. It was also Will.I.Am's birthday show so the whole arena sang happy birthday. It was a really good time!

Black eyed peas rock they are my fave band and you guys rock you guys are so awesome you rock

great site i like Black eyed peas

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at erik.maza@baltsun.com. Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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