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August 11, 2010

Concert review: Black Eyed Peas at 1st Mariner Arena

fergie of the black eyed peasMuch fuss has been made about The Black Eyed Peas selling out. Target, Apple, Best Buy, Nokia, Pepsi -- no corporate sponsor is turned away by the pop stars, it seems.

So what?

Any criticism of the band's success was drowned last night in the sea of fans who mobbed 1st Mariner Arena last night to bounce in place along Fergie, Will.i.am, apl.de.ap and Taboo.

Here's a link to a photo gallery from the show.

Aside from a few slow spots, the show was a ball of electricity, with the Peas tearing through hit after hit...

Backed by a DJ and four-piece live band, the Peas rose through the floorboards one by one, lit up in green laser light, fog curling at their feet, and burst into the first song, "Let's Get It Started." The show was pretty much the same as their Verizon Center performance in Washington a few months ago, with some minor set list changes.

The staging had digital bells and whistles by the boatload, and the costumes were one big sparkle-fest. Remember what people thought the future would look like back in the '80s? It kinda resembled that.

taboo, apl.de.ap and will.i.amHalfway through the show, rapper Taboo rose from the stage atop a neon-glowing motorcycle (a la "Tron"), which he rode out above the crowd, suspended from the ceiling while doing "Rockin' to the Beat." Fergie emerged in a shiny metal outfit that looked like something from the Silverhawks, and made a handful of wardrobe changes over the course of the night.

Fergie doesn't get enough attention as a singer. She's dexterous enough to lilt through a ballad or shriek out a rock song, and though she warbled a bit last night, her performance was solid on the whole.

In the middle of the show, each Pea had their own solo spots. The mohawked apl.de.ap did "Mare," Taboo rode his laser bike, Fergie-Ferg sang a smattering of her solo hits and Will.i.am spun house and pop songs in a mini-DJ set. After 15 minutes of listening to Will.i.am (dressed like Robocop) play hits from Michael Jackson, Journey and the like and give endless shout-outs to Baltimore, I was ready to get back to the Peas' own material. We didn't come to see Will.i.am do his DJ thing, we came to see the Peas.

While most of the show felt pre-planned, one moment stuck out as off-the-cuff: Will.i.am free-styled around texts fans had supposedly sent in earlier that night.

The Peas' recipe for selling albums is to throw together songs with irresistible grooves, big hooks and accessible lyrics. The urgent beat of "Boom Boom Pow" and sharp keyboard riff of "I've Got a Feeling" had the audience jumping. Near the end of the night, confetti cannons went off, firing countless colored scraps of paper into the air. The crowd soaked in the moment, knowing in spite of all the commercialization and crazy theatrics, they'd gotten what they came for: a party.

The Black Eyed Peas went on at 8:37 p.m. Here is the set list:

Let's Get it Started
Meet Me Halfway
Don't Phunk With My Heart
Will.i.am freestyle
Imma Be
My Humps
Missing You
apl.de.ap: Mare
Taboo: Rockin' to the Beat
Fergie: Fergalicious, Glamorous, Big Girls Don't Cry
Will.i.am DJ set
Pump It
Where is the Love?

Encore

Boom Boom Pow
I've Got a Feeling

(Baltimore Sun photos by Gene Sweeney Jr.)


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Posted by Sam Sessa at 6:30 AM | | Comments (10)
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I didn't get to see the BEP show, we hosted their after party at MIST.

While most celebrity appearances at clubs are just that, the three Peas, sans Fergie, DJed, partied and put on a great show!

The guys were personable, interacted with our crowd and according to their manager, do it every night!

IT WAS THE BEST CONCERT I HAVE EVER BEEN TO BEFORE IN MY LIFE!!

This: http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/midnight_sun/blog/2010/08/concert_review_erykah_badu_the.html

has more funk/soul than the Black Eyed Peas can ever imagine.

Silverhawks reference for the win.

Sam are you even old enough to remember the Silverhawks

I'm more interested in whether or not the 90 year old lady from the Midnight Sun post of the other day enjoyed the show.
You ought to do a follow up post on that.

i loved the black eye pease concert it was good i wouldnt even had gone to mist because the party was in the arena it was fun see i dont know what happen in mist i know the real party was @the 1st meriner arena..

Blanket pronouncements of people who like a certain band, movie, or other piece of popular culture are childish, arrogant, and deplorable.

That said, anyone who likes the Black Eyed Peas is a consumer first, tasteless robot second, and a number of other unfounded insults third through 99th. Their 100th most prevalent identity is that of a music fan.

I do not respect anyone who likes this jingle creator, and I have no problem with the way saying so makes me look, because this is an anonymous message board.

AK- shut ur imo trap. hipster funk

Who remembers their first major single, "Joints and Jam", now that was music. What we have now is an absolute farce and disgrace.

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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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