My review of the Black Eyed Peas is below. There is actually a bunch I left out about the experience and given some time there are some things I’d like to share about the show.
One thing I will mention, I sat next to Jim Harrington of the Oakland Tribune who writes reviews for the Media News Group. Real cool dude with an excellent eye and ear for concerts. You can find his link on my blogroll over there or visit here for a chance to read his review of the show and follow him on twitter @jimthecritic.
As always the pictures are from the boys at OneTimeInc. and Matthew Maniego. Their blog is here.
Black Eyed Peas pull out all the stops
By Julio Lara • Daily Journal Staff
The Black Eyed Peas rolled into the Bay Area Friday night carrying some lofty expectations.
Their show in San Jose was definitely the hottest ticket in town — outside the HP Pavilion tickets were being scalped for at least four-times their face value and trying to buy a seat online or at the box office was a futile experiment as the concert had been sold out for days.
So if you are the Black Eyed Peas what do you do? What do you do with 15,000 fans expecting to be blown away?
Well, you put on an over-the-top kind of performance where you pump out hit after hit and pull out all the stops.
For purely theatrical value you won’t find a better show than the Peas and their E.N.D World tour. It’s obvious right from their introduction that when the Black Eyed Peas put the show together they didn’t want to leave anything to chance and there was no such thing as “too much.”
Maybe the music would been enough, but that isn’t their style — to the Peas the important thing was that you left the show mesmerized and if you are a fan you most definitely did.
One by one the group members rose from underneath the gigantic stage that stretched halfway across the arena floor via a catwalk and included an elevated platform where the six-person band was stationed. From the initial roar of the crowd you knew there was the chance that this night could be electric.
The Black Eyed Peas are certainly not starving for hits. “Let’s Get It Started,” from their Grammy-award winning “Monkey Business,” kicked off their set followed by tracks like “Meet Me Halfway” and “Don’t Phunk With My Heart.”
From the get-go you knew you were in for a little bit of everything — from the size of the stage to the props to the Matrix-like computer effects, all the elements played a part in B.E.P’s attempt to transport their fans to another musical galaxy.
A couple of songs in Will.i.am took control, free-styling for about five minutes while his band mates changed and prepared for other numbers. The frontman’s musical talent is undeniable — not only did he spit rhymes off the top of the dome, but there was also a moment where he played a couple of bars from behind a grand piano on stage. The man is versatile.
But the source of their biggest strength might have also been their only weakness.
As individuals will.i.am and Fergie could stand alone. The Black Eyed Peas tried their best to show cohesiveness as a group and share the spotlight amongst themselves.
Apl.de.ap took the stage alone for a song. Accompanied by dancers the rapper performed a tribute to his Filipino roots. He then gave way to Taboo, who rose some thirty feet about the crowd in a glowing motorcyle-looking contraception. He performed while suspended, giving shout-outs to the Latinos in the crowd and stepped off.
But they were footnotes to Fergie and will.i.am.
Fergie performed from her album, “The Dutchess” and had the crowd eating from the palm of her hand. Fergie’s star-power is incredible. It’s with her as part of the group that the Black Eyed Peas really took off — since then they’ve sold 35 million records. Her set in the show was a definite highlight.
After strutting off stage it was will.i.am’s turn to fly solo. He came out looking like Robocop version 2010 and proceeded to turn the HP Pavilion into a club, spinning a little bit of everything, from Michael Jackson to Red Hot Chili Peppers to Nirvana to House of Pain. There was little Black Eyed Peas in his set, but that didn’t seem to matter to the fans who danced all around him and relished the chance to enjoy yet another side of will.i.am’s musical talent.
The band returned as a whole to finish off the show and that stretch of songs which included “Where Is the Love,” and “Boom Boom Pow” was the most enjoyable part of the concert. The roar of the crowd as the Black Eyed Peas came out for the encore was truly deafening and their rendition of “I’ve Got a Feeling” was the perfect touch to end the evening and send their fans home satisfied in this their latest trip to the Bay Area.