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Black Eyed Peas delights the Boardwalk Hall crowd in Atlantic City


BlackBerry® PresentsThe E.N.D. World Tour 2010,” which is really just Black Eyed Peas perform at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Photos by: Tom Briglia / PhotoGraphics Photography beginning for the Black Eyed Peas, who proved that ‘The Energy Never Dies’ Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. The six-time Grammy Award Winning, multi-platinum group took fans on a wild ride, performing to a sold-out crowd. Sponsored by Caesars Casino, the electrifying evening was packed with a huge variety of music, strobe lights, disco balls, glitz, glamour, smoke, confetti and awesome solo interludes of singing, dancing and spinning.

Promoted by AEG, the tour is the ultimate Black Eyed Peas party experience, a truly unique treat for the senses for the hundreds of thousands of fans in venues around the world. The current tour is in support of The E.N.D., the group's multi-platinum #1 album, and marked the first time that will.i.am, apl.de.ap, Taboo  and Fergie united for North American headline dates since their 2006 Monkey Business World Tour.

In 2010, the Black Eyed Peas received three Grammy Awards for The E.N.D., winning Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Short Form Music Video for “Boom Boom Pow” and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group for “I Gotta Feeling.”  Shortly after, the hip hop/dance group launched their worldwide journey. The Peas kicked off the festivities in Atlantic City with their 2003 mega-hit “Let’s Get It Started” as fans immediately jumped to their feet to sing and dance. Replicating the party vibe of a hot dance club, the group kept pumping out the hits with smashes like: “Don’t Phunk With My Heart” and “My Humps.”  Throughout the night, fans were happy to hear The Peas’ hits from their previous albums and of course their current success, The E.N.D. which has sold over 2.6 million copies in the U.S. and over 6.5 million copies world­wide, while spending 52 weeks on the Billboard 200. It is also the first album in two decades by a duo or group to have five Top 10 songs on the Billboard’s Hot 100, including three #1 hits “Boom Boom Pow,”I Gotta Feeling,” and “Imma Be,”  "Meet Me Halfway" (#7), and  “Rock That Body” (#9).

“I keep saying Atlantic City, that’s because it feels so good to be in Atlantic City right now!" will.i.am addressed to the crowd. "We could be anywhere in the world, we could be in Japan, we could be in London or we could be at home wishing we were on tour but the fact that we are on tour and instead of wishing it’s actuality, each time that we are on the stage in the city where we feel at home, I’m going to yell out the city I’m in and right now I’m proud to be in Atlantic City because Atlantic City is responsible for us coming to Atlantic City!”

In between sets, each Pea had a solo onstage—apl.de.ap did some crowd-pleasing break dancing to “Bebot” from 2005’s Monkey Business while Taboo flew over audience members on a motorcycle as he rapped “Rockin To The Beat” from their latest CD. Fergie performed “Fergalicious,” “Glamorous,” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” Then, dressed in a black armored suit resembling the Terminator, will.i.am had a table rise from underneath the floor, and with the stage elevated up he started spinning creating a club feel.

will.i.am, apl.de.ap, Fergie and Taboo then sang, “I Got A Feeling” as the audience roared with cheers and confetti fell from the ceiling for the finale.

With the Black Eyed Peas traveling to other cities, I got a feeling that fans already know it’s gonna be a good night as they pump it and rock that body, just like the Atlantic City crowd did.

For more information on the Black Eyed Peas visit: www.blackeyedpeas.com

For upcoming concerts at Boardwalk Hall visit: www.boardwalkhall.com  

Veronica Dudo can be contacted at vdudo@philly2philly.com  

Photos by: Tom Briglia / PhotoGraphics Photography