Review and photos: The Black Eyed Peas at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa
The Black Eyed Peas rolled into Tampa Wednesday night for a concert at the St. Pete Times Forum, and they thrilled the near-capacity crowd with a veritable top-40 list of hits -- I Gotta Feeling, My Humps, Let's Get It Started, Where Is The Love, Boom Boom Pow. Even a couple of Fergie's solo hits (Fergalicious, Glamorous) made the cut.
The Peas rose from the depths of a strobing two-tiered stage. Looking like Army-issue mirror balls, they were dressed not unlike Sgt. Pepper's from the Year 3000. Will.i.am was so unrecognizable behind a goofy mask, it could have been Larry.i.am under that getup.
Backed by a full live band (and a whole lot of samples and digital trickery), BEP opened with Let's Get It Started. And with that, the near-capacity crowd commenced 100-plus minutes of singing, dancing, grooving — a young-and-old audience of dads and their daughters, and sugardaddies and their, um, daughters.
"We came here for one reason only," Will hollered, "and that's to get craaazzzy!" At a BEP concert, that's as deep as you get.
For much more on the Black Eyed Peas' Tampa concert, click here to read Sean's review.
Tbt*'s Luis Santana was following the Black Eyed Peas around all night Wednesday (he even caught will.i.am backstage, rolling around on a Segway!).Check him out on Twitter (@tbtphotog) for more blow-by-blow reports and photos from Wednesday's Black Eyed Peas concert and after party at the Kennedy in Tampa.
And after the jump, check out more of Luis's photos of the Black Eyed Peas and Ludacris from Wednesday's concert.Click here for a full gallery of even more Black Eyed Peas photos!