Black Eyed Peas Perform Live for First Time in Five Years
Will.i.am performed live with his Black Eyed Peas bandmates Taboo and apl.de.ap for the first time in five years on Wednesday night.
Will.i.am was hosting a free solo show at London’s Royal Albert Hall when he brought his bandmates on stage to perform their hits, including “I Gotta Feeling” and “Where Is The Love?” for the first time since 2011, when they went on hiatus.
Fergie was not in attendance and her parts were sung by Lydia Lucy, who will.i.am mentored on the most recent season of U.K. talent show The Voice. Fergie’s absence has sparked speculation she has gone solo permanently and won’t be returning to the band.
Will.i.am told the crowd, “I wanted to give you guys a snap shot of this. Three years ago I did The O2 by myself, it was great but that s**t was boring cause these guys weren’t there… I love you motherf**kers. This feels really good to be here with the people who were the seed of everything.”
Fergie, who joined the band in 2002, was missing from their on-off track “Yesterday,” which was released last year to mark their 20th anniversary. She is also working on her second solo album and will be performing at London’s Wireless Festival in July.
Will.i.am remained vague when he was quizzed about the line-up on BBC Radio 1Xtra on Thursday morning, saying, “In my head, if it’s me and Taboo out at a club, that’s the Black Eyed Peas… If it’s me and apl, it’s the Black Eyed Peas. If it’s me and Fergie, it’s the Black Eyed Peas… Right now, everyone is on their individual tip and I’m trying to build the new vehicle in which the Black Eyed Peas takes form.”
Will.i.am’s show, which was organized to promote the capabilities of his smart watch dial, also featured appearances from Tinie Tempah and fellow The Voice coach Ricky Wilson, who both performed their own tracks.