The Black Eyed Peas have played together for the first time in five years at a free show in London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Led by will.i.am, the band played hits including Where Is The Love and I Got A Feeling for an audience of 10,000 fans.
But singer Fergie was not part of the line-up – with her parts sung by Lydia Lucy, who Will mentored on The Voice.
The star said the band would continue to work together, calling rappers Apl and Taboo “my best friends”.
“We’ve been coming to the UK since 1999, and we used to play a place called the Jazz cafe,” added Taboo. “The UK has always been supportive of our band.”
Fergie’s non-attendance will fuel rumours that she has left the Black Eyed Peas permanently.
She was also missing from a one-off track, Yesterday, which the hip-hop band released last year to mark their 20th anniversary; and is due to appear solo at the Wireless festival this summer.
The reunion came as part of a will.i.am solo show, staged to promote his latest venture into the tech industry – a smart watch called dial.
But the music and technology did not make comfortable bedfellows.
In one of the strangest concert performances in recent memory, the rapper used the device’s fitness tracker to display the calories he was burning on stage; and made a clumsy attempt to phone his mother – who seemed bewildered by the experience.
At one point, the star even duetted with the watch’s voice assistant, who replaced Britney Spears on the song Scream and Shout – only for the video display to lose sync with the song and display the lyrics at random.
Will.i.am was more convincing as an advocate of tech education, imploring parents in the audience to make their children learn …read more
Source:: BBC Entertainment