Great concert last night in Paris, at Palais Omnisport de Paris-Bercy (POPB): some young rappers came in first, then a ravishing Cheryl Cole (dancing sucked though, and music is not my taste), followed by the Black Eyed Peas. Wow.
Not my best concert ever, I enjoyed much more a Moby concert 2 years ago in a smaller venue, but great. The place was absolutely packed (sold out in 3 hours in February for a concert in June !). Showmanship was great (although slow to start : I sat down before 7pm, and their part didn't start until 9pm), light effects, special effects (a flying motor bike, an elevated podium for will.i.am), OK costumes, light choreography.
Their music is strange : they range from lovely ballads, to pop, to classic ,to hard rap... Kids and elder kids were dancing their minds away, and I couldn't film steadily, with the whole floor moving underneath me. The best part ?
The absolutely awesome Will.I.am transformed the place into a giant discotheque for about 10-15 mins. That dude knows how to light up a crowd incredibly ! (I have a video of that, will upload later).
Amusing how Fergie changes her style from black leather space queen to lavish & glamourous dress and high heels - nice.
I only missed the piece that made me really appreciate them: the remix with Sergio Mendes "Mas que nada".
The sound was over-saturrated and subpar I'd say for their performance of "Shut Up". Check their clip, so much better.
I appreciated the fact that they introduced and thanked each dancer, and each musician at the end. I see that less and less and it was a nice touch as will.I.am was singing their names.
All in all, whenever Will.I.am or the B.E.P. are performing, check them out. They have great showmanship, and you'll have a great time.
Some pix from last night and the last song on tape, just before they started thanking the team.