The Black Eyed Peas Go For ‘Old-School Club Vibe’ At NYC Gig

Performance airs Friday at midnight ET on MTV.

The Black Eyed Peas are known for their over-the-top stage show, which includes fashions made from Legos or lasers and usually includes a very high production value. So when the group hit up the smaller Terminal 5 in New York City to tape a show, they decided they would focus on the music and not the antics.

“Old-school club vibe, intimate, spontaneous,” Fergie explained of the gig, which will air Friday at midnight ET on MTV.

Her bandmate, Taboo, added that with such an extensive repertoire of tunes, “It’s hard choosing, but you know the ones,” he told MTV News before BEP took the stage for the high-octane performance.

The band’s unspoken leader, will.i.am, said that every time they release a new track that explodes and becomes an undeniable radio staple (which for this group happens often), they have to adjust their live show to go with the flow of their evolution as a group.

“Before we had ‘I Gotta Feeling,’ it was like, ‘We know we gotta play “Pump It” and “Let’s Get It Started,” ‘ ” will.i.am explained. “We used to do ‘Let’s Get It Started’ at the end, because that was our big finale, which didn’t really make sense. And for a while, [we did] ‘My Humps’ and then it got to the point where we didn’t want to play ‘My Humps’ no more. You know, ’cause ‘I met a girl down at the disco,’ I just didn’t want to say that no more, lyrically.

“It wasn’t like my best lyrically, but it was fun,” he continued. “It wasn’t lyrical miracles, but the beat was rocking, so we throw the beat in there and just let the beat linger, but now ‘I Gotta Feeling’ is like ‘What?’ and when we perform it, in my mind, I’m like, ‘Where did that song come from?’ I can’t believe this is us, and look at all these people singing it like it’s theirs.”

Don’t miss the Black Eyed Peas’ performance Friday at midnight ET on MTV.