The Black Eyed Peas had a lot to be thankful for on Thursday, namely, a major break from nearly non-stop touring and recording. The multiplatinum group announced before their show on Wednesday night at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium that they were going on indefinite hiatus to work on other projects.
“Tonight is our graduation. It’s a very special night for all of us,” singer Fergie announced at the gig. “We’re so thankful to be sharing this night together.” The band didn’t go into the good night all alone, though, as they packed the show with appearances from a number of pals, including T-Pain, Sean Kingston, Cee Lo Green, Jason DeRulo and Queen Latifah.
The past 10 months have been action packed for the hip-pop act, as they played the Super Bowl halftime show in February, recorded a video for Japanese tsunami relief in March and played the iHeartRadio Festival in July. They were slated to perform at the Michael Jackson Forever tribute concert in Cardiff, Wales, last month, but scratched at the last minute due to “unavoidable circumstances.”
They made it official with an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Wednesday morning, during which Will said that they “always have two cycles of records and then we take a break.” He explained that the quartet has lasted this long because they often take breaks to work on solo projects and get their personal lives in order and then come back and “make beautiful music.”
It’s not like the Peas will be off the map entirely after three years of touring in support of The Beginning and The E.N.D. will.i.am just released a new single from his upcoming solo album, #willpower, featuring Jennifer Lopez and Mick Jagger, entitled “T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever).” Taboo plans to spend more time with his family and promote his book, “Falling Up,” while apl.de.ap will reportedly focus on being an education ambassador in the Philippines and Fergie will do more solo recording and perhaps start a family.