Black Eyed Peas returning to Israel for peace concert

The group last performed in Israel in June 2006 before a sell-out crowd of 17,000 at Bloomfield Stadium.

July 11, 2007 09:24
2 minute read.
black eyed peas 88 298

black eyed peas 88 298. (photo credit: Courtesy Photo)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Global hip-hop giants the Black Eyed Peas will make their second trip to Israel in just over a year for a peace concert organized in part by the Jerusalem Foundation, a publicist for the band confirmed Tuesday. The performance, to be staged under the name "Jerusalem Rocks: A Concert for Peace," is scheduled to take place September 9 at Jerusalem's Teddy Kollek Stadium, and will also feature a performance by millions-selling Irish band the Commitments. The planned concert marks a return to Israel for the Black Eyed Peas, who performed at Tel Aviv's Bloomfield Stadium in June 2006 before a sell-out crowd of 17,000. "We have been here for five days, and they were the best days of our lives," rapper and songwriter Will.I.Am told Israeli concertgoers. "We love Israel." The band, which has been on a break for much of the period since its Tel Aviv show, performed Saturday as part of Live Earth, the worldwide concert series organized to promote environmental awareness. The group has also performed in support of efforts to end genocide in Darfur. Notables on the American hip-hop scene since the late '90s, the Black Eyed Peas achieved worldwide stardom in 2003 with the release of Elephunk, a multi-platinum effort featuring hits including "Hey Mama" and "Where is the Love?" The group let loose another avalanche of hits in 2005 with the release of Monkey Business, an album containing chart-toppers including "Don't Phunk with My Heart," "Don't Lie" and "Pump It." Another hit off the album, "My Humps," inspired a parody clip by the Canadian pop star Alanis Morrisette, which itself became a minor phenomenon on on-line video-sharing site Youtube. "Full of Zionist emotion" following their Tel Aviv show, group members have been "looking for the opportunity to come back to Israel," said Moshe Fogel, head of US affairs for the Jerusalem Foundation. The band will serve as the closing segment of the "Jerusalem Rocks" concert, a seven- or eight-hour affair expected to feature Israeli musicians as warm-up acts, among them Arab performers from the Jerusalem area, Fogel said. The concert, which would likely sell out Teddy Kollek Stadium's 20,000 seats, will be one of the largest in Jerusalem's history, Fogel said. His organization hopes the show will demonstrate the city's ability to host major performances and draw concertgoers from other parts of Israel, he added. "We think it'll be an international news story," he said.

Related Content

Sarah Silverman
August 26, 2014
Jewish women take home gold at 2014 Emmys