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(photo credit: Viva Sarah Press)
With more gyrations than a rotary system, more hype than any other pop concert in the capital this year and more outfit changes than the average person goes through in a month, the Black Eyed Peas rocked Jerusalem Sunday evening at the Sultan's Pool.
Seven thousand people showed up to watch lead vocalist will.i.am, Fergie, Taboo and apl.de.ap belt out hits such as the raunchy "Fergalicious," "Pump it," "London Bridge" and will.i.am's new number "I got it from my Mama" on a huge stage backed up by three screens.
As the evening took swing, Fergie responded with ladylike diplomacy to having been cut out of the posters for the event. "Probably because I dress like this," she said, pointing to her teeny-tiny plaid skirt, bare waist and black and white-checked boob tube.
Despite the fact that The Peas gave it all they had, both in their energy levels and eagerness to please the crowds ("Israeli women are the prettiest in the world," will.i.am announced), a number of technical problems prevented the evening from bowling the crowds and critics over: poor sound, a last-minute relocation from Teddy Stadium and a relatively small turnout.
The Peas were the last act of a seven-hour motley music marathon that included Arrested Development, Hadag Nahash and The Commitments.
It was the second time that the band, which has sold an estimated 27 million albums and singles worldwide, had performed in Israel.