Quite simply, the best damn live concert I have ever attended.
When Suki and Faizal spoke to the Black Eyed Peas, Pepsi ambassador to Pepsi ambassador, they asked what advice an accomplished international group like them would give to new budding music artists.
Will.i.am’s reply was “Stay hungry. Stay focussed. Keep your feet on your ground.”
Indeed, when we met them privately at the Marriot, we could hardly tell by their demeanour that The Black Eyed Peas are in fact one of this decade’s most successful pop group because they were so humble, polite and down to earth.
Later that evening we went to their concert, and the same four people that we met earlier had miraculously transformed into this electrifying, singing, dancing, ass-kicking entertainment machines.
The scene outside the Impact Arena was people mountain people sea.
Yet, despite that everything was incredibly well-planned and in control, so much so that we don’t even have to shuffle through the sticky crowd to go into the arena. I reckon there were more people lining up buying pork burgers at McDonald’s than there were people squeezing in the venue.
For appetizers, The Click Five opened for the show.
I was actually less interested in their number one smash hit Jenny than the fact that they wore freaking SUITS during their live performances!
Dude, you guys are in Thailand ok?
The weather here is hot ok?
People don’t walk around wearing suits like its winter ok?!
As the crowd began to fill the Impact Arena, I had a chance to scout around and check out the local concert goers.
I wasn’t disappointed.
Here’s a picture of three guys and one girl.
Or was it three girls and one guy?
Dunno. Your guess is as good as mine.
Now, something cool unexpectedly happened to me before the actually concert began.
You see, normally when you go to concerts, cameras and other recording equipment are strictly banned. However, because I was the only person in the Malaysian media team with a proper SLR camera, the concert organisers not only issued me with a press pass, they also gave me access to the security pit area RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE STAGE.
It doesn’t get any better than that.
I had, literally, the best seat in the house. Any closer, and I’d have to join the Black Eyed Peas on stage. 😉
It was difficult to contain my excitement as I stood there behind the security barricade between the crowd and the stage.
It was even more difficult to contain my excitement as the lights to the Arena dimmed. The intro to the song Hey Mama was played, and out came The Black Eyed Peas!
They rapped. They danced. Fergie gyrated like Shakira. And the crowd was loving every minute of it.
Let me tell ya, I have seen crowds going nuts, but this was unlike anything I have ever seen before.
The atmosphere at the Impact Arena was indescribable. Even I had trouble holding my camera steady.
It was as if The Black Eyed Peas had just brought 20,000 people to the point of simultaneous orgasm. And they were still begging for more.
Not sure how their concert in KL was like after some over-zealous religious nut kicked up a fuss over Fergie’s wardrobe, but she ain’t holding anything back, baring midriffs doing her sexy moves and all.
Will.i.am and Taboo looked sharp in their suit and tie, while Apl and Fergie dressed it down.
Still can’t believe I was standing so close to them.
I mean, I could even see the frizz in Fergie’s hair and the foundation of her make-up. What the heck, right?
And did I mention Fergie looked delicious?
Or maybe I should say Fergalicious? Hur hur. 😉
That’s taking nothing away from the other band members of course.
Apl was especially delightful to watch. The half-Filipino had so much energy in him, thrusting his hips and break dancing for the eager crowd.
Apl grew up poor, but he is always proud of where he came from. Whether its a belt buckle, a jacket or his adidas, everytime he make a public appearance, Apl would always sport a Filipino flag or something representing his home country.
With so many number one hits under their belt, The Black Eyed Peas never ran out of familiar songs to perform.
An interesting moment occured during their performance of My Humps.
There’s this one point where Fergie threw a wad of cash notes into the madly screaming crowd.
Those on the front row thought it was real, but I picked it up and the dollar note looked something like this.
HAHA. WHAT THE HELL?
After a quick wardrobe change, the Peas came out again and sang Shut Up.
It was undoubtedly their most awesome showcase of the entire night.
Check out my video later and you’ll see that Fergie was so into her performance that she was almost crying. From there, she did a complete emotional turn-around and did SIX SINGLE-HANDED CARTWHEELS in a row across the stage and back!
Suki kept gushing over how much she admired Fergie for having the total package.
Fergie’s stamina was incredible.
While the rest of her band members went backstage for a rest during Fergie’s solo performances, she was on stage like 95% of the entire time. And all that while, her voice remained intact and her performances energetic.
How could anyone not love her like that!?
For her solo, Fergie did Big Girls Don’t Cry, Glamarous and Fergalicious. I went completely nuts when she sang London Bridge.
That was my favourite song to look out for in the clubs, and it was simply awesome to hear it live.
Will.i.am only did one song from his solo album – I Got It From My Mama.
When I first heard the song, I thought to myself “Why kind of a stupid song is this!” If you never heard this song before, it goes something like.
Baby where’d you get your body from?
Tell me where you get your body from.
Baby where’d you get your body from?
Tell me where you get your body from.
Of course she got it from her mama!
I mean, where else could she possibly had got her body from?
Still, Will.i.am is definitely one of the coolest and most charismatic artists in the music industry right now.
At one point during the concert, Will.i.am announced to the crowd. “The bad news is, The Black Eyed Peas is breaking up…”
When the crowd roared in disbelief, he quickly interjected “No! No! No! What I meant was… We’re breaking up the fights.”
“The good news is, The Black Eyed Peas are never gonna separate!”
And with that, they carried on with their performances of Don’t Phunk With My Heart, Don’t Lie, and their new song More.
During one of their songs, The Black Eyed Peas did something really memorable.
Will.i.am got the crowd to turn on their mobile phones and wave it in the air. The result is a beautiful sea of dancing lights permeating throughout the arena.
With Where Is The Love playing in the background, suddenly everyone in the building felt as if they are connected like one big happy family.
Gotta give them credit for knowing how to work the crowd.
The Black Eyed Peas is probably the only group in the world who can use a giant inflated monkey head balloon as a concert prop, and no one would say anything about it.
Alas, all good things must come to an end.
A wardrobe change later, Will.i.am Apl.de.ap Taboo and Fergie ended their phenomoneal, 2-hour-long, energetic concert with one final rendition of Let’s Get Retarded. With that, they left us breathless, excited and wanting for more.
What a great concert.
Here are two more videos I took during the show.
Part one of the concert. Check out Fergie’s one-handed cartwheel!
The conclusion of the concert here.
I love doing this so much. Thank you again to all those who made this trip for me possible.
To think that three years ago, I actually had to resort to gatecrashing beauty pageants and begging organisers to let me to photograph their lousy events. And now there are actually people out there giving me press passes to not only watch the Black Eyed Peas but also travel with Suki and Faizal for it?
To those who denied me the opportunity to photograph your events in the past, all I could now say is: suck on that. 😛
Roadblocks have been set up in the Klang Valley in the lead up to the illegal assembly called by the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) in KL this Sunday. At least 20,000 Indians are expected to take part in Sunday’s gathering and protestors had been told to dress in orange.
Give them Indian protestors a break lah. With 20,000 Indians coming together all dressed in the same shirt, the whole protest is probably gonna end in one big Bollywood dance anyway!
nice man.. you have such an opportunity..
wow.. kenny.. can bring me along next time.. I can hide in your luggage..
OMG !! OMG !! Can’t believe the picture of 3guys and 1girl.. If you didn’t write that, I really didn’t notice lar @.@
ngee~ black eye peas rock !!
lmao. i love the hanfone light wave.
make me like wahh!! what a wanderful!
looks fun wish i could be there >>>
Wow, Kenny you are really very lucky to have such an opportunity!!
WOW… that mobbile phone idea of theirs was so ORIGINAL!!!!! 😀
the concert is cool .
the picture is cool .
the man on stage is handsome .
the girl is very nice .
the crowd is so many .
ALL is very COOOOOLLLL…..
Dude, u always so lucky… great report out on the concert. Can i join next time? :->
how could you say that?!
you should learn from the BEP. Being humble and all.
U R SO LUCKY!!!!!HAVE A NICE DAY!
They were here in Singapore in 2004 and 2005. I went for BOTH of the concerts. Fecking awesome! Best concerts I’ve ever been to. They did the Where Is The Love thing for those concerts too. They came again this year but I didn’t go. And damn, I regret it. ): Hope they’ll come again soon.
cool post and it must’ve been fun during the concert eh.. BTW dont you tink the guy in the second pic is kinda .. errr. weird.. n wats he touching??? XP
I never like their music but the concert looks kinda fun.
KENNY! T.T WA…. SO JEALOUS…….
U R SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO………………………
DAMN LUCKY LAH!!
hi kenny. think you made a mistake on apl and taboo. the ones in suit are will.i.am and apl and dressing down are fergie and taboo 🙂
went for BEP concert in singapore, didnt enjoy it. they started close to 2 hours late and they didnt sound good together. individually great singers, but when they sing together, they are not harmonious.
oops. sorry you’re right on apl and taboo. i was seeing wrong things.
lol lucky you =)
p.s i think its Lets get it Started, not retarded. hehe
have a nice day =)
i can so feel the vibe!
i got it from my mama is damn gud la~
I’ll give my left testicle for Fergie’s abs.
Oh wait, I don’t have testicles.
I can almost feel the vibe while reading your post…you are so lucky to be able to take photos so close to the stage!
I’m sorry but this post is so freaking boring. Yawn
yea.. freaking lame song for that ‘where’s you get your badi from’ .. Zzzz
what lenses are you using for your d40? 55-200mm VR?
Uhh… another great moment you’d. Nice to read about it.
Have a nice sunday!
omfg i can’t believe she’s wearing alaia! azzedine alaia actually designed that shirt?!….but it’s soo…trendy…in a bad way too! uhuh…so now we know superstars use uber branded goods for sweaty performances. lol. a waste. really.
their dress code is kinda simple
they emphasize on their performance i think
and nice picture and video there
that mobile lights idea was not ORIGINAL lah, for fuck sake! its been long practised in Singapore lah, you kampong people. oh and black eyed peas can never ever rock my socks!
that tee may be uber costly to you but not to them. they are millionaires, you dumbass.
wow azri is so leet! he am cool!
The Black Eyed Peas creates waves of orgasmic delight from performing. Hitler leaves female knees unbuckling from orgasmic intensity from just talking.
Black Eyed Peas: 0
Just kidding. 😛 And by any chance, were you lucky enough to be groped by attractive, Thai babes with suspicious bulks around their nether region?
i think the click five are trying to go for a beatles-esque kind of image, with the suits and poppy tunes and preppy haircuts. well, it’s working, innit?
The concert looks AWESOME.
I just think that you take pretty good pictures. 🙂 Did you attend any photography classes before? Thanks for sharing the concert review. Makes us feel like we’re there as well 😉
sum kind of gay is singing london bridge off tune in the 1st part of the video
i wonder i its u kenny.. XD
sum kind of gay is singing london bridge off tune in the 1st part of the video
i wonder if its u kenny.. XD
awesome! i wish i were there. sobss.. black eyed peas rawks!
kennyu’re not doing ur slr justice! haha.. but dun worry u’ll def improve w time.
3 guys and one girl??i saw 2 guys with 2 guls..
Well, keep doing what you’re great at!
Have a nice day! 🙂
though this entry was posted very much later than the actual concert actual date, through ur words i can still feel the excitement in you and all the thais. Hehe…
they’re well working on it. not to mention a far cry. hua hua.
i’m not worth for a cheap flatter like that. thank you. hua hua.
wow kenny.. got me goosebumps jz reading dis post!
BEP rocks all d way..!!
it’s nothing to do with the cost ,azri, you moron. it’s the fact that SHE wears alaia! it’s not even her style. and the fact that well designed pieces should be conserved. if i were a designer i wouldn’t want people stepping on my clothes and dirtying them. same applies to performances. and SHE wears them. i feel bad for the designer. her style is soo ghetto-fabulous its…borderline trashy. ick.
anyway, if you think malaysians are soo ‘kampong’ then why on earth are you reading a malaysian’s blog?! and since you already are, that sorta makes you a hypocrite doesn’t it?! and a STUPID one too.
BEP loses to kenny.. =P
well, really cool experience for you !!!
i don’t care BEP…just like to see suki,you looks sexy and mengancam!!!
hmmm…. must be a good concert. I wish I was there. 😛
Oh my god, this is fucking funny.
Somebody out there actually thinks that you take good pictures and attended photography courses!!! Oh my…. this is best comment ever.
omg they did exactly the same stuff in the singapore concert too!
but it was damn good!
agree- they know how to get the crowd pumpin’!
You lucky fellow. Love their music but have never seen them live.
oh wow great concert! fergie live! You must had a blast at the concert. lucky guy
Omg.. the crowd i dont enjoy such situation..
Bring me with you next time! 😛
nice one kenny 😉
Really nice photo’s ..
you Beg ppl to get shooting the events?? sux on them !!
p/s: wat camera u using + lense 😀
No wonder Bkk full flight la.. *(!#^^$#%&$&%)
wish i were there!!
kennysial, wtf wif the BEP video….links without video
Man, I’m not even gonna say anything. =.=
where they get the body from? plastic surgeon ….
OMG…i am so envy of u..-.-
The situation there must be really HOT HOT HOT that night..(yes, i mean Hot since, ya, the guy from Click Five is really having wet patches..)
And Fergie is really pretty!!! everyone there seems to know every lyrics of the songs they sang. VERY COOL!
okay la. not bad la. who is fregie? who is she?
where is the love rocks 🙂
Nice to know you, I attended BEP concert in Jakarta, and I agree with you, it’s freaking awesome! Oh I love Fergie… Fergalicious & Glamorous… And she sang Sweet Child Oh Mine with single guitar, she rocks the stadium..
They wear the same outfit by the way 🙂
Azri must’ve drowned in neuwater…
oh my god , the faizal guy is fucking gay
I’ve actually been to the “same” BEP concert in the US 2 years ago, minus the newer songs of course. The did the same things, Fergie getting really emotional during that one song, the cellphone lights, the solos, etc. It was great but really long, and now the have even more songs to sing!
that’s no cartwheel, that’s a front walkover!!666
walau eh, Kenny. the concert was great man. next time get us some tickets tooo lah
they had that sea of mobile phone lights thing at the force of nature concert too, it was amazing! forgot who started it though, might have been wyclef jean
so i dont understand… u have a problem with click five being in suits, but u dont with the men in bep being in suits?
faizal boleh tak bagi tau kod lagu[cmt]harapan… saya minat giler lla lagu tu……….tima kasih k………..harap dibalas…………….