Members of The Black Eyed Peas, from left, apl.de.ap, will.i.am, Fergie and Taboo, perform during the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Armory, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, in New York.
The Black Eyed Peas are inviting Toronto, and 99 other cities, to celebrate their survival, U2 style
The band on Tuesday announced a lights-and-effects 100-city world stadium tour that starts Feb. 4 in Atlanta and ends its North American leg on April 11 in Vancouver, stopping in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre on March 6, in support of its album The E.N.D. After a break, the band heads for Europe.
“When people see this show,” lead singer Fergie told the Los Angeles Times, “they will see us going for spectacle and showing what we can do. This is where we’re going as a group.”
“How do you get to the U2 level? Right now that’s what we’re looking at,” will.i.am, the leader of group, told the Times.
“We’ve gotten this far – we survived. Most of the people that were our peers, they’re gone or way back there now. We lapped them. In the music industry there’s a depression, there’s a drought. And we have proved that we can survive and lead the way, even in this climate. And the only way to go now is up, to U2.”
The band, with three Grammys and a platinum-selling album, got a taste for spectacle after appearing in October at the Rose Bowl with U2.
Produced by AEG Live for the first time, the tour will have a “unique charitable component to be announced in the weeks ahead,” the promoters said in announcing the tour.
“We expect our first hundred shows together to be a roller coaster ride that will redefine the live entertainment experience as only the Peas can,” said Randy Phillips, president & CEO of AEG Live.