The band had decked out the stage in elaborate fashion, with a giant TV screen doubling as a staircase, DJ booth and bandstand.
Coming onstage as a series of green lasers shone out over the audience, the band launched into their massive hit ‘Let’s Get It Started’, resulting in huge cheers from fans.
Will.I.Am shouted the same phrase several more times throughout the rest of the set, resulting in a confused audience response.
“This one is for all the crazy people – I wanna see you jump!” frontwoman Fergie said before playing ‘Shut Up’.
Sticking to a heavily-choreographed routine for the entire set, the US pop superstars were also joined by a series of costumed dancers.
Midway through the set, Will.I.Am took to the decks to perform a remix set that saw him pay tribute to Jackson.
“Michael Jackson rest in piece,” he said.
He promised there was more to come at the song’s finish. “For Michael Jackson I’m breaking it down and I’m gonna play the ultimate song,” Will.I.Am stated.
He then played a version of ‘Thriller’, paying tribute to Jackson at the same time.
“Michael Jackson was like the biggest inspiration of my life,” he explained. “He was a friend and we’re gonna miss him very much. Thank you very much for all you’ve done, I’m gonna miss you.”
Before playing their Number One hit ‘Where Is The Love?’, Will.I.Am paid tribute to the UK, saying, “England, the UK, is our second home”.
Recent single ‘Boom Boom Pow’ – another recent Number One – also went down well with the massive audience.
Black Eyed Peas played:
‘Let’s Get It Started’
‘Don’t Phunk With My Heart’
‘Rock That Body’
‘Meet Me Halfway’
‘In The Ayer’
‘Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough’
‘Sex On Fire’
‘Where Is The Love?’
‘I Gotta Feeling’
‘Boom Boom Pow’
After the gig Will.I.Am issued a statement, expanding his tribute to Jackson in the following statement: “We have all been blessed to have witnessed a true light, a wonderful talent…no words can describe his talent, generosity, advocacy, and love for the world…
He gave us a piece of his soul and dedicated his life to entertain us… We have lost not just a performer, but a doctor, teacher, a giver, a bringer of joy, and a friend to the whole world…”
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