Fergie captured by Star Tribune photographer Brian Peterson


In the spirit of Beyonce and Britney, the Black Eyed Peas put on an extravaganza Monday at Xcel Energy Center. They must have spent at least two months of Joe Mauer's new contract on all the LED lights, futuristic and flashy costumes, special effects, stage props and Fergie's stylists.

Some effects -- such as will.i.am flying like Peter Pan and also playing a segment on a grand piano -- seemed gratuitous. But, hey, it was all in good, mindless fun. Like will.i.am's endless introductions of the band that seemed to prolong the show by an extra 10 minutes.Like will's shout outs to Prince (who was reportedly at the show; he went to the Experience Hendrix concert last week, too) and to Atmosphere in a bit of freestyling by will, based mostly on txt msgs sent from the crowd.

It might be nice to have a little more emotion or little more personality out of the Peas, especially when they do their solo turns. But, as I explained in my review, their music is about the party, not the personality. Oh, one thing I neglected to mention in the review:  Fergie proved that she has an arena-filling voice, though there might have been some moments of lip-synching.

Here is the BEP set list from Monday:

Let's Get the Party Started/ Rock That Body/ Meet Me Halfway/ Alive/ Don't Phunk with My Heart/ will.i.am freestyling/ Imma Be/ My Humps/ Missing You/ Bebot and Mare (by apl)/ Rocking to the Beat (by Taboo)/ Fergie solo on Fergalicious/ Glamorous (with Ludacris sitting in)/ Big Girls/  DJ set by will.i.am/ Now Generation/ Pump It/ Where Is the Love  ENCORE  Boom Boom Pow/ I Gotta Feeling