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Black Eyed Peas brash and flashy in concert

The Black Eyed Peas' live show is just like their music - a loud, brash, flashy collection of boom-boom-pow chants and thumping beats.

No heavy mental lifting here, just a lot of dancing about good nights, rocking bodies and Fergie's humps, her humps, her humps, her lovely lady lumps.

"We came here to get crazy with Long Island," declared Monday night during "Let's Get It Started."

And the near-capacity Nassau Coliseum crowd complied. After all, how could they resist?

Between the near-constant barrage of dance beats, deep grooves and unmistakable party messages, the point was clear.

"Don't you worry about a thing, baby," the Peas chanted through "Don't Phunk With My Heart."

In these increasingly troubled times, that's a pretty attractive idea - even if it only lasts for an evening. The Peas -, Fergie, and Taboo - did everything they could to make that happen, bringing out a troupe of dancers dressed as Transformers while rolling through their enviable string of hits.

The Peas' success is in their simplicity. When they stray from their comfort zone, that's when the problems slip in, like when Fergie, battling laryngitis, strains to hit the notes in "Missing You" or when Taboo goes solo to rap while riding a motorcycle suspended over the crowd or when decides to play DJ.

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The exception is when the back-flipping takes center stage to deliver a medley of his Tagalog songs "Bebot" and "Mare." Fergie's mini-set of her solo hits, especially "Glamorous" with opener Ludacris, also worked well.

Sure, the Black Eyed Peas are pure escapism, the aural equivalent of empty calories. That doesn't mean their pop concoctions still don't taste sweet going down.


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