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Black Eyed Peas work to establish solo identities

Though the Black Eyed Peas work best as a team - they sure do like portraying themselves as some sort of hip-hop Justice League of America - they are also working hard to establish their individual identities.

It may be a bit like fixing something that isn't broken considering how the group's hits "Boom Boom Pow" and "I Gotta Feeling" dominated the airwaves and the charts for most of last year.

Nevertheless, on their new "The E.N.D. World Tour," which stops at Nassau Coliseum Monday night, each of the Peas gets some solo time in the spotlight, even though they say their album was titled "The E.N.D." to, in part, joke about all the rumors that the group was breaking up after their solo successes.

PHOTOS: Black Eyed Peas in concert

Here's a look at who's who:

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REAL NAME Allan Pineda

BACKGROUND Rapper-singer who emigrated from the Philippines to Los Angeles when he was 14, forming a group with will.i.am when they were both teenagers.

KNOWN FOR His rapping and taking the lead on the "Bebot" and "The Apl Song," the best-selling Tagalog songs in America ever.

SOLO PROJECTS He has recorded solo material, launched a label, Jeepney Music, that promotes Filipino artists, and established The Apl Foundation.

 

Fergie

REAL NAME Stacy Ferguson

BACKGROUND A child actor from California, starring in the TV show "Kids Incorporated," when she was 9. At 16, she was in the group Wild Orchid, which had a hit with "Talk to Me." In 2001, she joined the Black Eyed Peas.

KNOWN FOR Her big vocals, her distinctive rapping and her marriage to actor Josh Duhamel.

SOLO PROJECTS Her solo album, "The Dutchess," arrived in 2006 with three No. 1 hits, including "Big Girls Don't Cry." Her acting career got a big boost last year when she landed a role in the film version of "Nine."

 

Taboo

REAL NAME Jaime Gomez

BACKGROUND Another L.A. native, he joined the group in 1993. He got married in 2008 to fashion publicist Jaymie Dizon.

KNOWN FOR His rapping and dramatic martial arts dance moves

SOLO PROJECTS Currently working on his solo debut, "T.A.B.O.O.," due out later this year. He had an acting role in last year's "Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li" with Michael Clarke Duncan.

 

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REAL NAME William Adams Jr.

BACKGROUND A rapper discovered as a teenager by Eazy-E, he was signed to Ruthless Records before starting a group with apl.de.ap.

KNOWN FOR His rapping, singing and production skills, as well as his entrepreneurial side and political activism.

SOLO PROJECTS His solo album "Songs About Girls" underperformed, but he's proven himself as a producer and songwriter, working with everyone from Michael Jackson and Mariah Carey to Nas and Carlos Santana. As an actor, he's been in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa."

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PHOTOS: Black Eyed Peas in concert

WHO The Black Eyed Peas

WHEN | WHERE 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale

INFO $46-$89.50; 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com

 

SETLIST

The Black Eyed Peas' set changes slightly each night. Here's what they played last week in Charlotte, N.C.:

"Let's Get It Started"

"Rock That Body"

"Meet Me Halfway"

"Alive" / "Don't Phunk With My Heart"

"Shut Up"

"Imma Be"

"Hey Mama"

"My Humps"

"Bebot" / "MARE"

"Rocking to the Beat"

Fergie Medley:

"Fergalicious"/"Glamorous" / "Big Girls Don't Cry"

"Ring-a-Ling"

"Now Generation"

"Pump It"

"Where Is the Love?"

ENCORE

"Boom Boom Pow"

"I Gotta Feeling"

 

WHAT CRITICS SAY

"The Peas aren't about individualism. They're about one nation under a vapid, milquetoast groove."

- Chris Richards, The Washington Post

 

"The Peas delivered their sugary pop in a nonstop, high-energy performance that had the crowd moving, dancing and singing along."

- Sarah Ovaska, Raleigh News & Observer

 

"To overthink would miss the point."

- Kevin Joy, The Columbus Dispatch

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