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THE BLACK EYED PEAS ANNOUNCE WORLD TOUR IN SUPPORT OF MULTI-PLATINUM #1 ALBUM THE E.N.D.
Their most ambitious stage production to date –The E.N.D. World Tour 2010 Kicks Off February in North America – European and UK dates begin in May
(Santa Monica, CA) Three-time Grammy Award winning recording artist, The Black Eyed Peas today announced dates for their 100-date headline tour. Described as the ultimate Black Eyed Peas party experience, it also marks the first time that the group – will.i.am, apl.de.ap, Taboo and Fergie – is united for a North American headline tour since their 2006 Monkey Business world tour.
The North American leg of "The E.N.D. World Tour 2010," produced by AEG Live, will kick off at Philips Arena in Atlanta on February 4, 2010, and conclude on April 11th at GM Place in Vancouver. After a short break, the tour resumes in May with shows across Europe and the UK. Special ticket pre-sales for The Black Eyed Peas' fan club members will be announced in the days ahead. National ticket on-sale dates begin December 12th. Ticket prices will carry reasonable value and will be accessible to all fans.
In support of their multi-platinum #1 album, The E.N.D, featuring the chart record-breaking consecutive #1 singles, "Boom Boom Pow" and "I Gotta Feeling" – The Black Eyed Peas will replicate the party vibe of a hot dance club (complete with guest DJs including will.i.am ) in arenas across the country and around the world. "The E.N.D. World Tour" proves The Energy Never Dies with a feast for the senses for hundreds of thousands of fans. The tour will also be "green," with a unique charitable component to be announced in the weeks ahead.
"AEG Live has always been a company that likes to execute out-of-the-box ideas. Our newest clients, The Black Eyed Peas, have defined that concept like no other group in contemporary music and culture," says Randy Phillips, President & CEO of AEG Live. "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."
2009 has been a monumental year for The Black Eyed Peas, starting with the March release of "Boom Boom Pow" – not only the group's first #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 but one of the top dozen or so longest-charting singles in Hot 100 history, 12 weeks at the top. They bumped themselves out of #1 with their second single, "I Gotta Feeling" (released in June), surpassing their own success with a 14-week stay at #1 (only the fourth group in Hot 100 history to replace itself at #1). Their 26 consecutive week run at #1 has now become a new all-time benchmark in Hot 100 history (for groups or solo artists).
Meanwhile, flush with two massive hit singles, The E.N.D. (released June 2, 2009) debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with the highest first-week sales of The Black Eyed Peas' career.
The E.N.D., The Black Eyed Peas' fifth studio album, is also their first original album since Monkey Business (released May 2005), certified RIAA triple platinum in the U.S., with worldwide sales of more than 9 million copies. Monkey Business generated Grammy Awards over two consecutive years, for "Don't Phunk with My Heart" and "My Humps." The Peas' first Grammy Award came six years ago, for "Let's Get It Started," from their breakthrough album of 2003, Elephunk, which introduced Fergie into the lineup, and turned the group into interna tional superstars with cumulative 25-times platinum sales in nearly a dozen countries around the world. In 2006 Fergie released her 6 million-selling solo debut The Dutchess and in 2007 Producer Of the Year Grammy nominee will.i.am released Songs About Girls. Of special note is will's involvement in the 2008 Presidential campaign of Barack Obama, whose song, "Yes We Can" was written by will.i.am, as well as the two post-election anthems, "It's A New Day" and "America's Song."
To date, The Black Eyed Peas have sold over 27 million combined units worldwide, and have logged over 300 headline tour dates in 29 countries with over 2.2 million tickets sold.
"THE E.N.D. WORLD TOUR 2010"
North American Dates:
Feb 4 / Atlanta, GA / Philips Arena
Feb 6 / Miami, FL / American Airlines Arena
Feb 9 / Jacksonville, FL / Jacksonville Veteran's Memorial Arena
Feb 10 / Tampa, FL / St. Petersberg Times Forum
Feb 12 / Nashville, TN / Nashville Arena
Feb 13 / Birmingham, AL / BJCC Arena
Feb 16 / Columbus, OH / Schottenstein Center
Feb 17 / Lexington, KY / Rupp Arena
Feb 19 / Raleigh, NC / RBC Center
Feb 20 / Charlotte, NC / Time Warner Cable Arena
Feb 23 / Washington DC / Verizon Center
Feb 24 / New York, NY / Madison Square Garden
Feb 26 / Boston, MA / TD Garden
March 1 / Uniondale, NY / Nassau Coliseum
March 3 / Philadelphia, PA / Wachovia Center
March 4 / Pittsburgh, PA / Mellon Arena
March 9 / Detroit, MI / The Palace
March 11 / Milwaukee, WI / Bradley Center
March 13 / Chicago, IL / United Center
March 19 / Dallas, TX / American Airlines Center
March 20 / Tulsa, OK / BOK Center
March 22 / St. Paul, MN / Xcel Energy Center
March 24 / Kansas City, MO / Sprint Center
March 25 / Des Moines, IA / Wells Fargo Arena
March 27 / Denver, CO / Pepsi Center
March 29 / Los Angeles, CA / Staples Center
March 31 / Glendale, AZ / Jobing.com Arena
April 2 / San Jose, CA / HP Pavilion
April 7 / Sacramento, CA / ARCO Arena
April 10 / Tacoma, WA / Tacoma Dome
April 11 / Vancouver, B.C / GM Place
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About AEG Live
AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance. AEG Live is comprised of touring, festival, exhibition, broadcast, merchandise and special event divisions, fifteen regional offices, and thirty state-of-the-art venues. The company is currently producing tours and productions including Bette Midler "The Showgirl Must Go On" and Cher at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace and Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, The Color Purple and The Pee Wee Herman Show. The concert tour roster includes artists such as Taylor Swift, Leonard Cohen, Bon Jovi, Celine Dion, Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, Kenny Chesney, P!nk, Paul McCartney, KISS and American Idols Live. AEG Live is the largest producer of music festivals in North America from the critically acclaimed Coachella Music & Arts Festival to Stagecoach and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. For more information, go to www.aeglive.com.