Black Eyed Peas Apl.De.Ap Returns to Stage for Peapod
The Black Eyed Peas' annual Peapod has become one of the hottest parties of Grammy week, with previous performances featuring the likes of James Brown, Justin Timberlake, Carlos Santana, Pink, and more. And it's an event, which raises money for various charities, that led to the building of the Peas' Peapod Academy, a music school, in Los Angeles.
So it always holds a special place for them. Still, no one expected the Peas' Apl.de.Ap (Allen Pinead Lindo) to join Fergie, Will.I.Am and Taboo at the event, which also featured Slash, Boyz II Men, Bell Biv Devoe, as well as the Peas, moved to the Conga Room. It was only two days ago that Lindo's 24-year-old brother was tragically murdered in their native Phillipines.
But Lindo, who did not join his band mates on the red carpet, was there on stage last night, delivering the trademark energy and enthusiasm Peas' fans have come to expect from the group.
With its history and guests, the Peapod has created a lot of memories for the band, especially Taboo, who told Popeater earlier this week the Peapod directly influenced his wedding last year. "Last year when Boyz II Men sang 'On Bended Knee' it was for me personally the first time that I actually had got the opportunity to speak to them on a one on one basis and I said, 'Hey, I would love for you guys to sing at my wedding on July 12 next year,'" he said. "Because of the Peapod I was able to have Boyz II Men serenade me and my wife while we were dancing at our wedding."
But as Boyz II Men's Shawn Stockman told Popeater before the show, the great memories are mutual. "It was at the Peapod [last year] where we started to get this next level of recognition for Boyz II Men," he said, referring to the hero's welcome the group received at the 2008 show. That response helped cement their return, which they say will now move forward with a new album. Given the Peas' role in their return and Will.I.Am being the hottest producer around at the moment might there be a match? "We would love to have him on the record," Stockman says.
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