The Black Eyed Peas played to over 100,000 unusually masculine fans in Dallas this afternoon, a crowd that filled the enormous football stadium and seemed united for no other reason besides the Peas. This comes as a huge surprise to anyone whose most recent memory of the band may be yelling in pain when some tasteless jag played “I Gotta Feeling” at a party.
The Peas must have been yelling “mazel tov” this evening, because it seems like they’ve been forgiven for not only that particular auto-tuned, overplayed earsore but some in-stadium technical difficulties and the slightly more recent frustrating earwig “I’mma Be.”
The fans in the packed venue were present not only long before the performance, but long after ““ presumably basking in the afterglow of a show that was not only long-anticipated but also a near-religious musical experience. (Possibly a Jewish near-religious musical experience. Experts are still trying to figure out the nonsensical inclusion of Hebrew phrases.)
Not only were the ticket sales a rousing success, but ad sales for the televised broadcast blew the roof off any previous expectations ““ upwards of a couple million dollars for a single commercial. “Honestly, I have to use sarcastic air quotes to talk about their “music,’ lately,” a representative of the group says. “But this show could indicate they’ve become a heckuva cash cow, somehow. L’chaim!”
It seems inarguable at this point that the nation, or at least that faithful stadium of people in Dallas, loves the Black Eyed Peas. “To be fair, ‘Meet Me Halfway’ is a good song,” the representative reasons. “But the rest of their recent stuff? Air quotes, man.”