Will.i.am will appear in a special one-night-only live concert experience for PBS on Friday April 20. The performance is a part of a series titled Landmarks Live in Concert — which features music stars taking the stage at historical landmarks around the world or those that hold personal significance to them.
For will.i.am’s performance, he reunited with fellow Black Eyed Peas members Taboo and apl.de.ap at London’s Royal Albert Hall to perform tracks that span their hit-filled career including “Let’s Get It Started” and “I Gotta Feeling.” The trio also sang BEP’s 2004 breakout smash, “Where Is The Love?,” and fans can get a sneak peek of the performance on Billboard today (April 10).
Though the song was initially written after September 11, 2001 attacks on New York City’s World Trade Center towers, it’s still just as relevant in today’s turbulent times. As a representative for will.i.am explains to Billboard, the song serves “as socially conscious commentary about the disturbing things going on in the world, as an appeal for peace, understanding and ending racism.”
“‘Where is the Love’ is the perfect song for people to listen to right now with all the craziness that is going on in this world,” Landmarks Live in Concert’s creator, Daniel E Catullo III, adds. Catullo, who has worked with will.i.am in the past, was thrilled to work with the musician again for the PBS series. “Directing him performing at Royal Albert Hall was such an amazing experience and I will never forget it. This is probably the most famous music venue in the world — hands down.”
Royal Albert Hall also holds a special place in will.i.am’s heart, as his rep explains that the UK is his adopted second home. “The UK regards him as one of their own, it was an honor to be on stage with BEP and friends at RAH, one of the country’s most beloved concert venues.”
In addition to the Black Eyed Peas’ reunion (sans Fergie), guests Eva Simons, Pia Mia and Lydia Lucy join will.i.am for performances of “Scream & Shout,” “#thatPower” and “Heartbreaker.” Prior to will.i.am’s appearance, the Landmarks Live in Concert series previously featured Alicia Keys performing at multiple locations in New York City, Brad Paisley at West Virginia University, Andrea Bocelli live at Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio and Foo Fighters at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece.
will.i.am and Friends Featuring the Black Eyed Peas – Landmarks Live in Concert: A Great Performances Special will be available to stream the day after it airs on PBS’s website and apps. Check local listings for official air times, and watch the “Where Is The Love?” performance below.