Here are some photos from 1998 when I went to see the Black Eyed Peas at the Universal City Walk. This was at the very beginning of their career so it was no big deal to walk right up to will.i.am, apl.de.ap of the Black Eyed Peas. I can honestly say, most people were not there to see the Black Eyed Peas, nor did they even seem to know who the Black Eyed Peas were. The event was for Kobe, a Galaxy (soccer) player and the Black Eyed Peas just happened to be the entertainment. My friend and I were one of maybe 5 people who were there for the Black Eyed Peas only. Check out these photos.
The Black Eyed Peas (Manager?) was so excited that I knew all the words to all the songs that he insisted that I get them to sign the Behind The Front album cover (scroll down to take a look). My friend took these photos of me with the band. Notice, no one was paying any attention to us, we were in the middle of the store and not one person asked for their autographs or to take their pictures…too bad for them! I KNEW the Black Eyed Peas would go places!
Look at how young Taboo is in this picture. If the Black Eyed Peas had been discouraged early on and given up, they wouldn’t be who they are today. The same tenacity, faith and persistence that I’m sure they use to be successful is available and possible for all of us. In fact, if you listen to some of their lyrics, that’s exactly the message they want to convey. Believe it for yourself and great things can and WILL happen!
Here is the promo Behind the Front album cover I got signed by the Black Eyed Peas at the store that day. I didn’t want to take it out of the glass so it is a little fuzzy….Sorry about that. I still have this album cover protected in archival quality glass. Maybe now that they are superstars I can sell it for mega bucks? Make an offer if you’re interested.