Fergie delivers rockin’ performance

By in August 14, 2008 • Filed in: News and rumors

A singer and dancer, of course, but who knew Fergie was a rock star?For someone who made her name on Top 40 radio, Fergie delivered a surprisingly rock ’n roll performance Friday night for 5,734 fans at the Illinois State Fair’s Grandstand.Fergie, a.k.a. Stacy Ferguson, took the stage to “Here I Come,” entering on top of a platform upstage, holding a microphone in one hand and twirling a rhinestone-tipped baton in the other.She was dressed in black short-shorts and a yellow T-shirt, the latter sporting the phrase “real girls do real things” above an image of a woman holding a large handgun.A four-piece band backed her up while six dancers twisted across the stage around her.The band gave Fergie a more rock ’n roll sound than does her thoroughly produced, sample-heavy albums.A few songs suffered from the stripped-down performance.On her album, “Clumsy” leans heavily on samples of Little Richard’s “The Girl Can’t Help It.” Some of the samples played along with the band, but the live version of “Clumsy” was not as dynamic as the album cut.That said, most songs translated well to the stage. After “Clumsy,” Fergie sang several Black Eyed Peas songs.Still identifying herself as a Pea despite her solo success, Fergie began with “My Humps” and then ran through a medley that included “Don’t Phunk with my Heart” and “Where is the Love?”

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