When you think about it, there’s really only one way to kick off a pop music festival: with the gyrating, electro, pulsing sounds of the Black Eyed Peas, of course.
The foursome opened the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena last night with laser lights, a cadre of jailbird-themed backup dancers (in a word: divine), and one of their biggest hits in “Boom Boom Pow.” It’s almost needless to say, but the party-rocking vibe the show’s producers were probably dying to launch coalesced perfectly, as the crowd spiraled into dancing through the group’s biggest hits, including “Just Can’t Get Enough,” “Don’t Stop the Party,” “The Time (Dirty Bit),” and the perfect set-ender: “I Gotta Feeling.” (Personally, I was hoping for “Shut Up,” but no one ever seems to be into that song as much as me.) Of much interest (at least to me) was Fergie’s delightful getup, which included glittery knee-high boots, a glittery onesie, and fascinating, gold fingernail/cap things that contributed to her overall drag queen look. She was Vegas to a T! (But then again, she always kind of is.)