Black Eyed Peas perform for Volkswagen’s New Beetle unveiling

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As part of Volkswagen’s 21st Century Beetle festivities, the Black Eyed Peas performed live at the MTV World Stage in NYC. From the press release for the car:

The 21st Century Beetle is an automotive icon, reinvented. Its exterior reinterprets the silhouette of the famous Volkswagen Beetle, combining stylistic elements borrowed from the original coupled with the latest technology. The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle guarantees drivers a fun and unique driving experience.

Volkswagen scheduled other music events for different parts of the world. Belgian duo 2manydjs headlined and performed a DJ set at the city’s E-Werk space.


U2, Black Eyed Peas, and Mick Jagger perform “Gimme Shelter”

On Thursday and Friday of last week, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame celebrated their 25th anniversary of honoring some good bands but forgetting many others. HBO will air the event on November 29th, featuring performances from John Fogerty, Crosby Stills & Nash, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, and many others.

Nevertheless, I know I’m going to forget about it. Thankfully, Sterogum has already posted some footage from both nights. In the video above, U2, the Black Eyed Peas, Mick Jagger, and a string section come together to perform the Rolling Stones classic “Gimme Shelter.” Who’s terrible idea was this?

I’m having a hard time pinning down how this collection of musicians could defile this song. Maybe I’m just put off by Bono’s singing in the second verse. Fergie surprised me, though. Girl can wail.