By Nicole Breskin
TIMES SQUARE — Despite best efforts by the band Black Eyed Peas to keep the super-secret location of their Manhattan concert hush-hush, the city’s all-seeing Twitter users broke the news that the bash would be taking place in Times Square.
The band’s front man, William Adams — better known by his stage name will.i.am — said via Twitter on Wednesday that he wouldn’t release the location of the show because the NYPD threatened to shut the performance down.
“the nypd said if we reveal the secrete location they will shut the show down,” he wrote on his Twitter page around 4:30 p.m. He disclosed soon thereafter that the time of the show would be 6 p.m., but he didn't allude to its whereabouts.
But police couldn’t keep messages from Manhattanites, some of whom saw a stage under construction in Times Square, from lighting up their Twitter feeds.
“So there's a big stage been going up in Times Square,” Twitter user sammie_doodle wrote around 5:30 p.m. “In other news, there's a Black Eyed Peas Secret Show tonight somewhere in NYC....”
Twitter user EverythingNYC proclaimed, “Tonight's Black Eyed Peas FREE #NYC show location: 42nd St. Times Square or watch the live webcast.”
Finally, at 6 p.m., will.i.am relented and acknowledged that the concert was indeed happening in Times Square.
Band member Fergie made no mention of the show on her Twitter account, but will.i.am noted, “its going to be record breaking and next level.”