The Band Are Currently On Their First Tour Without Keith Flint
One of the hottest gigs I’ve ever been to, but also one of the best
The Prodigy have a reputation as an incredible live band, and as a titan of their genre, their gig in Manchester tonight further confirmed this. I never got the chance to see The Prodigy perform with Keith Flint fronting the band, however Maxim took it in his stride and his incredible presence was a sight to behold. The Prodigy have always been one of the tightest bands around, and each member has always been as important as the rest, as they powered through their set, you could feel the onstage connections between everyone on stage, like one big family.
It might have been the hottest day ever recorded in the UK, but that was never going to stop proceedings. The crowd had got down early, the atmosphere was bouncing well before they were due on stage and the venue was doing all it could to look after the crowd. When the band did take to the stage, you felt the energy in the room peak and it didn’t slope off anytime throughout the night. The band have been playing a pretty similar setlist throughout the tour, and the opening three of ‘Breathe’, ‘Omen’ and ‘Wild Frontier’, which are some of their biggest and most popular tracks, so it was always going to be a high energy start to the evening when you start pulling out the big guns from the get go. The rest of the set was made up of some of their biggest and best tracks, with the likes of ‘Voodoo People’, ‘Firestarter’ and ‘Climbatize’ all featuring before the main set was wrapped with the incredible ‘Smack My Bitch Up’ before the band left to come back for a four track encore.
Not only was each band member captivating as they threw themselves around the stage, but the light show that was being put on was a sight to behold all on its own. Lazers, strobes and spotlights danced across the stage, with a backdrop of flashing lights for that little bit extra. Every corner of the stage was lit up like a bonfire at some point or other during their energetic set, but the real pièce de résistance came during their biggest number ‘Firestarter’. A laser outline of Keith Flint was thrown up behind the stage, and it was a moving and uplifting moment to see the iconic outline of Keith cast up with the band during the song that brought him such a great amount of fame.
Throughout the night, despite the incredible temperature, the crowd were giving it their all, and the band were lapping it up. Guitarist Rob Holliday was throwing himself around the stage, pumping the crowd with every movement, Maxim was living for the energy in the room, and whilst Liam Howlett was remaining pretty stationary due to the restrictions of the synthesisers, he took any opportunity to get the crowd cheering and reacting to the band.