01. Wake Up Intro
02. Their Law
03. Wake Up Call
07. Back 2 School
08. Firestarter Remix
09. Action Radar Fill
12. Smack My Bitch Up
13. Dead Ken Beats
14. Out Of Space
Sound Quality: 7-7.5 (good quality, but the bass is a bit
overloaded at times)
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Primal Screams Exterminator comes on, followed by Swastika Eyes.
The stage now looks ready for the gig to start, and indeed we can
hear the first Wake Up intro samples played over
Swastika Eyes. The latter now finally gets muted and it's all ready
to go. Band come on stage and it kicks off with an amazing Their
The tent is full now, we're a bit on the side, but
when I look back all I can see is people. All of them pushing
towards the front, moving, jumping, shouting and generally having a
good time. It's the first time for 3 years Prodigy are playing the
US , and of course also the first time since the latest album,
AONO, has been released. It never sold too well here, so this
one-off US gig at the countries most important music festival is an
important one, almost like a ‘make or break' situation. The photo
pit is now crowded with about 40 photographers, proof enough that
there is media interest in how the Prodigy are doing here at this
show as well. So will they manage to win the US over tonight?
It's definitely going well. Wake Up Call,
a track from the newest album AONO, is now on and the whole tent is
still buzzing. People definitely recognise the track and sing and
shout along. If AONO really sold just 16k copies in the US , then
half of the people who bought it must be here tonight!
Warning is next, an as yet
unreleased track, but well known among fans already. Keith's on the
vocals, of course, and once more I'm very impressed by his
performance. No jetlag, no nothing seems to be able to ever stop
him and tonight he seems to be on fire once more.
Maxim returns onto the stage for Breathe.
With it being one of the tracks that made it big in the US this
gets a great crowd reaction. Maxim and Keith are both doing main
vocals, which adds the whole confrontational vibe to it, so it
naturally gets very intense. The whole stage and size of venue are
just perfect for the band and as far as I can tell from where I am
there is no chance anymore to even get into the tent anymore now.
Next is Spitfire. With ‘Girls' and
‘Hotride' both not played tonight, this is the only survivor of the
AONO singles in the set. The more I hear it, the more I think this
would have made the perfect comeback single. It's on the ‘House of
Wax' soundtrack, a movie which is out this week in the US and
heavily promoted. I've seen a special about it on MTV USA and
Spitfire was heavily featured on it. By the sounds of it the US
audience loves the track. As usual Maxim does his vocals, whereas
Keith puts away the mic and focuses on the dancing and miming
during this track. I know I've said all this before, but tonight
he's definitely at his best. Multiplied by ten. He literally throws
himself across the stage, over the lightings, probably hurting
himself as hell too, like I've only rarely ever seen him. Maxim
meanwhile running from side to side, left to right, right to left,
as well, making it all together one of the most intense
performances I've ever seen.
The intensity continues on a similar level with Back
to School, another post-AONO unreleased track. The track
is so hard with the rockin beats, making The Prodigy the hardest
band at this festival for sure. Keith's dancing restless, Maxim
giving evil looks to audience and security guards alike throughout.
As Firestarter comes on a massive
response by audience follows. It's of course the one big
recognisable track, especially here in the US . As usual the new
mix is played and as usual as well the crowd reaction does flatten
down a bit halfway through the track.
But the track doesn't finish really, instead the Action
Radar link fades into it, great link between the two.
Keith seems to be buzzing, remains on stage as Action Radar begins,
doing the vocals along the ‘a little action is all I need' sample.
He then leaves the stage and the track kicks in full-on, as usual
with the live drums making it even harder and more intense.
Action Radar fades into some drums and with it Mindfields
and Maxim returns on stage. It's another track from TFOTL, so well
known over here and intense yet again.
The band leave and return for a pretty good Poison
with the Release Yo Delf fill. Maxim is doing vocals on it, great
stuff. Then Smack My Bitch Up kicks in, very
intense. Maxim walks down to the front and there's definitely a lot
of reaction to that.
No stopping here though and some beats kicks in.
Yeah, Dead Ken Beats! It's the least well-known
track of the set currently, but what a great one. It kicks in so
hard… amazing. I love it, so glad to hear it back in the set.
The show isn't yet finished, and the intro beats
give away what's in store as a finale: Out Of Space.
Great to see how the audience here react to this one here as well,
despite the fact that the Experience album is still only little
A great ending to a great show, 75 minutes of pure
intensity and it definitely seems like the band have won over the US
with this gig. At least the 8k or so people, who were fortunate
enough to witness this show.
Personally for me the rest of the night then is a
bit of a bummer as I obviously have to report the theft of my
camera, so we end up at the local police station at 2am. Not the
best way to end the event, but not even this can ruin the good mood
I'm in from this gig.
also, check out a review and photos on
therprodigyedge.com website: www.theprodigyedge.com/coachella05_page2.htm