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01.05.95 – Coachella Festival – California, USA

01. Wake Up Intro
02. Their Law
03. Wake Up Call
04. Warning
05. Breathe
06. Spitfire
07. Back 2 School
08. Firestarter Remix
09. Action Radar Fill
10. Mindfields
11. Poison
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)
Submitted by: BigSugar316

Neko Review: http://www.nekozine.co.uk/prodigy/live/usa/coachella05.html

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 Law.

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 known here.

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