The Prodigy Live Review
Brixton Academy, London - 20/12/12
If the Mayans are right and today really is the end of the world, then The Prodigy destroying Brixton Academy is one hell of a way to go.
This is The Prodigy’s third and final night at the legendary London venue, where their fans once raved so hard Brixton’s famous sloping floor caved in.
But anyone who’s seen these big beat monsters perform live in their 22-year career wouldn’t be one bit surprised that happened.
photograph (c) Rahul Singh
It’s just after midnight and the notorious trio of Liam Howlett, Keith Flint and Maxim Reality send the crowd wild by simply walking on-stage.
The Prodigy are veterans now, but they are worshipped and who would dare tell them to keep the noise down? Because what an immense noise they still make.
From party starter Voodoo People all the way through to classic set closer Out Of Space, this is a band with phenomenal energy who refuse to stop for breath.
90s anthems Breathe, Firestarter and Poison sound huger than ever, while newer tracks like Invaders Must Die and Omen (where the crowd chant the lyrics like fearless rebels about to go to war) get just as big a reaction from the thousands of soaking-wet-with-sweat warriors facing them.
If planet Earth doesn’t explode before then, The Prodigy’s fifth studio album How To Steal A Jet Fighter is set to be unleashed in 2013.
And just like they did when the band headlined Download Festival in June, their latest offerings Jetfighter, AWOL and Dogbite went down a storm.
Hype king Maxim isn’t a man to be disobeyed, so when he commanded everyone standing to crouch low before the final chorus of Smack My B*tch Up and then screamed at anyone who hesitated, Brixton crouched low until the beat detonated back in.
These are old dogs, but with gigs this immense nobody needs to teach them new tricks.