Having last graced a North American stage back in 2011, the Prodigy chose an unlikely venue to make their triumphant return. On Sunday August 30, they headed to Denver, Colo., and the National Western Complex, as part of the Riot Fest & Rodeo. Of the 88 bands on the bill, they were the only electronic act. Of the 88 bands on the bill, they delivered what was perhaps the best performance of the entire weekend.
Though they do not sound anything like what people would typically consider punk music, the Prodigy certainly act the part. Many electronic artists are simply satisfied with pressing play and/or standing stationary behind their turntables. The Prodigy are not such an act.
Instead the Prodigy functions more as a traditional band, if said band was hyped up on crank. They run, dance and rage frenetically both onstage and off. At one point, vocalist Maxim rushed from the stage, sprinting to the sound booth, jumped a fence and, may or may not have tried to incite a mosh pit in the back of the large crowd.
As is common practice in EDM, the Prodigy set the setting appropriately with a pulsating light show. The set began with their classic “Breathe,” and they proceeded to rip through 16 tracks, pausing but once before returning for the encore. Aside from that, it was a non-stop rage fest.
The crowd reciprocated the band’s energy in kind. They danced passionately, exhausting every remaining ounce of energy they had after three straight days of Riot Fest. During “Smack My B*tch Up,” the Prodigy commanded that they get down low. The audience stood crouching, building kinetic energy. When that energy was unleashed, a tremor was felt all through the festival grounds.
Above all else, the Prodigy showed on Sunday that punk can be found in all different shapes and forms. They were accepted by the gathered audience. Winning over virtually everybody that witnessed their set. They challenged authority. They played with attitude, they played fast, they played hard. It does not get much more punk rock than that.
- Wild Frontier
- The Day is My Enemy
- Voodoo People
- Get Your Fight On
- Run With the Wolves
- Invaders Must Die
- Smack My B*tch Up
- Their Law
- Take Me to the Hospital
- Out of Space