i really hate to say this but it was probably the two weakest prodge gigs ive ever been to, however i put it down 70% to sound quality.
I saw them at both Leeds and Reading, both good gigs and without going over to much ground about the performances that has already been said, the new songs (head-nodding, polite applause, etc.) SMBU, Their Law, Breathe and Firestarter obviously going down the best. The real thing i felt was that Prodge gigs are about being loud, very fuckin' loud.
It was kinda the same level as 'Offspring' only with more bass.
Maxim complained at the start about mic levels at Leeds and i kinda got the impression their were teething problems all the way through, same at Reading, someone obviously doesn't like them pushing that dial to '11'.
Now that isnt making excuses for the performance, it was weak in places, more so i thought at Reading, Keith aint exactly Julie Andrews' but i suppose he aint meant to be, but his voice does get on your tits abit after 10 minutes.
Maxim gets very angry, not energy wise, not adrenaline but with the crowd, constant 'fuckin' this or 'bullshit' that.
One thing i will say sums the Prodigy of 95/96/97 comparing to Prodigy 2001/2002, when i was near the front at Reading last week it was lots of moshing, etc but as i moved back only about 10/20 metres, the jumping got less and less, until head nodding and nothing.
Five years ago people danced, jumped, moshed as far as the eye could see.
HAS THE BUBBLE BURST??? i hope not but a UK tour is a must else i might appear less at Prodge gigs as well as their websites.