By Paulo Silvestre
After their show at the Optimus Alive festival this summer, The Prodigy marked their return on December 7 at the Pavilhão Atlântico in Lisbon.
Before the performance of the mythic lords of rave-punk, UK band’s post-hardcore with electronic elements Enter Shikari took to the stage. Formed in 2003 and considered by the press to be the new ‘pretty boys’ of the United Kingdom, they made their first appearance in Portugal.
They played mostly songs from their newest album released in June 2009 entitled Common Dreads. Their performance entertained the audience for 45 minutes and fans of this band could only prepare themselves for more to come from The Prodigy.
The Prodigy opened the concert with World’s on Fire from their latest album Invaders Must Die, followed by Breathe from the legendary album The Fat of The Land.
Throughout the show, the British band lived up to their reputation as brilliant stage performers and the crowds at the Pavilhão Atlântico were proof of their success.
Keith Flint and Maxim Reality’s overwhelming energy led the public to frenzy. They showed great interaction with the public, transforming the venue into a giant nightclub. Even people who were at the stands could not resist dancing to the tracks played, especially the classics Firerstarter, Out Of Space, Voodoo People, Smack My B**** Up and the newer tunes Invaders Must Die and Omen.
In the encore, they played four more songs, starting with Take Me to the Hospital and ending with Their Law, giving everyone a few more minutes of wild excitement.
With a career that spans almost 20 years, The Prodigy still have the same energy from their earlier days. The atmosphere was unreal, with every single person jamming the night away at the rhythm of their crazy beats.