THE PRODIGY THROUGH THE YEARS
Today we say goodbye to one of the most legendary vocalist the world has ever seen.
On Monday 4th March 2019 lead vocalist Keith Flint was found dead at his home in North End, Great Dunmow, Essex.
Liam Howlett posted on TheProgidyOfficial Instagram that Keith Flint had taken his own life.
He wrote "The news is true, I can't believe I'm saying this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend. I'm shell shocked, f**king angry, confused and heart broken..... r.i.p brother Liam #TheProdigy".
On 11th March 2019 BBC News reported that Keith Flint died as a result of hanging.
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The news is true , I can’t believe I’m saying this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend , I’m shell shocked , fuckin angry , confused and heart broken ..... r.i.p brother Liam #theprodigy
Other artists also paid tribute to the late The Progidy vocalist:
Chase and Status, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, Slipknot and many more all took to social media:
Absolutely devastated to hear the tragic news that the legend Keith Flint from @the_prodigy has passed away. Our thoughts & condolences are with all his friends and family. We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Keith and the life changing music they made and championed. RIP 💔— Chase & Status (@chaseandstatus) March 4, 2019
Very sad news today. R. I. P. Keith Flint of Prodigy https://t.co/NvCGUhXJhG— Jimmy Page (@JimmyPage) March 4, 2019
Keith Flint. Respect. pic.twitter.com/YFKIjtFeYf— Slipknot (@slipknot) March 4, 2019
With the sad news of Keith's passing, we have put together a tribute article which you can read below:
The Prodigy are an English Electronic music band from Braintree, Essex, England, Formed in 1990 by keyboardist and song writer Liam Howlett.
The first line up of the band also included MC and vocalist Maxim, dancer and vocalist Keith Flint, dancer and live keyboardist Leeroy Thornhill and vocalist Sharky.
The Prodigy first emerged in the underground rave scene in the early 1990s and has since achieved worldwide recognition. The group has earned titles such as "The Premier dance act for alternative masses" and "The Godfathers of Rave" and remain one of the most successful electronic acts of all time.
The Prodigy have sold an estimated 30million records worldwide, and won numerous music awards during their career, including two Brit Awards for Best British Dance Act, three MTV Music Video Awards, two Kerrang! awards, five MTV Europe Music Awards, and two Grammy Award nominations.
First Live Performance
The first live gig that The Prodigy was reported to perform was at the 'Four Aces' in Dalston, London.
The bands second single, "Everybody in the place (Fairground Edit), was released in December 1991. It reached Number 2 in the UK, beaten by the re-release of 'Bohemian Rhapsody' by Queen following the unfortunate death of their singer Freddie Mercury.
The release of 'Firestarter' in 1996, featuring vocals for the first time courtesy of a new look Keith Flint, helped the band break into the United States and the overseas markets, and reached number one on the UK Singles Chart.
First Headliner of Glastonbury Festival
The long waited third Prodigy album, The Fat of the Land, was released in 1997, just as the band headlined Glastonbury Festival on its opening night.
The Prodigy were getting considerable airplay on Rock Stations with their controversial track "Smack My B*tch Up"
and also received a negative backlash from the song itself.
The National Organisation for Women (NOW) criticized the song and its music video. The songs lyrics consists entirely of the repeated phrase "Change my pitch up, smack my bitch up", which NOW stated are a "dangerous and offensive message advocating violence against women". Howlett responded to the criticism by stating that the meaning of the song and its lyrics were being mis-interpreted and the phrase meant "Doing anything intensely, like being on stage - going for extreme manic energy" during a performance at Reading Festival on 29th August 1998, The Prodigy and The Beastie Boys had an on stage disagreement over the track.
The Beastie Boys requested that the song "Smack My B*tch Up" should be pulled from their set as it could be considered offensive to those that had suffered domestic abuse. Choosing to ignore the Beastie Boys' plea, Maxim introduced "Smack My B*tch Up" with declaration "They didn't want us to play this f**king tune. But the things go, I do what the f*ck i want!"
Invaders Must Die
On November 5th 2008, it was announced that the bands fifth studio album would be called "Invaders Must Die" and would be released on the band's new label, Take Me To The Hospital. It was released in the US on 3rd March 2009 and was the first The Prodigy album since 1997's The Fat of the Land to feature all three members of the band.
The coincide with the release of the album, the band embarked on a nine date UK arena tour, with support from artists, Dizze Rascal, Noisia, Herve and DJ Kissy Sell Out. The tour included the first edition of the bands own annual dance gig, the Warriors dance festival.
The single "Omen" debuted at Number 1 on the Canadian Singles Chart the week of 25th February 2009 and won the Kerrang! Award for Best Single.
Headlining & First Live Album
On May 2011, the band released World's on Fire, their first live album and concert film documenting their 24th July 2010 show at Milton Keynes Bowl as part of that years Warriors Dance Festival.
On August 6th 2011, The Prodigy headlined Prystanek Woodstock in Poland, while at their two final shows of 2011 in Brazil, they premiered two new tracks "A.W.O.L" and "Dogbite". They headlined the 2012 Download Festival on 8th June playing a regular set list, with the addition of their three new songs "Jet fighter", "Dog Bite" and "A.W.O.L", accompanied by on-stage imagery of a jet aircraft.
How To Steal A Jet Fighter
On May 3rd 2012, The Prodigy announced the working title of their new album How To Steal a Jet Fighter. In December 2012, a new track titled "The Day" was debuted at Warriors's Brixton and in June 2013, a new track titled "Rockweiler" was debuted at Rock am Ring. On 12th January 2015, The Prodigy released "Nasty" as the lead single off their upcoming album along with the title track on 26th January 2015.
On 26th December 2016, the band announced that new music due for release at an unspecified date in 2017 on their twitter account. Liam Howlett stated in 2015 that the band may cease releasing full studio albums in favour of EP's, citing a lack of interest and the time it takes to make one. In September 2017, the band signed a new recording deal with BMT Rights Management, which released the seventh studio album, No Tourists, on 2nd November 2018.
During the groups 2017 European tour in December, the band premiered three new songs "Resonate", "Need Some 1" (initially titled "New Beats") and "Boom Tap". On 18th July 2018, the band posted a snippet of an upcoming song to their various social media accounts with the caption "Tomorrow...". On the following day, the announced the new album on their Instagram page. (Due to the unfortunate passing of Keith Flint, "No Tours" is the bands final studio album to be released).
Due to the unfortunate passing of Keith Flint, the groups 2018 album "No Tours" is their final studio release.
The Prodigy's final concert with Keith Flint was performed on 5th February 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand.
We at Rock Lifestyle UK send our condolences to the friends and family of Keith Flint. He was truly a legend and can never be replaced. We hope he's now found peace.
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