LIVES

O2 ACADEMY, BRIX­TON, LONDON. 23.12.17

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ON THE COVER: The mighty HIM bow out with a stun­ning London show (p46), while Five Fin­ger Death Punch bounce back (p48) and The Prodigy get, well, ravey

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BRIT RAVE-ROCK LE­GENDS REIGN SUPREME AT THREE-NIGHT STAND

WORDS: AMIT SHARMA PHO­TOS: PAUL HAR­RIES

■ IT’S THE fi­nal leg of The Prodigy’s three-night takeover at the O2 Academy Brix­ton and you can prac­ti­cally taste the chaos that is to come. Even al­most 30 years in, the Prodigy tap into some­thing pri­mal in a man­ner few other bands can, and the sheer mix of fans here tonight – from crusty hip­pies in dress­ing gowns and goth met­al­heads through to the im­mac­u­late-look­ing folk usu­ally found parad­ing through episodes of Made In Chelsea – speaks vol­umes.as the room ex­plodes to opener Omen, backed by be­yond-in­tense strobe lights, it takes about 30 sec­onds for ev­ery­one to lose their minds and aban­don any sense of deco­rum.

“Thurs­day was good, Fri­day was good, but tonight is the fuck­ing night! Where is Brix­ton?” asks Maxim Re­al­ity, while co-front­man Keith Flint paces around like a man pos­sessed, spit­ting and snarling as he eye­balls the front row.“it’s just get­ting warm, we ain’t started mov­ing yet!” con­tin­ues Maxim, and, true to their word, the elec­tro-metal heroes blow the roof off this venue just as vi­o­lently as they have done many, many times be­fore. Early favourite Ev­ery­body In The Place bleeds into a fu­ri­ous Firestarter, which, along with a mas­sivevoodoo Peo­ple, the grind of Breathe and the nu­clear Poi­son, unites the vary­ing tribes as a sin­gle col­lec­tive, lock­ing ev­ery­one into one neon-lit war­dance.as they close with Their Law,take Me To The Hos­pi­tal and a brief ex­cerpt from Out Of Space, there’s no deny­ing it: the rave-rock pi­o­neers still know how to throw the mother of all par­ties.

Keith was al­ways care­ful to do up his seat­belt on­stage

The le­mon-flavoured chap­stick did its job

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