2005.07.30 – Multiusos Sánchez Paraiso, Salamanca, Spain

Date: 30th July 2005
Event: The Prodigy Concert – AONO Tour
Venue: Multiusos Sánchez Paraiso
City: Salamanca
Country: Spain
Support: see timetable

1. Wake Up Intro
2. Wake Up Call
3. Wake The Fuck Up
4. Their Law
5. Warning
6. Breathe
7. Spitfire
8. Back 2 Skool
9. Firestarter
10. Action Radar Link
11. Hotride (El Batori Mix)
12. Voodoo People
13. Poison
14. Method Beats
15. Smack My Bitch Up
16. Out Of Space

Extra info:
Premiere performance of Wake The Fuck Up.

20:00 Doors
21:00 Santaflow
22:00 Cultura Probase
23:15 The Prodigy

Review by neko:
Spain once more… One year ago this time I had never been to Spain, but now it’s already the third time in 9 months I’m heading there. My friend Katie and I are on a Thursday night ‘after work’ flight to Alicante, and after a day chilling in the sun in Alicante town on Friday, we’re off to Salamanca, where Prodigy will play their first of three shows in Spain. A 6am wake up call and 7 hours on the train later, we’re indeed there, in the not very happening, but very pretty town of Salamanca, west of Madrid.
We get plenty of time to see the city and chill out a bit, then around 10pm we head to the Sala Multiusos where the gig tonight is taking place. Not much happening there yet so we have another drink and go back in at around 11pm.
Some support act with a small Spanish woman singer with an amazing voice is on and finishes just before 11. Changeover for Prodigy and they’re on at 11:20pm.
The well known Wake Up Intro comes on and the band come on stage to start with Wake Up Call. Audience reaction is excited and despite the fact that the venue is only half full, the atmosphere is good.
What follows next though is a surprise. Some new jam track. It’s called the Wake The Fuck Up Jam and one of the hardest fastest tracks I’ve heard from The Prodigy to date. It perfectly brings the old Prodigy back into the AONO era with some samples from Wake Up Call, Spitfire nightbreed remix and with both, Maxim and Keith, doing some vocals. Liam ssays he’s written the track this same afternoon before the sound check. Trust me, you can’t wait to hear this one, I’m very impressed!
Their Law as usual fantastic. The audience is still not filling out the whole place, but out of the people who are here no one is standing still.
This is followed by the New Warning. hmmmmm… In response to my comments on this after the last gig I later tonight have the whole band question me what exactly it is then I don’t like about it (“So you’re saying it’s the vocals?” – Keith). Liam also disapproves of my drum n’ bass comments in relation to the track. All in good fun, of course, but there’s definitely no easy way out of this one for me now!
The new down tempo fill follows, got no name for this one, apart from that it has a real Massive Attack – Mezzanine vibe to it…. another good one to watch out for.
Breathe then, your general audience pleaser – very nice. I’m pretty sure then we get another very short new fill afterwards – don’t remember details I’m afraid (that’s what happens whenever I have a drink afterwards) – but definitely this show is just full of new bits and bops turning up everywhere!
Then Spitfire comes on, this is one of the most well known tracks now. It gets even better though with one of the highlights of the gig: a massive Back to School. Tonight is no different, the new version of this works well with the new instrumental part in the middle and the new vocals. Definitely one of my favourites now, very cool.
Firestarter then is really good tonight and now links into Action Radar in a way that makes it almost merge into one track. The whole changeover between the tracks is much longer, but eats away a big part of the original Action Radar link now, which unfortunately makes the latter a bit a less strong track in the set now. It’s more an outro to Firestarter now than a highlight of the set in its own right as it used to be.
Surprise, surprise, next is Hotride. I know they’ve played it in Russia once or twice, but apart from there this hasn’t been played live since December. It always used to be the ‘track that never really worked live’, but it’s actually nice to see it again. I like it tonight, not sure whether it’s been rearranged a little.
Voodoo People then is a great close to the first part of the set – this track just still gets every single person in the room dancing. So great that they’ve brought this back, I love it.
Very very good show so far, then the band of course return for their encore, starting with Poison. Actually, starting with Liam doing something on a microphone attached to one of his keyboards, producing sounds through a vocoder, I’m not quite sure what that was about. Anyways, then Poison and Maxim leads into an extended version of the release yo’delf fill, or method beat as it’s called now, with spelling out the “P – O – I – S – O – N”.
SMBU then follows, one of the most intense tracks of the set as usual…. crowd reaction once more at the max. The band now act as if they want to leave, playing the “you aren’t shouting loud enough” game with the audience. The audience then (predictably) shout loud enough and the band return with a brilliant Out of Space.
Great great gig, cannot even describe how good this one felt with all the new stuff in it and the great Spanish audience.


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