2004.12.07 – Carling Apollo, Manchester, England

Date: 7th December 2004
Event: The Prodigy Concert – AONO Tour
Venue: Carling Apollo
City: Manchester
Country: England
Support: Vatican DC, DJ Eddie Temple Morris

1. Wake Up Intro
2. Wake Up Call
3. Their Law
4. Warning
5. Spitfire
6. Breathe
7. Dead Ken Beats
8. Girls / More Girls
9. Action Radar Link
10. Firestarter
11. Hotride (El Batori Mix)
12. Back 2 Skool
13. The Way It Is
14. Mindfields
15. Poison
16. Method Beats
17. Smack My Bitch Up

Extra info:
Review by neko:
I’m getting a good night of sleep for a change (feels like I haven’t had one since Iceland) and yet another day at work. As things go, this has turned out to be exactly the week where I’ve got all these deadlines and everything is a bit shite and stressful. So not such a great day again. I really want to make it for 8pm again though, as it’s Vatican DC supporting tonight. After having missed them at the first Brixton show, I really want to see them now. Based on reviews and from what I’ve read they seem to be exactly my kind of band, with their 70s kind of punk vibe.
I have to say, i’m feeling quite stressed, the ‘straight-from-work-to-gig’ thing is a bit shite (i prefer the ‘straight-from-pub’ one!) so unfortunately Vatican DC don’t get me in my best mood. IF I had been in a better mood or IF they had been amazing I would have maybe liked them, but since neither was the case I thought they were just slightly average. I totally like their style and am usually all for this kind of band, but apart from one or two they just haven’t got enough strong tracks. There’s nothing much memorable in their tunes. And as a live band they still need to learn a lot. But still, I’d probably go to see them again, but I’m not hugely impressed. Bring back Y.O.B.!
No further comments needed about the DJ Eddie Temple Morris, he’s playing his usual set, a bit of Blur, a bit of Nirvana and of course that Out Of Space remix. I really like him though, he’s a great warmup DJ to have, really good to get the crowd going, adding his own little dances to the set.
Again after 9pm then the Wake Up intro and Wake Up. Maxim shouts: “Is this a better crowd than last night? Because tonight, I am on fire!”.
I’m not sure whether it was just me, but again it does take a while for the gig to kick off properly. Definitely not anything to do with the band, Maxim seems to be on Fire indeed, and so is Keith. With the amount of dancing he’s doing now, he must have built up quite an amazing stamina now. And I don’t know how Kieron does it, drumming along to Liam’s beats for 90 min!
Now I don’t remember details, but there are definitely some new beats, either after Wake Up or Their Law. The next track, Warning, has a new ending as well, with Liam replaying some of the ending sounds and Keith echoing them.
Next is Spitfire and after that definitely a completely NEW FILL. Very downtempo, kind of more quiet, but creating a cool atmosphere, before they then brea into Breathe.
Next then the New Track (Amsterdam), Girls / More Girls, Action Radar fill and I am pretty sure now a new remix of Firestarter gets played. It is definitely a different version to the ones played the night before and in Brixton, but from what I can remember probably also different to Birmingham. Cool!
Now the Hotride new remix, definitely works well again, better than the El Batori remix at least, although I have to say it DOES loose quite a bit from its original vibe. Back to School, loving it, then The Way It Is and Mindfields.
The band leave and even now the audience is a bit lame. band then return for their encore with Poison, Release Yo’Delf fill and SMBU.
Good two shows in Manchester but from my personal point of view not quite up there with Brixton. I love the variety within the sets, there’s definitely more variety than I can usually remember to report.




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