2005.03.08 – Riverstage, Brisbane, Australia

Date: 8th March 2005
Event: The Prodigy Concert – AONO Tour
Venue: Riverstage
City: Brisbane
Country: Australia
Support: Adam Freeland

1. Wake Up Intro
2. Wake Up Call
3. Their Law
4. Warning
5. Breathe
6. Spitfire
7. Girls / More Girls
8. Back 2 Skool
9. Firestarter
10. Action Radar Link
11. Dead Ken Beats
12. Mindfields
13. Poison
14. Method Beats
15. Smack My Bitch Up
16. Out Of Space

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Review by neko:
After a day at the Gold Coast and missing the Perth show (which I heard was very good) I’m now in Brisbane awaiting the first of the Prodigy’s solo shows on this tour. Brisbane itself is nice and warm but not very happening in general. We try and go out on Monday evening but cannot seem to find much going on here (mainly due to being in the wrong end of town, but that’s a different story). So, I take it easy on Tuesday, have a swim in the outdoor hotel pool, thinking of these poor people back in England, then a wander up the one street with shops in Brisbane. Also see Kieron and Jim around and we’re going to a place named ‘G-Spot Cafe’, ha ha.
The gig tonight is an early one, so we get to the Fortitude Valley Area at about 7pm already, have a drink and then go and check out the venue. It’s very small with a tiny stage and the way it’s all laid out with the balcony and all is pretty cool. Adam Freeland is supporting DJ and he is actally pretty damn good! Nice change from Two Tribes, I’d say! By 8pm the tiny sold out venue is full and it’s hot, hot, hot!
Prodigy come on at 8.30pm and as they come on the crowd reaction is simply huge. The Wake Up Intro is followed by Wake Up, this time no technical problems. So many sweaty bodies jumping around, I’ve rarely seen an audience go so wild.
A nice link fades then into Their Law, which is of course very cool and then Warning. This features some cool outro beats tonight and I personally love this track. I hear there’s a new version in the making, not sure whether that will be a good thing as the current one seems quite perfect to me!
Now, set list change, Breathe is next. Obviously a quite a big crowd pleaser and the place gets even hotter. I am soaking wet, own sweat mixed with other people’s sweat mixed with water they sprinkle over us. Nice. I’m getting a bit too much of the ‘other people’s sweat’ for my taste now and am moving back a bit. The venue is so small though and literally every single person is jumping up and down, more intense than most other gigs I’ve seen. Maxim meanwhile climbs onto the balcony and makes his way through the crowd up there.
Spitfire is next, very cool. Links between tracks are now working very well. Nothing new played, but all kinds of old known ones spread across the set. Girls / More Girls then next, followed by Back to School. Apparently Liam wanted to play some ‘new bit’ at the end of this but Maxim walked off stage, so that has to wait another day!
Then next ‘new’ Firestarter. I’m looking at people’s reaction to this one, obviously this is the one song still that Prodigy are known for. I’ll stick with what I said in the Sydney review and contradict rest of the crowd reaction, personally think it’s the weakest track in the set now and the new version doesn’t really save it. But i guess it needs to stay in the set, especially at festivals.
Now a personal favourite, the Action Radar fill. I totally love this to bits and Prodigy sound just soooo hard tonight. The fill kind of fades directly into Dead Ken Beats now. This is another one that I love, but it finishes kind of early tonight and fades into the next one, Mindfields. Maxim on the mic, very strong tonight and before you know it, they’ve left the stage. Already?
Every single person in this room is wet from head to toe now. I’m so grateful for wearing black today, too many people looking like in a wet T-shirt contest. No one thinking about leaving yet though and we all want the band back on stage. They return very soon and now it’s of course Poison. Two thousand people jumping up and down to the beats. Release Yo Delf gets us into SMBU, and what can I say, this is of course always a great ending. Or not ending yet. They briefly walk off stage but, yeah, Liam and Kieron walking back and playing some beats. Of course its again Out Of Space and that indeed goes down very well.
So now, finished. We can’t wait to get outside to get some fresh air. Not that it’s anywhere below 25 degrees here even now, but still better than in there. I look at all the people leaving this building, every single person is wet, totally worn out and has a big smile on their face. Totally how I feel, great show and one of the best audiences I’ve ever seen.
Later I see Jim, Liam and Maxim, very nice. I can only imagine how nice it must have been meeting me, in the still very wet state I am in, ha ha. Ewwwww.
Everyone seems to be happy with how the shows are going and with being in Australia. As the band are then leaving the venue, there are lots of fans waiting at the gate. And that is one thing I so respect this band for; Liam, Keith, Maxim leave their car and every single person gets their autograph or photo taken with the guys. I’ve never seen them turn down anything like this and it means so much to the fans. Very cool.
I’m told to go to the ‘Rev Club’ later. So Katie and I go back to our hotel (have a shower!) and ask concierge where the ‘Rev Club’ is. He doesn’t know, but sends us to the ‘Pres Club’ indeed. This actually looks like a cool bar, but not much is happening. Doorman tells us ‘Rev Club’ is around the corner, so we go there. It’s a very tacky looking place and there’s lots of people, but we go in anyways. Still can’t get over the fact that I have to show my passport everywhere here in Australia to prove that I am 18 already (I am 27).
So we go in there, DJ plays some cheesy version of voodoo people and lots of sweaty people from the gig are banging their heads to it. Not really where you’d think to find the band, but as promised Kieron and Liam are actually there and we get to join for a couple of drinks. Dutiful as I am, I of course remember the task I’ve been given by my forum members and ask Liam about THAT Osaka fill. He knows exactly what I am talking about, but the track is indeed not No Souvenirs, but instead something he had written prior to releasing AONO already, as part of Shoot Down apparently.
So anyways… really good evening (until the bar runs out of champagne and Liam doesn’t know what to drink anymore, ha ha) and of course there are two more solo shows to look forward to in the next two days!


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