2006.03.20 – The Congress Theatre, Chicago, USA

Date: 20th March 2006
Event: The Prodigy Concert – Their Law Tour
Venue: The Congress Theatre
City: Chicago
Country: USA
Support: Bill Basil, Adam Freeland

1. Intro
2. Break and Enter
3. Their Law
4. Wake The Fuck Up
5. Breathe
6. Hotride
7. Spitfire
8. Back 2 Skool
9. Firestarter
10. Action Radar Link
11. Warning
12. No Good (Start The Dance)
13. Voodoo People
14. Poison
15. Diesel Power Beats
16. Smack My Bitch Up
17. Dead Ken Beats
18. Out Of Space

Extra info:
Review by Smokey:
Hey, I’ve been a part of this site for years and have waited 8 years to see the Prodigy play Chicago so you better bet I am writing a full review of the show in it’s own unique topic! So here goes nothing….
I got there around 5pm to wait in line for doors to open. To my surprise, the line was pretty crowded by 5:30. We got in and you had the typical stuff going down; $6.00 beers, $30 shirts! Funniest thing is, that the shirts they were selling are on their website for $10 less. It was so cool seeing the people who came to this. People from all over the midwest who, like me, had been waiting a long time for this night. There was a HEAVY european presence at this show as well. Lots of UK’ers in attendance!
Show started at 6:40, which is pretty early. If anyone knows who the DJ was for the first hour, please post it here because he was incredible.
Adam Freeland came on at around 7:45 and played till 8:50pm. His set was unbelievable. His opening track was “Eruption” by Van Halen and he used the “Hello, I Love You” remix he recently made. Freeland closed his set with “We Want Your Soul” which kicked ass because that is by far his best track.
At this point some lady was asking me if she could take my rail spot. She was uber attractive but with her man and I quickly said, HELL NO! Shit, the only way I was giving up my rail spot was if Jesus Christ himself asked for it. And then only 10 minutes later we hear bass filled intro cuts coming from the speakers, steam coming from everywhere and Liam comes out to the front of the stage waving at everyone. Keith follows and runs to the front raling getting the crowd going and finally, Maxim walks out with the token “How the fuck you feeling?!!!!”
So here are the tracks with quick recaps of them (list copied from Big Sugar to save me some time…thanks!)
Chicago set:
Break & Enter
-This sounded like a newer version. The intro was pretty kick ass and the guitars added to it were great.
Their Law
-About 30 seconds into the song Maxim’s mic went dead so Keith ran the song pretty much the whole way through and did an admirable job to be honest.
Wake The Fuck Up
-What can you say? So much better live! Maxim was up on speakers for this one.
-Yay! Now everyone at the show that has no idea who the Prodigy really are can bounce around!
-This time around, Keith sang hardly any lyrics at all. Seriously. Only about a “my beautiful” every once and awhile was it.
-Holy Shit does the bass kick you in your ass when this is live! Maxim went out into the crowd for this one. And by “going out in the crowd”, I mean OUT INTO THE CROWD ala Lowlands, except the crowd wasn’t broken up like Lowlands was.
Back to School
-Pretty typical showing of this song. Nothing new to it really
-Keith kind of appeared a little lost on this one. As we have heard, they are doing the old and the new versions of this live now and it was hard for Keith to follow where Liam was in the song as a result.
Action Radar
-This fill was only 30 seconds this time around as they got into warning pretty quick.
-I know early on in this song (ala 2004), crowds weren’t digging it all that much but I gotta say, Chicago went nuts to this one. I am glad to see it too. This will be a widely popular track this winter.
No Good
-Awesome awesome awesome. I love this song and they played it. They had the whole crowd singing it by the end.
Voodoo People
-This track was played a little short for encore purposes I believe, but it only lasted about 3:30
Diesel Power Beats
Dead Ken Beats
Encore comments: My buddy asked me after the show, “are their encores always as long as their main set or was this show unique”. That’s the cool thing about the Prodigy: they have incredible encores. Deisel Power went for almost three minutes and Dead Ken Beats sounded AMAZING. The song really sounds alot tighter now. Maxim had two pretty cleaned up “raps” in the song that led to Liam bridges. This song has gone from a sort of “fill” to a very clean cutting song.
When the show was over, the band cam to the front of the stage and thanked everyone for waiting 8 long years and promised they’d be back alot sooner next time around. I pointed with both my hands at Liam and shouted “No, thank YOU!” and he totally caught it and it and he got a laugh out of it and he pointed at me with a “thank you” right back at me. That kicked ass!
So yeah, to the Brainkiller posters who were at the show, I was the dude to the right side of the rail with red hair and a blue shirt on. I was also the guy who caught three water bottles thrown from the group and gave all of them away. Yeah, I’m cool like that. So there….
So there are those rumors that Liam reads our boards and Neko’s. If you read this Liam:
Thank you so fucking much for coming to Chicago! I’ve been waiting since I was 20 to see you guys (I’m now nearly 29) and the wait was so worth it!
I can’t wait for the next show. I also can’t wait for my hearing to return and for my entire body to not look like I played paintball all day long. Oh well though, right?



Photos from the show:

2 comments to 2006.03.20 – The Congress Theatre, Chicago, USA

  • Danny

    Opening Dj was Bill Basil one of Pure’s resident DJs. Cheers

  • Luke

    Thanks for posting this! Almost 15 Years later I am trying to find any pics or details from the only prodigy show I made it to in the states. I remember the floor is slightly tilted forward and when there was a good beat hitting the surge of the crowd would push us forward. Loved the energy the in theater and in Chicago that day. Prodigy forever.

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