SHOW REVIEW: Glastonbury Festival 1997
By: [email protected]
To quickly summarise for those who are uneducated in UK music festivals, Glastonbury is one of the biggest (and muddiest) UK festivals every year (except last year, when it didn?t take place)this year it took place weekend commencing 27 June.
*Prodigy @ Glastonbury festival 1997*
From the reckless abandon of Mr Flint and Maxim?s random moments ofinsanity to Liam and Leeroy's skilful attacks on the synthesisers and mixing decks....I was begging for - "more, more..." is the sound that echoed for an age after this truly magnificent performance by the band that simply doesn't give a rats arse!!
Yes...the Prodigy @ Glastonbury 1997.
Dennis Pennis' introduction left me sceptical , but only for a second. Starting with the truly awesome Smack My Bitch Up to Voodoo People. But then catastrophic disaster technical problems resulted in the Prod evacuating the stage. Did they smack their bitch too hard???
After 13 minutes and 49 seconds of my eager anticipation of their return, Dennis reappeared assuring a hot sweaty (and very muddy) audience that, "the best Australian Prodigy tribute band" would resume their set. Too late for the two lads in front of me who left after 5 minutes of waiting remember boys - good things come to those who wait.
Returning to the stage with Breathe, the audience responded brilliantly indulging in non-stop oblivion for the rest of the set as did the boys on stage. Highlights being "Poison", "Firestarter, and "Fuel My Fire", the latter being a cover of the Cosmic Psychos, not L7 as I originally thought.
On returning to my tent, the chanting of "I'm the bitch you hated"and requesting screams for "Narayan" and "Charlie" continued till the early hours of the morning.
Overall the performance being absolutely fabulous darling!
*Radiohead @ Glastonbury festival 97*
Not invoking the same enthusiasm for writing a review of them live, as did the Prodigy, Radiohead played a modest set for "the band that will bring music into the 21st Century" according to recent rants and raves about their new album (which I?ll be coming onto in just a mo). Basically Thom and Johnny spent more time whinging, due to technical faults, than trying to pull off the live performance as best they could given the circumstances!
But the highlights were (obviously) Creep, Planet Telex, Talk Show Host (although the end was not executed with style) and Bones.
I've run out of inspiration already to write anymore. So to round up - a disappointing set from a band who should know better.