Heineken Music Hall; Amsterdam 23rd November 2009


Rig : 2 x DPA 4060 mics -> DPA MMA6000 amplifier (100 Hz low-cut filter) -> Edirol R-09HR recorder (44.1 Khz/16 bit WAV)

Sound Quality : Audience - Sample Below

Length : 79.15

01. Worlds On Fire
02. Breathe
03. Breathe (Dubstep)
04. Omen (abridged)
05. Poison
06. Warrior's Dance
07. Firestarter
08. Run With The Wolves
09. Voodoo People
10. Omen Reprise
11. Invaders Must Die
12. Diesel Power
13. Smack My Bitch Up
14. -- encore break --
15. Take Me To The Hospital
16. Out Of Space
17. No Good (Start The Dance)
18. Their Law

Audio Sample :
The Prodigy - Run With The Wolves - Amsterdam 23rd November 2009 [DPA]


As expected, security were performing thorough bag and body searches on the door this evening. I never carry a bag, so it was just a question of how thoroughly I was going to get touched up on my way in.

Happily, I made it inside with my equipment and, after getting wired up (with mics, not drugs) in the toilet, headed into the hall to await the entrance of the support band, Enter Shikari.

Suitably warmed up by Enter Shikari, the densely packed hall awaited the arrival of The Prodigy with bated breath. Shortly after 21:00, they came on to 'Take That' by Wiley feat. Chew Fu, which I've had to remove, due to its being a commercially released track.

With the first notes of 'Worlds On Fire', the hall erupted into mental dance. The location I'd picked, at the far left of the stage, a few metres back from the PA stack, is usually far enough away from the centre that I can avoid the moshing mayhem and tape in peace. Not so tonight: the entire hall went ballistic and it was all I could do to remain on my feet. I don't think there was anyone standing, but not dancing.

I had anticipated this somewhat, but the sound was clearly better in this location, rather than, say, at the back of the house in front of the sound desk. Firmly believing in the motto 'Better an excellent recording or no recording than a mediocre one", I chose to take up position in the exposure zone.

I held my ground pretty well, but things got particularly violent when the band started playing 'Omen'.

Unfortunately, my recorder must have received a jab from someone's elbow, hitting the 'stop' button at 01:07 into the song. Because of the unrelenting jostling that was going on, I was checking my equipment at frequent intervals, so I noticed the problem after a couple of minutes and quickly started recording again. I estimate that somewhere between two and three minutes of 'Omen' are missing as a result. Apologies for this.

There's not much I can tell you about the gig that you won't glean for yourself by listening to the recording. The sound in the Heineken Music Hall this evening was really good. It can be muddy sometimes, but it was well above par on this occasion. This is in evidence on the recording, which is crisp and clear throughout the spectrum.

The band were in fantastic form. The energy pouring off the stage was incendiary. No wonder no-one could keep still, except for a few corpses all the way at the back, sitting on chairs. Maxim addressed them a couple of times, imploring them to 'Stand the fuck up!'

The highlight for me was an organ-throbbing, rib-jiggling rendition of 'Poison', my favourite Prodigy track. The whole building heaved to the beat of the music.

At 03:43 into 'Their Law', you'll hear an almighty crackle and fizz come from the PA. That's the sound of some essential piece of equipment, possibly even the PA itself, going supernova under the seismic load that had been placed on it this evening. The snap, crackle and pop of the PA effectively marked the end of 'Their Law', which, in any case, didn't appear to have long left to go.

Maxim tried to shout a few final words to the audience, but his mic had lost amplification and his voice was all but lost in the roaring crowd. You can just about hear him at the end of 'Their Law' if you crank up the volume.

With that, the band left the stage and the house lights came up, bringing a stunned audience back to earth.

This was truly a mind and speaker blowing evening!

As usual with my recordings, no mastering has taken place. You're hearing it the way I did, minus the missing middle part of 'Omen'.