Prodigy at the Viejas ArenaOn Wednesday night, The Prodigy & Linkin Park put on one of this year’s best arena rock shows, to a sold-out Staples Center. The auspiciously named A Thousand Suns World Tour brought die hard fans out for both bands, making the energy of the crowd insane with a deafening wall of sound.

The band opened up strong with one of their more well known songs, “Breathe”, then tearing in to the addictive “Omen”, off their most recent album, Invaders Must Die.  Keith Britton (vocals), ricocheted verses on the dark dance favorite “Fire Starter”, and “Run With Wolves,” ( which features Dave Grohl on the record) is an action movie soundtrack with big break beat sound. Liam Howlett (composer/keys), seamlessly blends heavy drum samples and dark melodies channeling Their Law, into the electro-harmony of “Invaders Must Die”. By the time Maxim (MC/vocals) shouted, “We’re going to show you how we do it in the UK,” Staples was booming and aggressive. Keith, still with defiant white hair, spun the house around with a raucous finale of the terminator anthem of “Smack My Bitch Up”.

Ever since Prodigy stormed the scene in the mid ’90′s from West London, the masters of garage hardcore-rave have been providing music enthusiasts with numerous fist-pumping hits. The band’s hyped stage presence and spirit, set the bar early for fans with an extraordinary visual show, complete with strobe lights, smoke machines, and flashing images. This exciting bill was a tribute to the long standing synergy between the rock, dance, and electro scenes. e. Oi Oi!

Aishah Roberts/Photos courtesy of NBC San Diego