The English Electronic Dance Music (EDM) group, Prodigy invaded India in January 2011. The band kick started the Eristoff Invasion Festival in Bangalore on January 13. From what we heard, the madness and insanity levels were as high as expected. So we got in touch with a freelance photographer/blogger/designer from the silicon valley of India, known for outsourcing, pubs, coffee shops and of course high prevalence of madness (music and otherwise) to give the world the glimpse of the Prodigy Concert in Bangalore. Below is the photoblog from Praveen SR:
“I went to the Prodigy concert having heard only a handful of tracks of this electronic band from UK. The big beat classics ‘Smack My B*tch Up’, ‘Firestarter’ and ‘Voodoo People’ were in my mind as I strode into the Palace Grounds for the inaugural edition of ‘Invasion fest’. The feast of electronica was indeed an entirely different experience compared to the metal concerts that am used to. Right from the first beat, the entire crowd was on their feet, swaying in tandem.
Founded by Liam Howlett, Prodigy has gone on to cement their place as the world’s biggest electronic dance group. The big beat music coupled with the mammoth lighting setups provided a surreal experience. At the same time, its a nightmare for a photographer with constantly changing lights and the frontmen running and dancing along the length and breadth of the stage. This was one of the toughest shoots ever in my experience. But, in the same breath I must say it was a great musical and visual treat.”
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Alice Cooper’s traditional Christmas Pudding concert this year turned special for two reasons: the announcement that ‘No More Mr Nice Guy’ will be among those inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Fame, and the reunion of that classic Alice Cooper lineup to honor the 10th anniversary of Pudding.
Alice Cooper is among the 2011 inductees, a list that includes Neil Diamond, Dr John, Darlene Love, Tom Waits, Jac Holzman, Art Rupe and Leon Russel.
The shock-rock legend, however, had no idea that the yearly pudding feast is going to get double tasty this year.
“The great thing about it, was I asked the guys to come in for this before I knew anything about the Hall of Fame. Before we were nominated, we were gonna do this. So everything happened while we were all here in our hometown, where we started,” media reports quote Cooper as saying backstage at the Comerica.
Speaking to Free Press days ahead of the concert, Cooper attributed his entry into the Hall of fame to his made-in-Detroit history.
“We weren’t about peace and love; we were too abrasive for LA,” said Cooper.
“We thought the whole world should be about Ferraris, switchblades and blondes and it was in Detroit that people were screaming for us to turn it up. And we did,” the 62-year-old is quoted as saying on Wednesday, while rehearsing for his annual Phoenix-based Christmas Pudding concert with members of his classic lineup including drummer Neal Smith, Michael Bruce and Dennis Dunaway.
“I am so proud to say I’m from Detroit, but more than that – it’s where we belong. When I heard bands like the Stooges, MC5 and Ted Nugent’s Amboy Dukes, we were among kindred spirits. It was a brotherhood. And outsiders, although they may take a step backward when they see us, they definitely respect Detroit artists,” he added.
Cooper along with the other artists will be inducted during a ceremony March 14, 2011 at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City.
“I haven’t thought too much about the ceremony, but we’ll probably play ‘School’s Out’ and “Eighteen,’ the two anthems I imagine people want to hear most. And if Jeff Beck or Paul McCartney want to come out, we might let them play …Are you kidding? We’d pass out,” he remarked.
Last year, eleven artists were inducted into the Hall of Fame including ABBA, Jimmy Cliff, Genesis, The Stooges and The Hollies.
Although we are kicking ourselves for not being among the lucky thousands who had the pleasure of watching the original line-up of Alice Cooper stir up ‘Music, Magic and Mayhem’, the induction of Alice Cooper into the Hall of Fame would probably remain one of the highlights of the year. Alice Cooper, for us, is one among the legends – recalling whom we often end up grumbling- “They don’t make music like this anymore”. Growing up listening to Alice Cooper made us understand anger and respect rebellion.