Keith Flint: A Tribute to The Firestarter
Earlier this week it was announced that Keith Flint– the lead vocalist for 90s electronic dance band, The Prodigy– had been found dead in his home after committing suicide.
He was 49 years old.
Keith was born in the London Borough of Redbridge in 1969 and his family moved out to Essex a few years later. His early years were humble and after leaving school Keith worked as a roofer.
It was in 1990 that Keith met Liam Howlett; a keyboard player and songwriter who’d just formed The Prodigy. The two hooked up and musical history was made.
As The Prodigy’s blistering frontman, Keith cut an electrical, terrifying figure with his spiked hair, darkened, bulging eyes and protruding tongue.
The general public were first confronted with his intimidating avatar in 1996 with the release of ‘Firestarter’, the video for which was filmed deep beneath central London in the old abandoned Aldwych tube station.
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In reality Keith’s sneering, demonic persona was purely theatre and the polar opposite of his true character.
In real life he was widely known to be a kind, generous and self-deprecating soul who’d always set time aside to talk to fans and would even venture into the crowd to give his supporters a hug.
Rest in peace, Keith.
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