Along with singer and rapper Maxim Reality, Howlett and Flint enjoyed worldwide success with The Prodigy, breaking into the U.S. scene with 1996’s platinum-selling single, “Firestarter” and the controversial “Smack My B****Up.” The group achieved greater acclaim around the world with songs”Everybody in the Place,” “Start the Dance” and their No. 1 hit, “Breathe.”
In a statement, Howlett and Reality said: “It is with deepest shock and sadness that we can confirm the death of our brother and best friend Keith Flint. A true pioneer, innovator and legend. He will be forever missed. We thank you for respecting the privacy of all concerned at this time.”
In February, a Prodigy tour was announced to coincide with the release of their new single, “We Live Forever,” from their seventh studio album, “No Tourists,” which arrived in November.
The band’s tour was scheduled to kick off May 3 in Florida; they had a May 8 date slated at the Tabernacle.
Melissa Ruggieri has covered music and entertainment for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution since 2010 and created the Atlanta Music Scene blog. She's kept vampire hours for more than two decades and remembers when MTV was awesome.