"My parents generation had The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. My generation had The Prodigy, Manchester has Oasis, Braintree has The Prodigy."
Thousands have signed a petition calling for a state of late Prodigy frontman Keith Flint to be erected in the Essex town of Braintree.
Flint was found dead at his Essex home last week. The surviving bandmates paid remembered Flint as “a true pioneer, innovator and legend”, before Liam Hewlett revealed that he had taken his own life. An inquest into the cause of his death opened on Monday, confirming that the incident was not being treated as suspicious and that he had died by hanging.
Now, there’s a bid to build a statue of Flint in the town of Braintree, where the band formed in 1990 and the frontman once attended college.
The online petition has attracted over 3,500 signatures and has been submitted to the local council.
“Keith was important to not only the people of Braintree, but was well loved and respected world wide and a pivotal piece of the music industry,” said Saphya Gower, who started the petition. “Braintree being The Prodigy’s hometown, we should remember him. It’ll also reflect how important it is to talk about mental health and not to suffer alone.”
“Keith Flint was an icon , a legend in the music industry. He has had such an effect on so many people over the years , his energy and passion while he’s on stage or off stage was magical. He was such a lovely, genuine person too and we all feel deeply saddened by the news of his death. The Prodigy’s music and Keith’s memory will always remain a big part of my life and to millions of others.”
- The NME Obituary: Keith Flint, 1969-2019: the twisted face of rave, the beating heart of The Prodigy
She added: “The plan will be when it reaches a monumental amount of signatures to present it to the council and see what they maybe able to discuss and contribute. It’s early days yet obviously but hopefully the outcome will be the right one. My parents generation had The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. My generation had The Prodigy, Manchester has Oasis, Braintree has The Prodigy.”
“We were saddened to hear about the passing of Keith Flint, who is an iconic part of our cultural heritage, and many residents grew up listening to The Prodigy’s music,” said a spokeswoman from Braintree District Council.
“When the petition is passed to us we can consider suitable ways of remembering his contribution.”
Meanwhile, a campaign for the band’s iconic single ‘Firestarter’ to return to Number One has seen the single climb up the charts, where it sits at Number 57 in the midweeks.
Over the weekend, the band also thanked fans for their continued support and tributes.
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