Beastie Boys and THE PRODIGY were involved in a war of words at last weekend’s Reading Festival. Headlining the Main Stage on Saturday, the Beasties had requested that support band, the Prodigy, exclude ‘Smack My Bitch Up’ from their set on the grounds that it is offensive.
Prodigy went ahead and played the song, Maxim explaining to the crowd, “I do what the fuck I want.” Later the Beasties’ Ad Rock commented, “From where I’m from, it isn’t cool.”
The other big war of the festival was waged on Friday between Symposium and the Main Stage security. The band climaxed their set by trashing their equipment and attempting to hurl it into the crowd. Security intervened and, in the melee, Symposium singer Ross Cummins received a blow to the face which necessitated a visit to the local hospital.
On a happier note, Brian May, poodle-haired guitarist with Queen, appeared on site on Saturday but the rumoured collaboration with Foo Fighters failed to materialise.