“One of the most original groups to come out of England, ever” – Sir Elton John pays tribute to Keith Flint

"What a seminal group they are"

Sir Elton John has paid tribute to Keith Flint, the frontman of The Prodigy who died last week aged 49.

John spoke during the preview to his weekly radio show on Beats One, which airs tomorrow at 5pm GMT.

“I’m opening the show [with Firestarter] to pay tribute to Keith Flint, who passed away last weekend,” John said. “What a shame. What a seminal record, what a seminal group they are or were.”

“I don’t know if they’ll continue, but when I first heard that and saw the video I just thought, ‘wow, what is this…’ Such a tragedy. My condolences to Keith’s family and the band. They are one of the most original groups to come out of England, ever.”

Keith Flint live
Keith Flint performs live

Earlier this week it was confirmed that Flint had died as a result of hanging.  Elton joins the likes of John Lydon, Faithless, James Blunt, Stereophonics, and hundreds of fans to pay tribute to the iconic vocalist.

Flint was found dead at his Essex home last Monday (March 4). The surviving bandmates paid remembered Flint as “a true pioneer, innovator and legend”, before Liam Hewlett revealed that he had taken his own life.

Over the weekend, they also thanked fans for their continued support and tributes. The band have also cancelled all of their upcoming scheduled tour dates, with Emily Eavis revealing that the band were booked to play Glastonbury 2019.

Meanwhile, fans have launched a campaign to get their song ‘Firestarter’ to Number One and raise awareness for mental health and suicide support.

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