Stereophonics say The Prodigy’s Keith Flint inspired one of their songs

The band have spoken out about the frontman's influence in the wake of his death

Stereophonics have said The Prodigy’s Keith Flint influenced one of their songs.

The late frontman was found dead at his Essex home on Monday (March 4). He was 49 years old.

Speaking to Radio X, the Welsh band recalled their time on the festival circuit with the rave group. “We did a lot of festivals with The Prodigy,” said frontman Kelly Jones. “I remember being on side of stage watching Keith not that many years ago actually. In between songs, he would come over and have a chat with us. Richard [Jones, bassist] had quite a bit of time with him.”

The bassist explained he would see Flint outside of music as they were both involved with motorsports and called him a “lovely guy.”

Kelly Jones added: “‘Roll Up And Shine’, actually – the first track on ‘Performance And Cocktails’ – was very much inspired by The Prodigy. ‘Fat Of The Land’ was out when [1997 single] ‘Word Gets Around’ was in the charts the same week. So that was very much inspired by that, yeah.”

Yesterday (March 7), The Prodigy fans launched a campaign to get the band’s iconic single ‘Firestarter’ to Number One in the UK charts in a bid to honour Flint.

“Rest in peace to the fire starter,” the petition read. “Let’s make sure the fire continues. We need to raise awareness of mental health issues and suicide. Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 and that needs to change! This is the best way to raise Keith’s profile and bring his plight to the forefront of pop culture and mainstream.”