Tuesday, 05 March 2019 15:53

Epicenter promoters: All Prodigy shows cancelled following death

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ROCKINGHAM — A band that recently lost a member will not be performing at the inaugural Epicenter Festival.

Festival organizers announced on the Epicenter Facebook page Tuesday afternoon that “all forthcoming Prodigy shows will be cancelled with immediate effect.”

Keith Flint, dancer and vocalist for the band, was found dead in his home Monday following an apparent suicide over the weekend, multiple media outlets reported. 

Epicenter was to be the band’s fifth stop on its 2019 North American Tour — the first with dates in the U.S. in more than a decade, according to Consequence of Sound.

The tour was set to kick off in Jacksonville, Florida, May 3 at Welcome to Rockville in Florida, another festival from Epicenter promotor Danny Wimmer Presents.

The band was also scheduled to perform at several other DWP events, including the Chicago Open-Air Festival and Sonic Temple Art and Music Festival in Columbus, Ohio.

“Epicenter Festival will keep you updated with further information,” the text of the post read.

Several fans suggested filling the Friday night spot with System of a Down.

The Prodigy was one of the top headliners scheduled for the first night of Epicenter, going on ahead of shock rocker Rob Zombie and Korn.

The three-day hard rock and heavy metal music festival will be held May 10-12 at Rockingham Dragway and also features the bands Judas Priest, The Cult, Tool and Foo Fighters.

The event is expected to draw around 100,000 visitors to Richmond County and is estimated to have a nearly $40 million impact on the regional economy.