Fatboy Slim's Triumphant Homecoming
(Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com) Hometown fans of Fatboy Slim (aka Norman Cook) were given a tasty treat last July, when he gave them a free show on the beach in Brighton, England. ThatHometown fans of Fatboy Slim (aka Norman Cook) were given a tasty treat last July, when he gave them a free show on the beach in Brighton, England. That event has been pressed into a keepsake CD, "Live on Brighton Beach," due June 25 through a collaboration with the U.K.'s famed Ministry of Sound Records and the artist's own Southern Fried Records.
"Fifty-thousand people and a lovely night," Cook remembers. "It was kind of a triumphant homecoming."
The night was truly a party of human diversity -- a sea of smiling faces as far as the eye could see. "As a DJ, it was the best night of my life. It looked so beautiful, with the fireworks and the lights on the pier," Cook recalls. "I was petrified before I went on. But with the roar of the crowd, even if things went wrong, I knew they'd be there with me."
For fans who happen to be in the U.K. this summer, a bigger-scale repeat performance is planned for July 13 on Brighton beach. The sophomore show is expected to be even less stressful for the promoters, because the size of the crowd (which is already forecasted to be double that of last year's show) won't be such a shock.
The original concert was also made into a one-hour TV special. It has already been shown on MTV Europe, the not-for-sale video will air stateside sometime in July.
"Live on Brighton Beach" features such Cook classics as "Right Here, Right Now" and "Star 69," but many of the more recognizable songs spun during the two-hour event were left off the disc to make room for a few new Cook/Fatboy tricks. Thrown into the mix are fun surprises by such artists as Hall & Oates and Salt 'N Pepa. The live atmosphere of this captivating album is boosted by the screaming and roaring crowds, spliced in and edited out at appropriate moments.
Other than the Brighton Beach event, Cook is working up some gigs for the summer. Along with some club dates in Ibiza, Spain, and a possible studio set targeted for release next summer, he is touring Japan and Korea for the World Cup, which he states is the "perfect mix of business and pleasure."
Excerpted from the June 8, 2002, issue of Billboard. The full original text of the article is available in the Billboard.com members section.
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