One Song, One Set, One Night

June 25th, 2009

Fatboy Slim – Terminal 5 – June 24, 2009

Fatboy Slim - Terminal 5 - June 24, 2009
One song, two hours and just one man behind a laptop. While this may sound like an awful performance in its simplicity, it is a formula that still works for the 45 year-old Fatboy Slim. Removed for the better part of a decade from his last big radio single, he put the sold-out crowd at Terminal 5 through a never-ending ride of beats, infamous samples and even an air horn or two. He rarely left his spot behind his massive soundboard setup, save for a few times to share fist pumps and yells with the crowd from the edge of the stage.

Amazingly, Fatboy Slim never once played full versions of any single that made him so popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The show was much less about greatest hits and much more about various artists. His set started with a 20-second tease of “Praise You,” but that was all he gave of that song until it resurfaced at the end. Along the way he used every kind of music imaginable, ranging from mariachi to DJ Kool’s “Let Me Clear My Throat.” He even sampled the “Fatboy Slim? Just a band!” lyric from Dan Le Sac’s hilarious tongue-in-cheek “Thou Shalt Always Kill.” The full house enjoyed every minute of it, even screaming for an encore after the lights came up. Fatboy Slim never returned to the stage, leaving everyone to wonder just what an encore would be when the set was only one song. —Sean O’Kane

Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane |