While it wasn't exactly a Doublemint gum commercial, the pairing of headliner Linkin Park and opener The Prodigy at EnergySolutions Arena on Friday showed that when you have two frontmen for each act, you can double your pleasure and double your fun.
Linkin Park's singer Chester Bennington and rapper Mike Shinoda led their band through a confident, energetic show that built upon the frenzied foundation that The Prodigy's Keith Flint and Maxim laid during a searing, seat-shaking set.
The Prodigy, a British electronic dance-music group celebrating its 20th anniversary, not only opened the show but broke down the door in its 45-minute set. With Flint and Maxim frequently exhorting the crowd to stand up and shake since it was the band's first show in Utah, the crowd was built into a lather with one of the loudest, most rhythmic sets I've heard in a while. The group's closing song was its controversial but undeniably catchy "Smack My Bitch Up," where most of the audience at the well-attended show finally stood up and shook like the ground underneath. (For the record, it is not a misogynistic song.)