Experiencing The Greatest Live Act of the '00s: The Hives
  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2012

  • Posted by: Malcolm Donaldson

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Being a devoted Hives fan for the better part of my life, I have longed to see the Swedish rock powerhouse live in concert since before my voice cracked. I knew I could expect a barrage of unending energy, an immaculate wardrobe and a couple of sly words from lead man Howlin' Pelle Almqvist. When I saw The Hives at Terminal 5 last Friday, I was blown away to see for myself what many have called "The Greatest Live Act of the '00s." I got all of what I hoped to see and hear amplified ten-fold, and much more.

Los Angeles punk group FIDLAR opened for The Hives, an extremely promising group that has only just begun melting faces in the tradition of the veteran Swedes. The four-piece has only released a couple of EPs, which are available at their Bandcamp, but with the rate at which FIDLAR's growing you'll be hearing a lot more about them very soon.

Only about five minutes after FIDLAR cleaned up the stage and made room for The Hives, the demanding crowd grew very restless. They shouted "WE WANT THE HIVES, WE WANT THE HIVES" before the band's equipment was even set up. The vicious energy down in the pit made sense once the show started: the explosive punch of the electric guitars and drums, the inimitable howl of Howlin' Pelle, and the tuxedos. Oh, the glorious tuxedos. The set featured mostly songs from The Hives' latest Lex Hives, an album that got "fifteen out of five stars according to most critics," according to Pelle.

To be honest, it didn't matter what songs The Hives included in their fifteen song set. They were all amazing. It was the five member's stage presence and sense of occasion that won everybody over. Guitarist Nicholaus Arson's infectious creepy behavior was hilarious. From flossing his teeth with a guitar cable to licking his pinkie finger and rubbing his blonde mustache, the guitarist performed with a mountain of charisma.

Everyone pulled their weight in making the show incredible. The speed and strength with which the rhythm section Dr. Matt Destruction and Chris Dangerous played was the secret ingredient that maintained the show's energy. The crowd went from impatient to joyously violent during the show, moshing with a fury I don't think I've ever seen matched at Terminal 5. The Hives have not lost any of their live fervor in the new decade. They may turn out to be one of the best live bands of the '10s as well.


The Hives at Terminal 5,
June 22nd, 2012
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01. Come On!
02. Try It Again
03. Take Back the Toys
04. 1,000 Answers
05. Main Offender
06. Walk Idiot Walk
07. My Time is Coming
08. No Pun Intended
09. Wait a Minute
10. Won't Be Long
11. Hate To Say I Told You So
12. Tick Tick Boom

Encore:
13. Go Right Ahead
14. Die, All Right!
15. Patrolling Days
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