The Hives – Live in U.K.

The Hives have returned with their first album in eleven years, 'The Death of Randy Fitzsimmons', and a totally sold out eleven dates across the U.K. ...
The Hives : Live
The Hives : Live

The Hives have returned with their first album in eleven years, The Death of Randy Fitzsimmons (QRO review), and a totally sold out eleven dates across the U.K.

The electrifying evening of April 2nd, the Bristol O2 Academy became a cauldron of pulsating energy as the iconic Swedish quintet, The Hives, took the stage amidst a blaze of light, the bold letters of ‘H.I.V.E.S’ illuminating the venue with an undeniable presence that mirrored the band’s own unapologetic bravado. From the first moment of their explosive entrance, it was clear that the crowd had been whipped into a frenzy of anticipation, eagerly awaiting the arrival of the enigmatic Howlin’ Pelle and his cohorts.

The Hives entered the stage to the menacing horns of Chopin’s “Funeral March 3rd Movement” in matching black-and-white, lightning bolt suits. Two balaclava covered roadies stood on either side of the stage and ceremoniously handed the guitarists their instruments. Instead of facing their adoring fans, however, they turned their backs and looked to the drummer, who launched into the thunderous chords of “Bogus Operandi” reverberated through the venue, the crowd erupted into a collective frenzy, bouncing souls of all ages surrendering to the infectious energy coursing through the air. With the relentless intensity of “Main Offender”, The Hives demonstrated their unwavering commitment to delivering a performance worthy of their self-proclaimed status as the best band in the universe, captivating the audience with every chord and lyric.

The Hives

At the heart of it all stood the irrepressible Howlin’ Pelle, a larger-than-life figure whose charismatic presence commanded the stage climbing across speakers and each space of the stage, the front barriers and even the mosh pit floor itself later on during “Idiot Walk”. Howlin’ Pelle with a magnetic allure that left no soul untouched declaring The Hives to be more than a band and declaring their worldwide intentions for domination. He encouraged people to go away from the gig and bring other converts to the next shows. At one point, he asked, “What’s the biggest venue in Bristol?”. A shout of “Ashton Gate” football stadium, to which he confirmed they had already played there alongside The Arctic Monkeys last May. From his tongue-in-cheek banter to his captivating stage antics, Pelle embodied the essence of rock ‘n’ roll royalty, effortlessly captivating the audience’s adoration and respect. As the crowd joined in a belated rendition of “Happy Birthday” in his honour, it became clear that Pelle had transcended mere performer status to become a true master of his craft.

With each subsequent song, The Hives raised the bar even higher, their infectious energy fuelling the crowd’s unbridled enthusiasm. From the pulsating rhythms of “Walk Idiot Walk” to the explosive frenzy of “Die Alright!”, the band left no stone unturned in their quest for total audience obliteration, each song igniting a firestorm of excitement and chaos.

But it was during the iconic “Hate to Say I Told You So” that The Hives truly reached their zenith, unleashing a sonic explosion that reverberated through the venue like a punk rock grenade, leaving the crowd breathless and exhilarated. And as Pelle declared their mission for complete audience obliteration, it became clear that The Hives were not merely performers, but architects of pure sonic mayhem.

As the encore provided a momentary respite, The Hives returned with renewed vigour, launching into the terrace-esque anthem of “Come On” before embarking on an epic 16-minute odyssey of “TICK TICK BOOM”. Amidst the sweat-soaked fervour of the crowd and the band alike, Pelle’s irrepressible energy reached its peak, culminating in a moment of pure rock ‘n’ roll spectacle as he leaped into the crowd, thrusting his microphone into the air with reckless abandon.

In that fleeting moment, as the crowd clamoured for more, The Hives cemented their status as true rock ‘n’ roll legends, leaving an indelible mark on all who bore witness to their electrifying performance. With their trademark black-and-white suits gleaming with sweat and stinking of sheer determination, The Hives proved once and for all that they are not just a band, but a force of nature unto themselves.

The Hives

Setlist:

Entrance: Funeral March (3rd Movement)

Howlin’ Pelle

Bogus Operandi
Main Offender
Take Back the Toys
Two Kinds of Trouble
Rigor Mortis Radio
Walk Idiot Walk
Good Samaritan
Go Right Ahead
Stick Up
Hate to Say I Told You So
Trapdoor Solution
I’m Alive
Bigger Hole to Fill
Die, All Right!
Won’t Be Long
Try It Again
Countdown to Shutdown

Encore:

Come On!
Smoke & Mirrors
Tick Tick Boom

End: Nobody Does It Better (Carly Simon song)

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