Posted in Contests | music | pictures on April 27, 2012

words by Andrew Sacher, photos by Chris La Putt

The Hives

It's needless to say that The Hives' tiny show at The Studio at Webster Hall last night (4/26) was a wild, packed, sweaty party. It only took about a song and a half for Pelle to hang from the venue's lighting fixture and for his brother/guitarist Nicholaus Arson to end up on top of the crowd. The band, known for their matching black and white attire, were decked out in tuxedos and top hats like they were at Coachella and other recent dates. Pelle and his bandmates were in their usual on-stage state of extremely high cheeky arrogance, complete with demanding that the crowd make more and more noise and answer "YEAH!" to any question asked. He dropped lines like, "This stage is not big enough for my ego!" Like many other garage rock revivalists of the early-mid aughts, The Hives have been playing much larger venues like Terminal 5, where they'll play on June 22, so of course it was great to see them in a venue closer in size to the one their genre implies. (Terminal 5 tix on sale at noon)

The band's set, which was about an hour long, included a fair amount of material off their new record, Lex Hives, which is due out on June 5, in addition to old favorites including "Walk idiot Walk," "Main Offender," and show highlight "Hate To Say I Told You So." The show was filled with nonstop on and off stage dancing and tons of interaction between the band and crowd. The Hives left the stage after an initial twelve song set which felt way too short (but I guess that's what happens when the bulk of your songs are under 3 minutes) and finally returned for a two-song encore which kicked off with Lex Hives lead single "Go Right Ahead". They then ended their set with a drawn out version of "Tick Tick Boom" off 2007's The Black and White Album. On what you thought was the final "tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, boom" the band literally paused, holding statue-like poses for at least a minute until the bass was finally brought back in and Pelle commanded the crowd to form an aisle which he walked down only to be, per his own instructions, completely swarmed when the song started up again as he rushed back to the stage.

More pictures and setlist from the show, and details on how you can win a pair of tickets to Terminal 5 (we have three to give away), below...

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For a chance at winning a pair of tickets to see The Hives at Terminal 5: either tweet something that includes both @BrooklynVegan AND "The Hives at Terminal 5" in the tweet, or send an email to BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with the subject line "Lex Hives". Include your first and last name in the email. We'll pick winners at random and contact them with more details. If you enter by email, it will not be shared with anyone else. Good luck!
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The Hives - The Studio @ Webster Hall Setlist:
Come On
Try It Again
Take Back the Toys
You Got it All Wrong
Walk idiot Walk
Main Offender
My Time Is Coming
No Pun Intended
Wait A Minute
Won't Be Long
Hate To Say I Told You So
Patrolling Days

Encore:
Go Right Ahead
Tick Tick Boom
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Comments (45)

THIS SHOW WAS SO AWESOME!!!

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 10:45 AM

Such a great show!

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 10:49 AM

it really was perfect. good time for all.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 10:55 AM

rock is back

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 11:18 AM

Roll is front

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 11:22 AM

i saw PRECIOUS at the show, she was front & center. #rotund

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 11:37 AM

What is your favorite color? YEAH!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 11:42 AM

the hives destroyed the acheron to about 24 people at 4:15am

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 11:50 AM

BV Challenge: who is the better frontman...Pelle of The Hives or Dennis from Refused? Discuss.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 12:02 PM

Such an awesome show. Way to many photographers up front, and lame industry types instead of fans too. Even the band agreed.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 12:02 PM

1142 was there haha

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 12:05 PM

The Hives killed 35-40 members of the audience last night, then swiftly exited the venue.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 12:06 PM

Can't wait for Summer 2022 when they do a "Garage Rock Reunion Tour" featuring The Strokes, The Hives, The Vines and Jet.

It can be modeled after 2012's "Summerland" Tour which features Everclear, Sugar Ray, Lit, Gin Blossoms and Everclear.

Very similar to the "Happy Together" tour featuring The Turtles, Mickey Dolenz, The Grass Roots and The Buckinghams.

Coming soon to a car show near you!

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 12:34 PM

They have like what 6 albums and played 14 songs??

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 12:55 PM

12:34 I am still waiting for the 1960's review of:Led Zepplin, The Who, The Doors, The Beatles and the Rolling Stones...


I mean what was the point!

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 12:58 PM

Most of their songs are under 3 minutes too...was this a short show?

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 1:10 PM

Show was about 75 minutes?

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 1:13 PM

show wasn't that short, it was like 940-11

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 1:19 PM

There was a lot of fun stage banter and crowd-calling that filled up time in between songs

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 1:22 PM

thanks 12:34! i just got my summerland tickets! BV doesn't report on that caliber of shows - i almost really missed out!

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 1:29 PM

Such a fun night.

Posted by Katie Bacon | April 27, 2012 1:30 PM

Hope some trendies got the hives themselves.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 1:50 PM

Where the FUCK is Dr. Destruction in that first picture?

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 1:56 PM

Funny, how Hipster 12:34 makes fun of the bands of yesteryear.

Because we all know exactly what the "Hipster Reunion Tour" in 2032 will be:

Featuring LCD Soundsystem, Dan Deacon, Matt and Kim and Grizzly Bear

Coming soon to a bicycle show near you!

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 2:24 PM

^I actually like seeing the bands from the 90's and 80's because the shows are loose, in smaller clubs and usually not more than $20...makes up for some of the shows my parents wouldn't let me see when I was a ute!

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 2:36 PM

This was a really great show. If you were there, you'll agree. If you were not able to get tickets, I'm not trying to make you feel bad for not being able to go...but yeah, I am. You missed out!

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 3:34 PM

super super super fun show.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 4:24 PM

Love Nick Arson!!

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 4:52 PM

aren't they just like a boy band that plays their own instruments? Dont other producers write their songs?

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 5:49 PM

5:49 is right, there's some hired gun pulling the strings.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 8:45 PM

These dudes rocked as hard as my food processor when set to high setting.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 9:05 PM

" aren't they just like a boy band that plays their own instruments? Dont other producers write their songs?"

"5:49 is right, there's some hired gun pulling the strings."

not true. right? all their songwriting is credited to Randy Fitzsimmons (the 6th Hive), but everyone really knows that is just Nicolas Arson. Although they deny it.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 9:39 PM

that show was beyond beyond. they played a ton of new songs, all were f'g howlers, people went nuts---best live rock show you will ever see, no one else touring is even close. *GAVEL*

Posted by Anonymous | April 28, 2012 2:42 AM

The fat dude grew a beard and looks hot now.

Posted by Anonymous | April 28, 2012 6:42 PM

I went - I guess you have to like the music more to like the show.

Swedish KISS imo... all tired (but funny in a spinal tap way) schtick with no music behind it.

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2012 12:00 AM

I couldn't be completely certain, but the fat dude looked like he had pita triangle crumbs in his beard.

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2012 3:48 AM

such a good show! love love Pelle ::yum::

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2012 9:29 PM

everyone loves them i love them too what a great musicians they are

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2012 8:08 AM

Fat bald dudes - what's not to love?

Posted by Fred Fella | May 4, 2012 8:57 AM

that show was beyond beyond. they played a ton of new songs, all were f'g howlers, people went nuts---best live rock show you will ever see, no one else touring is even close. *GAVEL*

Posted by hafiz | May 7, 2012 4:26 AM

Hi guys! I think you are ok, i like your songs and i listen them each time i can. Buy the way ... nice looking girl in second picture from this post, i think i'm falling in love. Keep going!

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Pelle and his bandmates were in their usual on-stage state of extremely high cheeky arrogance, complete with demanding that the crowd make more and more noise and answer "YEAH!" to any question asked. He dropped lines like.

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