Live Review: The Hives @ Rock City

Having travelled from 1800s Sweden through a rift in the space-time continuum (as the band so proclaimed), The Hives certainly arrived in Nottingham to justify this venture. With support from Colchester’s PET NEEDS, Rock City was well prepared. Max Harries shares his thoughts on the gig.

Twirling his sticks, Chris Danger conducted the crowd as his bandmates walked on stage, all clad in identical black and white suits. Opening with Lex Hives’ opening track Come On!, a precedent of sheer power was set for the band to maintain throughout the show – met with an undoubtable ease. Breaking into the riffs of tracks such as Main Offender, Won’t be Long and Walk Idiot Walk, the immense pace of the set was only to be broken by the first part of My Time is Coming, before diving immediately back in to finish the set, before the grand finale of the classic Hate to Say I Told You So.

Of course, the roar of the crowd left the band with no choice but to re-emerge from backstage, with I’m Alive and Try It Again.

After a set packed with ‘rock and roll music that goes fast’, The Hives rounded off their encore with fan-favourite – Tick Tick Boom. This, however, only lasted until the end of the second chorus, before the band stopped.


''It must be said that the band’s ability to remain still for these few minutes is rather commendable''

Still on stage, the band froze. Hands in the air in apprehension of striking their instruments. It must be said that the band’s ability to remain still for these few minutes is rather commendable, as not one of them moved in the slightest. Eventually though, these statues turned back into a rock band once again to finish what they had started.

As well as stating that they were from 1800s Sweden, Pelle confessed that he had previously thought they were from Rock City. Whilst neither of these statements are true, there is no doubt in my mind that this sell-out crowd would welcome the band’s future excursions once again.

Max Harries


Edited by: Amrit Virdi

Featured image and in-article images and videos courtesy of The Hives via Facebook and YouTube.