Gig Review: The Hives at Rock City

Words: Ben Blissett
Photos: Ben Blissett
Thursday 04 April 2024
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The Hives stop off at Nottingham’s Rock City for their chaotic and wild ‘Death Of Randy Fitzsimmons’ Tour for night that that crowd won’t soon forget… 


Opening for them were ‘Bad Nerves’ who I genuinely think are the best fit for an opener I’ve ever seen, I don’t think a single one of the audience members disliked them, their self-proclaimed ‘power pop rock and roll’ was the perfect choice; they brought an impeccable energy that fits the tone of their tunes.  

The riffs of Will Power and George Berry are fun and energetic, Sam Morley’s drums are the high voltage backbone of the songs; Jon Poulton’s bass adds that heavy extra layer to bring the music together and of course Bobby Bird’s vocals are powerful and punchy so much that it just brings the whole sound together for a sound that is somewhat lost in recent times. 

As a big fan of this band for a long time it really warms my heart for ‘Bad Nerves’ to get the recognition they deserve. 

Soon after the legendary band ‘The Hives’ took to the stage, grabbing their instruments off ninjas, clad in their glow in the dark stripey suits; assuming their positions in front of their amazing lighting set up. Opening with the lead-off track ‘Bogus Operandi’ of their latest album ‘The Death Of Randy Fitzsimmons’; the audience got straight into indulging in singer Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist’s demands for energy from the crowd, jumping, pushing and headbanging came natural to these fans. 

The garage rock band lived up to their status as the ultimate live band, their 30 year experience shone through their performance with non-stop rocking, always giving one hundred percent and just upkeeping and insane stage presence with them control their audience like puppets. 

It’s hard to really put into words how goof these bands are live and how incredible of a night it was, with a much longer setlist than the previous tour stops, Nottingham was treated to a show that will echo in Rock City’s halls for a long while.  

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