I got a phone call one evening from a very good friend, “Fancy going to take some shots of The Hives on the last night of their European Tour?” Hmmm, let me see, taking photos of 5 Swedish men dressed in top and tails banging out some mega garage rock? “Don’t mind if I do.”
Barely one hour later, I was plonked at the front of the stage awaiting, highly anticipating the entrance of The Hives along with the rest of the packed arena. The ninjas checked the equipment (yes, ninjas) and once they gave the all clear, it was all systems go… The drummer (Chris Dangerous) made his presence first, swished his tails and sat down quite majestically next to his beast of a drum kit. He smiled a slightly demonic grin to the audience and fiercely ripped into their first song – the packed room went crazy and I knew I was in for a humdinger of a night!
The frontman (Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist) showed incredible energy, flexibility and high kicks that John Cleese himself would have been proud of. He was quite the joker playing with the audience and at the blink of an eye had everyone in the arena sitting on the floor at his command. Eating from the palm of his Howlin’ hand one might say.
In the 10 minutes I was allowed, I managed to bag some shots, (in between getting carried away with the gig, moshing along with the crowd and being mesmerised by frontman and lead guitarist, Nicholaus Arson).
I utterly loved it from start to finish and I learned a lot. I learned that it was way more difficult to take pictures at a rock gig as the light was fast and interchanging and I also learned that even in the press pit you still get soaked from ‘beer’ thrown from fellow moshers – nice…
Just wanted to say a massive thank you to my friends who organised it for me and to The Hives, for giving me a cracking night to remember!
I hope you enjoy looking at the images!
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