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Did Dr Destruction steal your beer at the Middle East in Boston? Did Chris beat you at Fussball? Did you see Vigilante carrying a large tubular object on the subway in New York?

Tell the world about your encounter with The Hives.

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Jesse Jesse

Jesse wrote on Mar 01, 2008:

Where: Ogden Theater in Denver

When: Feb. 26

Ok, so I knew The Hives were good, but I had NO idea how good they were going to be when I saw them for the first time in Denver. They were amazing! Afterwards, my friend and I walked over to The Hives' tour bus and gave their driver Sheriff's badges to give to the band (in honor of Giddy Up, and the fact that The Hives rule the world.) We weren't sure if we were going to get to meet the band, but eventually Chris and Pelle walked outside, and we got pictures and had them sign our shirts. Despite my friend and mine's definite nerdiness, Pelle and Chris were really nice and approachable.

It was one of the best nights of my life (cheesy, but true).

angela heimer

angela heimer

angela heimer wrote on Feb 29, 2008:

Where: on the united flight from denver to minneapolis

When: febuary 28, 2008

i thoght i would share my storie with you, after our plane landed in minneapolis i told my husband that i had a short conversation with the bass guitar player. my husband asked me " i wonder where those guys were from" he had no idea that i had spoke to you. so i told him that you guys were from sweden and that you guys were in some band? so he asked me what band? and i said " i dont know the hives? he about died when i told him that! hes like no way! the hives? and i said yes do you know them? hes like yes, i like that band! so anyways, i got to have a brief conversation with the bass guitar player which was really nice, and forsure next time your in minnesota we will have to come see you guys! my husband was kindof mad that i didnt get your audograph :( so maybe next time! have a great time touring! angela


Liz Liz

Liz wrote on Feb 29, 2008:

Where: The Wiltern, LA

When: February 19th, 2008

The Hives are my favorite band, and being so, they had the pleasure of meeting me. My sister and I arrived at The Wiltern early and only found about twenty people in line so we decided to walk around for a bit. While we strolled the streets of Koreatown we found the back entrance to The Wiltern. There were two girls waiting for The Donnas and The Hives and I became determined to also meet The Hives. It was quickly growing darker and colder and we unfortunately had no jackets. As the opening of the house grew nearer, all other people dispersed, leaving me the only fan to meet The Hives. We made friends with the security guy, Frank, and he told us what he thought was the best spot to watch the show in the theater, which was the second tier, level with the stage, front and center.
Finally, The Hives drove up in a white van. The worst thing that could have happened to me…did. I became speechless. I think I was awestruck mostly by their height. The guys seemed somewhat in a hurry to get back stage, but fortunately Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist stopped in front of me. I spoke very few words and thankfully he suggested a photo. I only had my phone and my sister, some how, couldn’t figure out how to take a picture with it. So she pulled out her phone to capture the memory. Pelle was extremely nice about my loss of words and made some funny remarks but quickly rejoined his band mates.
Amazingly enough we still had a great spot to watch the show. It was the exact spot that Frank (security guy) had told us was the best spot in the house. During the show we suffered many injuries because front and center unfortunately was where all the crowd surfers were aiming for. My sister received a punch to the nose and I sustained many kicks to the head, but they were all worth it.
After the show I decided that my one picture with Pelle wasn’t good enough but this time when we turned the corner to the back of The Wiltern , there were many more fans waiting to meet the best rock band of our time. In the end, I had the chance to get a picture with each of them and all of their autographs. It was the perfect close to the perfect day.
Thanks guys for an exceptional performance and a highly notable night. It definitely kept me on a high for the next few days and now I’m having The Hives live in concert withdrawals.


nick nick

nick wrote on Feb 29, 2008:

Where: Seattle

When: Feb. 23

I'm still a little out of breath and my heart is still beating like mad from your show last week. My friend and I got over to seattle from Vancvouer to go see the greatest band on earth (and on any other planet for that matter) : THE HIVES! We arrived in seattle at around 3:30 and had some time to kill. We decided to go walk down to the venue so we'd know exactly how to get there at showtime! We started singing "Square One Here I Come" when i could have sworn i heard the rest of THE HIVES singing along. At first I thought it was just in my head...untill i saw them playing it inside the venue!!! We caught the end session and they had the door open. We stood at the door singing along and frieking out, as if it was the real show. THE HIVES looked very amused. When they got off stage, we went around back to go see them. And there was Pelle. I'm 15, and i honestly can't remember the last (or first) time ive gotten choked up by just looking at someone. He was really nice and we had a good chat with him. Then Dr. Matt asked us if we were in a rock 'n roll band. We said yes and he smiled. Then we met all the rest and it kinda went a little hazy from the joy overload.
THE SHOW WAS INCREDIBLE!!!! I was right infront of nicholaus arson! I Shouted along and returned bug eyed stares given to me by all members. I caught 2 picks from Nicholaus Arson (partly cause i told him that seeing them last time and catching one of his picks was the greatest experience of my life). And then 1 from Vigelante! After the show, a rodie threw a tie and i was wresteling with another kid for it. I almost got it, but one of his friends helped him pull.
After the show, we went around back to go see them agian. Pelle came out and said "Hey guys! I just saw you a couple of hours ago! You looked like you were having a good time back there." I told him it was so great that if he had played anymore, I might have died. He laughed and said "I guess it's a good thing we stopped when we did then!". I got Vigelante to sighn his pick for me, and then had a good long chat with chris, where I made a total fool of myself by asking some really stupid questions...but he was friendly anyway.


Waiting for your next show in Seattle (or of course Vancouver),


Jared Gudnason

Jared Gudnason Jared Gudnason

Jared Gudnason wrote on Feb 29, 2008:

Where: First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

When: Feb. 28th, 2007

The Hives have been one of my favorite bands for about 7 years, I got into them when I was about 15 years old, when Veni Vidi Vicious was released. In high school, the first band I was in played "Die, All Right!" which was actually the first song we ever played. Seeing them on the 28th was definitely one of the top 5 concerts I've ever been to, it was worth waiting an hour and a half in 20 degree Minnesota weather to get in the front row. I was right in front of Nicholaus Arson the whole time, and I was lucky enough to get one of his picks, as well as removing an unwanted piece of gum from his shoe sole. I shook Pelles hand from the stage multiple times, and was about two feet away from him when he did one of his many stage dives. After the performance, Pelle and Vigilante Carlstroem were greeting fans at the side of the stage, which is where I met both of them. I will definitely remember that concert for years to come, and actually meeting them was absolutely surreal. Hope to see them again someday!