María wrote on Aug 24, 2009:
Where: A Coruña, Spain
When: Saturday 15th August 2009
All begins in 2005, the first time I heard The Hives. Each day when I turned on MTV, five boys worn with white suits and black shirts, were strumming their instruments, getting an incredible sound, while an energic singer was singing aloud the lyrics of a song called ‘Walk idiot, walk’, in a room which shamed a red-white-black crossword.
It shocked me a lot. I had never heard something like that. They were fucking good!
Two years later, while I was watching a spanish TV channel called ‘Cuatro’, I felt the same spark when the same voice was sounding as background music in a documentary. The Hives, I hadn’t forgotten their name. Then I searched it in the internet and I found that song ‘Tick, tick...Boom’ the new single of their new album. After that moment I went crazy about them, their music and all around them. I watched all their videos, pieces of concerts and I bought that CD and the previous ones one day when I went to Madrid, because in my town, Valladolid, I couldn’t found them. Everywhere I went I was listening to The Hives. One of my friends also got crazy when I show her ‘You got it all...wrong’. She became like me: a FREAK FAN OF THE HIVES. Then we searched their concerts in Spain...but they were a month ago in Barcelona, Bilbao and Madrid...AND WE HAD LOST THEM!
The 22th July 2009 when I was reading a music magazine I found a big-size photo of The Hives with a headline which said ’The Hives in A Coruña the 15th August’. I started shouting and called immediately to my friend who was in England and she went crazy too! I reread the article a hundred times and I made sure we should go there.
And WE DO! We took a train the 15th August at 00.53am in Valladolid and we arrived to A Coruña at 7.53am. We had a rest at the hotel and... at 12.00 we were in the beach of Riazor in first line! The weather was fucking hot and we had to do, every five minutes, little trips to the water until 16.00pm. We were waiting there listening all their albums while we were watching the sound technicians staging the stage. We still couldn’t believe that we were going to see The Hives until we didn’t see them at stage. People were arriving during the afternoon to get a place for the huge concert and at 22.00pm everyone stand up and fought a good place to see the best band live of the last years according to the NME. But before that we had to listen to another band. At 00.30am the crowd was euphoric when ‘A Stroll through the hive manor corridors’ began to sound. And when Pelle, Chris, Nicholaus, Vigilante and the substitute of Destruction went on stage...people became to shove and shout aloud. I couldn’t believe... I WAS SEEING THE HIVES AT LEAST!!
The concert was MADNESS!!!
Do you know how does it feel when everybody is slamming you against a barrier, so much that you have stomach ache, the ribs and hip bones get stuck yourself and the next day you have bruises on them? That people slams you so much that you lose your bikini and your T-Shirt get down and if you don’t realize it you are showing everything and the next day you feel like you were hasty by a truck? That your trousers get down below your bottom? That you are so squashed that you have back ache? So close to the other people that next day you got bruises in your arms? That people throw sand and water by the air? That people put their hands between your head and the one you have next to you? That people pass around three boys and they fall in your head? That you practically can’t move and the person who jumps behind you seems that it’s ----- you?
Do you know the ecstasy, the euphoria and that you have throat ache because you are shouting so aloud but you don’t care and go on shouting and screaming and you do it louder until tears come to your eyes and you have lost your voice at the moment?
Do you know that when all this feelings become to their maximum state you don’t know where you are but you go on jumping and shouting like a mad with the hair on the face and in each song you have to put your hair up?
That’s a TERRIFIC concert of THE HIVES and I can swear you that It’s the BEST feeling in my life.
‘A Stroll through the hive manor corridors’ began to sound, and finally... THE HIVES went on stage...
Pelle so lively as always, moving like a mad! Vigilante and Nicholaus with their fabulous strummings, the substitute of Destruction: faultless. And Chris... what drums beatings! What use of drumsticks!
There were some moments that we glanced at each other and we began to sing so aloud. He pointed me twice, looking me in the eyes like ‘This drumstick is for you, so catch it, OK?’...but the first one went so far and the second one hit Nichoulaus and it couldn’t come out...As he saw that I couldn’t get it, he pointed me again, but this time with a sad face like ‘It was for you...!’
AND...at the end of the concert after ‘Return the favour’ had just finished...he got up from the drums and CAME TO ME! He was walking where I was and, when he was in front of me he pointed me like the first time, looking me in the eyes: ‘This is for you’. He came closer and crouched passing me a drumstick. Until he didn’t made sure that I caught it tight, he didn’t let go of it...then he stand up, he pointed me, he looked me in the eyes and finally he smiled like ‘At last you got it so... look for it!’
I was AMAZED!! CRAZY!!
And here is my FAULT!: I WENT STRAIGHT TO MY HOTEL!!!!!!!!!!!
I DIDN’T TRY TO GET A PHOTO WITH THEM!!! AND TWO DAYS AFTER I HEAR THAT THEY WERE THERE, IN THE BEACH, AFTER THE CONCERT!! and people were TAKING PHOTOS WITH THEM!!
AAAH! Every time I see the drumstick I remember those two moments.... one AMAZING and other GHASTLY!!
I HAD LOST THE OPPORTUNITY OF MY LIFE!!
I’m becoming obsessed with the idea of going to Barcelona the 26th September to the airport JUST TO GET THE PHOTO!! TO MEET THEM! But it’s nearly impossible... I’ve searched the flights and I won’t be to the first possible one arrival. The trains are not available to be so early...and I wouldn’t take it the previous day...so...
I’M GOING CRAZY!
But make sure I’ll get it the next time you’ll come here to Spain!! If not...I’M WILLING TO TRAVEL WHEREVER YOU WILL GO!
So...that’s the time I’ve ‘meet’ The INCREDIBLES Hives ;)
PD: Waiting for the next time!!!!!!!
PD 2: Sorry if I had made some mistake translating...x)