The Hives Celebrate 20 Years at Irving Plaza

The Hives play a special, (relatively) intimate show at Irving Plaza in honor of their 20th anniversary as a band

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The Hives play a special, (relatively) intimate show at Irving Plaza in honor of their 20th anniversary as a band. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Brooklyn punk band Livids opened up the show, which was already packed by the time they went on. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Livids' bassist Joi Liqour. The group was extremely energetic, and performed as if they were headlining. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Vocalist Eric Davidson led the group, and frequently jumped into the photo pit to sing closer to the crowd. Photos by Michel Dussack
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The Hives' bassist Dr. Matt Destruction. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Howlin' Pelle Almqvist, vocalist of The Hives, is full of crazy stage antics and hilarious banter with the crowd. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Vigilante Carlstroem, one of The Hives' two guitarists. Photos by Michel Dussack
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The Hives' are most famously known for their energetic live shows as well as their matching black and white outfits. This tour, the band is donning full tuxedos on stage. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Nicholaus Arson, guitarist for The Hives. He is also Pelle's brother. Photos by Michel Dussack
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The group are currently on tour with Pink, and took advantage of an off day to play a headlining show in NYC. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Rounding out The Hives is drummer Chris Dangerous. Photos by Michel Dussack
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The Hives blazed through a seventeen song set that included their hits and newer cuts off their latest album, "Lex Hives". Photos by Michel Dussack
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Early on in the set "Main Offender" was the first fan favorite that was played and it set the bar high for the entire set. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Nicholaus strikes a pose with his guitar in hand. Photos by Michel Dussack
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The Swedish band's set spanned 17 songs and just about 90 minutes, despite their songs generally being short in length. Photos by Michel Dussack
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The set was expanded thanks in part of Pelle's hilarious stage banter which including estimating the crowd at 50 million people, and rating the concert a 125 out of 10. Photos by Michel Dussack
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The Hives' ended their main set with "Hate To Say I Told You So" and "Patrolling Days", though it wasn't long before they returned for their encore. Photos by Michel Dussack
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For the encore, the group performed with a small horn section as well as several backup vocalists (Paloma Faith was one of them). Photos by Michel Dussack
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During the last song of the night, an extremely extended "Tick Tick Boom", Pelle made the entire crowd sit down, support him as he crowdsurfed, and then jump up simultaneously, all while maintaining his vocals for the song. It's reasons like this that The Hives have the reputation as one of the best live bands around. Photos by Michel Dussack
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