By Clash Reader Paul Cooper

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It’s been a while, but the Hives have come back to reclaim what is rightfully there’s. The massive crowd of fans, screaming and shouting for the band, grow restless amongst the dark and towering walls of the Apollo.

When the band turn up on stage, the crowd yell in complete ecstasy, launching into a set list that spans their whole career. The band plays out ‘Idiot Walk’, to a rapturous reception as the band strut, prance and scream throughout. The sound is extra distorted, the band going back to their punky, rock n roll best, with an extra guitarist for weightier sound.

But it’s only when Screaming Pelle and friends launch into ‘Die Alright’ that the roof literally comes off the venue. Even the new songs of ‘Black and White album’ are grabbing those around and pulling them in; there’s even some shoe gazing ballads for good measure, the crowd going wild as the boys treat them to a show of intense rock proportions.

The classics are suitably spun, like ‘main offender’ and ‘hate to say I told you so’, whilst bottles bounce off an unfazed guitarist and Pelles usually impeccable attire is reduced to a crumpled mess as he strips off throughout the gig. The Hives pushed all the right buttons and gained a rapturous, well deserved applause, their name whispered upon everyone excited fan’s lips. It was like they never went away.

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