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|Howlin' Pelle Almqvist, lead vocalist for The Hives|
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When we first learned the The Hives were stepping out of their American touring hiatus and coming to Orange County, we couldn't wait to hear their signature audience engaging, garage rock/punk band sound. Currently promoting their self-produced studio release Lex Hives, the title coming from the Roman term meaning "Law of the Hives," we were anxious to join this Hives Nation and channel our inner punk rocker, crowd surfing fan who just doesn't give a fuck!
The Observatory, known for being an intimate venue with a quality sound system and security that lets performers and audiences engage each other pretty unrestricted, was the perfect place for one of rock's best live acts to unleash all their greatness. Lead vocalist Howlin' Pelle Almqvist leaped onto speakers, jived as he thrusted his mic stand and shouted into his microphone with jokes and banter in typical Hives fashion. His brother guitarist Nicholaus Arson followed suit - literally as all band members were dressed in penguin like tuxedos with top hats and shiny shoes - with similar stage antics which lasted throughout the entire 90-minute set. More »