Presented by Lightning 100

Playing Brooklyn Bowl with Special Guest Nicole Atkins and the Family

Twenty years ago, The Hives set the music world on its head with the release of their debut album, ‘Barely Legal’. In the time since, the rockers have sold millions upon millions of records, won countless awards, and blown minds with their infectious live shows. And this performance at Nashville’s Brooklyn Bowl, is no exception. The show shook the walls from start to finish, reminding the audience why they came.

The Hives
Photographer: @benneelyphotography

It’s as simple as black and white…

With the release of its sophomore album Veni Vidi Vicious in 2000, the band was launched into the conversation with its American counterparts like The Strokes and The White Stripes, who were pushing straightforward rock music back into the mainstream spotlight. Able to implement ironic tones with its sound and image, The Hives has survived five studio albums and two decades of existence with the same lineup, guitar-driven sound and cheeky, black and white matching suits.

Slow Dance Contest

Nicole Atkins and the Family opened the show with an energetic set, but halfway through they slowed everything down and dared the audience to slow dance, saying the winner gets a drawing of lead singer, Nicole Atkins, with Ted Danson. The crowd followed suit, twirling and smooching, and according to the lead singer there was an actual winner.

While the opening band was a little different, askew from the headliner, the pairing was perfect. Rock shows are all about building up to a climax, and Nicole Atkins massaged the crowd with her blend of funk, soul, folk and rock; a perfect cocktail to start the evening. The New Jersey-bred singer/songwriter conjures romance and danger and wild magic, thus captivating the crowd and keeping their attention honed for The Hives. They even busted out an awesome cover of Zeppelin’s “What Is and What Should Never Be”.

The Hives
Photographer: @benneelyphotography

As Luck Would Hive It

With a singular blend of punk snarl, brash bravado, and absurd humor, The Telegraph has said, “Nobody can rival the Hives’ frontman for sheer charisma,” yet what drew the crowd on this night is the straight-forward, raucous rock-and-roll. Dapper and dense, The Hives stung the earlobes of the crowd, including Jack White who was in attendance (Last year The Hives released a live LP, recorded at Nashville’s very own Third Man Records!). Presented by Lightning 100, the concert had the feel of a special event, and proves, if anything, The Hives are not anywhere close to being done doing what they do best: Rock.

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