“I’m feeling like you people have been baked in the sun listening to bands have been playing all day,” joked the loud, boisterous frontman, Pelle Almqvist, for lively punk-revival band, The Hives. ”What happens now,” continued Almqvist, “is that the pastry’s done and…we eat you! We’re gonna eat you up Coachella!”
And decked out in their usual punk-formal attire—sweat-drenched black-and-white tuxedos— the Hives played the Coachella Main Stage for the second time in a week.
After prancing around, jumping on amplifiers, and getting the audience to sing along, Almqvist said to the audience. “Hello Coachella, we meet again and this time we will not take it easy on you. ‘Cuz we are here to prove what Hollywood can’t prove: That the sequel is always better.”
The band played songs like “Square One Here I Come,” “Try It Again,” “Walk Idiot Walk,” “Main Offender,” “No Pun Intended,” “Wait A Minute,” “Because I Wanna,” and their hit “Hate To Say I Told You So.”
The best part of the Hives’ show was when Almqvist, with his usual tongue-in-cheek dark humor, told the audience that he knows that feeling that they are going through, that combo of “post-orgasmic thrill” and “being run over by a train,” and that the Hives have mutual “love and admiration” for their audience.
“Some bands say that they love you,” laughed Almqvist. “They’re lying. They don’t. We do.”
–Nadia Noir, CBS Radio Los Angeles