The Swedes kick Street Scene into high gear

The Hives played a storming set at San Diego Street Scene on Saturday night (September 20) despite their lead singer battling a high fever.

The band, decked out in smart black and white suits, gave one of the most raucous sets of the two-day festival, single-handedly kicking Saturday night into high gear.

“I have a fever of 1,500 degrees, but does it look like I give a shit? I’m going to rock each and every one of you into a burning cinder,” said Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist, and the crowd roared back in response.

Even though Almqvist was under the weather, he still managed to climb the scaffolding on the side of the stage and do splits in the air.

Meanwhile the rest of the band kept the pace, striking poses and tearing through tracks including ‘Walk Idiot Walk’ and ‘Hate To Say I Told You So’.

Guitarist Nicholaus Arson told NME.COM that the band had hoped to play a longer set, but were forced to cut it short due to festival regulations. “This is the shortest set we’ve played in five years,” said Arson. “The San Diego crowd can’t handle more than 45 minutes of The Hives,” he quipped.

He also said that the band went surfing at San Diego‘s Mission Beach to unwind before their set, and that they were looking forward to seeing DEVO perform Saturday’s headlining set. “DEVO are our heroes so we’re very excited to see them,” he said.

The Hives played:

‘Hey Little World’

‘Main Offender’

‘Try It Again’

‘Walk Idiot Walk’

‘Won’t Be Long’

‘You Dress Up For Armageddon’

‘Two Timing Touch And Broken Bones’

‘Hate To Say I Told You So’

‘Tick Tick Boom’

‘Return The Favour’

–By our Los Angeles staff.

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