I can’t believe it’s been five years since I shot The Hives last. How the hell did that happen? Pelle & Co. are one of the best live bands on the planet and without a doubt one of the most fun bands to photograph. Sadly, we were stuck at the soundboard for their opening slot for Pink at the Verizon Center but we were allowed to shoot the band’s entire set.
The band was mostly list by spotlights, which didn’t help separate their black outfits from the black backdrop, but Pelle moved around enough to give us a variety of shots. I rented a 400mm/2.8 for this show and attached a 1.4 teleconverter, so I was shooting this show somewhere around 550mm. As a result, I had to shoot mostly vertical because I never knew when Pelle was going to launch himself into the air again.
I was a little surprised at how well received The Hives were from Pink’s audience. But then again, it’s hard not to love this band. If you like rock n roll, you’ll like The Hives. Pelle was working the crowd relentlessly, and the crowd was eating it up. He ventured out into the crowd a few times, and even took beers from the audience members and had a few sips. Then it was back on stage for more jumping and ass-kicking.
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