May 30th, 2019 | Photos

The Hives @ Fox Pomona Theatre

Photos by Debi Del Grande

“Ladies and gentlemen. This is a stone cold 1,000, carrot 2,0000 percent fucking classic. You know what I’m talking about? You know one of those songs when you turn on the radio and everybody goes fucking apeshit? So let’s see if they really legalized weed in California too soon or if you can go apeshit to this. Are you ready to go apeshit?!!”

And just like that, we all went apeshit when The Hives played their classic “Hate to Say I Told You So” from 2000’s Veni Vidi Vicious.

That wasn’t the only time we went bonkers. From the second master of ceremonies Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist, his brother Nicholaus Arson (guitar/crazy eyes/pick licker/tosser), The Johan and Only (bass), Vigilante Carlstroem (guitar) and badass Joey Castillo (touring drummer while Chris Dangerous recuperates from surgery) took the stage, the energy was through the roof.

Hailed as one of the best live bands by many–if you’ve been to one of their shows, you get it–The Hives were finally back in Southern California after a long, long period of time on their mini Scream Team tour with Refused and Bleached. Many in Los Angeles took the almost two hour drive down to Pomona on a Tuesday night, but it felt like a Saturday evening soiree and they did all the usual fun stuff and more.

With a few new songs to play like “Paint a Picture, “Good Samaritan,” and “I’m Alive” and familiar fun like “Tick Tick Boom” and “Walk Idiot Walk,” there’s a very good chance they could be back to play in Los Angeles in the near future. He teased us that maybe they should have played LA and for Pomona to prove him wrong. And proved Pomona did.

Howlin’ Pelle continued. “So I’m trying to find the correct term for you people. I’ve been thinking for awhile and I don’t know what it is. Is it “Pomonatarians, Pomonans, Pomists… What the fuck do you call yourself people? What do you call yourself? Hives fans. So that’s what you call yourselves. I got it now. Alright, Hives fans. It feels like we are in agreement about a lot of things. I happen to be a Hives fan myself.” The evening ended with “Tick Tick Boom” and a one-day early “Happy Birthday” to Pelle Almqvist.

Refused @ Fox Pomona Theatre

“I grew up with the music of the Dead Kennedys and the Clash–bands that had shit to say. Because now I mean, we want to talk about what punk rock is-what music represents to you. What does it represent to you? Is it a means for change or is it just fucking grab a beer and watch a band play? It’s never been like that for me. It’s never been like that for me. It’s always been about fucking overthrowing capitalism by means of music, alright. Every day, every day you get on the stage you want to accomplish something bigger and fucking better alright?”

Dennis Lyxzén had a lot to say and Refused delivered. Howlin’ Pelle said they were “steam rolling to the face.” One guy ended up on the side of the pit with a bloody nose so it must have been true. With a much harder energy than The Hives, this Swedish band only enticed the hardcores to the middle.

Come On
Walk Idiot Walk
Main Offender
Paint a Picture
Go Right Ahead
Good Samaritan
Take Back the Toys
Won’t Be Long
Hate to Say I Told You So

I’m Alive
Tick Tick Boom (with Happy Birthday singalong directed at Pelle)