Hives' sell-out success

COLIN WILSON Swedish band the Hives return the UK having released their eagerly-awaited album Tyrannosaurus Hive in 2004 and play a sold-out gig at the UEA on Tuesday.

COLIN WILSON

Swedish band the Hives return the UK having released their eagerly-awaited album Tyrannosaurus Hive in 2004 and play a sold-out gig at the UEA on Tuesday.

While their latest album is the band's major label debut, it is in fact the Hives' third studio album – the first two being Barely Legal in 1997 and Veni Vidi Vicious in 2000.

However, it was the release of the compilation Your New Favourite Band on Poptones in 2001 that led the band to massive success in the UK where they sold 400,000 copies and the US where their 2002 tour sold out in minutes.


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The album also produced the massive hit single Hate to Say I Told You So.

Following a mammoth three-year stint on the road, the Hives returned home to Sweden to record Tyrannosaurus Hive with Pelle Gunnerfeldt, who also produced the first two albums.

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Support comes from America's Blues Explosion featuring Jon Spencer, Judah Bauer and Russell Simins.

Jon Spencer formed the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and for 13 years they have continually proven to be the most exciting and innovative band in rock'n'roll with an uncompromising torrent of groundbreaking records and incendiary live shows.

With their latest album Damage they have stripped down their name to, simply Blues Explosion.

Blues Explosion's reputation as an on-stage force of nature proceeds them. Anyone who has seen them will testify to their mighty power and holy rock'n'roll fury.

The tour coincides with the release of Blues Explosion's new single, Crunchy.

Doors 7.30pm. Tickets – returns only. Box office: 01603 508050.

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