The legendary Swedish rockers are changing up the livestream gig game.
It’s safe to say The Hives are getting restless. With the current pandemic causing disruptions to touring circuits the world over, the legendary Swedish rockers have been unable to bash and crash their way around the globe as they usually would, and quite frankly, they’ve had enough.
To cope with their agitation, The Hives have just announced a series of livestream shows, but not in your regular disconnected band-viewer format. They’re inviting punters to be part of the action, not just by watching the gig but by adding to the atmosphere and by providing song requests.
As part of the The World’s First World Wide Web World Tour set to be specially broadcasted to Berlin, London, New York, Sao Paolo, Stockholm as well as Sydney and Melbourne, gig-goers will be able to send in crowd-noise audio messages that will be played live in the room while The Hives are playing. These crowd noises will be specific to the city the band is playing for, so for example, the Sydney show will have noise sent in from Sydneyans.
The band will also be taking telephone calls, while punters will be able to vote on a selection of songs to be included in the set.
“First, there was no-knead bread, then came no-wrinkle shirts, and now we witness the birth of the No Travel World Tour!!!” The Hives say of the tour.
“Due to “circumstances”, we have recently found ourselves with a severe rock‘n’roll deficit. This will not stand. We are itching to play with you rock‘n’rollers worldwide and we don’t want another “intimate livestream” in sweatpants from the living room. Virus or no virus, we are still in show business goddammit!
“We want to play to particular places and people, not just to a general “everybody”. We want to go on tour! So, The World’s First World Wide Web World Tour is born.”
The Hives play a livestream show at 9pm AEDT on Thursday January 28. The show is catered for Sydney-siders but Melburnians and Australians in other states and territories will also be able to tune in.
Tickets are now on sale via The Hives’ website.
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