Last minute changes of personnel saw the "Phenom" join the Dean and Gee 2005 tour for a slice of Sweden's finest, the Hives but in all other respects it was business as usual. Having relaesed no new material since the last time we saw the Hives in action (indeed, Two Timing Touch and Broken Bones was annoucned as their latest single, just as it was back in 2004 when they last hit these shores) this was pretty much a carbon copy of their 2004 show, but with some great tunes and a charismatic frontman this was still a great night of entertainment.
There is no doubt that the lead singer is a fruit-loop, but it's impossible not to get caught up in his crazy world of The Hives. When he asks you a question, you are going to answer it.
All the hits were played, and the pace never slowed down for a minute. Is it ground-breaking stuff? No. But all the same The Hives are a virtual guarentee of a great night out, and sometimes that is all you need.