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The Download Interviews: The Hives

07 June 2004

VF caught up with the loveable Swedish rockers The Hives, backstage at the Download Festival. They were either commendably brave or blissfully ignorant in the face of public adversity to their being on the line-up at a metal festival!

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Virtual Festivals: Well well well, so we meet again...
Nic Arson: Have we met before?

VF: No, I just like saying that. Anyway, let's not beat around the bush. How do you feel about playing in this kind of line up alongside the likes of Slipknot and Metallica then?
Nic Arson: Itís not really an issue. I donít think we could ever say no to any festival if the Stooges are playing.

VF: How do you think UK festivals compare to the European festivals that youíve played?
NA: Oh, theyíre pretty much all the same, you know.

VF: Youíve got a new album out soon, how is it coming along?
NA: Yeah itís going very well. Well, actually itís finished now, itís called Tyrannosaurus Hives and it will be released sometime in July.

VF: Are you going to hang around the festival after your performance?
NA: Yeah weíre going to see the Stooges and maybe Peaches.

VF: What about tomorrow?
NA: No. We would like to stay tomorrow but we have to fly to Sweden. But yeah, I would like to stay and see Turbo Negro, maybe Iíll get the chance at another festival.

VF: How would you describe the average Hives fan, if such a thing exists?
NA: I donít really know what our average fan looks like. They used to be all 45 year old record collectors and 14 year old girls. But these days I donít know. Some of them wear black and white I guess.

VF: Would you ever do an ĎIggyí and get naked on stage, Or are you quite happy to stay in your black and white suits?
NA: No weíre happy to stay in the black and white. I mean he does it so much better than we ever could, I mean heís so defined.

VF: Ok then. Have you got any message for my fans?
NA: Enjoy the record and Iíll see you at the Stooges!



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Thanks to: Chris, Georgia and Paul from the VF film crew!

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