The Hives / New Bomb Turks / Mooney Suzuki

The Hives/New Bomb Turks/Mooney Suzuki: live in Chicagolive in Chicago (2002)
Burning Heart

Reviewer Rating: 5

Contributed by: GumbymisfitGumbyMisfit
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Summer is upon us my friends! It officially began on June 5th as the first truly rockin' concert of the season rolled into the windy city. The concert was not only the first of the season but it could be argued that this might be the best of the Summer bunch. The Hives, fresh off their new d.

Summer is upon us my friends! It officially began on June 5th as the first truly rockin' concert of the season rolled into the windy city. The concert was not only the first of the season but it could be argued that this might be the best of the Summer bunch. The Hives, fresh off their new deal with Warner Brothers, came armed with enough music reps to fill the place themsleves for this sold out show(half of the balcony was roped off to accomodate people who probably only know one of two of their songs). Luckily, they decided to let some fans in as well.

The show Kicked off with New York rockers The Mooney Suzuki. The group quickly won over the crowd with their mind-numbing garage rock. Even though 90% of the crowd were unfamiliar with the band, they were clapping along by the end of the 30 minute set. Playing songs off their new album "Electric Sweat", The Mooney Suzuki were both energetic and charismatic with the guitarist doing his best Wayne Kramer impression while lead singer Sammy James Jr. presided over his newly formed congregation. If you have not picked up The Mooney Suzuki's new release, I suggest that you stop reading now and go get it!

A very special treat was up next for us as The New Bomb Turks took the stage. After being dropped by the almighty Epitaph Records, the Turks have been somewhat scarce from the touring scene, only choosing to play one-off shows here and there whenever they can get away from their Cleveland hideout. This show happened to be one of only three performances that the Turks are doing with this tour. Playing for a long time in the style that has since made bands like The Hives, White Stripes, and the Strokes famous, New Bomb Turks delivered the best performance of the night. I know that most people will not agree with that statement, but the New Bomb Turks are punk and they do not apologize for or candy-coat it. In true Turks fashion, the band chose to stay away from the songs on their Epitaph releases in favor of their earlier, more punk, tunes in a blistering 45 minute set. This is a big gamble for the band, as there were a ton of industry people in the audience and I do not believe they have secured a new label. The crowd, which was made up of a young 17 and under crowd and their parents, did not get the Turks smartass, tongue-in-cheek antics and only politely clapped after ever song. The crowd's true feelings about the band came out later in the night when the Hives' mention of them brought out a chorus of boos. The singer did not help matters much by pissing off the majority of the front row, including a group of overwhelmed little girls who were very giddy about the fact that this was their first concert. Security also had their hands full as the singer was constantly trying to pull people on stage. The highlight of the set came at the end when the Turks had a section of the crowd sitting on the floor (he was trying to get the whole crowd to do it but the concept was way over their heads) only to erupt into a bombastic flurry of punk aggression to send this fan home happy. Four guys holding English degrees from Ohio U. can be punk rock!!!

You could tell The Hives were up next as the parents came down to do one last final check that their children were ok. Even though I bust on these people every time I see them, deep down inside I wish my parents would of had the balls to take me to see the Misfits or the Ramones when I was younger. Keeping the kids away from Nu-metal is always good (Also might want to keep the kids away from R. Kelly too).

The Hives took the stage and kicked major ass! Armed with the pseudo-smugness that they had when I saw them 6 months ago opening for T(I)NC, The Hives delivered an hour of unrelenting music and banter that left the crowd content. As I watched parents and music reps dance and shake with glee, I felt tears well up in my eyes. But the music conquers all my friends and The Hives have not changed their style or the delivery of it. It was ultra-cool of them to pick A.K.A. I-D-I-O-T for the closer as a lot of people did not know it. This newly-found fame couldn't have happened to a better band.

Well, it was the best of times it was the blurst of times. Sorry to go on so long but I wanted to capture the moment the best I could. As I was leaving the show, promotional lackeys handed me a handful of stickers and a video containing videos of the Hives and the aforementioned T(I)NC. I'm no mathematician but, three rocking band performances, a video, and a handful of stickers all for $10 (or two trips to Taco Bell) sounds like a pretty good deal to me. Subtract two Taco Bell meals from my menu and take into account all of the sweating I did at the show and I think we all can agree that my ass will thank me in the morning.


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Anonymous (July 28, 2004)

i like bunnies

Anonymous (January 8, 2004)

I read in a magazine that all the songs were written by one of the guitarists

Anonymous (November 10, 2002)

I've seen the Hives so many times I can't even remember here in Sweden. They've been around forever and it's great that the've finally gotten the recognition the deserve. So the answer to the litte stupid American cunt who heard the Hives were created by their manager is... NO!


CallingLondon (June 12, 2002)

his ass will be thanking him in the morning because he didn't eat 2 taco bell meals (really unhealthy) and then he sweated a lot at the concert (really healthy), therefore allowing his ass to get smaller, therefore making his ass happy, and in turn, his ass will be thanking him.

Anonymous (June 12, 2002)

someone should ask the gumby misfit exactly why his ass will thank him in the morning as it wasn't clearly stated in his well-written review.

Anonymous (June 11, 2002)


Exemption (June 10, 2002)

Hello, i was in the front row of the concert... You'll remember me im the tall guy with the long side burns and long cock that the Turks guy had a crush on...haha I thought the show was awesome i got to enjoy it with some of my best friends and i was in the fron row to do things like sing,grab the singers and guitarist, and to be lurred up on stage unsuccesfully. i even got to tie the lead guitarist of the Hives shoe. all and all it was a great show one that really doesnt compare to many other i've ever seen. Every band was great, although i think above all THE MOONEY SUZUKI stole the show, I have there 2nd album Electric Sweat and have had it for a while thinking hey its coll, eh. but after seeing them live ive become obcessed they are amazing, they display a kind of energy they dont have on their records live that cannot be described. I appreciated the New Bomb Turks and loved being part of the show. It fucking kicked ass, any time a band can bring any members into the show like that they are doing something right. I cant wait to hear new things coming from them. And ofcourse the Hives, the headliner, they do not dissapoint, they had a great show keeping with their own mystique and punk attitude, not sell-outs (yet). And yes the front row of girls was quite ammusing i thought, they were tiny asian girls who somehow thought they could hold their own, only to find that people that drink at the metro aren't polite...and they love to be close to the bands they love. I was their all those of you whom have messeged here, i think were right behind me, so i ask how was the view from back there, i was front row... Also does anyone know where i could find photos of this show online that would be most excellant...i just want to thank all the bands for being soo cool and so personal and making a show a spectacle rather than piece of shit...tooo bad we couldnt have come up on stage...damn security!

CallingLondon (June 10, 2002)

someone below brought up the hives being formed by a manager. i did some reading, and apparently that whole manager and songwriter thing could very well be a hoax, there is no invisible anomonous man, and it's them making fun of the whole boy band phenomenom. no one really knows though. i find it very hard to believe that a band (especially a punk band) would exist for a decade and never turn out their own song that's good enough to record. they also agreed at the start that they'd only put out 3 albums, because they don't think they could write more than three good albums. if they have someone writing all their songs for them, they wouldn't have to worry about that, now would they? i just find this whole mysterious Charlie-like person deal a little hard to swallow.

Anonymous (June 9, 2002)

uhhh, my dad was leaving his work at the paper one night and someone murdered him, still haven't found the fuckers. so that is why i wouldn't choose journalism. morbid huh?
i didn't think far ahead enough to what i would do after getting his pants unbuckled. i probably would have pulled his pants down and ducked because i hear punk rockers are into pissing on girls now, and i think this is very sick. haha, i dunno i would've probably let the little chinese girls in front of me scream and then giggle and push the fucker off the barrier, i dunno, so many ideas!!!! oh well, too bad he ran away, he isn't punk rock enough for cock rock i guess.
lovelovelove comrade.

Anonymous (June 9, 2002)

what happened with ur dad?

and also..if you had gotten his buckle undone, then what? haha

Anonymous (June 9, 2002)

sorry mr tool. i just like to argue. it sucks being a 15 year old girl who wants to rock out, and i know their were some teeny boppers, but c'mon no stereotypes... uhh yeah the unbuckling the belt, he was fucking asking for it trying to pull all those people up there... we just need more cock rock in this world... am i right people??? can i get a hell yeah???
peace out gumby, just learn that you aren't an almighty god journalist. because face it journalist can suck my ass. my dad was a journalist and now he is dead because of his job, so uhh yeah, not a good career choice.
love once angry cock rocker.

Anonymous (June 9, 2002)

suck my fat cock you piece of shit.

Gumbymisfit (June 8, 2002)

Whoa hold on little fella!! So much anger in the young one. If you happen to read my review I said that the majority of the front row, not all of the front row. So I believe you when you say you were rocking out. Who am I to judge, for I am only a mere mortal that could only get up to the second row? I am kinda disturbed that you were trying to unbuckle the singer's pants (What's up wit dat???) Maybe you were in the mood for a little R. Kelley action (I know, I know, Innocent until proven guilty)?? The comments about the girls is a personal story that came from me. I was not tryinng to say that all of us were girls (last time I checked I was a boy). In fact, it was those girls that prevented me from moving up to your coveted position of front row Joe. They were in front of me and I did not want to be a goon and knock them out of the way because they were there first and I'm a gentleman. What is up with all the hate?? When you grow up hopefully you'll be able to better channel that negative energy. I repect your opinion and thought a rebuttal was in order. Just a misunderstanding (I hope there's no hard feelings). See you next time around...... In the FRONT ROW!

Your loving Tool,


Anonymous (June 8, 2002)

this author is a fucking tool. yeah so i went to this exact same show. i came from missouri to see it with my friend and 19 year old brother. i indeed am a 15 year old, but i did dance to the new bomb turks and did not boo. i even tryed to unbuckle the singers pants for christ sake, but i was in the front row, and i don't think you have the fucking right to tell people that everyone were giddy underage girls with their parents. that is fucking ridiculous. and yeah i knew of the hives before mtv and all that shit, i saw them last year with international noise conspiracy. get a fucking clue that there is a revolution in the fact that girls and women who are actually more or just as fucking punk rock as you, no matter what your age is. represent that!

Geetarchick (June 8, 2002)

I woulda went to this show if it didn't sell out. =P

evildeadalive (June 8, 2002)

I like the Hives and all, but I just read that they were a manufactured band... They were put together by their manager, and don't even write their own songs. Uhhhh.... could someone please tell me I am wrong? ...And if they were put together, you'd think they'd be a little prettier. What's up with fat moustache guy?

Oh yeah.... New Bomb Turks fucking rock!!! Wish I woulda been able to see them...

sickboi (June 8, 2002)

I remember when you could eat really good at Taco Bell for $2.00.....Fuck inflation.

seek (June 8, 2002)

And R Kelly did do it, because I jacked off to the evidence. Thank you. (It shouldn't be a crime, but it is, and he broke it... He'll buy his way out)

seek (June 8, 2002)

I would kill to see this show, preferably the person just below me.

seek (June 8, 2002)

Does it matter "fagggggggggg"?

Anonymous (June 8, 2002)

Turks are from Columbus not Cleveland FAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGG

THEme (June 7, 2002)

And O.J. didn't do it, right? Yeah, you can download the video off of Kazaa ... not that I did that or anything ...


Anonymous (June 7, 2002)

why don't ya cry about it a little more

ludacris (June 7, 2002)

no im just sick of ppl always thinking a person is guilty when they haven't been convicted of anything.

Anonymous (June 7, 2002)

very impressive... whish i could have been there

even the tribune had writers there for this show... really really odd

Anonymous (June 7, 2002)

haha, ya the R. Kelly joke was great. And isnt there videos proving his guilt? Anyway who are you his lawyer? Or maybe just share his lifestyle and you're defending it, I dunno.

ludacris (June 7, 2002)

hives suck and r kelly hasn't been convicted of anything yet so shut the fuck up.

Anonymous (June 7, 2002)

10 for the turks.

Anonymous (June 7, 2002)

P.S. Thanks for giving props to the New Bomb Turks, they're the shit and paved the way for the current influx of bands of this genre :)

Anonymous (June 7, 2002)

If you can get tix for the NYC show on the 12th DO IT! There's a great band called Division of Laura Lee opening up that day. They're from Sweden too and may not make it back for a while and they kick ass, you won't regret it....

Anonymous (June 7, 2002)

that review was great just for the r. kelly crack.

CallingLondon (June 7, 2002)

i have access to tickets if i want them, the thing is i have something the next day, so i'm not sure i want to go.

Anonymous (June 7, 2002)

"(Also might want to keep the kids away from R. Kelly too)."

hahaha... good review

Anonymous (June 7, 2002)

Um, callinglondon, is your head in the gutter? The Hives shows in NYC have been sold out for at least a month. Good luck getting tickets!

Yellowtrash (June 7, 2002)

Damn. I was about to go to the Minnesota show, but I had school. :( I saw the Mooney Suzuki earlier though. Their S/T EP I think is better.

CallingLondon (June 7, 2002)

nice review. the hives are coming to NY on the 12th. i want very much to go see them, and i'd say there's a much greater chance of that happening now. anyone know who'll be playing with them in NY?

this is a great band, bringing the roll back to the rock. thank god. i love 3 chord punk as much as the next guy, but i really missed bluesy rock n' roll in today's music scene before.

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