"Due to 'circumstances,' we have recently found ourselves with a severe rock ‘n’ roll deficit," say Swedish rock greats The Hives. "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!"
With that The Hives have announced the World Wide Web World Tour 2021, a series of six full-band electric shows in January that will be streamed with specific cities in mind -- Berlin, London, New York, Sydney, São Paulo, and Stockholm -- "Even if it means we play at 6am or some other totally bullshit time for a rock ‘n’ roller," they say, giving a side-eye to Australia. "All this from a hermetically sealed, virus-safe bunker in Sweden."