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The Hives’ singer Pelle Almqvist confirms he has COVID-19 on live stream concert

Frontman for The Hives, Pelle Almqvist has taken to a live stream to share that he is “feeling slightly better” as he describes contracting coronavirus. The revelation came amid the Hivemanor Livemanor announcement.

As we all continue to self-isolate artists have been flocking to our aid by providing some much-needed entertainment for those people stuck at home.

The Hives are the latest act to connect with fans and will be sharing previously unseen live concert footage as part of their new project called Hivemanor Livemanor. The first of which is a covers-heavy performance from 2009 which features tracks from The Rolling Stones, Misfits, Billie Holiday, and more.

Sitting in front of a fire in black silk pyjamas may seem idyllic but Almqvist confirmed during the stream that he was dealing with “the last stages if [COVID-19] infection.”

“Well hello there Hives fans in coronatine quarantine worldwide,” began Almqvist. “This is Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist, currently myself in the last stages of the infection and feeling slightly better. Seeing as shows are getting postponed and cancelled worldwide, we thought we’d bring you the next best thing: broadcast into the comfort of your very own home, the Hivemanor Livemanor concert series, where we give you shows we’ve done in the past since we can’t do any currently.”

The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of April 1st, more than 860,184 cases of COVID-19 have been officially confirmed but the actual number is thought to be much higher due to substantial under-reporting of cases.

With more than 42,345 people having died from the virus, COVID-19 has now spread into more than 180 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and many more. Given the exponential growth in cases in countries like Italy, Spain, Germany, France and the UK, the WHO stated that Europe became the epicentre of the pandemic after the strict lockdown in China saw reduced numbers. Now, however, as the virus continues to spread aggressively across The United States—who have more confirmed cases than any other country—the epicentre of coronavirus is expected to be officially changed to North America.

You can see both the message and the aforementioned performance, below:
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Hello Hives Fans in varying stages of Coronatine Quarantine worldwide. Welcome to The Hivemanor Livemanor. This is Howlin’ Pelle of The Hives. I am at the end of week one of what I think is Covid-19 infection. Feeling slightly better. Like us, a lot of you are now home with extra time on your hands. And since shows are being postponed or cancelled – like us, you may be missing the live rock show experience. Luckily, we have quite a few shows saved in the vault! We will start releasing them here on the worldwide web for free so you have something to watch while in Coronatine. I suggest using large speakers and turning up so you can slam dance around your home, and thereby get your daily exercise, but headphones work too. Please no tiny computer speakers. First up is a show we did some years ago in Australia. It’s an all covers show so it will feature a bunch of shit you have never heard us play, and that we have not played at any other shows. Super exclusive shit indeed. Unless you were there, which statistically most of you could not have been. It was in Sydney at the Metro Theatre. I watched it afterwards and gave myself goosebumps. Hope you get some too. We will be reporting back soon with another show. I think it will be a French one from The Black and White Album tour. Love you all.  Stay in, stay well, and wash your hands. The Hives HIVEMANOR LIVEMANOR: Metro Theatre in Sydney, AUS – 5 January 2009 Covers show made possible by our friends at @vice and @moshcam_pics 1. Born to Cry (Dion and The Belmonts cover) 2. Early Morning Wake Up Call (Flash and the Pan cover) 3. Nasty Secretary (Joy Rider and Avid Davis cover) 4. Hollywood Babylon (Misfits cover) 5. Beast of Burden (The Rolling Stones cover) 6. Lost and Found (The Saints cover) 7. Little Lil (Mel Dorsey cover) 8. Stormy Weather (Billie Holiday cover)  9. (Gotta Get Some Action) Now! (The Hellacopters cover) 10. Stop and Think It Over (Compulsive Gamblers cover)  11. Tick Tick Boom #thehives #hivemanorlivemanor #thehivesaustralia #coronatine #stayhome

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