Vigilante Carlstroem

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Vigilante Carlstroem
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Vigilante Carlstroem in 2007
Background information
Birth name Mikael Karlsson
Also known as Vigilante Carlstroem
Pig Champion Jr
Born (1978-10-30) 30 October 1978 (age 38) Fagersta, Sweden
Genres Alternative rock, garage punk, garage rock revival
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, backing vocals
Years active 1989 - present
Labels A&M/Octone, Interscope, Epitaph Records
Associated acts The Hives
Website The Hives Broadcastingservice

Mikael Karlsson, or Vigilante Carlstroem as he is better known, was born on 30 October 1978 in Fagersta, Sweden. He is the guitarist of the Swedish rock band The Hives, which formed in 1993 and was one of the most important bands in the garage rock revival.


Vigilante started playing guitar at the age of ten and was influenced by bands such as Sex Pistols, Dead Kennedys and local Swedish punk bands. Vigilante usually plays Epiphone Coronet guitars and uses Divided by 13 and Fender amplifiers.

Vigilante has also been contributing to the album Ge Fan I Våra Vatten (Don't fucking touch our waters), which is a record made by Swedish Rockstars (that like to practice fishing in their sparetime) to raise funds for the protection of the fish in Swedish waters.[1]


In The Hives[edit]

In The Dragtones[edit]

  • Drag (2012)


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