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 Pig Champion, Jr.
Born (1978-10-30) 30 October 1978 (age 39) 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 (born October 30, 1978), better known by his stage name Vigilante Carlstroem, is the rhythm guitarist of the critically acclaimed Swedish garage rock band The Hives.


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 helped to form The Hives in 1993. An early stage name of his, Barely Legal, was used as the title of their debut LP in 1997. Since 1994, The Hives have released five studio albums and three EPs.

Vigilante has contributed to the album Ge Fan I Våra Vatten (Don't fucking touch our waters), which is a record made by Swedish musicians as a means to raise funds for the protection of fish in Swedish waters.[1]


In The Hives[edit]

In The Dragtones[edit]

  • Drag (2012)


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