Garage rock quintet The Hives may have gone a bit too far last night during the band’s set opening for Pink at TD Garden. CBS Local reports that the Swedish group, best known for its 2000 hit “Hate To Say I Told You So,” dedicated a song to the city that endured the Marathon bombings in April, saying, “This song’s for everyone in Boston. It’s about stuff blowing up. It’s called ‘Tick, Tick, Boom.'”
Lead singer Pelle Almqvist’s statement was met with mixed reactions from the crowd and on social media, despite his self-explained innocuous intentions. Almqvist issued the following apology via the band’s Facebook:
“About last night: I wanted to dedicate a song to the Boston crowd because they had been so great throughout the show, and unfortunately Tick Tick Boom was the next song in the set. The tragic Boston Marathon bombing never once crossed my mind while on stage, and of course it should have. My most sincere apologies to the people of Boston for this unintentional but serious mistake.”
Clearly, this was a serious mistake with the wounds from the Marathon bombing still fresh in minds around Boston. But what do you think? Did it seem like a sincere mix-up or was this simply too boneheaded to let slide?
Also, how weird is it that The Hives are opening for Pink? Just a thought.