The Hives apologize for dedicating “Tick Tick Boom” to Boston

The lead singer of the Hives apologized Friday for dedicating a song called “Tick Tick Boom” to the city of Boston during the band’s show at TD Garden Thursday. In a post on Facebook, Pelle Almqvist, the frontman for the Swedish band, said it was a mistake. “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 singer wrote. “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.” Several people who were at the concert angrily tweeted about the comment after it was uttered, saying it was offensive in the aftermath of the Marathon bombings. (The Hives were opening for Pink.) Concertgoer Susan Goldberg told us the comment seemed more ignorant than malicious. “Everybody in the whole place just went quiet,” she said. “It was hard to believe that someone could be that ignorant.”

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