Well, this is awkward. Last night, while opening for Pink at the TD Garden in Boston, Hives lead singer Pelle Almqvist announced that he was dedicating the song “Tick, Tick, Boom” to the city of Boston. And if that was a rather poor choice for a city that recently endured the Marathon bombing, the actual quote was worse:
“This song’s for everyone in Boston,” said Almqvist. “It’s about stuff blowing up. It’s called ‘Tick, Tick, Boom.’”
Based on a Facebook apology that went up on the band’s page today, though, it seems like Almqvist’s words weren’t as malicious as they sounded:
“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.”
So there you go. Unintentional and unfortunate? Yes. Purposefully insensitive? Probably not. The Hives play in Philadelphia tonight, and unless Almqvist has a song about 18th century yellow fever epidemics, this little snafu should pass. And then we can all scour the Internet for the next thing to be angry about.