Swedish garage-rockers the Hives are no strangers to lapses in taste; they did, after all, make this. But as Boston’s CBS Local reports, they went a bit far last night, when they opened for Pink at Boston’s TD Garden. Here’s a bit of stage patter from singer Pelle Almqvist: “This song’s for everyone in Boston. It’s about stuff blowing up. It’s called ‘Tick, Tick, Boom.'” Boston, of course, has faced recent tragedy in the form of stuff blowing up, and Almqvist quickly issued an apology on the band’s Facebook page:
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.
Maybe this will finally teach bands to stop using the exact same canned stage patter in every city.