Alt-rockers The Hives are in hot water after comments made during the band's show in Boston Thursday night that many deemed insensitive to victims of the Boston Marathon bombings earlier this year.
While opening for Pink at Boston's TD Garden Dec. 5, Hives frontman Pelle Almqvist apparently dedicated "Tick Tick Boom," one of the band's most popular songs, to the city, according to CBS Boston.
"This song’s for everyone in Boston," Almqvist told the crowd. "It’s about stuff blowing up. It’s called 'Tick Tick Boom.'"
The dedication was not taken lightly by many in attendance, leading to an outpouring of anger on social media, Radio.com reports. According to a post on the band's Facebook today, the Boston bombings "never one crossed" Almqvist's mind. He has since apologized.
"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," he 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."
The Hives are currently on tour with Pink, with upcoming shows in Philadelphia and New York.