BOSTON (CBS) – Swedish band The Hives is apologizing after infuriating a number of concertgoers Thursday night at TD Garden by announcing on stage that they were dedicating their song “Tick Tick Boom” to Boston.

“This song’s for everyone in Boston. It’s about stuff blowing up. It’s called Tick, Tick, boom,” lead singer Pelle Almqvist reportedly told the crowd of Bostonians.

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The statement was met with astonishment by a number of people who witnessed it. Many people took to Twitter to rant about the comment.

Almqvist apologized in a statement on the band’s Facebook page on Friday, saying that the he felt terrible that the correlation never crossed his mind.

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“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 statement said. “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 band was opening up for Pink.

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