Pink performs live for fans at Perth Arena on June 25, 2013 in Perth, Australia. Photo: Matt Jelonek
A teenager is facing charges after he set off a bomb scare by tweeting some of the lyrics of a Pink song at the pop singer's Melbourne concert on Sunday night. The 16-year-old was thrown out of the concert and arrested by police after he tweeted a reference to Pink's song Timebomb, off her chart-topping new album, and linked the tweet to the Rod Laver Arena twitter feed. The tweet read: ''@Pink I'm ready with my Bomb. Time to blow up #RodLaverArena. Bitch.''
The boy's father, David King, told 3AW radio on Monday that security had overreacted to what was an innocent - if ill thought-out - message of teenage enthusiasm.
''When he wrote that, he didn't have time to put 'Timebomb', you know,'' he said.
Mr King, who lives in Warrnambool in Victoria and had to make the three-hour drive to Melbourne to collect his son, said police were prepared to be more lenient when they realised the boy was not, in fact, a terrorist.
But at the arena's urging, the boy was charged with being a public nuisance.