On Wednesday, June 25th, an Avicii concert at the TD Garden in Boston hit every news source. As the temperature inside the venue skyrocketed, the media coverage went spiraling out of control. Being the opening night of his US and European tour, TV and newspapers in Boston took the opportunity to dig their claws into the incident. They provoked a media-fueled “hysteria” much like the response to Rock & Roll music that first took root in the U.S. during the 1950’s.
Before I even address what happened that night, I would first like to point out that the following day, the Boston Globe published a piece including text about a Zedd show last August in which they say, “A 19-year-old woman died at that concert of a suspected overdose of Molly. Two others at the concert were also treated for apparent overdoses.” Can someone please explain to me how words like “suspected” and “apparent” can be used 10 months after the occurrence to describe an incident?
I’m no forensic expert, but I’m pretty sure there is sufficient technology at this point to bring these inquiries to their conclusion, most certainly in 10 months time. Boston EMS Deputy Superintendent Michael Bosse presented the diagnosis of those hospital visits during the Avicii concert being, “Mostly heat and alcohol related symptoms.” He then stated, “There was a lot of underage drinking tonight and some illicit drugs. However, we can't identify anything specific.” The Boston Globe portrayed that, “dozens of teenage ravers were hospitalized.” The Boston Globe also reported concert-goers were treated "after consuming a dangerous substance.” None of these drug claims have been proven since, I feel this is targeted media hysteria and I’m here to call it out.