Pete Townshend Apologizes For Swearing At Child

Placard at gig prompted guitarist to tell seven-year-old to "f--k off".

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Who guitarist Pete Townshend has apologized to a seven-year-old girl and her father after mouthing at them to "f--k off" during a gig, as NME reports. The incident happened during a show in Ontario, Canada, when Jenny Costello and her father, Eric approached the stage holding a sign reading "Smash your Guitar, Pete!", which prompted the following response:

"Go away with that sign please, just go away with it, just go away with it. Don't bring your children, use them. I want to tell you two words but I can't because you've got a child there."

The guitarist followed this by mouthing the words "f--k off".

Pete has since written a personal letter of apology to the family:

"Apologies and condolences from my side, and very best wishes to you and your family," he wrote, before asking if they could "meet and be friends and put this behind us".

He also said he was "sorry the story blew up the way it did" and that he sympathized "with you both, and your daughter's mother, and that I am most certainly not angry. I was not angry on stage either. I was in rock star mode, the big mouth."

He went on to add: "I could have handled it differently. I thought of sending someone to find you both and telling you I was not upset, but we were flying to New York straight after the show, and had no time to spare. I wish things had been different. It would have saved you from all this furor.

"I thought your placard was fun," he continued. "I had a job to do and I didn't want to lengthen the show by trying to deal with you directly and in detail. I was also worried that your daughter looked a little frightened as the crowd started to follow you down the aisle. The ushers should not have let you leave your seats and walk forward. All that said, you did nothing wrong."

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    The last three articles about Pete Townshend just make me laugh out loud, with entries such like this: "The Who's Pete Townshend: Mick Jagger's Penis Is Huge And Extremely Tasty"
    Heheh... Townshend didn't mean that, everybody knows he loves children.
    *Insert paedophile joke here, it's not beating a dead horse by now afterall*
    Why is there someone holding a sign "smash your guitar" in the first place? That some old Townshend hallmark?
    You mean he asked the dude if he could "play" with the child , daddy said no , so pete told them to ..... thumbs down ?
    well as someone that has been accused of being a pedofile, it's a bit normal that he would feel a lot more comfortable by distancing himself from any kids.
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