Pete Townshend Is Apologizing for Cursing at a Fan and His Seven-Year-Old Daughter
Last month, PETE TOWNSHEND cursed at a fan and his seven-year-old daughter during a WHO show in Canada after he noticed the girl was holding up a sign that said: "Smash your guitar, Pete!" He scolded the father for "using" his child, and clearly mouthed "[Eff] off." Well, Pete feels bad about how he acted. He wrote an apology to them, which he delivered with the help of a local radio personality.
Pete said, "I am so sorry the story about us blew up the way it did. I sympathize with you both, and I am most certainly not angry. I was not angry on stage either. I was in rock star mode, the big mouth. 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've saved you from all this furor."
Pete also wants the girl and her father to know he DID like the sign, he was just concerned about their safety, and didn't want to delay the show to "deal with" them, whatever that means. He said, "I thought your placard was fun. I had a job to do (to announce our musicians) 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."
Pete says he plans to personally meet both of them next month to talk about it, and this time, he says, "I will not swear." There's no word if the guy and his daughter are interested.