Pete Townshend Apologizing for Cursing Out Fan
In a very Roger Waters like move, Pete Townshend reportedly cursed out a fan and his young daughter at a recent show.
Last month, The Who was playing a show in Canada. In the front row was a gentleman and his young daughter. His little girl was holding a sign that said, “Smash your guitar Pete!” Pete saw the sign and apparently his guitar smashing days are behind him because Pete yelled at the guy for “using” his daughter and reportedly told the guy to, “F*** off”.
Pete now says that he feels bad about what happened and how he acted. He wrote a personal apology to them and he delivered with the help of a local radio station. He said, “I am so sorry the story about is 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.”
He says that he did like the sign and was just concerned about their safety. He didn’t want to delay the show to “deal with them”. He says, “I thought your placard was fun. 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.”
He added that he would like to meet them both and tell them that he’s sorry face to face and talk about what happened. This time, he promises he won’t swear. No word on if the unnamed man and his daughter have accepted his apology or if they’re interested in meeting with him to talk about it.