Pete Townshend Apologizes For Telling 7-Year-Old Girl to “F**k Off” (VIDEO)
Pete Townshend has issued a lengthy apology after telling a 7-year-old girl and her father to “f**k off.”
The exchange came during a performance of Quadrophenia in Ontario on February 19, where the The Who rocker was peeved by the little girl’s sign, which read, “Smash Your Guitar, Pete!”
A seemingly angry Townshend responded, “Go away with that sign please, 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.”
He then appeared to mouth “F**k off,” — a comment he later regretted, as evidenced by an apology letter he sent to the girl and her dad.
Check out video of the exchange below, as well as Townshend’s apology.
PETE TOWNSHEND APOLOGY LETTER
Apologies and condolences from my side, and very best wishes to you and your family.
I asked my friend Mike Tyler to find you so I could tell you that I am so sorry the story about us blew up the way it did, but also to tell you that I sympathize 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.
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. 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.