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Pete Townshend apologizes for blowing up at young fan


Pete Townshend has apologized to a seven-year-old fan he bad-mouthed for asking the grumpy rocker to smash his guitar at a concert in Ontario, Canada.

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Jenny Costello was left crestfallen when The Who star singled her and her father out at a Hamilton show last week after spotting her homemade "Smash Your Guitar, Pete!" sign as he looked out into the audience.

In video footage posted online, the guitarist can be heard saying, "Go away with that sign please, just go away with it, just go away with it. Don't bring your children... I want to tell you two words but I can't because you've got a child there."

Townshend then mouthed the words "F**k off!" at Costello's father, prompting him to leave the concert early with his daughter.

After realizing that little Jenny was actually a fan and her sign was just a token of her appreciation for Townshend's music, the rocker reached out to the seven-year-old by writing a personal letter to her, according to the Sun News Network, which read: "Apologies and condolences from my side, and very best wishes to you and your family."

The British guitar great is now hoping to meet the child and her father, so they can "put this behind us."

The letter continues: "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."

 Townshend adds, "I thought your placard was fun (but) 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."

Townshend is now planning to meet the Costellos in April.

Mar 5, 2013 6:36PM
Maybe the dad can explain to the kid what half the Who's songs are about.

I love the Who, and Pete's writing for them was brilliant.

That said, maybe a Who concert is not the best place to bring your 7 year old.

As a father of a similarly-aged daughter, I let her listen to what I consider to be appropriate music.  She listens to a wide variety of music, from Bob Seger to Lady Gaga.  I just keep her away from the songs that are explicit.

Mar 3, 2013 10:50AM
he should b ashamed of himself.mayb hes getting to damn old to b out and can you b so mean to a 7yr old.what kinda example r you?IF I WAS HER PARENT I WOULD TELL HIM TO KISS MY AZZ...THERE IS NO EXCUSES 4 HIS ACTION.
Mar 3, 2013 8:01AM
As a parent I'd be very concerned about receiving a hand written letter to a 7 year old from Pete Townsend.
Mar 2, 2013 9:52PM
Get back on your meds Pete. And stop being Gay while you're at it.
Mar 2, 2013 2:49PM
Pete you are a pathetic man , you have been on the big stage so many times you should know how to conduct yourself, if i were her father i would tell to stick it where the sun don't shine, and tell my daughter this how people that have lived such a charmed life act.
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