“Smash Your Guitar, Pete!” Townshend Apologizes To Child For Cursing
Pete Townshend says he’s hoping that next month he’ll meet the man he silently cursed out — and the seven-year-old girl who sparked the unpleasant exchange.
The “Toronto Sun” says the rocker has sent a written apology to Eric Costello and his young daughter Janey for the incident, which occurred during The Who’s recent show in Hamilton, Ontario. Janey sparked Pete’s ire with her homemade sign that read, “Smash your guitar, Pete!” Eric explains that his daughter had seen The Who documentary “The Kids Are Alright” “at least a dozen times,” and was really looking forward to witnessing such destruction in person. But when they approached the stage during the show, Townshend lashed out at them over the sign. He added that he had “two words” for Costello — which he wouldn’t say in front of the child, but he mouthed the obscenity.
In his apology, Townshend acknowledges that Costello and his daughter “did nothing wrong.” While he says he doesn’t feel he was in the wrong either, he admits that he “could have handled it differently.” Pete explains that he actually wanted to meet with them immediately after the show, but the band had to leave right after the performance. He adds that he actually thought the sign “was fun,” and he’s sorry that the incident “blew up the way it did.” Townshend says he’ll be back in Canada this spring for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s upcoming staging of “Tommy,” and he’d like to arrange a meeting with them.