Pete Townshend Sorry For Profane Reaction To Seven-Year-Old's Sign

03/06/2013
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(Classic Rock) The Who guitarist Pete Townshend has written a letter of apology to a man he shouted at during the band's recent show in Ontario, Canada.

He saw the man, with his seven-year-old daughter, in the crowd with a banner reading: "Smash your guitar, Pete!"

The axeman asked them to "go away with that sign" adding: "I want to tell you two words but I can't because you've got a child there." Then he mouthed the words "F**k off" towards them.

After receiving criticism from online communities Townshend penned the apology, in which he says: "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. more rock news.

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