Posted By LambChop
From the UK Guardian:
Pete Townshend went all out curmudgeon at a Who concert in Ontario. Instead of screaming, “Hey kid, get off my lawn” like a respectable old coot, Townshend instead said, “Don't wave that sign. [And] don't bring your children … I want to tell you two words, but I can't because you have a child on you." He then mouthed the words "fuck off".
The offending person? A seven-year-old girl on her father’s shoulders sporting a sign that read:
"Smash Your Guitar, Pete!"
"Nobody talks to my seven-year-old daughter like that," Costello later told the Toronto Sun. "I expect a 70-something-year-old man to respect the fact there's a seven-year-old girl standing in front of him." Although Costello said he understood that Townshend may have thought he was "using" his daughter to get closer to the stage, "that is not what happened at all". His daughter is a huge Who fan and was the one who painted the sign. "I'd like [Townshend] to know in some small way he broke a little girl's heart."
Townshend sent an apology to the Costellos. "Apologies and condolences from my side," he wrote. "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 sympathise with you both … 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 your placard was fun … 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 … [I hope we can] meet and be friends and put this behind us."
Yet NO ONE asks the real question: What I the hell was a 7 -year -old child doing at a Who concert?