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  posted on 2/25/2013 at 08:24 AM
http://ultimateclassicrock.com/pete-townshend-curses-fan/

The grandparents aren’t alright. Throughout his career, Pete Townshend‘s famously profane mouth has often caused his admirers to smile, shake their heads and say, “That’s just Pete being Pete.” But now, it seems to have gotten him in trouble with a fan and his daughter.

At the Who‘s concert at the Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario on Tuesday (Feb. 19), Eric Michael Costello, who brought his seven-year old daughter Janey, got an earful from the guitarist after she waved a sign she made that said, “Smash Your Guitar, Pete!”

Townshend, who hasn’t destroyed an instrument onstage in decades, instead smashed the barrier of printable language. “Don’t wave that sign,” he said. “Just don’t wave it at me. Don’t bring your children [and] use them. I want to tell you two words, but I can’t because you have a child on you.”

He then clearly mouthed “F— off.” The video of the incident, which cannot be embedded, can be found at the Toronto Sun.

Costello, who spent $300 for the two tickets, had turned Janey on to the Who through multiple showings of their 1979 documentary, ‘The Kids Are Alright.’ Although he explained to her that the band doesn’t do that anymore, she still made the sign in hopes that it would cause a return to Townshend’s old stage antics. Instead, he came up with some new ones.

“I’d like him to know in some small way he broke a little girl’s heart,” Costello said. “Both she and I were huge fans of the band and now I’m left trying to explain to her that heroes are not infallible. Instead of being this joyous, momentous occasion, it turned into a sad, regrettable kind of incident.”

 

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  posted on 2/25/2013 at 09:01 AM
I don't know if the statement "Townshend, who hasn’t destroyed an instrument onstage in decades" is true or not! I saw him at Jones Beach on 2000 and he DEFINITELY did smash his guitar at the end. Well that's 13 years ago now so I guess it has been decades

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  posted on 2/25/2013 at 09:04 AM
Pete writes great songs but isn't really a decent guy so no suprise. The kid had a sign - big deal. For $300, you should be able to write whatever you want. The guy gets rich from smashing beautiful instruments and is pissed that it gets mentioned. Maybe more time trying to learn some lead and less time smashing is really at the heart of the matter.

He was nicer during their 8th farewell tour.

I wouldn't want my kid near him and his research.

 

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  posted on 2/25/2013 at 09:20 AM
Ah the parenting these days!!! Teach that kid to scream FREEBIRD!!!

 

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  posted on 2/25/2013 at 09:21 AM
The Two vs. the two.
 

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I am a big fan of the who's music but the mistake people make is making heroes out of people who are celebrities in any field...musicians,actors etc....appreciate their talent but that is as far as it should go...BTW,what is a 7 year old doing at a Who concert in the first place and why in the world should townsend care about a sign?
 

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  posted on 2/25/2013 at 09:43 AM
I hear pete is being considered for the new pope.

 

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I am a big fan of the who's music but the mistake people make is making heroes out of people who are celebrities in any field...musicians,actors etc....appreciate their talent but that is as far as it should go...BTW,what is a 7 year old doing at a Who concert in the first place and why in the world should townsend care about a sign?


I'm constantly amused/disgusted/pi$$ed off at adult fans who insist that their children are actual fans of music that was produced 40 - 50 years before they came into the world. The kid(s) might develop a fondness for it in time - but at 7? They're younger than YOU were when you first became aware of it!!

About 4 years ago, Mountain toured. They even played a street set at one of those morning NYC talk shows. During the break, Corky Laing was being interviewed. A passing fan injected that his son/daughter was a Mountain fan and loved their shows. Corky corrected him - "they don't like us or our music - they like spending time with you!".

I have been to ABB, Dead, DTB, Mule shows and others where folks decided it would be really, really cute to bring their 6 - 9 year old. First sign of any "adult behavior" (please remember that most of these bands are rooted in the 60's and 70's) - these proud mamas and papas are running off to alert security, which sometimes results in a true, paying FAN to either be ejected or locked up by the po-po.

So Pete (being Pete) went off on a "fan"(?) whose only apparent frame of reference to his music was the cliched guitar smash? Who cares?

 

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  posted on 2/25/2013 at 11:49 AM
I hate it when people take themselves too seriously. He's just a freakin' guitar player. (No offense to my guitar playing friends.)
 

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  posted on 2/25/2013 at 12:00 PM
First off, I wished my folks would've taken me to see concerts at 7, then I'd have caught most of these great bands in their primes in the early 70's.

But man has the World changed.
When I was her age, my folks idea of giving me a good time, was handing me a can of Coke, a piece of string and telling me to be back in the yard when the street lights came on.

Nowadays its:

Daddy, can I have a pony?

Daddy, take me to see One Direction

Daddy, can you make Pete smash his guitar?

I can tell her Dad is highly disappointed, but seriously, do you think the kid is really upset about all this? doubtful.

 

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  posted on 2/25/2013 at 12:35 PM
What if Pete would have smashed his guitar on the guy's head.Would that have made everybody happy?

 

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  posted on 2/25/2013 at 01:32 PM
I went to see them last Thursday at the Nassau Coliseum. He told someone to FCK OFF in between sets. I rather like it when he does that.
 

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  posted on 2/25/2013 at 01:39 PM
Kids today are being exposed to so much at a younger age. I turned my son on to the Beatles at a young age and he took to it like a fish to water. This should have been an experience the young girl would never forget, and thanks to Pete, she won't. I know when i took my son to see Paul McCartney, it was an experience he will never forget. Everyone has a bad day, and obviously Pete was having a bad day. Too bad he ruined a little girls experience in the process.

What would have been cool is if Pete had smashed the guitar at the end of the show and then gave a piece of the guitar to the girl. I was at a TTB concert in Cinccinnati and there was a youngster sitting up front. After the set break, Derek came out and handed the boy an autographed slide. That my friends is how it is done with class.




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This should have been an experience the young girl would never forget, and thanks to Pete, she won't.



Please.
If he'd broken the guitar, it'd have been among the many things that were done for her, and instantly forgotten.

Now she's got a story to tell her whole life about the time Pete Townshend told her old man to go fu*k off.

This is nothing that a therapy dog can't fix over the next 10 to 15 years.....

 

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Please.
If he'd broken the guitar, it'd have been among the many things that were done for her, and instantly forgotten.

Now she's got a story to tell her whole life about the time Pete Townshend told her old man to go fu*k off.

This is nothing that a therapy dog can't fix over the next 10 to 15 years.....


Please....

is someone actually trying to defend this?
What if it had been a footballer from a team you didnt like instead a musician you do? would that have still been a story to tell her whole life?

and regardless of why you think these people are bringing their kids to a concert, they've paid for their tickets (perhaps more than genuine paying FANS have) and have every right to be there.
you dotn want to be kicked out for lighting up, dont light up...seems fairly straightforward to me.

but then i was listening to hendrix at 9....dont have a story about it though

 

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  posted on 2/25/2013 at 02:39 PM
This was big news here in Toronto. I've been fortunate in taking my son to shows. His first show was the ABB here in Toronto when he was 10.

Another time I took him to see Dickey Betts & Great Southern at a venue in a small town in Ontario. After the show Andy gave him guitar picks, Dickey signed his shirt and Frankie talked to him about drumming and gave him his drum sticks.

He's almost 19 now and remembers the good times we shared at those shows. Even if you don't get to meet members of the band, kids should come away with good memories.

Now he asks me, "Whats this Wanee place?"

 

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This should have been an experience the young girl would never forget, and thanks to Pete, she won't.



Please.
If he'd broken the guitar, it'd have been among the many things that were done for her, and instantly forgotten.

Now she's got a story to tell her whole life about the time Pete Townshend told her old man to go fu*k off.

This is nothing that a therapy dog can't fix over the next 10 to 15 years.....


Please....

is someone actually trying to defend this?
What if it had been a footballer from a team you didnt like instead a musician you do? would that have still been a story to tell her whole life?

and regardless of why you think these people are bringing their kids to a concert, they've paid for their tickets (perhaps more than genuine paying FANS have) and have every right to be there.
you dotn want to be kicked out for lighting up, dont light up...seems fairly straightforward to me.

but then i was listening to hendrix at 9....dont have a story about it though


Sorry, but we're just going to disagree here, obviously.
And its not regardless of what I think about taking a 7 year old to a rock concert,
I think its a bad idea to even begin with, and shows terrible judgement on the parents part.

IMO, R rated movies, bars, and rock concerts aren't appropriate places for children.
Yet it now appears to becoming less of an exception, and more common place in our culture.

As for sports, I dunno, man, but that in itself is looking less and less of a child friendly environment to attend than it was in the old days. Its why a vast majority, at least in the States, prefer to take in a football game on TV versus paying the money to sit in the stands and watch what goes on around you. Its why most teams now have "family friendly" zones way up high in the cheap seats.

 

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It's actually not that big of a deal.
It looks like Pete felt the guy was using his child to get him to do something he didn't want to do.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EHSciF0icA

 

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  posted on 2/25/2013 at 05:30 PM
you know what they say about what happens when you assume.

Pete made one of himself.

 

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I hate it when people take themselves too seriously. He's just a freakin' guitar player. (No offense to my guitar playing friends.)


+1....ass clown from the get go

 

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  posted on 2/25/2013 at 07:32 PM
Makes me wonder what Pete would say if he caught you on his lawn.

 

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  posted on 2/25/2013 at 07:59 PM
Makes one wonder if ol' Pete is still about being accused of possesing child porn

 

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  posted on 2/26/2013 at 09:23 AM
Classless act by Pete all the way, and having just seen The Who several weeks ago, I am very, very disappointed. A friend of mine said it best: "All he would have had to do would have been to look down at them and say something like, 'I'm too old, I don't do that anymore' ". Case closed, and the kid goes away happy because she was addressed by a rock star. Grow up Pete. And smoke a big fatty. This is exactly the kind of behaviour that THC is meant to remedy.

 

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  posted on 2/26/2013 at 01:00 PM
Pete acted like a jerk. There is no defending it. And we are a long way from a rock concert not being appropriate for children. I took my daughter to see the ABB when she was 7. Pete often acts like an old cumudgeon. It is one of the causes of his ongoing conflicts with Roger who has become a gentleman in his golden years and from what I understand a real fan's musician which is what we all like (I think) Pete is way past the time when his acting this way was part of his appeal. None of this detracts from his legendary place in music history. And he is in no way a child pornographer.

 

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  posted on 2/26/2013 at 02:12 PM
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Pete acted like a jerk. There is no defending it. And we are a long way from a rock concert not being appropriate for children. I took my daughter to see the ABB when she was 7. Pete often acts like an old cumudgeon


Ok, Pete's a cranky old man, guilty as charged.
But Pete's not the only cranky old man on Earth, much less this Forum.

And again, I don't know you, but I question BIG TIME your decision to take a 7 year old kid to an Allman Brothers show.

I don't know what part of the country you live in, but every single ABB show I've been to, there's been marijuana in the air, more than a handful of people over imbibing in the audience, with the occasional fight breaking out. If you think thats an appropriate thing for a 7 year old to be around, then God bless ya, because I don't. And maybe thats the cranky old man in me coming out....



[Edited on 2/26/2013 by Efus]

 

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