According to the Toronto Son, last month Townshend was playing a concert in Ontario when he spotted a sign that read, "Smash Your Guitar, Pete." The 67-year-old rocker apparently then yelled to the girl and her dad, "Go away with that sign, please, just go away with it. Don't bring your children [or] use them. I want to tell you two words but I can't because you've got a child there." Townshend then mouthed the words "f--- off." Eric Michael Costello, the father of the girl, spoke out in the newspaper explaining that the sign was sincere and his daughter was a big fan of the documentary that showed The Who during their equipment-wrecking days. Once Townsend learned this, he issued an apology with the help of a local DJ.
"Apologies and condolences from my side, and very best wishes to you and your family," he writes. "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... you did nothing wrong."
Read the full apology here.