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2013-03-04 08:12:58 AM
No, no <b>subby</b>, he wasn't acting like a rock star, he was dpoing research into what acting like a rock star might be like.

/Most BS excuse ever.
 
2013-03-04 08:21:05 AM

LucklessWonder: No, no <b>subby</b>, he wasn't acting like a rock star, he was dpoing research into what acting like a rock star might be like.

/Most BS excuse ever.


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Rock and Roll should never apologize... for anything.

/well.. maybe that one thing, but that's all
 
2013-03-04 08:24:23 AM
can't picture taking a child to a The Who concert. kid must have been high as a kite.
 
2013-03-04 08:30:51 AM
Hell - I would be honored to have Pete Townshend yell "F*ck You" at me.
 
2013-03-04 08:40:30 AM
I have never noticed my kids getting a contact high at a concert. I wonder how many ppm or whatever of THC it would take over say five hours.

Sucks people still don't get what he was doing with the CP.
 
2013-03-04 08:47:18 AM

T.M.S.: I have never noticed my kids getting a contact high at a concert. I wonder how many ppm or whatever of THC it would take over say five hours.

Sucks people still don't get what he was doing with the CP.


Just goes to show that a simple accusation can convict you in the public eye, regardless of the legal outcome.

/thinks that contact highs are a myth like Hawaiian birth certificates.
 
2013-03-04 09:14:11 AM
I wanna meet Pete Townsend and be friends.  And Jimmy Page, too.
 
2013-03-04 09:18:30 AM

Easy Reader: I wanna meet Pete Townsend and be friends.  And Jimmy Page, too.


I think Jimmy Page has met Pete Townshend already, but if they haven't, I'll let them know you've been looking to make it happen.
 
2013-03-04 09:33:51 AM
It's bad enough I have to put up with kids in restaurants, airplanes, and R-rated movies, now I have to wonder if the next time I spend 150 bucks on a concert ticket if I'm going to be sitting next a freaking kid?   Thanks "ccol" parents
 
2013-03-04 09:35:55 AM
Maybe it was a message to the guy's 7-year-old daughter.
 
2013-03-04 09:37:07 AM
edit: it was Pete Townshend that had that CP issue several years ago, right?
 
2013-03-04 09:57:03 AM
Did he offer to make it up to the guy by taking some pictures of his daughter ?
 
2013-03-04 10:02:16 AM
So Pete Townshend's research has moved to the next stage; instead of looking at pictures, he wants the 'real' thing. Should people at least be happy that it was a girl and not a boy?
 
2013-03-04 10:02:40 AM
They should build the wall between him and audience
 
2013-03-04 10:06:19 AM
Sorry Pete that your one distinguishing characteristic was your penchant for destroying perfectly good instruments...oh and also the technically retarded windmill strumming maneuver...but you should humor your aging clueless fans. If money is an issue, switch to Chinese made knock offs for your money shots rather than ruin a perfectly good tele.

<i>/never got The Who
 
2013-03-04 10:14:06 AM

EyeballKid: Easy Reader: I wanna meet Pete Townsend and be friends.  And Jimmy Page, too.

I think Jimmy Page has met Pete Townshend already, but if they haven't, I'll let them know you've been looking to make it happen.


Please do.  That would be kind of you to do so.
 
2013-03-04 10:31:43 AM
"apologized for mouthing "[expletive] you" to a man and his daughter"

I'm sure glad they sensored that, now we have no way of knowing what he actually mouthed....
 
2013-03-04 10:37:22 AM

Easy Reader: EyeballKid: Easy Reader: I wanna meet Pete Townsend and be friends.  And Jimmy Page, too.

I think Jimmy Page has met Pete Townshend already, but if they haven't, I'll let them know you've been looking to make it happen.

Please do.  That would be kind of you to do so.


An I wanna meet the woman from Lal Meri:

www.lalmeri.com

But if you want to meet old dudes, well, I'm not judging.
 
2013-03-04 10:47:08 AM
Pete Townshend apologizes for acting like a rock star b*tch.
 
2013-03-04 10:56:14 AM
Townsend still hasn't apologized for all the people he killed in Cincinnati.
 
2013-03-04 10:56:56 AM

T.M.S.: I have never noticed my kids getting a contact high at a concert. I wonder how many ppm or whatever of THC it would take over say five hours.


Contact high is basically impossible in a large open area like a concert.  To get an actual contact high without smoking it you'd have to be sitting in a car with one or more people smoking steadily with the windows rolled up.  Anyone claiming to have gotten a contact high at a concert is either lying or under the placebo effect.

So your kids are ok.  Even if the dude standing next to you is smoking stuff strong enough to knock Snoop Dogg on his ass, unless he's blowing it directly into your kids' mouths they aren't going to get high from it.
 
2013-03-04 11:06:51 AM
If you go to a Who concert with a sign that says "Smash your guitar Pete", you are truly a lame excuse for a person.

Somewhere on the Interwebs (I can't find it at the moment) is a clip of Ray Charles.   Random guy in audience keeps saying, "Play Georgia!  Play Georgia, Ray!  Play Georgia!"    RC has enough of his shiat and stops playing to say, "I ain't yer f*cking dog!"  or words to that effect.
 
2013-03-04 11:12:31 AM

Neondistraction: T.M.S.: I have never noticed my kids getting a contact high at a concert. I wonder how many ppm or whatever of THC it would take over say five hours.

Contact high is basically impossible in a large open area like a concert.  To get an actual contact high without smoking it you'd have to be sitting in a car with one or more people smoking steadily with the windows rolled up.  Anyone claiming to have gotten a contact high at a concert is either lying or under the placebo effect.

So your kids are ok.  Even if the dude standing next to you is smoking stuff strong enough to knock Snoop Dogg on his ass, unless he's blowing it directly into your kids' mouths they aren't going to get high from it.


...and yet proximity to a lit cigarette wiill give you Instant Cancer Death.
 
2013-03-04 11:21:23 AM

Devolving_Spud: If you go to a Who concert with a sign that says "Smash your guitar Pete", you are truly a lame excuse for a person.

Somewhere on the Interwebs (I can't find it at the moment) is a clip of Ray Charles.   Random guy in audience keeps saying, "Play Georgia!  Play Georgia, Ray!  Play Georgia!"    RC has enough of his shiat and stops playing to say, "I ain't yer f*cking dog!"  or words to that effect.


Hell, there are still losers fans who show up in "Watcher In the Skies" outfits at Gabriel shows.

He's moved on since 1975, but they haven't. Although I do always hold out hope for  "Lamb" in the encore.
 
2013-03-04 11:29:25 AM

Devolving_Spud: If you go to a Who concert with a sign that says "Smash your guitar Pete", you are truly a lame excuse for a person.

Somewhere on the Interwebs (I can't find it at the moment) is a clip of Ray Charles.   Random guy in audience keeps saying, "Play Georgia!  Play Georgia, Ray!  Play Georgia!"    RC has enough of his shiat and stops playing to say, "I ain't yer f*cking dog!"  or words to that effect.


I saw Ray play a high school auditorium in that period when he was a sort-of forgotten 1960s sensation and before he became a national icon. Even then, he was an intensely proud man who did not take shiat off anyone. A couple jerks down front kept calling out songs and Ray eventually said "If you want to make a request, put some money in the jar." Of course, there was no jar, so one of the drunks yelled "Where's the jar?"

To which Ray replied: "Out in the parking lot, you dumb motherfarker, which is where I'm going to have the bouncer toss you if you don't shut the fark up and let everyone else enjoy the show."

/CSB
 
2013-03-04 11:31:34 AM

Devolving_Spud: If you go to a Who concert with a sign that says "Smash your guitar Pete", you are truly a lame excuse for a person.

Somewhere on the Interwebs (I can't find it at the moment) is a clip of Ray Charles.   Random guy in audience keeps saying, "Play Georgia!  Play Georgia, Ray!  Play Georgia!"    RC has enough of his shiat and stops playing to say, "I ain't yer f*cking dog!"  or words to that effect.


Good one - plus the cost of a custom Gibson J-200 guitar is anywhere from 4 to 5 thousand dollars.....of course he isn't going to smash it.
 
2013-03-04 11:34:06 AM
Lots of people smash guitars (including the iconic Clash album cover), but no one did it like Townshend. But he's a different man now. I imagine the sign was as annoying to him as Jimmy Page being asked to play Stairway to Heaven.
 
2013-03-04 11:35:37 AM

OldManDownDRoad: Devolving_Spud: If you go to a Who concert with a sign that says "Smash your guitar Pete", you are truly a lame excuse for a person.

Somewhere on the Interwebs (I can't find it at the moment) is a clip of Ray Charles.   Random guy in audience keeps saying, "Play Georgia!  Play Georgia, Ray!  Play Georgia!"    RC has enough of his shiat and stops playing to say, "I ain't yer f*cking dog!"  or words to that effect.

I saw Ray play a high school auditorium in that period when he was a sort-of forgotten 1960s sensation and before he became a national icon. Even then, he was an intensely proud man who did not take shiat off anyone. A couple jerks down front kept calling out songs and Ray eventually said "If you want to make a request, put some money in the jar." Of course, there was no jar, so one of the drunks yelled "Where's the jar?"

To which Ray replied: "Out in the parking lot, you dumb motherfarker, which is where I'm going to have the bouncer toss you if you don't shut the fark up and let everyone else enjoy the show."

/CSB


That's probably the best CSB I'm gonna read this year.
 
2013-03-04 11:40:40 AM

dickfreckle: Lots of people smash guitars (including the iconic Clash album cover), but no one did it like Townshend. But he's a different man now. I imagine the sign was as annoying to him as Jimmy Page being asked to play Stairway to Heaven.


Probably realised that guitar smashing alienates little poor kids who can't afford new guitars
 
2013-03-04 11:52:17 AM

enik: edit: it was Pete Townshend that had that CP issue several years ago, right?


Yeahh. Him and the bass player from Phish.

As for all this: I dunno.

Asking him to smash a guitar - something he hasn't done regularly in what? Almost 50 years? IS pretty stupid/lame especially for a 7 year old girl.
 
2013-03-04 11:54:27 AM

loki see loki do: Neondistraction: T.M.S.: I have never noticed my kids getting a contact high at a concert. I wonder how many ppm or whatever of THC it would take over say five hours.

Contact high is basically impossible in a large open area like a concert.  To get an actual contact high without smoking it you'd have to be sitting in a car with one or more people smoking steadily with the windows rolled up.  Anyone claiming to have gotten a contact high at a concert is either lying or under the placebo effect.

So your kids are ok.  Even if the dude standing next to you is smoking stuff strong enough to knock Snoop Dogg on his ass, unless he's blowing it directly into your kids' mouths they aren't going to get high from it.

...and yet proximity to a lit cigarette wiill give you Instant Cancer Death.


Yeah, it's funny, that's pretty much bullshiat too.
 
2013-03-04 11:56:16 AM

douchebag/hater: IS pretty stupid/lame especially for a 7 year old girl.


What is up with 7 year old girls anyway?  They should totally know better.
 
2013-03-04 12:51:18 PM
Meh.  Pete has said since the 60s that he is a different person onstage than off.  He almost killed Abbey Hoffman with his guitar, a move I sort of wish he had followed through with.
 
2013-03-04 01:14:13 PM

dickfreckle: Lots of people smash guitars (including the iconic Clash album cover), but no one did it like Townshend. But he's a different man now. I imagine the sign was as annoying to him as Jimmy Page being asked to play Stairway to Heaven  shamelessly steal from a blues musician.


Just kidding, Jimmy's still cool with that.
 
2013-03-04 01:16:42 PM

enik: Maybe it was a message to the guy's 7-year-old daughter.


The camera missed the first three words, "I want to"
 
2013-03-04 03:49:24 PM
Settle down, gents.  It was for research.  For a book.  We cool?
 
2013-03-04 03:56:19 PM
Back in my teens, i used to like The Who despite being full aware of what a douche bag Townsend was.   Once, it was revealed he's a ped on top of it all, i stopped listening.
 
2013-03-04 04:19:54 PM

T.rex: Back in my teens, i used to like The Who despite being full aware of what a douche bag Townsend was.   Once, it was revealed he's a ped on top of it all, i stopped listening.


I have a feeling a lot of people have stopped listening to you, too.
 
2013-03-04 04:25:48 PM

karnal: T.rex: Back in my teens, i used to like The Who despite being full aware of what a douche bag Townsend was.   Once, it was revealed he's a ped on top of it all, i stopped listening.

I have a feeling a lot of people have stopped listening to you, too.


But not you, apparently... So, my life is still complete.
 
2013-03-04 04:36:17 PM
What idiot takes a 7 year old to a rock concert?
 
2013-03-04 04:52:23 PM
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2013-03-04 06:31:25 PM

ReapTheChaos: What idiot takes a 7 year old to a rock concert?




I think I see his point. He wanted to take her to see them before they died. They may not be around when she is old enough to go on her own. My friends mom did the same thing. Although he was 11 or 12. So now my friend can say he saw Elvis in concert. Which is pretty cool from a historic perspective at least.
 
2013-03-04 06:39:52 PM

The_Philosopher_King: ReapTheChaos: What idiot takes a 7 year old to a rock concert?

I think I see his point. He wanted to take her to see them before they died. They may not be around when she is old enough to go on her own. My friends mom did the same thing. Although he was 11 or 12. So now my friend can say he saw Elvis in concert. Which is pretty cool from a historic perspective at least.


Yeah but I think the crowds at an Elvis concert would be a little more tame than The Who. If this was Tom Jones or Wayne Newton I wouldn't see a problem, but The Who?
 
2013-03-04 06:51:23 PM

ReapTheChaos: The_Philosopher_King: ReapTheChaos: What idiot takes a 7 year old to a rock concert?

I think I see his point. He wanted to take her to see them before they died. They may not be around when she is old enough to go on her own. My friends mom did the same thing. Although he was 11 or 12. So now my friend can say he saw Elvis in concert. Which is pretty cool from a historic perspective at least.

Yeah but I think the crowds at an Elvis concert would be a little more tame than The Who. If this was Tom Jones or Wayne Newton I wouldn't see a problem, but The Who?


Oh, I wouldn't take a 7 year to any concert. I am not defending him, I just think I see his point. But it brings up a good point. How rowdy is a Who concert nowadays? Is there a younger following? Or are the crowds basically 50+?
 
2013-03-04 07:14:47 PM

The_Philosopher_King: ReapTheChaos: The_Philosopher_King: ReapTheChaos: What idiot takes a 7 year old to a rock concert?

I think I see his point. He wanted to take her to see them before they died. They may not be around when she is old enough to go on her own. My friends mom did the same thing. Although he was 11 or 12. So now my friend can say he saw Elvis in concert. Which is pretty cool from a historic perspective at least.

Yeah but I think the crowds at an Elvis concert would be a little more tame than The Who. If this was Tom Jones or Wayne Newton I wouldn't see a problem, but The Who?

Oh, I wouldn't take a 7 year to any concert. I am not defending him, I just think I see his point. But it brings up a good point. How rowdy is a Who concert nowadays? Is there a younger following? Or are the crowds basically 50+?


About half of the stuff my oldest son listens to are bands that were around when I was a kid.  Now I can't speak for everyone my age, but my days of going to rock concerts are long since past. The closest I come to that is watching some concert videos on You Tube. My guess would be a mixed bag.
 
2013-03-04 11:55:26 PM
What he wanted to say was "I don't go to your job and slap the cock out of your mouth."
 
2013-03-05 03:48:55 AM

karnal: Devolving_Spud: If you go to a Who concert with a sign that says "Smash your guitar Pete", you are truly a lame excuse for a person.

Somewhere on the Interwebs (I can't find it at the moment) is a clip of Ray Charles.   Random guy in audience keeps saying, "Play Georgia!  Play Georgia, Ray!  Play Georgia!"    RC has enough of his shiat and stops playing to say, "I ain't yer f*cking dog!"  or words to that effect.

Good one - plus the cost of a custom Gibson J-200 guitar is anywhere from 4 to 5 thousand dollars.....of course he isn't going to smash it.


It must also have occurred to him that if he'd kept all those farking guitars, signed them, and sold them off later, he might be a million dollars or so richer. Don't know what the man's net worth is, but if the corpse of The Who's getting reanimated again, somebody must be running low on cash. Then again, without the smashing of the instruments gimmick, maybe the band never quite manages the following it got, and nobody ever gives a shiat about a Pete Townshend signed anything?
 
2013-03-05 06:24:59 AM

H31N0US: Sorry Pete that your one distinguishing characteristic was your penchant for destroying perfectly good instruments...oh and also the technically retarded windmill strumming maneuver...but you should humor your aging clueless fans. If money is an issue, switch to Chinese made knock offs for your money shots rather than ruin a perfectly good tele.

<i>/never got The Who


When was the last time he smashed a guitar?

I'm not sure, but I think it's been a very long time.

And why should he do it anymore? There are lots of things I used to do in my youth that just aren't cool anymore.

Legend has it that smashing their equipment sometimes cost them more than they earned for the concert.

Sure, he can afford it now, but do you really want to pay to see Pete Townshend smashing guitars instead of playing one?

I'm thinking something along the lines of a demolition derby but instead of cars it's guitars.

ONE NIGHT ONLY. PETE TOWNSHEND LIVE! NO MUSIC, JUST 400 GUITARS SMASHED TO PIECES AND A TRIBUTE TO KEITH MOON. 300 POUNDS OF DYNAMITE AND THE GUINNESS WORLD RECORD"S LARGEST DRUM KIT DESTROYED. NO MUSIC JUST ADRENALINE PUMPING WANTON DESTRUCTION OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS. BE THERE OR BE FOREVER KNOWN AS A LOSER WHO WANTED TO HEAR BABA O'RILEY INSTEAD.
As a bonus they could have a microphone spinning from a 60 foot long cord over the whole spectacle.

/kind of glad they didn't have wireless mikes during the Who's heyday.
 
2013-03-05 08:21:12 AM

forgotmydamnusername: karnal: Devolving_Spud: If you go to a Who concert with a sign that says "Smash your guitar Pete", you are truly a lame excuse for a person.

Somewhere on the Interwebs (I can't find it at the moment) is a clip of Ray Charles.   Random guy in audience keeps saying, "Play Georgia!  Play Georgia, Ray!  Play Georgia!"    RC has enough of his shiat and stops playing to say, "I ain't yer f*cking dog!"  or words to that effect.

Good one - plus the cost of a custom Gibson J-200 guitar is anywhere from 4 to 5 thousand dollars.....of course he isn't going to smash it.

It must also have occurred to him that if he'd kept all those farking guitars, signed them, and sold them off later, he might be a million dollars or so richer. Don't know what the man's net worth is, but if the corpse of The Who's getting reanimated again, somebody must be running low on cash. Then again, without the smashing of the instruments gimmick, maybe the band never quite manages the following it got, and nobody ever gives a shiat about a Pete Townshend signed anything?



I think the fact that he has sold 100 million records over a fifty-year period goes some way to his popularity - in fact, his Autobiography Who I am Who I Am entered The New York Times best seller list at No. 3.
 
2013-03-05 11:27:11 AM

karnal: forgotmydamnusername: karnal: Devolving_Spud: If you go to a Who concert with a sign that says "Smash your guitar Pete", you are truly a lame excuse for a person.

Somewhere on the Interwebs (I can't find it at the moment) is a clip of Ray Charles.   Random guy in audience keeps saying, "Play Georgia!  Play Georgia, Ray!  Play Georgia!"    RC has enough of his shiat and stops playing to say, "I ain't yer f*cking dog!"  or words to that effect.

Good one - plus the cost of a custom Gibson J-200 guitar is anywhere from 4 to 5 thousand dollars.....of course he isn't going to smash it.

It must also have occurred to him that if he'd kept all those farking guitars, signed them, and sold them off later, he might be a million dollars or so richer. Don't know what the man's net worth is, but if the corpse of The Who's getting reanimated again, somebody must be running low on cash. Then again, without the smashing of the instruments gimmick, maybe the band never quite manages the following it got, and nobody ever gives a shiat about a Pete Townshend signed anything?


I think the fact that he has sold 100 million records over a fifty-year period goes some way to his popularity - in fact, his Autobiography Who I am Who I Am entered The New York Times best seller list at No. 3.


Ah, but the question is more, would he have gotten so popular in the first place without the stupid guitar tricks? And even with that level of income, whatever it may be, from selling 100M records, Townshend has in the past mismanaged his business affairs to damn near the point of ruin.
 
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