Pete Townshend. (Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
The Who took their Quadrophenia tour to Hamilton, Ontario, earlier this week, and while guitarist Simon Townshend called it a "great crowd," his brother did not appear to feel the same way.
On Tuesday night, the iconic British rock band played the Copps Coliseum, and in the audience was American fan Eric Michael Costello and his 7-year-old daughter, Janey, who reportedly had never been to a concert before.
In a video from the gig, guitarist Pete Townshend is seen unleashing an expletive at Eric and Janey, who was holding up a sign which read, "Smash your guitar, Pete!"
"Go away with that sign, please," Townshend says. "Don't bring your children, use them. I would tell you two words but I can't because you've got a child with you."
He then clearly mouthed the words "f--- off" before moving on.
Unsurprisingly, Costello was unimpressed.
"I expect a 70-something-year-old man to respect the fact there's a 7-year-old girl standing in front of him," Costello told the Toronto Sun. "Whether it was directed to just me or both of us, you can't tell -- she was on my shoulders and he was looking directly at us. But nobody talks to my 7-year-old daughter like that. Nobody tells my kid to f--- off."
Janey's father bought her the tickets, which placed them in the 15th row and were worth almost $300, as a birthday surprise. During the show, Janey, who was holding her hand-painted sign, climbed up on her dad's shoulders and he walked towards the stage.
"It all happened so quickly. Some people have explained that he had thought that I was using her, and I want to make it perfectly clear that is not what happened at all and I support my daughter in what she wants to do," Costello said.
The 50-year-old Cleveland native claimed Townshend broke his daughter's heart, adding that Janey even began whimpering because she could tell the 67-year-old musician was angry with her.
"I had to keep explaining to her it wasn't the same band as before -- they don't smash up their equipment, they're older now, and they don't behave like that," he 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."
Though Costello "would appreciate an apology," he doesn't expect one, and if their Twitter account is anything to go by, the Who remains oblivious to the whole event.
"Great night in Hamilton, ON," tweeted Simon Townshend Tuesday night, a message that was retweeted by the Who's Twitter account. "Great show - great crowd."