Townshend: Can't Explain?
Townshend a pedophile? In a word, no. How do I know? I don't. But
I really want to believe that he isn't. He did make a stupid mistake
by logging on to one of those websites, no doubt about that. But,
if you have followed Pete's career, you've known him to be one of
the artists that is very giving of himself in regard to the concern
of others. He's proven that. As a solo act or with The Who he has
donated tons of $$$.
A pedophile? Please, Pete no! As Roger Daltrey has stated he and
Pete discussed the disgusting way children are used for the viewing
of people who watch/enjoy/react or whatever to these kinds of websites.
And that was about two years ago.
short story for ya. I got Pete slightly pissed off one time. When
I worked at another radio station in San Francisco I mentioned that
another artist, who had a current record at the time (early 90's)
actually used the same chord sequence from "Getting In Tune"
for one of his groups songs. (okay, you're wondering, 'who was it
Grappone?' It was World Party, but more on that later...)
I told him he said "is that Karl Wallinger you're talking about?"
(that's a yes, Pete) "That bastard, he asked me if he could
do that and I said no." He was a bit hot under the collar so
I opted not to go deeper into that story! (listen to
"Getting In Tune" by The Who and then "Sunshine"
by World Party from their Bang
CD and you'll hear it yourself).
getting to the real point here: myself and all others present felt
a warmth and sincerity of a man we all admired and would never imagine
him doing such a thing. I did mention to Pete that when I saw him
at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in New York (Queens) I remembered
it was pouring rain. He said "yeah someone also got stabbed
outside the concert" You could still see the hurt on his face.
(I mentioned the same thing to Roger Daltrey a few months prior
to Pete's visit and he also remembered the knife incident.
I first read about this kid porno story and that it was Pete Townshend
I quite honestly was telling myself "no, not him it doesn't
make sense." And yes, he could still be what authorities think
he is. But I'm sticking to my vision of a great man. Pete I'm with