NEW YORK (CBS) Pete Townshend of "The Who" will not get a friendly "guitar hero" welcome from some Florida child abuse protection groups when the legendary band headlines the Super Bowl halftime show Feb. 7. They're hoping to prevent Townshend's appearance because of his arrest in a United Kingdom pedophilia sting in 2003.
Photo: "Protect Our Children" flyer warning Florida residents about Pete Townshend.
Florida-based "Protect Our Children" wants the NFL to reconsider letting "The Who" perform, and even sent 1,500 "sex offender advisory" postcards to homes and schools, warning residents to watch out for Townshend.
Townshend was a registered sex offender in the UK for five years after his arrest for using a Web site advertising child pornography. He said he was merely doing research for an upcoming book.
Photo: Pete Townshend, left, and Roger Daltrey, right, of "The Who."
He was cleared by police, but was still placed on the sex offender registry as a caution because he accessed images of child abuse.
Photo: "The Who," from left, Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, and Keith Moon.
Evin Daly, CEO of Child AbuseWatch.net, said even though he "grew up with 'The Who'," he objects to Townshend's scheduled Super Bowl appearance. "The issue is that he's a former registered sex offender"… "inviting Townsend to play is a blatant disregard to the values of American families and a slap in the face to victims of child sexual abuse," said Daly.
In a Dec. 17 letter to Daly, the NFL said the league was aware of Townshend's arrest, but also noted his charity work. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told The Associated Press there is no question Townshend and "The Who" will perform in the halftime show at Miami's Sun Life Stadium.
You can probably expect to hear "My Generation" and "Won't Get Fooled Again."
We're not so sure about "See Me, Feel Me."
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