Sex Pistols To Reunite At Japan Gig

John Lydon discusses the version of the band's history publicised by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the rumours of a Japanese tour and more.

Sex Pistols To Reunite At Japan Gig
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The official John Lydon website recently posted a lengthy interview with the Sex Pistols frontman that addresses a number of issues, reports PunkNews.org. Among the things discussed were the version of the band's history publicised by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on their induction night (which Lydon disputes), a possible lifetime achievement award from the British Music Awards, and the rumours of a Japanese tour. On the tour Lydon explained: "Well, we got an offer, but it was no good. It was for a whole bunch of gigs. But what I wanted to do - and I've spoken to John Giddings on this - the promoter for Solo, who I like a lot - was to just do one big gig in Japan. My original idea was I wanted to do it on the day of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, like two fingers up, but that was a bit childish on my part. "I'd like to do one gig in Japan, live TV, and not bother with a whole tour because there's no need for it. And I've got too many other things to do. All of us have other work obligations now. Steve and his radio and whatever, and that's important, you know? We would do a gig for fun. For fun. And funds! (laughs) I like my fun funded! And you can quote me on that! (laughs) "Like I said, it would be a possibility if it's one gig with a possible TV broadcast. Then it's special. It would be like a thank you present. Any other way, no. Not particularly interested, certainly not going to go out touring. If I do, I'd go out solo..." The frontman also revealed his participation in an upcoming exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York City titled AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion. The event is set to run from May 3rd to September 4th of this year and will focus on British fashion from 1976 to 2006. "The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York is gonna put up an exhibition and they want me to explain exactly what the lyrics of 'God Save the Queen' were about. Which is a good opportunity to actually get something right. They came to us, so I have a sense of responsibility towards that... "It's a museum that I do actually have some respect for, actually I love it. Been there many a time, it's one of the highlights of New York for me. They've gone and got the bloke who used to put on exhibitions at the Victorian & Albert. It's a British thing involving 17th and 18th century rooms, English style, authentic. And they're gonna plonk a punk thing right in the middle of it; as the two sides of British culture I suppose. With 'God Save the Queen' - the song - being exhibited as the penultimate punk statement, by which all others fall by the wayside, you know. And quite right. It's not silly words, and it takes a museum to realise this. A different approach to say, the British music awards or the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, so well interested in that." The event will also feature Vivienne Westwood, the designer linked to the Pistols through Malcolm McLaren and the SEX boutique. Lydon commented that she would be on the premises at the exhibit opening "Yapping on about what a genius she is."

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    jimmcs2000
    i agree with *wellthen* but the clash and ramones arnt that great of bands either. i could play blitzkrieg bop like the week i started to learn to play This always cracks me up. There are alot of songs we all can play. Writing is what counts. And they were damn good at what they did. Playing someone else's shit is fun but, it's just practice. Write your own Blitzkrieg bop and see if it hits. sorry if this makes no sense. i'm high.420
    SamSmith
    Well. We all have our opinions. Either we think the Sex Pistols are good and we think punk is a good thing. Or we like Green Day. Who is smarter?
    sbalzac
    Haha nicely said samsmith loads of these people are just twats that listen to green day and blink 182 thinking theyr hardcore....The Sex Pistols were ****ing gods dont diss them people were saying they only did everything for publicity do you think sid did what he did for ****ing publicity??
    sum41freak8733
    y are you guys arguing over this crap and plus im takin Axl_duff_izzys side and scummervacation dude we still would have heard about punk but in a different way A-hole
    sbalzac
    we are arguing over this because most people here either dont like punk or havent a ****ing clue
    y2james2005
    SamSmith wrote: Well. We all have our opinions. Either we think the Sex Pistols are good and we think punk is a good thing. Or we like Green Day. Who is smarter?
    i like both
    Modernmusich8er
    They're ok, but I mean come on. They tried to still act punk after all these years by not accepting the induction to the hall of fame. They didn't deserve to be inducted anyway, they had one album, then Sid killed Nancy, then himself.
    MAXWELLMURDER
    The official John Lydon website recently posted a lengthy interview with the Sex Pistols frontman that addresses a number of issues, reports PunkNews.org
    Hmmm, shouldnt Lydon think hes to punk to have his own website?
    Geekis_Khan
    They're starting to sell out.
    What the hell do you mean starting to sell out? They sold out a looooonnnnng time ago.
    Zoso68
    im getting sick of him bashing anyone and everyone around him...then again thats waht hes made his career doing...wish hed just shut up and stop trying to get attention
    wellthen
    letter 27 wrote: wow u really know a whole load on punk don't you? I mean malcom introduced the band to johnny but thats it, and sexpistols are the be all and end all of punk, the clash are just punk pop come too early to be labelled that and the ramones while really gd (I'm a big fan) didn't hit anywhere near as many headlines or make people think in even a slight bit in comparison to the pistols. make sure you no wat you are on about before you start talking
    The clash actually had something called talent you know like the ability to play an instrument. I mean f**k if doing heroin and playing with your shirt off is all it takes to be a punk legend then sign me the F**k up.
    SamSmith
    ^ Yes. Didn't you know? They have it all planned. Sid is going to be dug up a week before the gigs start. In that week he is going into some strong surgical procedures. Also, to make him play, they will be using electrical jolts. It'll be like old times!
    StueyALBB
    Wanting to get paid for doing something you ENJOY does not make you a sellout. a sellout would be like yngwie malmsteen (love his music regardless) malmsteen writes purely for money. johnny wants to paid to have fun. wouldnt you like to be paid to do a hobby. anyway. why should they have to do a world tour, seeing as they split years ago. im pretty sure they all have other things they'd rather do.
    petetheelite
    sex pistols never acknowledged the ramones as one of there infleunces. sex pistols are knobs. THE RAMONES ARE THE GODFATHERS OF PUNK, NOT SEX PISTOLS.
    Loggo
    Everyone wants $$$$$-including LYDON.Any D***head who thinks it`s got nothing to do with punk is a SPACEHEAD MAN.Money RULES EVERYTHING IN THE WORLD UNDERSTAND PLEASE.They didn`t have no money THEN when they were the Pistols because they were ripped off.All that skint stuff was because they were skint,from council estates THATS ALL for F***sake.
    Loggo
    Third world War were a rock band from London in the very very early 70`s which should`ve kicked off the whole punk phenomenem,with songs like Urban Guerrila.Never made it to the ears of the general public.Shame.
    ianl
    The sex pistols are awesome, but the Damned and the Buzzcocks are the best punk bands.
    i can see where hes coming from. heck, id want shitloads of money too
    Isn't Lydon married to a millionaire, so would he need the money?
    Letterbomb11
    The Sex Pistols aren't sellouts-only Lydon. Hes getting old. His attitude's getting old. Just fade into obscurity Johnny...please.
    Phoenix364
    The Sex Pistols are good. Today's music has no edge, even the so called 'punk' music. The world needs another Pistols for todays youth.
    josh69
    i can see where hes coming from. heck, id want shitloads of money too
    sothisisfreedom
    letter 27 wrote: wellthen wrote: starting to sell out! they were and will always be a sell out band i have no respect for a band who gets put together by a manager and has to act a certain way just to be recognized. they are the backstreet boys of the 70's unlike real bands that had to work to become good ( clash, ramones) and sexpistols are the be all and end all of punk, the clash are just punk pop come too early to be labelled that and the ramones while really gd (I'm a big fan) didn't hit anywhere near as many headlines or make people think in even a slight bit in comparison to the pistols.
    the dead boys played before the sex pistols and the clash. making headlines doesn't make you punker than others. shut your trap.
    Desk Jocky
    The ramones were good musicians who played easy songs.... so as to get a message across without complicating it too much.
    Maverick49
    wellthen wrote: starting to sell out! they were and will always be a sell out band i have no respect for a band who gets put together by a manager and has to act a certain way just to be recognized. they are the backstreet boys of the 70's unlike real bands that had to work to become good ( clash, ramones)
    Uh yeah, because the backstreet boys had a MI5 file on them that said they were a threat to national security? Don't talk rubbish mate, the sex pistols are the bollocks!
    damn-right!
    urgh, i cant stand john lydons attitude, he's a disgrace to a music scene i work so hard for. I'm working my arse off putting on gigs, seeking out new bands and promoting the oldies, persuading venues to put us on, writing reviews and articles and playing in my own band and i feel like im being let down constantly by our self proclaimed frontman of punk. I wish someone would bring mr self righteous down a peg or two to the real punk scene, the shock would probably overload his pacemake though.
    Aza83
    ^ Yeah, but without The Clash there'd be no Hard Fi, so it all works out in the end.
    GreenDayChris
    selloutpunx wrote: worst thing to happen to punk rock. ever.
    bollocks
    wellthen wrote: starting to sell out! they were and will always be a sell out band i have no respect for a band who gets put together by a manager and has to act a certain way just to be recognized. they are the backstreet boys of the 70's unlike real bands that had to work to become good ( clash, ramones)
    without the pistols there would be no Clash.
    SlashNX
    The ramones werent good musicians tho.. not really! But they wrote damn good songs! Anyway that is what punk is about though, simple fast stuff to get your point across. Todays punk is fast, but more complicated, the simpleness of it has been pretty much lost! The ramones and Sex pistol still rule... for their music neways!
    bloke
    i agree with *wellthen* but the clash and ramones arnt that great of bands either. i could play blitzkrieg bop like the week i started to learn to play.
    good songs have nothing to do with complexity or technical ability, just because its simple and easy to play doesn't mean its not any good, learning a song is a completely different process to writing one..
    Inahrima
    Pffft its like they keep breaking up everymonth (WE're NEVER GETTING BACK TOGETHER EVER I HATE THE REST OF THE BAND BLAH BLHA) and getting back everyother month (just one gig for the money eh?i always wanted to do that place) sheesh..
    pmc_funkbass
    i agree with *wellthen* but the clash and ramones arnt that great of bands either. i could play blitzkrieg bop like the week i started to learn to play.
    buhda
    yeah ive read richard bransons autobiography (leader of virgin) and pretty much everything they did was for publicity
    wellthen
    starting to sell out! they were and will always be a sell out band i have no respect for a band who gets put together by a manager and has to act a certain way just to be recognized. they are the backstreet boys of the 70's unlike real bands that had to work to become good ( clash, ramones)
    pullmyfinger
    Japan eh!!!! guess they re just too lazy to do a full world tour... should be a great show tho. too bad they're not doina world tour.....would be nice to see them ..