Sex Pistols Turned Down Olympic Closing Ceremony Gig

The Sex Pistols have reportedly spurned an offer to perform at the closing ceremony of London's Olympic Games this summer.

logo
Ultimate Guitar
2

The Sex Pistols have reportedly spurned an offer to perform at the closing ceremony of London's Olympic Games this summer.

A huge show is being put together by organisers keen to piece together a definitive history of British music titled A Symphony Of British Music for the closing ceremony of the Summer Games on August 12th. However, Johnny Rotten and co. will not be a part after they turned down an approach from officials.

The Times reports that the decision was based more on financial, rather than moral, objections with all acts playing the show set to be paid a nominal fee of just 1.

A source told the paper that, despite losing out on the Pistols, they still have a "great line-up" and are keen to have the remaining members of The Clash perform "London Calling" instead.

A spokesman for the Sex Pistols declined to comment to The Times.

Acts linked to A Symphony Of British Music include Take That, Adele, Sir Paul McCartney, Elton John, The Rolling Stones and the Spice Girls.

Thanks for the report to Gigwise.com.

Trending stories

18 comments sorted by best / new / date

    NiinjaMaster36
    Really? These guys are one of the defining bands of the British punk movement, and their reason for turning this down is the low pay? Not the fact that its the mainstream culture that they originally fought so hard aginst?
    DarkLordArthur
    As much as everyone seems to hate him around here...No Noel Gallagher, seriously? As far as I'm concerned he is a big icon for British rock! I mean, Oasis sure was a giant thing in the UK, but now that they're not together, why not invite Noel?
    link no1
    Sex pistols to represent British music? Really? At least get somebody more relevant..."And representing British music, alot of band who haven't done anything at all for xx amount of years!!!" Well done.
    MusicmonkeyTyke
    Erm.....if they want to do a run through of British music history they should end the show with a epic muse performance they would give it a the olympic a memrobale send off better than the ***** spice girls at least.
    ridonkulous420
    NiinjaMaster36 wrote: Really? These guys are one of the defining bands of the British punk movement, and their reason for turning this down is the low pay? Not the fact that its the mainstream culture that they originally fought so hard aginst?
    sex pistols were a made up band... like the eagles maaan..
    bulusvanua
    Personally I don't think the Olympics should be used as an excuse for a concert. Can't you save that for The Queen's birthday or something?
    Eifler121
    Of all the British musicians you could pick, why are the Sex Pistols even being considered? Especially the Sex Pistols. "Well, we're looking for bands, and, technically, they ARE a band..."
    Dr. Koolaide
    The Sex Pistols have always been a marketing ploy. The Clash released so many great albums and London Calling is widely considered one of the best albums of all time. Also, if you want to get technical about it, The Clash released their first record before the Sex Pistols even though they formed after them. Which band would you want to represent your country's music?
    elvor0
    ridonkulous420 wrote: NiinjaMaster36 wrote: Really? These guys are one of the defining bands of the British punk movement, and their reason for turning this down is the low pay? Not the fact that its the mainstream culture that they originally fought so hard aginst? sex pistols were a made up band... like the eagles maaan..
    Oh sure they were a ploy by Mclaren, but as people they were still defining figures of the era and and still believed in sticking it to the mainstream regardless of the fact that were being done over by Mclaren. Obviously Johnny is a bit of a **** now, but the rest of the band are pretty sound as far as I'm aware, I'm betting it'll be Lydon not wanting to do it because of "low pay" rather than the rest of the band. OT: The Spice Girls? C'mon...
    nickzippelli
    How is this article not focused on the fact that The Clash, the F*cking Clash, are playing. They were the better band anyway.
    imbra
    I think the fact they were offered the gig at all is a lot more newsworthy. I mean, wouldn't it be a little awkward if they performed "God Save the Queen" in front of the royal family or even low ranking UK government officials?
    WhoAMEye
    I don't blame them. the Govt are burning 9.6Bn on a glorified sports day and they are only paying music act a token 1. Tight ****ing bastards. SP are sticking to their principals imo