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Posted on Jul 29, 2014 08:07 am
The Sex Pistols' former bassist Glen Matlock has revealed that the band turned down the offer to reform for the Olympics because they found out organisers had also invited the Who's Keith Moon, who has been dead for over 30 years, to play.
The Sex Pistols split up in 1978, but the remaining members have played several reunion shows since then, the last of which was in 2008.
In an interview with the Daily Mirror (via Gigwise), Matlock revealed that the band were appalled to hear that organisers had reached out to the Who by attempting to contact Keith Moon, who died in 1978.
Matlock said: "I heard that they wanted the Who to do it, they wanted Keith Moon to perform. But he's only been dead 20 years. They had asked us to perform but the story about Keith Moon and the Who didn't help their pitch to us. That was one of the reason we said 'no'."
Moon died in 1978 at the age of 32 following an overdose of prescription drugs, but despite the organiser's blunder, the Who played "My Generation" live during the Olympics closing ceremony.
Elsewhere in the interview, Matlock talked down any talk of a reunion, telling the paper, "I haven't seen John [Lydon] for five years and I'm quite happy about that."