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Sex Pistols announce reunion without John Lydon

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Sex Pistols announce reunion without John Lydon

Formed in London, England back in 1975, the Sex Pistols changed the course of Rock and Roll music forever with the release of their only album: “Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols”, released in 1977.


The praised record was a huge influence for countless artists all over the world and it became one of the best-selling Punk albums of all time. With a difficult relationship between the band members the band was active until 1978 and then reunited a few times over the decades, the last time being from 2007 to 2008.

Now, the group announced that they will reunite for a couple benefit shows without their vocalist John Lydon, also known as Johnny Rotten. This new line-up will be formed by the original members Steve Jones (Guitar), Paul Cook (Drums) and bassist Glen Matlock. They will be accompanied by the singer Frank Carter (Gallows, Pure Love, Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes).

The shows will happen next August 13 and 14 in support of the campaign “God Save The Venue”. The campaign was created in order to save Bush Hall, a small club located in London, which was built in 1904 and was the birthplace of many independent bands over the decades.

In an interview with The Sun, the drummer Paul Cook talked about the shows. “We’re going to be playing Pistols numbers cause they need support and they need the money. We thought it would be a great way to stop it going under.

“This is my local venue. I grew up in Shepherd’s Bush and I still live around here. It would be a real shame to see it disappear and we want to keep it going. So everyone get down to the gig!” Paul Cook said.

Why John Lydon won’t be part of the Sex Pistols reunion

It is known that the relationship between them and Lydon was never easy. And of course, the singer was not happy at all when Jones partnered with FX to make the 2022 TV show “Pistol”, which told the band’s story from his point of view.

He even sued the band at the time trying to prevent that the songs of the band were used on the show. But he lost the legal battle and the show was released with the original tracks.

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