As recently reported by the BBC,
the remaining members of the Sex Pistols
(John "Johnny Rotten" Lydon, Steve Jones
, and Paul Cook
) will reunite for a concert in London, England on November 8th this year to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of their punk rock classic and modern music history-changing 1977 album Never Mind The Bollocks....Here's the Sex Pistols.
This will not be the first time the band has reformed since its abrupt break up in January 1978 in San Francisco at the end of their one and only US tour, or since Sid Vicious
died of a drug overdose in 1979.
Eleven years ago the Sex Pistols reformed for the 1996 Filthy Lucre Tour,
which included dates in the
States, Europe, Australia, Japan, and other countries. They also reformed and performed in 2002, which coincidentally was the year of the Queen's Golden Jubilee. The makers of "God Save The Queen"
performed that year at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre
in London. And most recently, the Sex Pistols pe
rformed in 2003 when they did a brief 3-week tour of the US which they fondly titled the Piss Off Tour.
There are numerous books and chapters in books written about the Pistols. In terms of video footage, the best full-length piece is The Filth and the Fury
, the Julien Temple
2000 documentary which you should find on DVD at Amoeba Music. It's really amazingly engaging and educational and well worth owning. Of the countless controversial interviews that the Sex Pistols, and in particular the brilliant John Lydon, have conducted, two are included below. These are the infamous British Thames TV
interview with Bill Grundy
back in Januray 1976 (that includes a very young Siouxse Sioux
), and the more recent John Lydon interview from last year with Jimmy Kimmel
in which he tells it like it is in reaction to being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Lydon and,the other two surviving members promptly turned the offer down, vocally dismissing it as an "obscene gesture." Check out both video clips. They're great!