Entries tagged with: Sex Pistols
"I view anger not as an outrageously violent act but actually as a tool of discovery."
At nearly 60, John Lydon a.k.a. Johnny Rotten is no less acerbic than he was as the 21-year-old from North London shout-singing his caustic anti-sermons as the vocalist for the Sex Pistols. While the well-known shit slinging unofficial sociological commentator is likely and thankfully never going away, the 40 years since the mythical debut that helped set ablaze an already sparked punk movement have, as age and experience hopefully do, given Lydon a certain kind of smartass positivity. Though not given to glitter bombs and kitten handouts just yet, Lydon is unabashedly more adept to appreciation as opposed to the abject nihilism with which he's often associated.
In the same year that saw the dissolution of the Pistols, Lydon's next project Public Image Ltd (PiL) would become for fourteen years the epicenter of his creative focus. After a ten-year hiatus, 2012 saw the reunion of PiL, and with it an immediate renewal in spirit for Lydon, who'd dedicated the time in-between to a brief Pistols reunion as well as his own solo release and, perhaps most notably, his own TV show which subsequently led to the very celebrity status that he'd always and vocally so despised. That said, Lydon was and is no stranger to the dark humor and cruel irony inextricably linked to fame, so it seemed completely natural in our recent conversation to hear him laugh just as much at himself as he did the ridiculousness of the world around him.
Public Image Ltd released their 10th studio album 'WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW...' in September and are now on tour. Tickets for the 11/16 NYC show at Playstation Theater are still available. One day later, PiL will appear on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. All dates are listed under the interview that starts here...
BV: You've got the new PiL record, you're constantly touring, you've had your TV career. What keeps you going?
John Lydon: Well, I do this because I love it. It's the only thing that I've ever found in my life that I'm actually any good at and that's writing songs and performing them. I never ever wanna abuse that gift, and touring the way we do in the smaller size venues which we prefer is so infinitely preferable to getting caught up in that horrible circus of rock stardom that I've so bitterly despised all my life. Whatever my skills in my life that I've learned from birth onwards, it all seems to be molded towards this. Nature has co-opted me into this role.
BV: That's easier said than done, though, which seems to be the name of the game now. Just be really good at rhetoric.
John Lydon: [Laughs.] I'm only as good as my word, and as far as I'm aware, my word is very good indeed.
Virgin Money, the financial services brand of Richard Branson's many-armed empire, has a new series of punk-themed credit cards, including two featuring Sex Pistols' iconic imagery. Says Branson, whose Virgin Records released Never Mind the Bollocks in 1977, "Even after nearly 40 years, the Sex Pistols' power to provoke is undimmed." And in a press release, Virgin Money says:
In launching these cards, we wanted to celebrate Virgin's heritage and difference. The Sex Pistols challenged convention and the established ways of thinking - just as we are doing today in our quest to shake up UK banking.The cards featuring an 18.9% APR. Ever get the feeling you've been cheat-ed?
photos by Greg Cristman
John Lydon @ Saint Vitus 4/28/2015
With so much trash talking, it's hard to know when to take Lydon seriously (could his theory be true that one of Sid Vicious's drug debtors planted a knife on him and framed him for the killing of Nancy Spungen?). He cheekily acknowledged this as he kicked off last night's talk: "There's so many easy ways to get into music and just do it for the money and tell a load of fucking lies and be a wanker tosser," he said. "I like my route: right from day one I knew that (cuz I love my mom and dad very, very much and they always knew I wouldn't lie) I'm not going to lie to anybody. They've both sadly passed away and I'm going to carry on the good and honest tradition of not getting caught lying." - [Bedford & Bowery]Though he's got a reputation for being a difficult interview subject, John Lydon was in an extremely good and jocular mood at Saint Vitus on Tuesday night (4/28) -- self deprecating even -- for a release event for his new memoir, Anger Is an Energy: My Life Uncensored. He talked with Pitchfork's Jenn Pelly about the book and other subjects, and even signed copies of the book. The Sex Pistols and PiL frontman still had room for a few bilious invectives (aimed at various institutions, religions of all kinds, Jah Wobble, Siouxsie Sioux, Green Day) but in general had the crowd laughing and enjoyed himself. Pictures from last night's Q&A and signing are in this post.
Lydon will do another Q&A / signing at The Strand on Thursday (4/30) where he'll talk with Buzzfeed Books editor and Pen & Ink co-founder Isaac Fitzgerald. You need to buy a copy of the book to attend. More pictures from Saint Vitus, below...
John Lydon's second memoir, Anger Is an Energy: My Life Uncensored was released last year in the UK and will get a North American release on April 28 via Dey Street Books. It was well-recieved in the UK, here's an exceprt of The Guardian's review:
On the face of it, Anger Is an Energy is true to the form: light on reflection and context, and told with barely a pause for breath. As with other celeb memoirs, it sometimes achieves a tone of self-importance that takes it into the realm of the Pooteresque. But it is a relief to report that it is also fascinating, and stands as a corrective to the idea that Lydon is merely a former pantomime villain. It also amounts to a 500-page yell of insistence that he should be entitled to do what he damn well likes, for two reasons: first, the superlative nature of so much of the music that he has created; and second, the life through which he struggled before music offered him an escape route. In an age in which a caste of privately educated musicians threaten to dominate what remains of British rock while singing about nothing much at all, this is what gives the book its fundamental spark: the sense of raw working-class art, and someone driven to create by the furies to which the title allude.On the day of release (4/28) at Saint Vitus, Lydon will talk with Pitchfork's Brandon Stosuy. You need to buy a copy of the book to attend. There will be a Q&A portion, but questions must be submitted in advance.
Lydon's first book, Rotten: No Blacks, No Dogs, No Irish, was published in 1994 and is more of an oral history, with contributions from Chrissie Hynde, Don Letts, the other Sex Pistols, and more. It's very good and well worth seeking out.
In other news, The Sex Pistols' classic debut Never Mind the Bullocks will be coming out as a picture disc for Record Store Day in the UK.
'I grabbed hold of it, and the rhetoric of change was rock and roll, the platform for change was rock and roll, the desirability, the inevitability of change was rock and roll.'
Bob Geldof and The Boomtown Rats
Bob Geldof's legacy is a given. Whether with the humanitarian efforts of projects like Live Aid, Band Aid, and Live 8, or the musical endeavors of The Boomtown Rats and his own solo work, the honorary Knight of the British Empire has done more than offer a service to the entertainment industry. The 1980s saw Geldof's name become synonymous with philanthropic empathy that went far beyond the well-timed rhetoric of rock and roll's cause promotion. Geldof backed the attitude with something tangible and inspiring, bringing together events that raised awareness for those often ignored issues of worldwide poverty and famine. Talking to Geldof reveals a kind of casual dismissal of the work he's done as being anything more than a product of rock and roll's power or at least the power it once wielded. With upcoming Boomtown Rats shows this weekend in NYC and Boston, announced just months ago and months after the tragic death of his daughter Peaches (most likely not coincidental timing), Bob spoke with BrooklynVegan about the endearing simplicity and therapy that music still affords him and why he thinks music isn't the force it once was for change and progression.
BV: You've got these two Boomtown Rats shows coming up in New York and Boston. Obviously in the context of everything you've done both in the musical and in the humanitarian realm, reunion gigs seem almost like a no-brainer. What is it that continues to drive you now after all these years?
BG: Time is short. Curiosity. The road less traveled. I think those things. I mean, you know, in the course of this conversation you might say something that sort of piques my interest or I sort of ask you about it, and we go way off piece on the interview. Some people come out of that or something. That tends to be what happens, but the spine of it all - and I'm not trying to drag the conversation this way - but the spine of it all is music, because practically everything that happens spins off of that. I need to come back to the music thing, and I know this sounds completely ridiculous and cliché, but it's completely true. Last night we were playing in Cornwall at a festival there, tomorrow I'm going over to Missouri, and then coming back here to do another gig, and then going back to New York and Boston for those shows. Really you don't need to do that, not at this stage in the game, but I absolutely love it. Just beyond love it. It's a pure function - a necessary function for me. That function itself is incredibly cathartic if you've got a load of stuff going on in your head and in your life, and it works itself out whether in songs or on stage. There's two sort of parts of that. One's the solo stuff I do, and that's sort of internalized. I play the guitar, and I talk. The gigs kick off. And then the Rats, which is a different character like a sort of Bobby Boomtown comes out in a snakeskin suit and something else goes off. I know it's something a million rock and roll guys say, but it's absolutely true. I'd give up everything else, but I wouldn't give up that.
by Bill Pearis
Swedish director Lucas Moodyson doesn't stick to one style or subject matter. His films include the funny/sweet Together, as well as the bleak/disturbing Lilya 4-Ever. His latest is We Are the Best! about an all-girl teenage punk band:
An affectionate, retro-fantastic time capsule of early-1980s Sweden, the film follows the spiky-haired trio as they fight the system one shambolic, three-chord anthem at a time, all building up to an exuberant, fist-pumping finale.You can watch the trailer below. The film is getting a limited US release starting May 30 but folks in NYC can catch an early screening at BAM's Rose Cinemas in Brooklyn on May 7. Moodyson will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A and tickets are on sale now.
In conjunction with the We Are the Best! screening, BAM is presenting a film series, "Punk Rock Girls," in May that is showing a lot of cool films, including... 1980's terrific Breaking Glass (starring new wave singer Hazel O'Connor and Quadrophenia's Phil Daniels) on May 14; 1982 Australian film Starstruck (by Gillian Armstrong who made My Brilliant Career) on May 15; 1980 cult classic Times Square on May 21; and Dennis Hopper's 1981 film Out of the Blue on May 22.
There's more: the highly subversive (and highly underrated, I'm serious) Josie & the Pussycats on May 29; a collection of punk shorts (by the likes of Beth B and Richard Kern) called "Popularity is Boring" on May 29; sci-fi new wave classic Liquid Sky on May 30; Derek Jarman's phantasmagoric dystopian fantasy Jubilee on May 30 & 31; Diane Lane, Laura Dern (plus The Clash's Paul Simonon and Sex Pistols' Steve Jones and Paul Cook) in Ladies & Gentlemen The Fabulous Stains on May 31; and Madonna's big screen debut, Desperately Seeking Susan, on June 1.
Tickets for all screenings in the "Punk Rock Girls" series are on sale via BAM's website. Trailers from all the films in the series are below...
John Lydon w/ PiL at Hammerstein in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Jesus Christ Superstar, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's famous rock opera that's been around for over four decades, is returning to the road for a 50+ tour of the US and Canada in June, July and August. The tour will feature Incubus singer Brandon Boyd (as Judas Iscariot), "NSYNC's JC Chasez (as Pontius Pilate), Destiny's Child's Michelle Williams (as Mary Magdalene), and -- wait for it... Sex Pistols/Public Image Ltd. singer John "Rotten" Lydon as King Herod. It also features Britain's Ben Forster as Jesus (who has already played the role in the UK and Australian tours).
The tour comes to NYC on August 5 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for all dates go on sale Friday, April 11. All dates are listed below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Some of those logos look different...
Clothier, dorm room furnisher, vinyl outlet and soon-to-be-Williamsburg-retailer (maybe with a liquor licence), Urban Outfitters recently released a pair of hand painted leather jackets that have been raising some eyebrows around the Internet. The jackets, a Crass-Sex Pistols-Clash mashup and a Dio-Megadeth-W.A.S.P. disaster, are selling for $375, here and here respectively. For that amount, you could buy two of The Clash's massive $175 Sound System, but you can't wear a box set of complete remastered works. Mind you UO's website says they're genuine vintage and only have one of each. They've been available for a while -- who would pull the trigger on these babies?
In the spirit of all things apparel, a preview of metal and hip hop themed holiday sweaters that you might actually think about wearing, below...
Tommy Ramone / Glen Matlock
Glen Matlock (of The Sex Pistols) and Tommy Ramone (of Ramones, duh) were supposed to play The Cutting Room (44 E 32nd St) in Manhattan last week (11/7) but that show was postponed due to effects of Hurricane Sandy and it is now instead happening on November 14. Tickets for the new date are on sale now. According to Punk News, "Both musicians will be performing acoustic takes on classics from their respective bands."
A video of Glen Matlock joining Marky Ramone for "Blitzkrieg Bop" in Finland recently is below.
PiL @ MHOW (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Public Image Ltd, who just played Music Hall of Williamsburg and play a show in Clifton Park tonight, will hit Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC on Saturday (10/13). But first you can catch Sex Pistol John Lydon himself close up and in person at J&R Music World in Manhattan at 12:30pm.
Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees appears at the same store on Wednesday, October 17. PiL play Boston on Monday after taking Sunday off. All dates HERE.
In related news, former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock just announced a tour too.
Founding Sex Pistols member/bassist Glen Matlock, who was soon kicked out of the band and replaced by Sid Vicious, but not before co-writing and recording a portion of Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, will be kick off a North American acoustic tour this week. THe tour hits NYC on November 7 at The Cutting Room (44 East 32nd St). No advance tickets for this show at the moment.
Glen released his most recent album, Born Running, in 2010 with his band The Philistines, and you can watch the video for that album's title track below. But if you'd like to get a better idea of what this tour, you can check out a live acoustic video of Glen playing "God Save the Queen" below as well.
Meanwhile, Glen's onetime bandmate (with whom he's toured in Sex Pistols reunions) John Lydon is currently in the US on tour with his band Public Image Ltd.. That tour hit Music Hall of Williamsburg earlier this week (check out pics and setlist HERE) and will hit Hammerstein Ballroom on Saturday (10/13). Tickets for that show are still available.
A list of all Glen Matlock dates and those videos are below.
As far as vinyl records go, there are some that are ten a penny and others that are a little rarer, but a Sex Pistols recording of "God Save The Queen" has been named by Record Collection as the most valuable vinyl in the world. And it is up for sale now.Get your copy for $15,500 at 991.com. The owner describes it as "obtained from an ex-industry source with impeccable credentials, this is not only one of the rarest records in existence but is certainly the most sought after and no serious record collection is complete without it, regardless of your thoughts on the band or indeed the music itself".
The 1977 single, which was recorded before the Pistols were dropped by their record label and most copies of it were destroyed, making the number of copies actually released limited. -[Music Rooms]
If you buy now, you can probably still get it in time for Christmas,
"We are going to miss him terribly" - David Johansen
Recording artist, manager of the Sex Pistols, provocateur, fashion designer, impresario -- Malcolm McLaren, who died of cancer April 8th at 64 was all those things. He was also, briefly, the manager of the New York Dolls just before their breakup in 1975. Dolls guitarist Sylvain Sylvain spoke with Rolling Stone about his encounters with McLaren. "I always thought the most important member of the Sex Pistols was Malcolm McLaren," Sylvain says. "When they got back together in the '90s, I thought, 'They're missing their most important star, and that was Malcolm.' "Malcolm McLaren also managed The Sex Pistols. You can hear what Sex Pistol & PiL frontman Johnny Rotten has to say about him HERE.
Rolling Stone: When did you first meet McLaren?
NY Doll Sylvain Sylvain: It was at a clothing trade show back in 1971 in New York City. I had a knitwear company, and he and Vivienne [Westwood] were down at the end of the hallway with their clothing line Let It Rock, which was basically rockabilly clothing. Malcolm had this long blond pompadour, long sideburns and white baggy pants. He was like Jerry Lee Lewis, really cool looking. On the last day of trade shows, designers sell their samples, so I said to David Johansen and Johnny Thunders, "You gotta come over." So we bought some things from Malcolm and Vivienne and invited them down to see us at the Mercer Arts Center. He fell in love with the New York Dolls, and we fell in love with them. Vivienne would tell us, "You boys look so much better in women's clothing."
About to kick off a tour in Europe, it has been announced that the New York Dolls will play Warsaw in Brooklyn on Saturday, May 22nd. Tickets are on sale for the joint Knitting Factory and Scenic production.
You can also catch David Johansen solo on June 27th at Highline Ballroom. All dates and some videos below...
"Malcolm McLaren, the former manager of the Sex Pistols and impresario, has died. He was 64.Malcolm also managed the New York Dolls, wrote and performed his own music, and did many other things. Videos below...
McLaren had had cancer for some time. His condition recently deteriorated rapidly and he died this morning in New York. His body is expected to be brought home to be buried in Highgate cemetery, north London.
Born in North London, McLaren was best known as the manager of the iconic punk band The Sex Pistols... His spokesman Les Molloy told The Independent: "He had been suffering from cancer for some time, but recently had been full of health, which then rapidly deteriorated. He died in New York this morning. We are expecting his body to be brought back to London and buried in Highgate Cemetery." [The Independent]
Dr. Dog @ Prospect Park in the Summer (more by Tim Griffin)
tonight in NYC
* Shadowbox @ Coco66
* Dr. Dog @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Mucky Pup @ Mexicali Live
* .357 Lover, Sxip Shirey @ Galapagos
* Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols @ Nublu
* Sebastien Schuller, The Present @ Sycamore
* The Gaslight Anthem @ Wellmont Theater
* Mountain Man & Alex Beeker @ Lutheran Church
* Arctic Monkeys, Screaming Females @ Terminal 5
* Das Racist, Popo, Gordon Voidwell @ Glasslands
* The Whigs, The Features, Mean Creek @ Irving Plaza
* forgetters, Humanbeast, Chastity Wig @ Market Hotel
* The Cliks, Hunter Valentine @ Knitting Factory Brookln
* The Beets, The Wowz, Great Lakes @ Brooklyn Tea Party
* Tyvek, Yellow Fever, Air Waves, Noveller @ Bruar Falls
* Knight School, Old Books, Order, Alphabet @ Silent Barn
* Curtis Harvey, The Glorytellers, Chris Brokaw @ Cake Shop
* A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor @ Town Hall
* The Woes, Previously on Lost, Zongo Junction, Height @ Death By Audio
* Holly Golightly & The Broke-Offs, T Model Ford, Tough Shits @ Maxwell's
* The Phenomenal Handclap Band, Javelin, The Eclectic Method @ Bowery Ballroom
* Gunfight, Bottle Up & Go, Beach Fossils, The Toothaches, The Vultures @ Live at the Pyramids
* The Fiery Furnaces, Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers, Private Income @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad are at Bleeker Street Theater.
Arctic Monkeys play with Screaming Females again at Terminal 5. Pictures from last night HERE.
Dr. Dog plays Brooklyn Bowl tonight and will be back later to play Terminal 5.
Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols plays Sex Pistols songs acoustic at Nublu tonight. Flyer below.
Shilpa Ray opens for the Fiery Furnaces tonight at MHOW and then again tomorrow at Bowery Ballroom.
Yellow Fever play with Tyvek tonight and then with Vivian Girls and Happy Birthday tomorrow. Noveller is also on the Bruar Falls bill tonight. Check out a live video below...
Bonnie Baxter is Shadowbox
forgetters featuring Blake from Jawbreaker is at Market Hotel tonight.
Glorytellers featuring Geoff Farina from Karate is at Cake Shop tonight.
Small Black play Cake Shop Saturday (with Tickley Feather).
Yo La Tengo is not playing playing a show tonight.
photos by Sayard Egan
Deer Tick's John Joseph McCauley III as Johnny Rotten...
At Brooklyn Bowl's Halloween party, Deer Tick ditched their other costume ideas for a night as the Sex Pistols. The night's semi-surprise opener was Dead Confederate, who covered Sonic Youth. Dangerous: All Metal Tribute to Michael Jackson played from that artist's body of work. All this while down the street at a different show, an (unhappy) Titus Andronicus sped through a set of Weezer covers (while the actual Weezer played Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan).
If those tribute acts weren't enough - you can see Rotten himself with PiL if you're in the UK this December; Sonic Youth will play three pre-Thanksgiving shows in NYC; and Michael Jackson's This Is It is in theaters now.
More pics, videos (including "Sid" singing "My Way") and all upcoming Deer Tick tour dates are posted below...
"We'll see where we can go," 53-year-old Lydon told the Guardian. "Some things may be quite similar, some may not."
December 2009 sees the return of Public Image Limited for 5 very special live dates in the UK. Their first shows in 17 years.As a Reuters article says, "the new-look PiL will not contain original band members Jah Wobble or former Clash guitarist Keith Levene". Those UK-only tour dates and some videos are below...
The shows will mark the 30th Anniversary of the release of 'Metal Box' but PiL will NOT be limited to tracks from one album and the tour will showcase their whole career.
PiL founder John Lydon will be joined by former members Lu Edmonds (Guitar & Misc) and Bruce Smith (Drums), plus new recruit Scott Firth (Bass).
The native Londoner, who grew up on a council estate in north London, looked like a fish of a water as he poses uncomfortably in a tweed jacket, plus fours and a yellow waistcoat.Speaking of musicians we know contributing to commercials, rajohn sends in this video today that we haven't posted yet (and which was also on Chunklet Friday). It's none other than John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols aka mortal enemy of Kele from Bloc Party aka a man with smooth dance moves aka the new UK Country Life butter spokesman...
The 52-year-old's country squire outfit was a far cry from his usual outfit of jeans and a ripped t-shirt.
Despite his Lord of the Manor ensemble, Johnny Rotten's punk persona was still evident thanks to his messy, dyed red spiked hair and multiple ear piercings. [MailOnline]
Memorabilia from some of punk rock's biggest acts and seminal moments -- including a scrawled flier for one of the Clash's first shows and publicity photos signed by the Sex Pistols -- is headed for a Nov. 24 Christie's auction.The pictured Television/Ramones flyer is one of the items. Look through everything HERE.
The event, announced Tuesday, includes more than 120 records, photos and promotional pieces for such punk, garage rock and new wave legends as the Velvet Underground, Patti Smith, the Ramones, David Bowie, Blondie, the Cure and the Smiths.
The auction is Christie's first to focus on punk mementos, signaling the collectible status of a brash, anti-authoritarian rock movement that largely thumbed its nose at posterity.
"We understand that tastes change, tastes mature," said Christie's pop-culture chief Simeon Lipman. "Ten years ago, punk memorabilia probably wouldn't be something we'd be auctioning here. But now, people of a certain age have a certain ability to splurge on this material." [AP]
Sex Pistols @ Live at Loch Lomond, Scotland - Aug 3, 2008 (mdj)
Is John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols on a mission for as much press as possible? If so, it's working. First came the incident with Bloc Party's Kele which also involved the Foals and which Lydon denied has anything to do with racism. Since then:
The Sex Pistols demanded a fence be erected around their toilet at a music festival last weekend. The punk rockers reportedly didn't want to share their private toilet and asked for a high security barrier to keep people out at Scotland's Live at Loch Lomond festival. Frontman John Lydon - also known as Johnny Rotten - was also said to be incensed when he realised electro band Autokratz were being driven around the event in a better car than his band, and demanded the vehicles were switched. Autokratz singer David Cox told Britain's Daily Star newspaper: "The Sex Pistols had two Land Rovers to ferry them around the site but Johnny seemed to prefer our car.Clever. And:
"So he made us take all our equipment out so he could travel 40 metres in it."
Once the switch had been completed, John allegedly shouted: "Autokratz, as we have taken your Auto you are now just Kratz."... [New Zealand City]
[Lydon] addressed the racist row that he was caught up in over the last 10 days when he sang a song about Allah and Jesus. He sang: "Allah be praised, George Bush be erased. Hello, Allah. Hello, Jesus too." He then told the crowd: "That is a little challenging to some of you. "So just in case you missed it the f****** papers had the f****** liberty to call me a racist. "I say hello, Allah. I'd like to buy Allah a f****** good pint of larger." Rolling up his sleeve, he berated fans saying: "Are you our friends? Well then, drink your beer instead of throwing it, you f****** idiot." Johnny also had a dig at Coldplay, saying: "This is audience participation 100 per cent. We're the Sex Pistols, not f****** Coldplay." And Rotten had a pop at Happy Mondays. They were head lining the Good Vibrations stage while the Pistols were on the main stage. The godfather of punk said: "Is there anybody there? Is there anybody over at Happy Mondays? That's a shame.".. [The Daily Record]How punk. He also has beef with Pete Doherty, Amy Winehouse (the female Pete Doherty), and Duffy (the new Amy Winehouse). Those quotes below...
Speaking to the BBC's One Show about racial attitudes, Lydon said: "My grandchildren are Jamaican right."PREVIOUSLY: three Foals injured in Sex Pistols-Bloc Party fight
"This is an absolute offence to them and me when I read stories like that, that are allowed to go to print absolutely unfounded and have the liberty to take liberties with a man like me and call me a racist when my entire life has proved exactly the opposite." When asked if he was a racist, Lydon replied: "Absolutely not. And any bugger that dares say so is going to have their day in court with me - you understand this?"
"It's the most wonderful thing ever, playing to our multi-racial audiences, which they always have been," he said. "And not only that, multi-gender, multi-everything-you-like, we are open to all. Our whole message in life has been to eliminate the barriers that separate us."
He added that the Sex Pistols "only true enemy in life is governments". "And politicians, and, low and behold, the British press," he added. [GigWise]
Foals @ Silent Barn (more by Leia Jospe)
Foals tour manager Nick Jenkin today called Lydon's description of the event at Barcelona's Summercase Festival "totally untrue," and said he watched Okereke being punched by the Sex Pistols' entourage while the band's frontman, known as Johnny Rotten, taunted the Kaiser Chiefs' Ricky Wilson, after he went to the aid of the Bloc Party singer.Gruff Rhys was there too.
Jenkin also told Times Online that Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis tried to help Okereke but was put in a sleeper hold by a security guard until he passed out and was then handcuffed as he lay on the ground. "He had a boot on his back," Jenkin said.
Foals bassist Walter Gervers suffered a black eye and guitarist Jimmy Smith was shoved through a barrier during the brawl on Saturday afternoon, Jenkin said. [Times Online]
Neon Neon have backed up Kele from Bloc Party's statement on John Lydon's alleged racist attack, after witnessing the event.John Lydon denies it. John Lydon played in the fourth best punk band ever. John Lydon has sexy dance moves.
Speaking exclusively to MTV News Gruff Rhys from the group said: "It was horrific. Kele is a very brave man and what he said is exactly what happened."
The band were backstage at the Summercase Festival in Barcelona with other British groups when the alleged assault took place and confirmed they saw everything.
Neon Neon and Super Furry Animals singer Gruff added: "The statements Kele has said are absolutely true. It did happen."
Neon Neon are up for this year's Mercury Prize, a prize that Gruff (Super Furry Animals 'Rings Around the World;') lost to PJ Harvey in 2001.
Bloc Party singer Kele Okereke claims he was left with severe facial bruising and a split lip following what he alleges was a racist attack by Sex Pistols singer John Lydon [aka Johnny Rotten]. The incident occurred on Saturday evening at the Summercase festival in Barcelona while the bands were socialising backstage.
In an official statement released by Okereke, who is of Nigerian descent, the singer says he approached Lydon and asked him about the possibility of a reunion for Public Image Ltd, the band Lydon formed following the Sex Pistols demise in 1978. In Okereke's words, Lydon became "intimidating and aggressive while his entourage responded with a racist tirade, including the statement, 'your problem is your black attitude'." An assault allegedly ensued in which three people attacked Okereke.
Several other bands witnessed the incident, with members of the band Foals and Kaiser Chiefs singer Ricky Wilson intervening on the Bloc Party singer's behalf. Both have confirmed to the Guardian that the incident occurred but could not confirm or deny reports that the assault was racially motivated. Following his involvement, Foals singer Yannis Philippakis was arrested. He is expected to make a statement shortly.... [The Guardian] (thx J M)