John Lydon Says John McGeoch’s Death Was Not Sad, ‘He Died On A Mattress Full Of Money’
Sex Pistols icon John Lydon joined BBC Radio Scotland’s Billy Sloan for a recently released interview. During the conversation, Lydon revealed his thoughts on John McGeoch‘s passing, saying it wasn’t a sad incident because McGeoch died on a mattress that was full of money.
John McGeoch was a Scottish musician and one of the most influential guitarists of his generation. Best known for his tenure as the guitarist of Magazine and Siouxie And The Banshees, McGeoch was also a member of Visage, The Armoury Show, and John Lydon’s Public Image Ltd.
McGeoch joined John Lydon’s band Public Image Ltd in 1986, mainly because he had financial difficulties. He was known to refuse to join the band in 1984, but he also admired Public Image Ltd and Lydon’s lyrics. Moreover, McGeoch remained with the band until its disbandment in 1992 and became the longest-serving member apart from Lydon.
In the mid-1990s, McGeoch decided to retire from his professional music career. In the early 2000s, he attempted to pursue a music career by working on musical scores for TV productions. However, on March 4, 2004, McGeoch died in his sleep at his home at the age of 48.
In an interview with BBC Radio Scotland, John Lydon stated that he doesn’t know if McGeoch’s passing was sad because he died on a mattress full of money. He then said McGeoch was a brilliant guitar player and a great friend, but he always remembers him with his side of comedy.
During the conversation, John Lydon said about John McGeoch’s death the following:
“I don’t know if it’s sad because John’s so funny that he died on a mattress full of money in a Betty Hill kind of way. He didn’t want to put it in a bag. This is how I remember John; of course, his guitar was brilliant, he’s a magnificent fellow and a great friend, but there would always be that touch of ironic comedy around him.
I hope his mum and dad or any relative survivor don’t get me wrong. I love that side of John. You could say it’s meaningless, but it isn’t really. It was a Betty Hill thing. He’s quite nuts, but he wouldn’t leave his liver alone. “
You can watch the interview below.