John Lydon Wants To Distance Himself From Sex Pistols’ ‘Disrespectful’ Commercial Gain


There has been a standoff between the Sex Pistols’ members and the vocalist, John Lydon, since the last year. Lydon recently announced on his Twitter that he would distance himself from the band, claiming that the members have tried to gain money with a ‘disrespectful’ effort.

In the previous year, John Lydon tried to prevent the usage of Sex Pistols’ songs for the Danny Boyle-directed series ‘Pistol,’ which is about the band’s rise to prominence as a punk act. While the singer defined his situation as ‘slave labor,’ Paul Cook and Steve Jones filed suit against him, claiming he had signed a ‘majority rule’ agreement.

The Judge, Anthony Mann, ruled that the vocalist had agreed with the band members to override his veto by signing this ‘majority rule’ agreement. Thus, Lydon lost the case, but a new conflict between the singer and the members has recently been instigated.

In his recent tweets, Lydon expressed that he wanted to stay away from the Sex Pistols’ activities, claiming the band members wanted to profit from Queen Elizabeth II’s passing. The statement wrote that the ‘majority rule’ agreement endorsed many requests that Lydon disagreed with. According to the singer, the timing for ‘endorsing any Sex Pistols requests for commercial gain’ regarding their song ‘God Save The Queen’ was disrespectful towards the late Queen and the family.

John Lydon’s Twitter account wrote the following:

“John Lydon wishes to distance himself from any Sex Pistols activity which aims to cash in on Queen Elizabeth II’s death. The musicians in the band and their management have approved a number of requests against John’s wishes on the basis of the majority court-ruling agreement.

In John’s view, the timing for endorsing any Sex Pistols requests for commercial gain in connection with ‘God Save The Queen’ in particular is tasteless and disrespectful to the Queen and her family at this moment in time.”

It was also conveyed that Lydon had written the lyrics of the 1977 track, ‘God Save The Queen,’ although he has never supported the monarchy. According to him, the family deserves respect and peace during this challenging period following the Queen’s passing.

The statement continued:

John wrote the lyrics to this historical song, and while he has never supported the monarchy, he feels that the family deserves some respect in this difficult time, as would be expected for any other person or family when someone close to them has died.”

On the other hand, Sex Pistols members have not released any statement to promote ‘God Save The Queen’ since Queen Elizabeth II’s death on September 8. Earlier this year, the band announced a commemorative coin and NFT for the song while the Queen was still alive.

You can check out the tweets below.