Sex Pistols announce 30th-anniversary gig

Punk legends the Sex Pistols announced on Tuesday that they will stage a one-off gig in November to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their controversial album Never Mind the Bollocks.

The band, who spearheaded the 1970s punk movement in England with singles like Anarchy in the UK and Pretty Vacant, will play London’s Brixton Academy on November 8, they said on a music paper’s website.

“Maybe it’s because we’re all Londoners, but there would be no Sex Pistol without dear old London town,” colourful frontman John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, said on NME.com.

“See you all at Brixton with proper feelings and proper people all around. From London Bridge to The Rose And Crown, all of Britain is welcome so come on down,” he added.

All four surviving members of the band—Lydon, guitarist Steve Jones, drummer Paul Cook and bassist Glen Matlock—will perform at the London gig, they said.

The Sex Pistols were formed in 1975 but split in 1978. They reformed in 1996, and their last concert together was in 2003.
Tickets for the November concert will go on sale on Friday, September 21.

Sid Vicious, who replaced Matlock as bassist in 1977, died after a drug overdose in 1979.

Never Mind the Bollocks, seen as a landmark in the British music industry, is being re-released to coincide with the anniversary.—AFP

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