John Lydon

Sex Pistols’ John Lydon Rants About “God Save the Queen” Promotion

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John Lydon made another statement regarding the late Queen Elizabeth II.

“John Lydon wishes to distance himself from any Sex Pistols activity which aims to cash in on Queen Elizabeth II’s death,” the Sex Pistols singer said. 

“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.” 

The activities Lydon refers to are neither stated nor specified. The band has not posted promotional material for “God Save the Queen” on social media platforms since Queen Elizabeth’s death on September 8.

In addition, the Sex Pistols have not spoken publicly about the queen’s death. The Sex Pistols, while the queen was still alive, had previously unveiled a “God Save the Queen” NFT commemorative coin.

When asked for comments, a Sex Pistols representative told Pitchfork, “We cannot understand what he would be referring to. Other than a couple requests for use of imagery or audio in news reports on the Queen and her impact on culture, there’s nothing relating to ‘God Save the Queen’ being promoted or released in any way.” 

Lydon and his former bandmates went to court over licensing rights. The band filed a lawsuit against Lydon after he refused to license Pistol by Danny Boyle.

The band won court support after it was discovered that Sex Pistols members had no veto power over licensing rights that could be granted by majority vote under the terms of a 1988 agreement.

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John Lydon Says: 

“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.

 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.”

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