Sex Pistols turned down Olympics

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 11 April 2012
John Lydon

John Lydon

The Sex Pistols turned down the chance to play at the Olympics, because it didn't fit with their ideology

The Sex Pistols turned down the chance to play at the Olympics.

The legendary punk band were asked to reform and perform at the huge summer sporting event in London, but singer John Lydon turned the opportunity down as it doesn't fit with his punk ideology.

He told NME magazine: "They tried to get us involved in the Olympics, and what they wanted to do was, they're going to do this thing where celebrities go around the stadium on the back of flat top lorries. So there will be Naomi Campbell in a Vivienne Westwood dress, followed by Madness doing 'Baggy Trousers', and then the Pistols doing 'Pretty Vacant'. But without the 'vay-****', just 'pretty' and the word 'censored'. So the answer is, 'no f***ing way.' Don't need it, don't want it."

The 'Anarchy in the UK' band - also featuring Steve Jones

Paul Cook and Glen Matlock - also turned down the opportunity to appear at their induction to the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, because they don't want the band to appear in museums.

He added: "There was no way I was going to allow them to co-opt the Sex Pistols into being a museum piece. The next step would be pushing up daisies. It's a terrible, terrible thing."

The Sex Pistols last performed together in 2008, when they undertook their Combine Harvester tour of Europe.


1. Chris Brady14 Dec 2016, 6:12am Report

I had the weird job of stabilizing the photo-finish cameras in the main stadium in London 2012. As a (failed) muso myself I was kind of interested in the sound system and what was being played .... especially as it was making my life difficult.

Most played bands ... the Pistols by a country mile followed by Fuckbuttons. Nice one Danny Boyle.


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