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Pistols Reload For One-Shot Show

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The Sex Pistols are the next group to mount the moneyed memory-go-round for a single London show to mark the 30th anniversary of the album Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols.

Lest you haven't seen the graffito, Sid is dead, so original bassist Glen Matlock – legendarily cast from the Pistols' dysfunctional fold for liking The Beatles – will strap on his Rickenbacker again for the occasion at London's Brixton Academy on November 8.

Original anarchist Antichrists Johnny Rotten, real name John Lydon, guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook come together again for the third time since January 14, 1978 when Lydon asked a San Francisco audience: "Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?"      

Their sole studio album will also be re-released to mark the anniversary alongside a vinyl "God save the Queen." A campaign is already up and running to get the single, originally released in Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee year, to Number One.

Many an old punk will tell you that the 1977 charts were rigged to keep Rod Stewart's "I Don't Want to Talk About it" in the top spot in place of the BBC-banned 'She ain't no Human Being' sneering of Rotten and Co.

The Guardian newspaper offered readers a transcript of the Pistols' notorious TV interview (in which a whey-faced Siouxsie of the Banshees leads 'The Bromley Contingent') with Bill Grundy on Saturday with new thoughts by the band's Svengali Malcolm McLaren and rock-obsessive novelist Nick Hornby.

No Future? Plenty in the past it would seem.  

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  • They were a nostalgia act when they reunited in 1996 and 2003, so why not another go round? Gotta feed the monkey.

    Who knows – maybe it will be a good show, but any of the danger/anger/violence/carefully crafted image that made the Pistols interesting and threatening years ago is long gone.

  • Nah, they were a good band and Matlock was always their real bass player. They never made any real money. I’d pay to see them.

  • JC Mosquito

    The four note guitar solo in Gossafe the Queen should’ve won them an award in the rock n roll history books in the “less is more” category.

    Maybe the could play a double bill with the NY Dolls.

    Speaking of old bands, back in January, I predicted the classic Guns ‘n’ Roses lineup would get back together in time for a summer tour, finish CHinese DEmocracy and get invited to play the SUperbowl. OK, I’ll admit I was wrong – but I can’t be blamed for wishful thinking? Same thing with the Pistoleros – maybe they’ll be real good.

    Maybe they’ll even play the Superbowl.