Sex Pistols To Reunite For Queen's Golden Jubilee???

By Frank Meyer, Contributing Editor
Wednesday, December 19, 2001 @ 11:35 AM

Sex Pistols Considering Reunio

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According to NME.COM , the Sex Pistols will reunite again for a UK tour next year to celebrate punk's 25th anniversary and the Queen's Golden Jubilee. The Queen's Golden Jubilee will be on June 3rd, 2002 and it's thought the gigs will be around that time, with a possible performance on the actual Jubilee day itself.

A source close to the surviving members of the legendary group told us that the band were seriously considering planning to cash in on the coincidence of the two events and play their first live dates together since Shepherd's Bush Empire in August 1996. However, the source added while most of band members were close to inking a deal, frontman Johnny Rotten (a.k.a. John Lydon) had yet to make up his mind.

Promoter John Giddings, who organized the Pistols last UK tour, told NME.COM: "I can confirm I've received a couple of offers about the Sex Pistols reforming again to play around the Queen's Golden Jubilee. We're looking at it right now, but it does depend on what day of the week it lands on, whether the band are still talking, that kind of thing."

The notorious punk legends originally released their infamous “God Save The Queen” single at exactly the same time as The Queen celebrated her Silver Jubilee in 1977, marking 25 years on the throne. The deliberately anti-royalist record featured a pictured the queen with a safety pin through her nose on the sleeve. The song went straight to Number One despite being banned by all major radio stations and most major record shops refusing to stock it. When the song hit the charts, there was a blank spot instead of the band’s name and song title as the trade magazines banned the group. In fact, the song was then banned by the BPI (the UK charts system), who put it at number two and made Rod Stewart's hit “I Don't Wanna Talk About It/'The First Cut Is The Deepest' at number one in its place. Record stores who had supported the record displayed charts with a blank space instead of a number one or Stewarts song in protest. To further stoke the fires, the band then played a gig on a Thames riverboat on the day of The Queen's official June celebration and floated by the proceedings blasting the song, until being raided by police.

The Pistols staged a worldwide reunion tour in 1996 with original bassist Glen Matlock taking the place of the late Sid Vicious, with Lydon, guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook firmly in place.

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