Ex-Sex Pistols Frontman Gives Definitive Answer On Reunion

In addition to interviewing the great John Lydon for Songfacts, I was also able to interview the man that you also know as Johnny Rotten for Long Island Pulse.

When asked about the possibility of a Sex Pistols reunion, Mr. Lydon had the following to say:

“No. That’s done. Never say never, but it wouldn’t be a reunion. We’re trying now to get to like each other outside of work and I think that’s more important to us as human beings. Because when we get back on stage, all those old resentments just keep creeping in, and it gets foolish. I want to remember them as my friends. We did enough as a band. Can’t go back at it, don’t want to. Can’t write for it, don’t need to. That served its place in history really well. And now, I’m serving my place in history really well, in a completely different way. Welcome to progress. It doesn’t always make you popular, but I’ve never done this for popularity.”

Lydon’s other band, Public Image Limited (PiL), recently released their tenth studio effort overall, What the World Needs Now, and are embarking on a U.S. tour from Halloween through November 29th (of which a complete list of dates can be viewed here).

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After having his articles posted from other outlets on Alternative Nation (and before that, Grunge Report) for years - heck, he was even interviewed by GR back in 2009! - Greg Prato finally began contributing articles to the site in 2014. He has written for various sites/mags over the years (Rollling Stone, All Music Guide, etc.), and is the author of quite a few books. And as evidenced by such titles as Grunge is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music, A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other: The Story of Shannon Hoon and Blind Melon, and Too High to Die: Meet the Meat Puppets, he also has a deep fondness for alternative rock n' roll music. You can check out info on all of Greg's books here, see what he's up to on his Twitter page here, and shoot the shit with him at gregprato@yahoo.com.
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    Thank god. There’s something very depressing about watching a bunch of punk rockers now in their 60s trying to kick out the jams.