The Sex Pistols are back on stage, but without their iconic frontman John Lydon, known as Johnny Rotten. Instead, they’ve brought in Frank Carter to lead the vocals for two charity gigs in London this August. The reunion announcement was made by guitarist Steve Jones, 68, on Instagram last Monday, causing quite a stir among fans and within the band itself.


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The concerts, aimed at saving the renowned Bush Hall in Shepherd’s Bush, sold out almost instantly, with many fans expressing frustration that tickets were gone before they even went on sale. The gigs are set for August 13, 14, and 15, featuring drummer Paul Cook and bassist Glen Matlock alongside Jones and Carter.


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Lydon, 68, has made no secret of his displeasure, reportedly furious about being replaced. A source close to the band revealed that Lydon “thinks he IS the Pistols” and has been vocal about his belief that the upcoming shows will be “rubbish.” This isn’t the first time Lydon has clashed with his former bandmates; he’s been in a long-running feud with them since their split in 1978, particularly over music rights. A throwback music video to better days for the band shows their success and synergy – then.

The decision to exclude Lydon from the reunion stems from ongoing disputes over using the band’s music in media. According to insiders, the gigs are not just for charity but also a statement against Lydon’s attempts to control the band’s legacy and earnings.


Addressing the controversy, Steve Jones urged Lydon to “grow up and move on,” emphasizing that the current project is about celebrating their music and helping a struggling venue. Jones, Cook, and Matlock remain united in their decision to move forward without Lydon, seeing the gigs as an opportunity to reconnect with fans and support a good cause.


Despite the internal drama, the fans’ enthusiasm remains high, even though many were disappointed by the swift sell-out. Comments on social media highlighted the frustration, with some questioning the fairness of the ticket sales process.


Interestingly, Lydon has made headlines in recent years for his outspoken support of President Donald Trump. This has only added to his controversial persona and further polarized opinions about him. The announcement of these shows has reignited the band’s legacy and the longstanding tensions within. As the Sex Pistols prepare to take the stage without their famous frontman, the rock world watches closely to see how this latest chapter in their tumultuous history unfolds.

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