“Pistol”: Johnny Rotten fights against songs by the Sex Pistols in series

Johnny Rotten fights against songs from the Sex Pistols in series

Sex Pistols singer John Lydon in Liverpool in 2014

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Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols doesn’t want the hits of the punk band to appear in the mini-series “Pistol”.

Should John Lydon (65), also known as Johnny Rotten from the Sex Pistols, get justice in court, it should be a pretty blow for Danny Boyle (64). The “Trainspotting” director is currently working on a miniseries about the band called “Pistol”. However, Lydon doesn’t want the Sex Pistols’ hits, including “God Save the Queen”, to be featured on the series. such as the British “The Guardian” reported on his website.

Lydon has stated that he does not want to surrender the rights to use the songs as long as he is not ordered to do so by a court. Therefore, guitarist Steve Jones (65) and drummer Paul Cook (64) complain, who, as well as the heirs of the deceased Sid Vicious (1957-1979) and bassist Glen Matlock (64), have consented to its use.

The band members are said to be at odds

“Pistol” is based on the autobiography “Lonely Boy” by Jones, published a few years ago. Lydon’s attorney stated that his client believed the book portrayed him in a “hostile and unfavorable light.” Jones and Cook’s attorney said, however, that the relationship between the former band members was broken. Furthermore, in 1998 there was an agreement among the musicians that rights of use should be granted for projects if a majority of the band members agree.

Work on the project “Pistol” became known in January. The six-part miniseries, which can be seen on the streaming service Disney +, will, among others, star Anson Boon (21) as Lydon, Louis Partridge (18) as Sid Vicious and “Game of Thrones” star Maisie Williams (24).