John Lydon slams ‘evil’ Sex Pistols, says court loss sees him facing ‘financial ruin’

Metal Hammer

John Lydon has described his former Sex Pistols bandmates Steve Jones, Paul Cook and Glen Matlock as “evil” and says that losing the High Court case his old friends brought against him has left him facing “financial ruin.”

Jones and Cook initiated legal proceedings against Lydon after the singer sought to veto the use of original Sex Pistols recordings in Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle’s upcoming TV biopic series Pistol, which is based upon guitarist Jones’ autobiography Lonely Boy. The production is being financed by FX, a subsidiary of Disney.

Lawyers acting on behalf of the pair, who also claimed ex-bassist Matlock’s support for their action, insisted that decisions concerning the licensing of the group’s music were to be made on a ‘majority rule basis’, under the terms of a 1998 band member agreement (BMA). And in his ruling on August 23, Sir Anthony Mann found the pair were entitled to invoke this majority voting rule.


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