UPDATE: In response, a spokesperson for the Sex Pistols issued the following statement: “We cannot understand what he would be referring to. Apart from a few requests for the use of images or audio in news reports about the Queen and her influence on culture, there is nothing new in relation to ‘God Save The Queen’ being promoted or published in any way.”
Johnny Rotten can always be attached to Queen Elizabeth thanks to Six guns sang “God Save the Queen,” but the vocalist, who now passes by John Lydonmaking it clear that he wants no part of any activity that would use their music to cash in on the Queen’s death.
Lydon originally offered one concise and respectful message via social media after learning of Queen Elizabeth’s death last week. The vocalist stated: “Rest in peace Queen Elizabeth II. Send her victorious,” as he posted a photo of the queen in her younger years.
Taking things a step further, Lydon has now distanced himself from any Sex Pistols-related activity as far as the Queen is concerned. “John Lydon wishes to disassociate himself from any Sex Pistols activity aimed at profiting from the death of Queen Elizabeth II,” the singer commented via his social media, using the same image of Queen Elizabeth II. “The musicians in the band and their management have approved a number of requests against John’s wishes based on the majority agreement.
Lydon has been at odds with his former bandmates after going to court over the use of the band’s music in the FX series Pistol. The band used a majority rules clause in their band agreement to override Lydon’s objections. The singer lost in court and has claimed that the case left him in “financial ruin.” And now it seems the majority rule clause is once again rubbing Lydon the wrong way regarding the use of the band’s music in the wake of Queen Elizabeth’s death.
“God Save the Queen” first became popular during the Queen’s Silver Jubilee celebrations, seen by many as a protest against the monarchy’s treatment of the working class. The band performed the number on a cruise to coincide with the Queen’s Silver Jubilee celebrations. They jumped aboard a boat called the Queen Elizabeth and traveled down the Thames, and several members of their party and entourage were arrested after they docked. The song returned to top of the UK streaming charts earlier this year.
Earlier this year, as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations were about to begin, John Lydon offered further insight about his views on Queen Elizabeth II during a chat on the British TV show Talk Piers Morgan uncensored.
When Morgan started a discussion about Lydon’s views on the royal family, bringing up the Sex Pistols’ “God Save the Queen”, the singer stated: “It’s anti-royalist, but it’s not anti-human.”
“I have to tell the world this. Everyone assumes I’m against the Royal Family as people, I’m not. I’m actually really, really proud of the Queen for surviving and doing so well,” Lydon said, while he also raises his hand to his forehead in a salute. “I applaud her for that, and it’s a great achievement. I’m not sober about that.”
That said, he defended his stance in the song, saying, “I just think if I’m paying my tax dollars to support this system, then I should have a say in how it’s spent.”
Discussing the future of the royal family amid the Queen’s health problems earlier this year, Lydon also added: “I think it may be the end of the monarchy because Prince Charles will not be able to handle it. This is the man who playing Pink Floyd to his cabbage.”
Lydon was far from the only musician to share their thoughts in mourning the Queen’s death. See some other comments on the passing of Queen Elizabeth II here.
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