For those wondering, Six guns frontman Johnny Rotten has issued a public comment on the death of Queen Elizabeth II, and it’s actually quite respectful. Rotten will of course always be linked to Queen thanks to the band’s 70s classic “God Save the Queen”.
The track 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 rat, who these days goes by his first name John Lydonkept his comments brief, offering: “Rest in peace Queen Elizabeth II. Send her victorious.”
Two of his Sex Pistols bandmates weren’t quite so diplomatic after hearing of the Queen’s death, with bassist Glen Matlock comments: “God save the King – hope he’s not a silly old thing…” Meanwhile, guitarist Steve Jones posted some Sex Pistols’ “God Save the Queen” artwork with an image of the Queen with a safety pin through her lip and the words “God Save the Queen / She Ain’t No Human Being” on the image. Jones simply commented, “How are you?” together with the picture.
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 fantastic achievement.
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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