John Lydon criticizes Sex Pistols for ‘tasteless’ cash on Queen’s death –

John Lydon, who, as Johnny Rotten in his punk rock days with the Sex Pistols, wrote the crude lyrics to the anti-monarchist anthem “God Save the Queen,” now scolds his former bandmates for what the singer says is “tasteless.” and disrespectful” attempt to cash in on the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

In a lengthy follow-up to his Instagram last week paying tribute to the Queen, Lydon now writes on his official Twitter page: “John Lydon wants to distance himself from any Sex Pistols activity that aims to profit from the death of Queen Elizabeth II. The musicians in the band and their management approved a number of requests against John’s wishes based on the decision of the majority court.”

“In John’s view,” the statement said, “the timing for approving any Sex Pistols requests for commercial gain in connection with God Save the Queen in particular is tasteless and disrespectful to the Queen and her family at this time.” time.

“John wrote the lyrics to this historic song and while he never supported the monarchy, he believes the family deserves some respect during this difficult time, just like any other person or family when someone close has died. ”

Lydon didn’t elaborate on what exactly the Pistols are currently doing to “cash in,” but the singer and frontman for his post-Pistols band Public Image Ltd. has long been in legal disagreement with his former comrades. Last year, he lost a lawsuit against drummer Paul Cook and guitarist Steve Jones over the use of the band’s songs in a TV series directed by Danny Boyle. Pistol. The judge ruled that Lydon had “renounced his power” by agreeing to a “majority rule” agreement with his former pistol comrades.

While it is not yet clear how the current Pistols plan to commemorate, cash or otherwise commemorate the Queen’s passing, the band’s website has been selling “God Save the Queen” commemorative coins since May.

Here is Lydon’s last salvo:

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