Published On: Thu, Apr 19th, 2012

God Save The Queen 35th Anniversary: John Lydon Speaks!

John Lydon has spoken out regarding the recent announcement that the band are planning to re-release God Save The Queen for their upcoming anniversary

Next month marks the 35th anniversary of the release of the Sex Pistols' classic punk missive God Save The Queen.

The band announced on the 16th April that the infamous single would be re-released to mark the occasion on May 28th – last time round it coincided with the Queen Silver Jubilee, this time it's the Diamond…

However plans to celebrate the landmark with a re-releases have faced a serious setback when lead singer recently John Lydon spoke out against the campaign.

'It is certainly not my personal plan or aim,' said Lydon. 'I am proud of what the Sex Pistols achieved and always will be but this campaign totally undermines what the Sex Pistols stood for. This is not my campaign.'

Although he remarked that he was happy that a new generation was bring given the opportunity to discover the band's music, he made it clear that he wanted no part 'in the circus that is being built up around' the planned release.

Meanwhile, Public Image Ltd., the band Lydon fromed after the demise of the 'Pistols are planning to release their first album for 20 years on the same date (May 28th). PIL's first EP 'One Drop' is due for release on April 21st.

See for more about theri upcoming album and tour dates.



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