Sex Pistols Bassist Says He Hasn’t Spoken to John Lydon in Five Years

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 07.28.14 in News

Don’t expect a Sex Pistols reunion now that John Lydon’s widely publicized Jesus Christ Superstar run has been abruptly cancelled. According to a Mirror interview with bassist Glen Matlock, Lydon hasn’t spoken to the singer in five years, essentially not since their 2008 sets at a few European festivals.

“I’m quite happy about that,” he said. “I’ve had no cause to speak to him. We don’t have anything planned. There is nothing I know of in the offing and I’m really not that fussed about it. I have no idea if we will reform but who knows the secret of black magic box. I wouldn’t write new Sex Pistols material; we’re fine with the old stuff.”

One reason Matlock’s been too busy to talk is I Was a Teenage Sex Pistol, a one-man show — loosely based on the autobiography of the same name — he’s set to present at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival from July 31 through August 6. The mix of live material and rough behind-the-music monologues has evolved over sporadic performances in recent years. Or as Matlock told the Guardian, “I always joke with the crowd that my set is a bit like what they say about a bride at a wedding. You’ve got to have something old, something new, something borrowed and something a little bit bluesy.”

As for how he feels about guitarist Steve Jones calling him a “middle-class mommy’s boy” a few years back, Matlock insisted, “Next time I see Steve, I’ll go, ‘Well, what’s this all about?’ But you know, people push you to say things against the other people [in the Pistols]. I’m not interested in that. I’m 57 and three-quarters now. Life’s too short to be miserable.”