Singer John Lydon blasted his former bandmates within the Intercourse Pistols for attempting to revenue off the loss of life of Queen Elizabeth II, however the band says they do not know what he’s speaking about.
The crooner launched an announcement saying he “needs to distance himself from any Intercourse Pistols exercise which goals to money in on Queen Elizabeth II’s loss of life,” referring to the group’s anti-monarchy anthem, “God Save the Queen,” which he co-wrote.
He stated that “the timing for endorsing any Intercourse Pistols requests for industrial acquire in reference to ‘God Save The Queen’ specifically is tasteless and disrespectful to the Queen and her household at this second in time.”
However the group shot again, telling Deadline that “we can not perceive what he could be referring to.
“Apart from a pair requests to be used of images or audio in information stories on The Queen and her influence on tradition, there’s nothing new referring to ‘God Save The Queen’ being promoted or launched in any means,” the Pistols stated.
A consultant for the band stated Lydon’s feedback amounted to a “unusual rant” and known as them “baffling.”
“There’s actually nothing deliberate to launch or promote in any respect at the moment,” the rep informed Deadline.
Lydon, aka Johnny Rottten, has an advanced historical past with the band and misplaced a courtroom battle final yr towards former bandmates.
The track in query, “God Save the Queen,” was launched throughout Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977 and takes its title from the nation’s nationwide anthem.
The tune calls the monarchy “a fascist regime” and says the Queen is “not a human being.” It was banned from some airwaves on the time of its launch.
The Intercourse Pistols re-released the track forward of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee celebration with a brand new music video.
The Pistols additionally launched the “Pistol Mint Commemorative Coin” to honor the queen’s celebration. The nickel-plated coin options artist Jamie Reid’s Union Jack flag design on the entrance and the Queen rocking a lip piercing on the again.