John Lydon ‘respects’ Queen despite ‘dislike’ for monarchy

Sex Pistol’s John Lydon revealed that he ‘totally respects’ the Queen but didn’t mince his words over the monarchy.

To celebrate this weekend’s Platinum Jubilee, the punk-rock band are set to re-release the controversial 1977 hit to mark Queen Elizabeth II spending 70 years on the throne. 

During Tuesday’s instalment of Piers Morgan: Uncensored, the 57-year-old broadcaster asked the 66-year-old rocker if his views on the monarchy had changed.

‘I’m just as solid about the monarchy and my dislike of it as I ever have been,’ he said.

‘I’ve always viewed the royal family as a bunch of German tourists with a Greek thrown in… I don’t want to pay no more tax to keep that institution alive. But I totally respect (the queen) as a real person.

‘She’s enjoyed that and maintained… a sense of dignity. I’m always attracted to pageantry.’


Sex Pistols 'God Save the Queen' poster Pop Culture:

The single was released in 1977 (Picture: REX)

As the Queen was celebrating 25 years on the throne, musicians Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious, Paul Cook and Steve Jones were dreaming of the Monarchy coming to an end.

Originally titled No Future, God Save The Queen made waves when it was released 45 years ago, and despite its popularity on the charts was instantly mired in controversy.

The lyrics appeared to suggest there was ‘no future’ for the Monarchy and said the Queen was ‘no human being,’ which, unsurprisingly, raised some hackles.


Sex Pistols

The controversy made the anti-establishment anthem an instant classic in alternative circles (Picture: Getty)

This comes after John accused director Danny Boyle and his former bandmates of ‘secrecy’ and ‘excluding him’ from the Disney Plus miniseries Pistol as he revealed his main complaint was allegedly not ever being shown a script.

‘His behaviour in this really, really is quite appalling, it seems like a gargantuan effort to deny that I really do exist,’ he said.

Pistol is based on the memoir by guitarist Steve Jones, Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol, which was released in 2017. 

The programme led to a court case with John, who objected to the band’s music being used in the show, but ultimately lost his case. 

Piers Morgan: Uncensored airs weekdays from 8pm on TalkTV. 

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