He accused them of wanting to cash in on the death of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.
Taking to the official Twitter page of his band Public Image Ltd, Lydon distanced himself from any alleged activities related to the Sex Pistols’ controversial 1977 single “God Save The Queen”, NME reports.
“John Lydon wishes to distance himself from any Sex Pistols activity aimed at cashing in on the death of Queen Elizabeth II. The musicians in the band and their management have granted a number of requests, against John’s wishes, based on the court’s majority decision,” it said. in the statement.
It added that in Lydon’s opinion, “the timing of any claims by the Sex Pistols for commercial gain in relation to ‘God Save The Queen’ is particularly distasteful and disrespectful to the Queen and her family at this time”.
“John wrote the lyrics to this historic song, and although he has never supported the monarchy, he believes the family deserves respect at this difficult time, as would be expected of any other person or family when someone close to them passes away,” the statement read. .
A spokesperson for the Sex Pistols responded to Lydon’s claims by stating that apart from a few requests to use the image or sound in news reports about the Queen and her influence on culture, there was nothing new about the promotion or release of “God Save The Queen” in any way. .
Let’s remind, the members of the Sex Pistols signed a contract in 1998 according to which the rights are decided by majority vote, which was referred to by the court during last year’s process that former drummer Paul Cook and guitarist Steve Jones initiated against Lydon, because he did not want to approve the use of the songs of the legendary punks for the biographical series “Pistol” directed by Danny Boyle.