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Friday, September 21, 2007

Sex Pistols Reunite Again


I'd like to thank the Sex Pistols for once again being newsworthy and timely. They are reuniting for a concert to mark the 30th anniversary of their only album, Never Mind the Bollocks.

All four original members - John Lydon, Steve Jones, Paul Cook and Glen Matlock - will play a one-off concert at London's Brixton Academy on November 8.

Johnny Rotten & Steve Jones

I'd like to thank them for doing this show right smack dab at the start of my photo tour. It all just adds up to remind the world that punk rock has been around for 30 years!

I saw the Pistols 2003 reunion at Jones Beach Amphitheatre in NY, courtesy of Glen Matlock, who still looks youthful and plays masterfully those songs he helped to craft a lifetime ago. Paul Cook is strong and steady as ever too. In fact, as a band, they have perfected a show-craft that will not disappoint... unlike the way they knew they did in San Francisco at Winterland in 1978, when they played an abbreviated set to a mixed up crowd of both fans and detractors. Why else would Johnny Rotten close the night with a question, "Feel like you've been cheated?"

Sex Pistols

Each day, I listen to Steve Jones on the radio (Indie 103.1) and if you click that link, you can see that Jonesy's employers are happy to splash the Pistols neon graphics on their home page as they announce that tickets for this show are on sale NOW - as of today.

You, too can listen to Jonesy's Jukebox.... just click that and let the magic of the internet do its work.

One must congratulate the Sex Pistols for having survived with their senses of humor intact in the 30 years since they laid the foundation for punk rock aesthetics and behavior. Theirs was the schtick that launched a 1,000 ships. Does that make them Helen of Troy?

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