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John Lydon has issued another statement concerning the late Queen Elizabeth II.
“John Lydon wishes to distance himself from any Sex Pistols activity which aims to cash in on Queen Elizabeth II’s death,” the Sex Pistols singer said.
“The musicians in the band and their management have approved a number of requests against John’s wishes on the basis of the majority court-ruling agreement.”
It is not indicated nor clear what activity Lydon is referring to. The band has not released any promotional material about “God Save the Queen” on its social media platforms in the days since Queen Elizabeth died on September 8.
Moreover, Sex Pistols haven’t publicly talked about the Queen’s death. Sex Pistols, while the queen was still alive, previously revealed a “God Save the Queen” commemorative coin and NFT.
When asked for comments, a Sex Pistols representative told Pitchfork, “We cannot understand what he would be referring to. Other than a couple requests for use of imagery or audio in news reports on the Queen and her impact on culture, there’s nothing relating to ‘God Save the Queen’ being promoted or released in any way.”
Lydon and his former bandmates have been to court due to licensing rights. The band filed a lawsuit against Lydon following his refusal to license his music for Pistol by Danny Boyle.
The band won the court’s favor after it was identified that, under the terms of an agreement in 1988, no single Sex Pistols member holds a veto over licensing rights, which a majority vote can grant.
Here is a complete statement from John Lydon:
“John Lydon wishes to distance himself from any Sex Pistols activity which aims to cash in on Queen Elizabeth II’s death. The musicians in the band and their management have approved a number of requests against John’s wishes on the basis of the majority court-ruling agreement.
In John’s view, the timing for endorsing any Sex Pistols requests for commercial gain in connection with “God Save the Queen” in particular is tasteless and disrespectful to the Queen and her family at this moment in time.
John wrote the lyrics to this historical song, and while he has never supported the monarchy, he feels that the family deserves some respect in this difficult time, as would be expected for any other person or family when someone close to them has died.”
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