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The Sex Pistols turned down the chance to reunite at the Olympic Games opening ceremony in London in 2012 because the rockers were stunned by organisers' attempt to invite long-dead The Who drummer Keith Moon to perform. The punk icons were invited to make a comeback at the star-studded launch of the sporting showpiece, but declined the offer.
Former bassist Glen Matlock has now revealed their decision was made after they heard about Olympic bosses' major blunder in inviting The Who to perform with their late drummer.
He tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "I heard that they wanted The Who to do it, they wanted Keith Moon to perform. But he's only been dead 20 years. They had asked us to perform but the story about Keith Moon and The Who didn't help their pitch to us. That was one of the reasons we said 'no'."
Moon died from an overdose of prescription drugs in 1978, at the age of 32.
Sex Pistols star Glen Matlock has dashed fans' hopes of another reunion by insisting he hasn't had any contact with frontman John Lydon in five years. Fans of the iconic punk group had hoped the stars would regroup for another comeback tour, but bassist Matlock is adamant there is nothing planned and he is no longer in touch with his former bandmate.
He tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "I haven't seen John for five years and I'm quite happy about that. I've had no cause to speak to him. We don't have anything planned. There is nothing I know of in the offing and I'm really not that fussed about it. I have no idea if we will reform but who knows... I wouldn't write new Sex Pistols material, we're fine with the old stuff."
Matlock goes on to reveal he is still in touch with drummer Paul Cook and guitarist Steve Jones, but their meetings are rare.
He adds, "I see Paul every now and again and I see Steve once in a while, he lives in Los Angeles and I'll look him up. He can be a bit of a miserable sod so I don't always do that."
The Sex Pistols split in 1978 but reunited in 1996 and have toured sporadically since. They last played together onstage in 2008.
Rob Zombie, Duff Mckagan and former Sex Pistols star Steve Jones have formed a Ramones covers group for the 10th annual Johnny Ramone tribute. Ramone's wife Linda will host the bash at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where comedian Fred Armisen will also perform as his alter-ego Ian Rubbish and Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett will display his collection of horror movie memorabilia.
Zombie will also screen his movie The Devil's Rejects.
Celebrities have gathered at Ramone's statue in the cemetery annually since his death in 2004. Past guests at the tribute have included Johnny Depp, Lisa Marie Presley, Chris Cornell, Nicolas Cage and Henry Rollins.
The promoter behind John Lydon and Brandon Boyd's all-star Jesus Christ Superstar musical scrapped the tour two weeks before opening night due to "horrific" ticket sales. The spectacular, which was also set to feature former Destiny's Child star Michelle Williams and J.C. Chasez, was cancelled last month (May14) after tour producer Michael Cohl realised it would be a disaster.
Opening up about his decision for the first time, he tells Billboard.com, "We realised we had a problem the day we went on sale.
"We all worked very hard reinventing things, rethinking things, fighting the good fight, and it just got to the point... We had to make the right business decision... We've questioned a thousand things - if we had gone with one or two lead superstars, if we had gone with a cheaper ticket price. We knew that this was a very risky project... (but) we thought we had a shot."
Lydon and company were in rehearsals for the 54-city arena tour when they heard the news, and the former Sex Pistols star has since spoken of his disappointment.
Punk icon John Lydon is disappointed and shocked following the cancellation of his touring Jesus Christ Superstar musical. The former Sex Pistols star was in rehearsals as King Herod when he learned the show had been cancelled last week (ends30May14).
Reports suggest poor ticket sales were to blame, but a representative for Lydon admits he and castmates Michelle Williams, rocker Brandon Boyd and ex-'N SYNC star J.C. Chasez are still baffled by the news.
In a tweet on Lydon's official Twitter.com page, the rep writes, "Sorry for the delay updating people. We are in as much shock over the cancellation of Jesus Christ Superstar as everyone else.
"Rehearsals had been going extremely well. John was looking forward to being King Herod & working with such a great bunch of people.
"We are all bitterly disappointed. We hope people were not too inconvenienced. We know flights and hotels were booked... We feel for everyone from the fans to the cast and crew who were a joy to work with. If we knew more we would tell you."
The musical was just two weeks from opening night when producers cancelled the tour.
A Jesus Christ Superstar tour starring punk icon John Lydon has been cancelled less than two weeks before its first performance due to poor ticket sales. The former Sex Pistols star was set to hit the stage to play Biblical villain King Herod on the North American tour of the hit musical, which was due to kick off a 50-city trek in New Orleans, Louisiana on 9 June (14).
Also starring in the new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage show was Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd, former Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams, and ex-'NSYNC star JC Chasez. Newcomer Ben Forster was set to play the lead role after starring in the London revival.
The cancellation was announced on the show's official website on Friday (30May14), and promoter Michael Cohl reveals it didn't make "business sense" to go ahead with a tour that wasn't selling.
He tells the New York Times, "It became obvious the shows were in trouble but we tried until the last moment to give it every chance to turn around. In the end it just did not make business sense to continue and we didn't want the cast to endure playing to disappointing audiences."
After the news broke, Boyd expressed his sadness on Twitter.com, writing, "I got fired from #JesusChristSuperstar today... but so did the rest of the cast so we're all sad together. Yeah, it's true. Tour cancelled."
Forster poured his emotions into a message, writing, "My heart is broken. My beautiful talented cast and company I adore. This wonderful show & opportunity is over. I'm so sorry. I am devastated... I am in New Orleans. I was mid rehearsal with JC Chasez on the floor. Going they (through) the end of the show. U (sic) guys must know we were ready for this (show)... I am so devastated. I'm sorry to everyone who got tickets and flights. Whoever f**ked it up I hate u (sic). But I forgive you, I'm Jesus... well was."
The Rolling Stones' former manager Andrew Loog Oldham has announced he'll be a no-show at Thursday's (10Apr14) Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony after learning museum bosses have only allocated five minutes of the show to honour him and fellow svengali Brian Epstein. The two music moguls will join KISS, Peter Gabriel, Nirvana, Hall & Oates and Linda Ronstadt among the Class of 2014, but Oldham plans to sit out the New York gala.
He recently told the audience during a talk at the Berlin School of Creative Leadership in Germany, "I think those people (Hall of Fame bosses) basically hijacked the name rock 'n' roll. I won't be there... It's a television show.
"Twenty years ago it was an incredible party in the Waldorf-Astoria... and then it became a business. I think it's healthier to stay home."
Asked to confirm he would not be a part of the ceremony by a fan last week (04Apr14), the 70 year old tweeted, "Like (the late) Brian Epstein I was not consulted as regards this matter & like dear Brian I will not be going (sic)."
He and Epstein are being inducted as non-performers as part of a Hall of Fame celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the original British Invasion as the Beatles and Stones conquered the U.S.
He adds, "The Hall has adjusted for the times and... I think it may have become an event for performers only and their fans. Rush last year, Nirvana and KISS this year. Now, for the Hall Of Fame to survive, it's gone 'Simon Cowell' and that, unless you are a Rush or KISS fan, is a shame."
Linda Ronstadt will also be a no-show at the induction ceremony after revealing she's too ill to travel to the event, and KISS founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons have refused to perform after learning their current bandmates will not be honoured alongside them.
Oldham isn't the first inductee to boycott the event - Neil Young refused to turn up in 1997 when he was being honoured as a member of Buffalo Springfield and the Sex Pistols and Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose also stayed away when they were inducted.
Legendary photographer Leee Black Childers, who snapped David Bowie early in his career and chronicled the iconic New York punk scene in the 1970s, has died. Childers was a central figure in the Big Apple's underground culture and was a close associate of Andy Warhol, taking dozens of famous shots of the pop art pioneer.
He also used his camera to document the notorious crowd of drag queens and dropouts who frequented the city's famous Chelsea Hotel.
Other stars photographed by Childers include Lou Reed, the Sex Pistols, Iggy Pop, and Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry, and he also managed several bands including Johnny Thunders' group The Heartbreakers.
Childers recalled the stories behind some of his most famous shots in the 2012 book Drag Queens, Rent Boys, Pick Pockets, Junkies, Rockstars and Punks.
He passed away in Los Angeles on Sunday (06Apr14). Childers had reportedly been hospitalised since March (14) but further details were unavailable as WENN went to press.
Officials in the quiet English town where punk icon Sid Vicious grew up have addressed a growing controversy surrounding the prospect of commemorating the late Sex Pistols star. The bassist, real name John Ritchie, lived in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent between 1965 and 1971 and the rocker is on a list of celebrities being considered for a commemorative plaque to mark his links to the town.
Bosses at the town's Civic Society will decide which celebrity to honour later this year (14), but some residents feel Vicious shouldn't even be on the list.
One local tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "Nobody wants to be reminded that Sid Vicious lived here. He was a vile man and died as he lived - surrounded by filth and misery."
However, Royal Tunbridge Wells Civic Society chairman Alastair Tod insists the punk rocker's inclusion is justified and promises to defend the decision should Vicious ultimately be chosen for the honour.
Tod tells MailOnline, "We're all prepared to argue the case if necessary. We would be prepared to defend the inclusion of any of the names on our list. It's only a longlist, though, and I think Sid Vicious is probably an outlier. It's not for me to make the final decision."
Vicious died of a heroin overdose in 1979, while on bail after being arrested for the murder of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen.
Punk icon John Lydon is set to hit the stage again as biblical villain King Herod in a North American arena tour of hit musical Jesus Christ Superstar. The former Sex Pistols star will join Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd and ex-Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams for the new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage spectacular, which will begin a 50-city trek in New Orleans, Louisiana on 9 June (14).
The show will also feature former 'NSYNC star JC Chasez as Pontius Pilate and Ben Forster, who won his role as Jesus in the London revival of the musical on British TV talent show Superstar.
Announcing the news of the tour on U.S. TV show Good Morning America on Friday (04Apr14), Boyd said, "It's an incredible show. I'm so excited to be part of it."
Confirming his part in the show, Lydon took to his website and wrote: "I'm here to sing with the King of the Jews, who could ask for anything more?"