Not rotten: Ex-Intercourse Pistol defends TV present in row with singer

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LONDON (AP) — Former Intercourse Pistols guitarist Steve Jones stated Friday that he dislikes former bandmate John Lydon and hasn’t spoken to him since 2008 however denied {that a} TV collection in regards to the band would make the singer as soon as often known as Johnny Rotten look dangerous.

The punk icons’ fractious relationship is on the coronary heart of a authorized dispute over using the band’s songs within the Danny Boyle-directed collection “Pistol.”

Jones and drummer Peter Cook dinner are suing Lydon at Britain’s Excessive Court docket for the proper to license the band’s music for the Disney-backed drama, which is predicated on Jones’ memoir “Lonely Boy: Tales from a Intercourse Pistol.”

Lydon has slammed the present as “disrespectful” and is refusing to grant permission for the songs to be included. He contends that music licenses can’t be granted with out his consent, however Jones and Cook dinner say licensing requests could be determined by a majority of band members.

At a listening to on Friday, Lydon’s lawyer, Mark Cunningham, took Jones by means of extracts from the guitarist’s e-book, together with a passage describing Lydon as an “annoying little brat.”

“There’s a whole lot of reward within the e-book as effectively,” Jones stated. He denied the lawyer’s suggestion that he resented the prominence and profile of Lydon, the best-known member of the Intercourse Pistols.

Requested if he dislikes Lydon, Jones stated: “I assume so, sure.” He stated the 2 had not spoken since 2008, the yr of the band’s final reunion tour.

Jones, who appeared as a witness by video hyperlink from Los Angeles, stated there was nothing uncommon about acrimony amongst bandmates.

“I feel there’s a whole lot of bands who resent one another,” stated the musician, who wore a swimsuit, tie and glasses for the court docket look.

The band’s authentic bassist, Glen Matlock, and the property of Matlock’s alternative, Sid Vicious, assist the place of Cook dinner and Jones within the case. Vicious died in 1979 at age 21.

In the course of the court docket listening to, Jones disputed Lydon’s view that the collection was hostile to him. He stated his hope was that Lydon would “get on board with this and have some religion.”

“This isn’t about slagging anybody off on this TV collection in any respect,” he stated. “It isn’t our intention to make him look dangerous.”

Fashioned in London in 1975, the Intercourse Pistols energized and scandalized the British music scene with songs comparable to “God Save the Queen” and “Anarchy within the U.Ok.” The band cut up up in 1978 after releasing one album, however surviving members have reunited for a number of concert events through the years.

“Pistol” is being made for Disney subsidiary FX and is directed by Boyle, the Academy Award-winning director of “Trainspotting” and “Slumdog Millionaire.”

The court docket case is because of proceed subsequent week.

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