John Lydon rejects Sex Pistols fans’ God Save the Queen campaign

10:46 18 April 2012

John Lydon says he wants to distance himself from efforts to get the Sex Pistols

John Lydon says he wants to distance himself from efforts to get the Sex Pistols' God Save The Queen to number one in jubilee week

Former Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon has said he wants no part in a campaign to get the punk band’s God Save the Queen single to number one for the Diamond Jubilee in June.

The 1977 track originally released at the time of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, is being re-released and music fans are trying to kickstart an online campaign to push the song to the top of the charts to coincide with this year’s national celebrations.

But Lydon - who has relaunched his band Public Image Ltd – has insisted he wants “no part in the circus”.

Lydon said: “I would like to very strongly distance myself from the recent stories and campaign to push God Save the Queen for the number one spot over the jubilee weekend. It is certainly not my personal plan or aim.

“I am proud of what the Sex Pistols achieved and always will be but this campaign totally undermines what the Sex Pistols stood for. This is not my campaign.

“I am pleased that the Sex Pistols recordings are being put out there for a new generation, however I wish for no part in the circus that is being built up around it.”

In recent years Lydon has put together a new line up of PiL - the group he formed after quitting the Pistols in 1978 - and the band are to release their first album of fresh material for 20 years.

The album, This Is PiL, will come out on the same day – May 28 - as God Save the Queen.

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