It’s almost 50 years since the Sex Pistols exploded as part of the punk scene of 70s London, and almost 15 years since they’ve played live – but original bassist Glen Matlock says getting back on stage with John Lydon, Steve Jones and Paul Cook would feel natural.
“If the Sex Pistols ever play together again, which looks very unlikely, it will be like riding a bike,” he told The Big Issue, as part of an exclusive interview for the Letter To My Younger Self series.
“We all like playing with each other. We keep in contact. I saw Steve in LA when I was there with Blondie, Paul invited me to do a few numbers with The Professionals before Christmas. And I did like when John said: ‘While we may not be the best of friends, we are certainly not the worst of enemies.’ Now, whether that is still the case… but I like to think so.”
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Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, is currently busy preparing for his bid to represent Ireland in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest with his post-Pistols band Public Image Ltd (the Irish representative being set to be decided on February 3) and Matlock is busy with his own album. But a Sex Pistols reunion faces problems beyond scheduling.
Matlock and Lydon have long had a fractious relationship. In 1977, just before the release of the band’s debut album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols, the acrimony between the pair led to Matlock being replaced by Sid Vicious.