Sex Pistols Are “Over Once And For All” Following Bitter Royalties Dispute


The Sex Pistols are said to be “over once and for all”, following a bitter row over royalties.

It was reported in the Sun that drummer Paul Cook and guitarist Steve Jones filed a lawsuit against former bandmates Glen Matlock and John Lydon alleging breach of contract. Jones and Cook believed that they are owed money.

Having formed in 1975, the band have pledged never to reunite. It has been said that the former bandmates are not even on speaking terms and only communicate through their lawyers.

The Sun were informed by a source that, “None of them are speaking – only through lawyers – and each reckons the other is to blame for various things over the decades”.

Adding, “There were chats about a reunion a while ago – but this is now off the table. The Sex Pistols are over once and for all”. 

Sex Pistols band members at“An all-time low”

A source also told the Sun that while the Sex Pistols members have always had a “fiery” relationship, “sadly things are at an all-time low now”. 

The source continued, “As with most rows, money is the major factor here- Steve and Paul believe they have been denied royalties dating back years, whereas Glen and John think, if anything, they’re owed more money. They could counter-sue if needs be”. 

A reunion may not be on the cards for the band, but it was confirmed a few weeks ago that the band’s story is to be told on the small screens. Danny Boyle is to direct a new biopic series about the Sex Pistols. Check out Nova’s report here for more.

Steve Jones is to be played by Toby Wallace, Paul Cook is to be portrayed by Jacob Slater.  Anson Boon is to play Johnny Rotten, while Louis Partidge is to play Sid Vicious. Vicious joined the band in 1977 and became its main antagonist.

Following years of using heroin, Vicious was arrested on suspicion of killing his girlfriend Nancy Spungen in 1978. In February 1979, weeks before he was due to stand trial, Sid Vicious died of a drug overdose.