Sex Pistols’ Johnny Rotten Likens Agreement He Signed With Other Members To “Slave Labor”

As previously reported, Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook have filed a lawsuit against singer John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) over the right to use the band’s music in “Pistol,” a new miniseries based on Jones’ memoir “Lonely Boy: Tales From A Sex Pistol.” Now, Lydon has fired back by referring to the band’s 1998 agreement as “a total trap or prison” and likening it to “slave labor.”

Jones and Cook’s lawyer Edmund Cullen previously told a judge at the High Court in London that the aforementioned agreement allows members of the group to use songs on a “majority rules basis” and that they have the support of bassist Glen Matlock and the estate of the late Sid Vicious. However, Lydon claimed that the other members of the band needed his permission to use their music. His lawyer Mark Cunningham also noted that Jones’ memoir portrayed the singer “in a hostile and unflattering light.”

Lydon has since commented further during a court appearance today (July 21):

“I care very much about this band and its reputation and its quality control and I will always have a say if I think anything is being done to harm or damage [it].

I don’t want anything I’m involved in to victimize any one of us. It would destroy the whole point and purpose of the band and so I don’t understand the [bandmember agreement]… I don’t remember signing it.

You can’t let your history be rewritten for us by a complete stranger with no interest in it. This is my life here. This is my history. I didn’t write these songs [for them] to be given off to nonsense.”

According to BBC News, the frontman also added that the agreement had not been applied since it was signed and that “all decisions” regarding the group’s music and imagery were previously made with “unanimous” agreement. He continued:

“I don’t understand how Steve and Paul think they have the right to insist that I do something that I so morally heart-and-soul disagree with without any involvement.

My fear is that they’re demanding that I agree to sign over the rights to a drama documentary that I am not allowed any access to.

I don’t think the [bandmember agreement] applies. I didn’t ask for this court case, it was brought to me, so I will naturally defend myself.

There is no point in me being here or ever was if it is the case that I can just be completely outvoted by the vested interests of all in one management camp.”

Earlier this week, Cook also told the court that the group had “always wanted to work harmoniously,” but were forced to take legal action against Lydon, so their music can be used in the aforementioned series. He went on to say that Lydon “can be a difficult character and always likes to feel that he has control.” Cook also added that the “majority rules agreement” was never used before because he “thought that [their] relationship with John would get worse” if they evoked it. He continued:

“Maybe Steve and I have been too nice to John over the years in trying to maintain good relations and that we should have been tougher.

I am unhappy that he would behave like this over an important personal project for Steve, particularly as we have always backed his personal projects.”

The news of the lawsuit broke after Lydon slammed the series, which he called “disrespectful.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Circle Jerks Announce North American Tour With Adolescents, Municipal Waste, & Negative Approach

Circle Jerks have announced a headlining North American tour. Adolescents, Municipal Waste, and Negative Approach will open on select dates.

Tour Dates:

2021:

09/05 Pioneertown, CA, – Pappy & Harriet’s (with Negative Approach)
09/17 Chicago, IL – Riot Fest 2021
09/25 Las Vegas, NV – Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival
10/27 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater (with Adolescents and Negative Approach)
10/29 Tuscon, AZ – Rialto Theatre (with Adolescents and Negative Approach)
10/30 Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren (with Adolescents and Negative Approach)
12/10 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage (with Municipal Waste and Negative Approach)
12/11 Norfolk, VA – Norva (with Municipal Waste and Negative Approach)
12/12 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle (with Municipal Waste and Negative Approach)
12/14 Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club (with Municipal Waste and Negative Approach)
12/15 Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits (with Municipal Waste and Negative Approach)
12/17 St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live (with Municipal Waste and Negative Approach)
12/18 Orlando, FL – Plaza Live (with Municipal Waste and Negative Approach)
12/19 Fort Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room (with Municipal Waste and Negative Approach)

2022:

02/18 San Diego, CA – The Observatory (with Adolescents and Negative Approach)
02/19 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues (with Adolescents and Negative Approach)
02/20 Ventura, CA – The Majestic Ventura Theater (with Adolescents and Negative Approach)
02/22 San Luis Obispo, CA – Fremont Theater (with Adolescents and Negative Approach)
02/23 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst (with Adolescents and Negative Approach)
02/25 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore (with Adolescents and Negative Approach)
02/26 Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades (with Adolescents and Negative Approach)
02/27 Reno, NV – Cargo Concert Hall (with Adolescents and Negative Approach)
03/01 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory (with Negative Approach)
03/02 Bend, OR – Midtown (with Negative Approach)
03/04 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom (with Adolescents)
03/05 Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo (with Adolescents and Negative Approach)
03/06 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater (with Adolescents and Negative Approach)
03/17 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex (with Negative Approach)
03/19 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre (with Negative Approach)
03/21 Lawrence, KS – Bottleneck (with Negative Approach)
03/22 St. Louis, MO – Red Flag (with Negative Approach)
04/07 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club (with Negative Approach)
04/16 Washington, DC – Black Cat (with Negative Approach)
04/29 San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger (with Negative Approach)
04/30 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall (with Negative Approach)
05/01 Dallas, TX – Granada Theater (with Negative Approach)

Johnny Rotten Sued By Two Members Of Sex Pistols Over Song Rights

According to NBC News, Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook have filed a lawsuit against singer John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) over the right to use the band’s music in “Pistol,” a new miniseries based on Jones’ memoir “Lonely Boy: Tales From A Sex Pistol.” This news comes after Lydon previously blasted the biopic, calling it “disrespectful.” Jones and Cook’s lawyer Edmund Cullen told a judge at the High Court in London that the band have an agreement that allows them to use songs on a “majority rules basis” and that they have the support of bassist Glen Matlock and the estate of the late Sid Vicious. For his part, Lydon says that the other members of the band need his permission to use the music. His lawyer, Mark Cunningham, also noted that Jones’ memoir portrayed the singer “in a hostile and unflattering light.”

NOFX Premiere Animated Video For “The Big Drag”

NOFX have premiered an animated video for their song “The Big Drag.” This track is from the band’s latest album “Single Album.“ Fat Mike commented:

“I’m more excited than… a very excited person would be about this video! Why? Firstly, because I didn’t have to do anything but write the song. I asked the Mad Twins from the Ukraine to choose a song from our album to make a video for. They said it would have to be ‘The Big Drag.’ They wanted something very dark… They wrote the treatment for it, and I was blown away. It’s nothing that I would have ever thought of. Well, I threw in a couple of things. They said it would take them six months of working 10 hours a day to finish it… They also said it sucks balls to live in the Ukraine during COVID in the winter. Well, they finished it in five months!!!! And wow!!!!! They fucking killed!!!”

Bad Religion & Alkaline Trio Announce Rescheduled Dates For Their Co-Headlining Tour

Bad Religion and Alkaline Trio have officially announced the rescheduled dates for their co-headlining tour. The trek is now scheduled to take place this fall with War On Women set to open.

Tour Dates:

10/15 Riverside, CA – Riverside Municipal Auditorium
10/16 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
10/17 Tempe, AZ – The Marquee Theatre
10/19 Austin, TX – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
10/20 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live!
10/22 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
10/23 St Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live!
10/24 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Café
10/26 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
10/27 Norfolk, VA – The NorVA
10/29 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
10/30 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
10/31 Asbury Park, NJ – Convention Hall
11/03 Richmond, VA – The National
11/05 Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Riverworks
11/06 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
11/07 Philadelphia, PA – The Met
11/09 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
11/10 Columbus, OH – EXPRESS LIVE! – Indoor Music Hall
11/12 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
11/13 Chicago, IL – Radius
11/14 Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
11/16 Saint Paul, MN – Palace Theatre
11/17 Saint Louis, MO – The Pageant
11/19 Denver, CO – The Fillmore
11/20 Salt Lake City, UT – The Union
11/22 Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
11/23 Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre
11/24 San Francisco, CA – The Masonic
11/26 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium

NOFX Announce 2021 Denver, CO And Worcester, MA Punk In Drublic Festivals

NOFX have announced two Punk In Drublic festivals. One will be held at Sculpture Park in Denver, CO on July 17, while the other will be held at The Paladium Outdoors in Worcester, MA on September 25. Here’s the lineups:

July 17 (Denver, CO): NOFX, Less Than Jake, Sick of It All, Get Dead, and Potato Pirates.

September 25 (Worcester, MA): NOFX, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Pennywise, and Get Dead.

Furthermore, both events will also “feature up to four hours of craft beer tastings.”

Dropkick Murphys And Rancid Announce Co-Headlining Tour

Dropkick Murphys and Rancid have announced a co-headlining U.S. tour. The Bronx will open on most dates.

Tour Dates:

08/10 Waite Park, MN – The Ledge Amphitheater
08/11 Kansas City, MO – Grinders
08/13 Lincoln, NE – Lincoln on the Streets
08/14 Wichita, KS – Wave
08/15 Sauget, IL – Pop’s Outside
08/17 Washington, PA – Wild Things Park
08/18 Cincinnati, OH – Smale Park
08/20 Gilford, NH – Bank of N.H. Pavilion
08/21 Worcester, MA – The Palladium Outdoors
08/22 Lewiston, NY – Artpark Amphitheater
08/23 Columbus, OH – Express Live
08/25 Richmond, VA – Virginia Credit Union Live
08/27 Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony
08/28 New York, NY – Forest Hills Stadium
08/31 Philadelphia, PA – Mann Music Center
09/01 Bridgeport, CT – Hartford H.C. Amphitheater
09/18 Chicago, IL – Riot Fest
09/24 Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater (no The Bronx)
09/25 Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Civic Center (no The Bronx)
09/27 Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street
09/28 Grand Prairie, TX – Texas Trust Theatre
09/29 Oklahoma City, OK – The Zoo
10/01 Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom Outdoors
10/02 Sandy, UT – U of U Health Plaza
10/04 Nampa, IN – Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater
10/05 Seattle, WA – WAMU Theater
10/07 Palo Alto, CA – Frost Amphitheater
10/08 Sacramento, CA – Aftershock
10/09 Santa Ana, CA – Observatory OC Festival Grounds
10/10 San Diego, CA – Petco Park San Diego
10/12 Mesa, AZ – Mesa Amphitheatre
10/13 Paso Robles, CA – Vina Robles
10/15 Las Vegas, NV – Virgin Hotels Theater
10/16 Los Angeles, CA – The Shrine

Rancid’s Tim Armstrong commented:

“Looking forward to hitting the road with the Dropkick Murphys again for the second edition of our ‘Boston To Berkeley’ tour. Our good buddies The Bronx will be joining us on tour as well. See ya in the pit!”

Dropkick Murphys’ Ken Casey added:

“Can’t wait to get back out there and kick the touring door open again. This is a great lineup and we are gonna take the country by storm.”

Flogging Molly, Descendents, The Distillers, Etc. Set For 2022 “Salty Dog Cruise”

Flogging Molly and Sixthman have revealed the details for the sixth annual “Salty Dog Cruise.” The cruise will sail from Miami to Nassau and Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas on March 28 – April 1, 2022. Here’s the artists set to perform: Flogging Molly, Descendents, The Distillers, Frank Turner (Duo), Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, Broilers, Möngöl Hörde, Authority Zero, Dave Hause & The Mermaid, Thick, The Cherry Coke$, Punk Rock Karaoke, and Guise. Flogging Molly frontman Dave King commented:

“Ahoy Shipmates! The time for shenanigans on the high seas has finally arrived. We are so proud to announce the return of The Salty Dog cruise 2022. As always we’ll be joined by an amazing bunch of bands to accompany the many cocktails we all deserve after the very strange year and a half we’ve all experienced. So, pack the sunscreen and get ready for the one thing we’ve all missed…..FUN TIMES!! Looking so forward to seeing you all… Love Flogging Molly.💚”

Rancid, Pennywise, & Suicidal Tendencies Join Forces As The Crew, Release New Benefit Single “One Voice”

Rancid‘s Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman, Pennywise‘s Fletcher Dragge and Byron McMackin, and Suicidal Tendencies’ Mike Muir have joined forces in a new band called The Crew. The group have released a new benefit single titled “One Voice.“ The track is available digitally and can also be pre-ordered as a limited edition 7 inch with proceeds set to go towards Musack, an organization that works to “give kids and teens a voice through music by providing musical instruments and support for teachers.” The 7 inch will also include a track, titled “One In A Million,” by Rippy And The Sillyettes, who feature kids from Musack. Dragge said the following about “One Voice”:

“Collaborating with Tim Armstrong, Mike Muir, and Matt Freeman has been an awesome experience, obviously Byron Mcmackin and I go way back. Byron and I had a demo of ‘One Voice’ laying around for couple years, and I thought it would be cool to bring a couple old friends on board to breath some new life into it. Watching these guys lay down their own personal trademark styles on this song was nothing short of amazing! I think it’s safe to safe we’re all pretty fucking stoked on the final product, and being able to donate proceeds to Musack feels pretty awesome as well. Find it, crank it up, and enjoy!”

Misfits To Perform “Walk Among Us” In Full At 2022 Riot Fest

Misfits will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of “Walk Among Us” by performing it in full at next year’s Riot Fest. That event is scheduled to take place in Chicago, IL on September 16-18, 2022 and it will also feature My Chemical Romance and more to be announced. If you missed it, the lineup for the 2021 Riot Fest can also be found HERE.