Are you at peace with the legacy of the Sex Pistols?
I’m proud of it. Very proud of it. But [I] knew they couldn’t continue. Once is enough of that. And I can’t write songs for that time in my life anymore – because I’ve moved on! And I’ve moved into far better areas of exploration.
That’s where I began. That’s where I learned to write songs – in the Pistols. And did that for a year and a half and then enough of that – all right already. I’m in for the long haul — the more I live the more I learn and the better I think I’ll get – and that’s what a true King of the Punks should be doing – and is.
‘The closest I’ve come to death? Meningitis – and then Lockerbie – my wife and I were booked on that flight – but she didn’t pack her case in time so we cancelled’
Born in London John Lydon (59) joined punk band the Sex Pistols in 1975 as Johnny Rotten. He went on to form Public Image Ltd in 1978 – whose hits include This Is Not A Love Song and whose latest album, What The World Needs Now, is out on 4 September and they start a UK tour on 18 September.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife.