Sex Pistols baffled as John Lydon accuses band of ‘cashing in on Queen’s death’

John Lydon has dished out another scathing dig at his former band Sex Pistols, accusing them of attempting to ‘cash in’ on the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

However, his surprise statement has left Sex Pistols completely baffled as they claim to be clueless as to what Lydon could be referring to. 

Simmering tensions between Lydon, 66, and his former bandmates recently boiled over surrounding the release of the Sex Pistols PISTOL. 

In 2021, Lydon lost his lawsuit against his ex-bandmates regarding the use of their music in the Disney Plus programme.

The singer argued that a 1988 contract signed by himself and bandmates Jones and Cook regarding music licensing was not adhered to. 

He has now reignited the feud by making vague allegations that the remaining Sex Pistols rockers, known for the hit God Save The Queen, are trying to capitalise on the death of the Queen. 

Sex Pistols released God Save The Queen in 1977 during Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee, but the song garnered widespread criticism. 

The song featured a defaced image of the Queen on the cover, and lyrics such as: ‘God save the queen/ She’s not a human being,’ and ‘Our figurehead is not what she seems.’ 

The song was consequently banned by the BBC and was described by the corporation as an example of ‘gross bad taste’.

Despite the bans, God Save the Queen officially reached number two on the UK charts, just behind Rod Stewart’s I Don’t Want To Talk About It, but there were rumours that it actually reached the top spot and was pushed down so as not to cause offence. has reached out to Sex Pistols for comment.

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