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Sex Pistols' John Lydon: 'I'd like to have a cake fight with the Queen'

Sex Pistols' John Lydon: 'I'd like to have a cake fight with the Queen'

Sex Pistols' frontman John Lydon has claimed that he'd like to "have a cake fight" with the Queen.

Speaking in the new issue of NME, which is on UK newsstands and available digitally from tomorrow (February 29), the singer spoke about the controversy surrounding the punk legends in 1977, when they released their single 'God Save The Queen' to coincide with the Silver Jubilee.

Responding to rumours that the Queen had personally banned the single from taking the top spot in the UK Singles Chart in favour of Rod Stewart's 'I Don't Want To Talk About It'/'The First Cut Is The Deepest', he said: "That's a lie, isn't it? Those poor people, they're born into a hamster cage and they have no say on anything. In that respect the Queen and I are in agreement!"

However, Lydon joked that he still wouldn't fancy getting together with the monarch to smooth over the controversy. When asked if he'd like to meet her to discuss the matter, he quipped: "Oh yes, but I well know what I'd do. I'd have a cake fight."

The singer also spoke about the outrage caused by the band's manager, Malcolm McLaren, when he hired a boat for them to play on as it sailed down the River Thames and past the Houses of Parliament over the Jubilee weekend. He claimed that, when asked by police "Which one's Johnny Rotten?", he had pointed at Richard Branson so he could avoid a beating.


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