Johnny Rotten Sends Prince William and Kate Middleton a Love Letter

People think I hate the Royal Family, but that's not true,' Sex Pistols frontman says

November 19, 2010 12:40 PM ET

In the '70s, John Lydon called himself Johnny Rotten and raged against Britain's monarchy with the Sex Pistols' scorching "God Save The Queen." But in the British tabloid The Sun he wishes Prince William and his fiancée Kate Middleton the best — and notes that his problems with his homeland's royal family are rooted in the "austere nonsense ... being propagated," not the people themselves.

"People think I hate the Royal Family, but that's not true," Lydon says in the lengthy piece, which was culled from an interview with the Sex Pistols/Public Image Limited frontman. Lydon praised William's mother, the late Princess Diana, for changing the face of the royal family and helping them shake off the doldrums that led to "God Save the Queen."

"Di firmly started laying the pathway out of all that," Lydon said. "She was fantastic. Di introduced a different element to it all. She refused to turn up and just be a cartoon character in someone else's charade."

Billie Joe Armstrong On The Sex Pistols

He noted that the prince's presentation of his mother's ring, and not an heirloom from the royal side of the family, to Middleton marked a further decision to change the face of the monarchy.

Lydon even has hope for the country as a result of the wedding. "It will do wonders for Britain," he said. "Their wedding will become like an advertising campaign. Not deliberately — but it will."

Never Mind the Bollocks... Here's RS' No. 41 Album Of All Time

"Ultimately they are in love," Lydon told The Sun. "And love is not a problem. In fact, it is a way out of most problems. I wish them well."

God save Wills & Kate...says Johnny Rotten [The Sun via Prefix]

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Whoomp! (There It Is)”

Tag Team | 1993

Cecil Glenn — a.k.a., "D.C." — was a cook at Magic City, a nude dance club in Atlanta, when he first heard women shout "Whoomp — there it is!" Inspired by the party chant, he and partner Steve "Roll'n" Gibson wrote a song around it. Undaunted by label rejections, they borrowed $2,500 from Glenn's parents and pressed 800 singles, which quickly sold out in the Atlanta area. A record deal came soon after. Glenn said the song was meant for positive partying. "If you're going to say 'Whoomp there it is,' and you're doing something negative, we'd rather it not have come out of your mouth."

More Song Stories entries »