Sex Pistols Vow to Rock Iraq

Veteran punks will tour U.S. first

July 11, 2003 12:00 AM ET

As evident from the Sex Pistols' impromptu 1977 boat gig on the River Thames -- wherein they serenaded Queen Elizabeth from a afar on the twenty-fifth anniversary of her coronation with "Anarchy in the U.K." -- to their ill-fated U.S. tour of southern honky-tonks and rodeos the next year, the punk pioneers will play anywhere.

Add to the list of anywhere Atlantic City's Trump Marina and . . . Iraq.

That's right, along with setting the dates for their first U.S. tour since 1996's Filthy Lucre reunion outing, the Sex Pistols are promising to play the war-torn capital city of Baghdad as a benefit for the people of Iraq.

"If the people of Iraq are being offered democracy," says singer John Lydon (a.k.a. Johnny Rotten), "then they should understand it to its fullest extent, and that is the Sex Pistols."

But first the Sex Pistols -- Lydon, Steve Jones (guitar), Paul Cook (drums) and Glen Matlock (bass), the band's original lineup -- will take on the U.S., a place Lydon refers to as "the new Russia" under the Bush Administration. The tour kicks off August 20th in Boston and wraps up in San Diego on September 7th.

Sex Pistols tour dates:

8/20: Boston, Fleet Boston Pavilion
8/21: Wantagh, NY, Jones Beach
8/23: Atlantic City, NJ, Trump Marina/Grand Cayman Ballroom
8/24: Washington, DC, 9:30 Club
8/25: Toronto, Molson Amphitheater
8/27: Cleveland, The Scene Pavilion
8/28: Detroit, Cobo Arena
8/29: Chicago, Aragon Ballroom
8/31: Englewood, CO, Fiddler's Green Amphitheater
9/3: San Francisco, Warfield Theater
9/5: Las Vegas, NV, The Joint
9/6: Los Angeles, Greek Theater
9/7: San Diego, San Diego Street Scene

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

“Wake Up Everybody”

John Legend and the Roots | 2010

A Number One record by Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes in 1976 (a McFadden- and Whitehead-penned classic sung by Teddy Pendergrass) inspired the title and lead single from Wake Up!, John Legend's tribute album to message music. The more familiar strains of "Wake Up Everybody" also fit his agenda. "It basically sums up, in a very concise way, all the things we were thinking about when we were putting this record together in that it's about justice, doing the right thing and coming together to make the world a better place," he said. Vocalists Common and Melanie Fiona assist Legend on this mission to connect.

More Song Stories entries »