PISTOLS PLANNING ROYAL KNEES-UP?

The gigs would also coincide with the 25th anniversary of punk...

The Sex Pistols are set to become the oldest anarchists in town with a tour next year to celebrate punk’s 25th anniversary and the QUEEN’s GOLDEN JUBILEE, NME.COM can reveal.

A source close to the surviving members of the legendary group told us that the band were seriously considering planning to cash in on the coincidence of the two events and play their first live dates together since Shepherd’s Bush Empire in August 1996.

HRH The Queen’s Golden Jubilee will be on 3 June 2002 and it’s thought the gigs will be around that time – with maybe one date on the actual Jubilee day itself.

Promoter John Giddings, who organised the Sex Pistols last set of dates in the UK, told NME.COM: “I can confirm I’ve received a couple of offers about the Sex Pistols reforming again to play around the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. We’re looking at it right now, but it does depend on what day of the week it lands on, whether the band are still talking, that kind of thing.”

However, the source close to the band said most of them were keen to ink deals – with only John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, yet to make up his mind.

The group, arguably the most controversial of all time, originally released ‘God Save The Queen’ at the beginning of June 1977 – at exactly the same time as The Queen celebrated her Silver Jubilee, marking 25 years on the throne.

The deliberately anti-royalist record, who’s sleeve featured Her Majesty with a safety pin through her nose, went straight to Number One despite being banned by all major radio stations and most major record shops refusing to stock it.

However, it was subsequently banned by the BPI who put it at Number Two and made Rod Stewart’s ‘I Don’t Wanna Talk About It/’The First Cut Is The Deepest’ at Number One instead.

Record shops who had supported the record displayed charts which had a blank space instead of a Number One in protest.

To stoke the controversy further and to fly in the face of the royalist fervour of the time, on the day of The Queen’s official June celebration, the band then played a gig on a Thames riverboat, until it was raided by police.

When the Sex Pistols played their last set of gigs in the summer of 1996, with original bassist Glen Matlock taking the place of Sid Vicious, former Creation Records boss Alan McGee famously took out a page ad in NME declaring the gig at Shepherd’s Bush Empire the “best he’d ever seen”.