John Lydon on life at 60: ‘If I can’t enjoy being alive, then I don’t want to be’

Sex Pistols turned sixty last weekend

Former Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon has spoken about life at 60 following his birthday on Sunday (February 31).

Lydon’s post-punk group PiL released their tenth studio record, ‘What The World Needs Now…’, in September of last year, and the singer spoke to GQ about his advancing years in a new interview.

Confirming that he is still smoking and drinking, Lydon said: “If I can’t enjoy being alive, then I don’t want to be alive. Drinking and cigarettes and having fun and staying up for endless days – these are all great attractions to me.”


Stating that partying has “made him a better person”, Lydon also claimed that the last time he exercised was “years and years ago… when my band PIL was first touring America”.

Lydon elaborated: “An American manager recommended it. I just wouldn’t go to no gymnasium, not for anything. So, they rented this bloke who came around in a truck with all the equipment in the back. It was just too preposterous. It’s like, these are muscles I don’t need to use and I don’t want, and I don’t want to carry them around either. I’d much rather carry around vats of alcoholic debris. Body shape and size matters nothing at all. Everything I know about human beings – it’s all in their eyes.”


John Lydon surprised many late last year when he complimented boy band One Direction.

Speaking at the time, he said: “The thing with those boys is, they can really sing. Fair play to them. I’m never going to put another artist down. Anyone who wants to make music is all right by me.”