John Lydon says he feels ‘a bit responsible’ for Sid Vicious’ death’

Frontman spoke at Cheltenham Literature Festival over the weekend

Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon has said he feels “a bit responsible” for the death of bandmate Sid Vicious.

Vicious died of a heroin overdose in 1979. Speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival on Saturday, where he was promoting new autobiography Anger Is An Energy, Lydon said that as he was the person who brought the bass player into the Sex Pistols and the lifestyle that accompanied the band, he feels a sense of responsibility for what happened to him.

“He didn’t stand a chance,” Lydon said “His mother was a heroin addict. I feel bad [that] I brought him into the band. He couldn’t cope. I feel a bit responsible for his death.” The Gloucestershire Echo reports that Lydon then said: “There you are, I have confessed my demons.”

Lydon previously called Radio 4 presenter John Humphrys a “silly sausage” in an interview on the station’s Today programme last week (October 9).