Monday, January 14, 2013

Video in full - The Sex Pistols Final Performance 35 Years Ago Today

   35 Years ago today The Sex Pistols played their final performance of their US Tour which ended up being their final gig as a band. It was in front of over 5,000 people at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, CA. 

   Manager Malcolm McLaren had deliberately booked their 2 week US tour into places that he knew the audience would hate the band…and the band would hate them right back. By the time they got to San Francisco promoter Bill Graham convinced McLaren that the band was big enough to fill the Winterland Ballroom. 

The following piece Greil Marcus wrote in Rolling Stone pretty much sums up the end of The Sex Pistols as we had known them:

"During the encore, "No Fun," John's voice finally gave out. By the end of the song, instead of singing, he sat on the stage, stared into the crowd blankly, and grumbled: "This is no fun, no fun, it is no fun at all, no fun." The band played on, finishing in complete shambles. When the noise ceased, Rotten uttered that famous line, "Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?," said goodnight, and walked offstage. In an instant, the Sex Pistols were over."

Love them or hate them The Sex Pistols an important part in Rock N' Roll history……here is the complete video of that last performance.

Johnny Rotten - lead vocals
Sid Vicious - bass, vocals
Steve Jones - guitar, vocals
Paul Cook – drums

Joe Cornelisse-SMM

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