John Lydon Sued by Ex-Bandmates for Banning the Use of Sex Pistols' Songs in Biopic Series

The Sex Pistols frontman is challenged in court by former bandmates Steve Jones and Paul Cook for refusing to allow their group's music to be used in Danny Boyle's upcoming biopic series.

AceShowbiz - John Lydon is being sued by his former Sex Pistols bandmates for refusing to license the group's music for Danny Boyle's upcoming biopic series.

Frontman Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, vetoed the use of the tunes in Pistol - based on guitarist Steve Jones' 2016 memoir, "Lonely Boy: Tales From a Sex Pistol".

But Jones and drummer Paul Cook legally challenged Lydon's veto via their lawyer Edmund Cullen in London's High Court on Thursday (15Jul21).

Cullen argued that an agreement made by the band in 1998 stated that decisions regarding licensing of their songs could be made on a "majority rules basis."

And as the Sex Pistols' original bassist Glen Matlock and the estate of the late Sid Vicious both support the inclusion of the music in the series, that rule would suggest that the music can be used.

However, Lydon is arguing that the licensing can't be granted unless he agrees.

The case will continue next week (beg19Jul21).

Pistol stars Anson Boon as Lydon and Maisie Williams as Jordan Mooney (also known as Pamela Rooke) and is expected to be broadcast next year (22).

In a previous interview, John Lydon fumed for being excluded from the project, "Sorry, you think you can do this, like walk all over me - it isn't going to happen. Not without a huge, enormous f**king fight. I'm Johnny, you know, and when you interfere with my business you're going to get the bitter end of my business as a result. It's a disgrace."

"I fronted this band. I'm the man that wrote the words. I supplied the image and direction, and I think the questions hang on their actions here. If they needed to be this secret squirrel about it then they must have something to hide."

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