John Lydon Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets


4th May 2015

Quote: "I've heard the rumours. Oh, they're trying to give me an O.B.E. or an M.B.E. or whatever that is. Nope, not interested... You wouldn't say that (I'm a national treasure) if you saw the state of my underpants. I tell you. Let's be honest." Punk icon John Lydon insists he'd turn down a 'national treasure' medal if offered one by The Queen.


6th January 2015

Fact: Former Sex Pistols star John Lydon has voiced the role of Batman's butler Alfred for a new online Lego short film.


18th November 2014

Quote: "I wasted 10,000 f**king pounds in the last two years on apps on my iPad. I got into Game of Thrones, Game of War, Real Racing, and I just wanted to up the ante. And, like an idiot, I didn't check myself. I've been checked now. But there's a kid in me, see? A bit of my childhood was taken from me and I'm determined to bring it back." Punk icon John Lydon admits he has spent a fortune on games and apps for his iPad.


12th June 2013

Fact: British punk rocker John Lydon was presented with Croatia's Porin award on Tuesday (11Jun13) in recognition of the former Sex Pistols star's career achievements.


22nd October 2012

Fact: Punk icon John Lydon will be among the guest Djs performing at the fourth annual KCRW Masquerade in Los Angeles on Saturday (27Oct12). The event has become one of Hollywood's biggest Halloween celebrations.


5th July 2012

Fact: Punk legend John Lydon will sit on the panel of British current affairs TV show Question Time on Thursday night (05Jul12). The rocker will appear alongside the U.K.'s former Home Secretary Alan Johnson and Member of Parliament (MP) Louise Mensch on the Bbc series.


30th June 2012

Quote: "The Lollipop Mob has opened a new Serbian chapter. May the road rise. This is now officially a PiL zone. Well done Serbia, love ya." Public Image Ltd. frontman John Lydon is suitably impressed by the group's Belgrade fans at its first European summer tour concert on Friday night (29Jun12).


15th June 2012

Quote: Poor old sod. I remember him quite well. I remember the wigs. He didn't have to let us on and he didn't have to be so kind to us and give us that opportunity. I really appreciated that. He could have been Godzilla to us. And PiL is an odd act to allow on a show like that anyway. It showed a great sense of rebellion in him." Punk icon John Lydon remembers late U.S. TV mogul DICk Clark.


1st June 2012

Quote: "The only good political movement I've seen lately was Occupy Wall Street. They had no leaders, which was genius. But unfortunately it always ends up with some hippie playing a flute." Former Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon is dismayed by the lack of political protests.


29th May 2012

Quote: "It's a delicious sound." John Lydon on opening Public Image Ltd's new album This Is Pil with a belch.


24th July 2011

Quote: "I'm a hard worker so when I hear of bands cancelling gigs 'cause of a dicky (unwell) tummy, that's not on. I say Take That." Veteran punk star John Lydon was not impressed to hear British pop star Robbie Williams had pulled out of a gig after a bout of food poisoning.


14th June 2011

Quote: "I am not Sting. I don't need to wear a sensible sweater to pretend I'm Irish. Being a legend means nothing to me. I'm not in this for money. I was offered the Hall of Fame but I told them where to go with that silly f**king teacup." John Lydon refuses to be called an icon.


26th May 2011

Quote: "It amuses teenagers to think they're terribly modern people but you're being involved in someone else's gimmick. Any town, anywhere in the world, you see people walking into lamp-posts because they're twittering." Former Sex Pistols star John Lydon is not a fan of the digital age.


10th March 2011

Quote: "There's a glorious picture of me aged four in a little tartan waistcoat. As soon as I saw it, I knew that's where I got my love of that fabric. There I was as a Sex Pistol in my tartan... My mum and dad had dressed me up in it." John Lydon discovered his passion for plaid while compiling childhood photos for a book about his life called Mr Rotten's Scrapbook.


2nd March 2011

Quote: "Simon should give himself a slap in the face and I'm more than happy to help him along the way. I think he's effeminate - any man that wears tight T-shirts and plays with his nipples on TV has got a social dilemma going on. It's amazing what money can attract." Rocker John Lydon is not a fan of Simon Cowell's fashion.


1st March 2011

Quote: "What I've learned is I'm not such a nasty person - I don't need to be. I know the perception over the years is I'm always rude and aggressive but I'm not really - that's just a response to insults." Rocker John Lydon insists he's a nice guy really.


1st March 2011

Quote: "I was really infuriated.. we were constantly harassed by stewards telling us to sit down as we were spoiling the game. Football is now a sit down sport?" John Lydon was angry to be ordered to sit in his seat during a recent soccer game in the U.K.


1st March 2011

Quote: "We've been together now very nearly 30 years. Honesty, really good arguments and the ability to forget the nastiness." Rocker John Lydon on how he's maintained his lengthy marriage to Nora Forster.


18th February 2011

Quote: "I don't actually want to see the Royal Family dismantled because I find them quite hilarious." Anarchist rocker John Lydon is in favour of the British monarchy.


30th November 2010

Quote: "If I get stopped by the police, I always call them 'Sir': it winds them up. Being polite can be a weapon. " Rocker John Lydon is cordial to cops.


20th October 2010

Fact: Sex Pistols star John Lydon is set to release a limited edition photobook which will document his life in pictures. Mr Rotten's Scrapbook also includes a vinyl recording of his live shows with Public Image Ltd and spoken-word sections.


9th April 2010

Quote: "It's an extremely young country and it has every chance of being a most amazing one." Sex Pistols star John Lydon on his love affair with America.


8th April 2010

Quote: "Instead of moosehunting, she should put that gun up her rear end." Punk icon John Lydon is no fan of former U.S. vice-presidential candidate and ex-Alaska Governor Sarah Palin


15th March 2010

Quote: "We've got no backing, no record company, no sponsors, nothing like that. The only way we can make money is the touring... It's sort of like the old days of PiL, when the Pistols went kaput; I had to scrimp and scrape out of my own pocket. Not much has changed." John Lydon insists the upcoming Public Image Limited reunion won't be a big money maker.


17th September 2008

Fact: Sex Pistols singer and former punk wildman John Lydon, also known as JOHNNY ROTTEN, is to become the face of British butter brand Country Life. He will publicise the spread in a forthcoming series of TV adverts.


24th July 2008

Fact: Duffy's manager JEANNETTE LEE is a former member of John Lydon's band PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED.


12th June 2008

Fact: Action man-turned California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger helped build a wall outside Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon's former Marina Del Rey, California home when he was a bodybuilding bricklayer dreaming of Hollywood success.


13th December 2007

Quote: "I'm not this callous clown walking around laughing at life all the time. But I'm not part of the self-pitying brigade, so please don't put a Radiohead album on." JOHNNY ROTTEN - real name John Lydon - slams the media's portrayal of him as a hostile punk.


5th December 2007

Fact: Punk rock icon JOHNNY ROTTEN - real name John Lydon - tried out for professional British soccer club Arsenal when he was just 14.


29th October 2007

Quote: "Write a tell-all? Yucchh! Well, there was one night when Johnny Ramone pissed into a glass of beer and handed it to Johnny Rotten who drank it." Blondie star Debbie Harry happily reveals the backstage hijinks of legendary punk rockers.


8th October 2007

Quote: "The only surprise is that we're going to bring Sid on for the encore. We're going to fly his ashes through the air conditioning." Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon cannot resist joking about the death of deceased former bandmate Sid Vicious.


28th September 2007

Quote: "I was shy as f**k. I still am. I do not like to rehearse. I squeak in the corner and hope no one's hearing." Sex Pistols star John Lydon isn't as confident as he appears.


26th September 2007

Fact: The former manager of the Sex Pistols, Malcolm McLaren, is set to follow in John Lydon's footsteps by appearing in the new series of British reality show I'm a celebrity...GET ME OUT OF HERE.


26th September 2007

Quote: "THE Ramones to me were never punk; they were closer to Status Quo." Sex Pistols star Johnny Rotten sneers at America's punk darlings.


19th September 2006

Fact: Former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren is reportedly being lined up to appear on British reality TV show I'M A CELEBRITY... GET ME OUT OF HERE! Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten starred on the show in 2004.


13th March 2006

Quote: "We didn't have time to wax lyrical or ponder great orchestral pieces. We just got on with it." SEX PISTOLS star John Lydon on why NEVER MIND THE B**LOCKS is regarded as one of the best albums of all time.


13th March 2006

Quote: "That man is somebody's poodle... He's not bright but he is conceited... He's not the full shilling, I don't trust him." John Lydon on British Prime Minister Tony Blair.


12th March 2006

Quote: "He was trying to ban us... but he can't name a SEX PISTOLS song. There was a time I almost pushed him off a cliff but now I really like him." SEX PISTOLS star John Lydon no longer hates one-time rival SIR Cliff Richard.


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