Steve Jones urges John Lydon to 'grow up' after 'Pistol' TV series criticism

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Steve Jones and Paul Cook were active in helping TV series Pistol get made. (Getty)
Steve Jones and Paul Cook were active in helping TV series Pistol get made. (Getty)

Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones has told frontman John Lydon to "grow up" in the wake of his ongoing criticism of drama series Pistol.

Directed by Danny Boyle, the six-part series based on Jones's memoir charts the rise and fall of the Pistols as well as the wider London punk scene in the 1970s.

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Lydon, who is played on screen by Anson Boon, was not involved in the making of the series and even launched an unsuccessful legal challenge to prevent the music of the Sex Pistols from appearing in the show.

“I’m 66 and I ain’t got time for all that crap any more. You’ve just got to grow up and move on," Jones told The Sun of Lydon's reaction.

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He added: "The show is about me. It ain’t about John, even though he is obviously a big part of it.”

Jones said that Lydon is "portrayed great" by Boon in the show and that he and the rest of the band would not have had any problem if things happened the other way around.

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"If the shoe was on the other foot, no one would have had a problem. If Danny Boyle wanted to do John’s book, everyone would be thrilled," said the 66-year-old rocker.

Lydon has recently stated that he will watch Pistol, mostly to fact-check it having dismissed the trailer as a "middle class fantasy" version of the Pistols' story.

Anson Boon takes on the role of controversial rocker Johnny Rotten in Sex Pistols drama series Pistol. (Disney/Redferns)
Anson Boon takes on the role of controversial rocker Johnny Rotten in Sex Pistols drama series Pistol. (Disney/Redferns)

Jones acknowledged Lydon's importance to the band and admitted that his arrival on the scene — depicted in the second episode of Pistol — was a game-changer.

"He had the lyrics, the look, the attitude. He’s a sharp cat and he was really on the ball, very observant," said Jones.

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Given the significance and unique feel of the Pistols' music, it was vital for the show to defeat Lydon's legal action in order to be able to use the songs, which are performed live for real by Boon and the rest of the cast.

Jones said: "You get these two-bob documentaries about bands and they can’t use the music, so they make up some crap and they’re awful."

There is no love lost between John Lydon and his former Sex Pistols bandmates. (WireImage)
There is no love lost between John Lydon and his former Sex Pistols bandmates. (WireImage)

One fan who is definitely looking forward to Lydon's full verdict is Boon, who immersed himself fully into the world of Johnny Rotten and told Yahoo Entertainment UK he can't wait for the man himself to see it.

"I've left [Lydon] all of these little clues in my performance, things that he will know that only someone who really read his books and did his research will know about him," said Boon.

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The actor added: "I made sure all the food that I was eating was right and all the props in his bedroom were right and every single last safety pin on his jackets was right.

"I'm excited for him to see it. I won't be surprised at anything he comes out with, but I'm just excited."

Pistol is available to stream in its entirety on Disney+ in the UK from 31 May.

Watch: Trailer for Pistol

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