Monday, July 21, 2008

John Lydon attempts to explain

As we expected, why, John Lydon has issued an explanation of his side of the attack on Kele from Bloc Party:

"I feel very sorry for a man who needs to lie about what was a perfect evening. After the show John Rotten and management remained behind to sign autographs, which we did for four solid hours without incident and had a great time talking to other Spanish bands. This seems to have sparked jealousy in certain bands.

"The trouble was brought to us, resulting in those causing the trouble being physically removed by festival security."

"We are in the middle of a wonderful tour, after 30 years we are achieving a true unity in our audience. They are multi-varied, all ages, all races, creeds and colours.

"When you are at a festival with bands who are jealous fools, lies and confusion usually follow. If they need publicity so badly this is the allegation universe they run into."

Oddly, though, it's Kele who has got the cuts and bruises, not Lydon.

In many ways, this is classic Lydon eyewash - even down to responding to the claims in a way that, once again, focuses on what a wonderful chap he is; so wonderful his brilliance leads to lesser bands turning up to rain blows down on his splendid head.

Still, at least he didn't fall back on "some of my best friends are black" line, choosing instead "some of the people who have seen me play aren't white" to demonstrate his impeccable credentials.

Of course, you're down to which of the two sides you believe; but a man who issues a statement about a violent attack and refers to himself not only in the third person, but as "John Rotten" (which isn't even his own stage name) seems more interested in the myth than truth.

There's a final flick of the fingers:
Lydon concluded by telling Okereke to "grow up and learn to be a true man.

"When you have achieved as much as I have, come back and talk to me," he added. "It's a shame that the wonderful world of the media is riddled with nonsense like this.

Now, considering that he's talking to a man who Lydon claims was causing trouble, that sounds surprisingly belligerent. It's not known if Okereke will, indeed, wait until he's done a couple of celebrity reality shows and got a job in his wife's estate agency before taking things further.


Anonymous said...

Given the number of apparent witnesses presented in Kele's version of things, I smell something a little fishy about Lydon's reply. Oh no wait that's not the smell of fish. It's bullshit.

Paul H. Tubb said...

Who would have thought that John Lydon and Jade Goody would have so much in common...

Their first names both begin with the letter J and have four letters in them...

They're both known for fluctuating weight...

They both need Reality TV shows to justify there existence...


Oh yeah... they do not like certain people for the colour of their skin...

Miles McClagan said...

As a white guy, it's a relief to know it's not a white attitude to want PIL to reform. Thank God, I'd have hated for "us folk" to be on board with that.

Lydon is an idiot, seriously...

Chris said...


Nice to see John Lydon using the same reasoning as Britney Spears.

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