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Wednesday, 19 December, 2001, 10:15 GMT
Sex Pistols may play jubilee gig
God Save the Queen cover
Banned from the airwaves: God Save the Queen
Twenty-five years after they took to Thames to mark the Queen's silver jubilee, the Sex Pistols may be about to regroup to mark the golden version.

Any gig would take place on 3 June 2002, when the Queen celebrates 50 years on the throne.

Promoter John Giddings - who was behind the punk icons' 1996 reunion - told Reuters he had been offered "substantial sums of money" by "a variety of parties" to put together a comeback concert.

John Lydon
Johnny Rotten - now John Lydon - lives in the US

"The good thing about the Pistols now is that they can really play," he said.

The controversial band released their anti-royal single, God Save The Queen, in June 1977, shortly before she celebrated her silver jubilee.

Radio stations were banned from playing the record - which offically reached number two in the pop charts.

Conspiracy theorists at the time claimed sales figures had been massaged in order to prevent the single reaching the number one spot in time for the jubilee.

On 3 June 1977, the band - Johnny Rotten, Steve Jones, Paul Cook and Sid Vicious - were arrested after they performed on a boat on the river Thames in London.

The Pistols' jubilee river trip was a fiasco - but it is remembered as one of the seminal events of the punk era.

The band's manager, Malcolm McLaren, and his then wife, Vivienne Westwood, now one of the world's most famous fashion designers, were among those arrested.

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