Groundbreaking punks the Sex Pistols have confirmed they will be playing concert dates this summer in America and Japan. Although no dates or venues have been announced, Los Angeles punk band Flogging Molly is heavily rumored to support some of the shows. The Pistols haven’t toured the U.S. since 1996, which marked their first reunion since their late 1970s heyday.
“It looks certain,” the official Sex Pistols Web site says of the summer shows. The group — consisting of vocalist Johnny “Rotten” Lydon, guitarist Steve Jones, drummer Paul Cook, and original bassist Glen Matlock — last performed in the U.S. in September when it headlined KROQ’s 2002 Inland Invasion 2 concert. The punk-themed event also boasted performances from such veteran acts as the Damned, X, the Buzzcocks, and Bad Religion.
In related news, Jones will guest on the forthcoming album by Ashley Hamilton, son of actor George Hamilton, alongside Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee. The guitarist will also appear alongside Owen Wilson and Morgan Freeman in the forthcoming motion picture, “The Big Bounce.”
Meanwhile, Lydon has kept busy in the past year serving as a creative consultant on the forthcoming Rhino Films production of “No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs.” Based on his autobiography of the same name, the movie is being directed by veteran director Penelope Spheeris.
“Johnny Rotten hasn’t really gotten credit for all that he did with the band,” Spheeris told The Hollywood Reporter last year. “I think it’s time that people understand from his perspective what happened back then.”