The Sex Pistols have opted not to attend their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which will take place March 13 at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel. “We’re not coming. We’re not your monkeys,” reads a handwritten statement filled with spelling mistakes posted on the infamous punk band’s Web site.
“Next to the Sex Pistols, rock and roll and that hall of fame is a p*** stain,” the statement says. “If you voted for us, hope you noted your reasons. You’re anonymous as judges, but you’re still music industry people. We’re not coming. You’re not paying attention.”
The Sex Pistols last toured in 2003, having earlier reformed in 1996 for the first time since their original 1978 split. In a 2003 interview with Billboard.com, frontman Johnny Rotten referred to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as “the rock and roll hall of shame,” and proudly proclaimed the group would never write another new song. “We only needed to make one album to absolutely define how the world is,” he said.
“Quite frankly, I think it’s a miracle that we’re still alive, and that’s historical in itself,” he continued. “We fought this industry tooth and nail non-stop for 25 solid years, and we’re still here. Hello? They can’t get rid of us. And there’s a reason for that. It’s truth. You can’t hide truth. You can manipulate it. You can slag us or put us down, but you’d be wrong. I’ve not put a word out wrong, not ever.”