Is punk dead? Johnny Rotten admits he will 'sorely miss' the Queen when she dies

Lydia Willgress
Sex Pistols star John Lydon - Geoff Pugh Photography Ltd

John Lydon has revealed he will "sorely miss" the Queen when she dies, adding that he loves the pageantry that surrounds the Royal family. 

The Sex Pistols star, 61, added "long may she live" as he said he hoped no one misused the band's version of God Save the Queen when she eventually passes away. 

The song, which was released in 1977, includes lyrics that compare the monarchy with a "fascist regime" and claim the Queen is "not a human being". 

Queen Elizabeth II Credit: PA

It proved to be highly controversial and was banned by both the BBC and the Independent Broadcasting Authority. 

But speaking earlier this week to rock and pop website, The Quietus, Lydon - also known by his on-stage name, Johnny Rotten - said he did not blame the Monarch for being "born in a gilded cage". 

He said: "She is a human being and I will sorely miss her as a human being on Planet Earth. 

"It is not her fault she was born into a gilded cage... Can I just correct this, just slightly? Because it is important. 'I will miss her' sounds ominous and I don't want that. Long may she live. I don't know about the 'reign' part, but long may she live." 

During the interview, he also spoke about the pomp that surrounds the royals and admitted he "loved that last wedding", thought to be the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's in 2012. 

 

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