John Lydon concert deleted after star’s tour director ‘assault’

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John was scheduled to take the stage at Glasglow last night (Photo: Ken McKay / ITV / Rex / Shutterstock)

A concert John Lydon was scheduled to perform in Glasgow this week has been called off due to “assault” by the star’s tour director, according to the venue.

As part of his I Could Be Wrong, I Could Be Right book tour, Sex Pistols star Lydon – aka Johnny Rotten – was scheduled to take the stage at the Pavilion Theater on Monday where he was scheduled to “talk about his outlook on life.” , as well as his unique and extraordinary career, and answer questions from the public ”.

However, a statement from the venue’s general manager claimed that the “assault and intimidation” of a member of Lydon’s team caused the scheduled appearance to fail.

A statement shared on Twitter by Iain Gordon read: “Unfortunately, due to the assault and intimidation of various members of my staff by tour director John Lydon, tonight’s show will not be taking place. . “

He added: “The days of this kind of behavior are long gone. We have a zero tolerance policy for abuse, both physical and verbal, and this behavior has been going on for two weeks.

“We’re sorry if this affects you, but as a company we will not accept this kind of attitude towards our staff from anyone, including members of the public and tour staff. Our ticket office will contact you directly to arrange reimbursement of your tickets. ‘

A statement later posted on Lydon’s Twitter read: ‘Our apologies to one of our Scottish fans who had purchased tickets to the Glasgow Pavilion show last night. John Lydon and his manager John Rambo Stevens weren’t there. at no time on site.

“We were informed of the cancellation at 2:48 pm yesterday by the management of the Pavilion – without consultation – and the decision taken was totally out of our control.

“John is extremely disappointed and upset that the show didn’t take place – Glasgow is close to his heart and he hopes to reunite with the fans next year with PiL.”

According to his tour page, he is set to take the stage at Yarm tonight, followed by Leicester, Chesterfield and then Shrewsbury on October 31.

Lydon was recently embroiled in a bitter legal dispute with his former Sex Pistols bandmates over the use of music in Danny Boyle’s new miniseries, Pistol.

He argued that a 1988 contract signed by himself and his bandmates Steve Jones and Paul Cook regarding music licenses had not been honored. However, the judge ruled that all parties honored the contract and that the majority of the band can override a single veto.

The rocker claimed that his former band mates had ‘done the dirty work’ with him, telling Metro: “For three years his project was going to shut me out. I only found out about it in January and they told me about it. sued a month and a little later on the pretext that I had refused them access to the songs.

‘I didn’t deny anything. All I did was ask what was going on and to date I haven’t received any information.

“It’s not a bad job, Danny Boyle, if you want to do a series about the Sex Pistols and exclude the main image, the songwriter, the lead singer, the man who stood up. and took it on the chin. “

In response, a spokesperson for the series said, “John Lydon sold his rights to control the use of these songs in the 1990s in exchange for money. The majority rule agreement existed as a result. , so that no outside party could dictate the use of the band’s music, and to have a mechanism in place if a member unfairly blocked the decision-making process – which happened in this case.

Metro.co.uk has contacted representatives for Lydon for comment.

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