John Lydon argues that there are “no cultural heroes” in music today.
The 67-year-old rock star – formerly known by the stage name Johnny Rotten – rose to fame in the late 1970s as a member of the controversial band Sex Pistols, with the hugely successful single studio album Never Mind the I got Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols’, but insisted there’s nothing like today’s ‘God Save the Queen’ rocker scene.
he said: Just a fraudulent political theorist! “
Meanwhile, the London-born “Pretty Vacant” hitmaker, whose parents are Irish, had hoped to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest later this year, but the competition has failed. After years of failing to make it through the qualifying rounds and taking full-time care of his wife, Nora, 80, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2018, it’s difficult to step into the limelight.
He told The Sunday Times: Sensational headlines are hard to understand. “Dirty!” “Furious!” I lost control of my fame a long time ago. Fighting back doesn’t seem worth it. [I’d been] I’m pushed to the bottom and I don’t know if I can survive. Will my ego come back? Transitioning from 24/7 care to this is exhausting. I’m not ready I’m afraid to leave Nora even though I have to go public with this illness. It’s a rocky place. But what do I do?