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John Lydon, a.k.a. Johnny Rotten, was the lead singer and front man for the English punk rock band the Sex Pistols.
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Following the release of its album, the Pistols, which had replaced Matlock with Lydon's old friend Sid Vicious, headed to America for a series of concert dates. But the tour quickly collapsed, as did the group, when Lydon abruptly walked off the stage in the middle of a show at the Winterland in San Francisco in January 1978. "Ever get the feeling you been cheated?" Lydon asked the audience, before exiting.
the Sex Pistols were through.
Following the demise of the Sex Pistols, Lydon, who went back to his original name, started a new group, Public Image Limited (PiL). While it never recreated the cultural force the Sex Pistols had managed, the band has endured for more than three decades.
A long, drawn-out litigation fight with McLaren finally allowed Lydon to use the Rotten moniker in 1986. In 1994 Lydon published his Sex Pistols autobiography, Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs.
In addition to his recording work, Lydon has also kept busy with a string of television projects, Rotten TV for VH1 (2000), Discovery's John Lydon's Megabugs (2006), and a pair of nature specials: John Lydon Goes Ape and John Lydon's Shark Attack. In 1996, to the delight of Sex Pistols fans, Lydon reunited with Jones, Cook and Matlock for a new tour. They released an album, Filthy Lucre Live, the following year. A documentary about the band, The Filth and the Fury, directed by Julien Temple, debuted in 2000.
Lydon resides in Los Angeles with his longtime wife, Nora.
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