Sex Pistols Join Live 8 Lineup; Motley Crue Turned Away

Published: 2005-06-21
Legendary punk rockers the Sex Pistols are reuniting to play the London edition of Live 8, joining an already star-studded cast of performers including Madonna, Pink Floyd, U2, and Paul McCartney. Singer John Lydon finally agreed to take part days after fellow band members Steve Jones, Glen Matlock, and Paul Cook allegedly agreed to perform at the concert. The event, taking place simultaneously with a growing list of others around the world, aims to raise awareness about debt, aid, and trade in the developing world.

The band has reunited numerous times over the past decade, the first time being in 1996 for the Filthy Lucre Tour. The Pistols rose to fame in the 1970s and are widely credited as being the quintessential punk rock act. Former bass player Sid Vicious died of a drug overdose in early 1979 after he was arrested for murdering girlfriend Nancy Spungeon a few months earlier.

Meanwhile, it emerged that 80s hair band Motley Crue, which recently reunited its original lineup, was one of 65 acts Live 8 organizers reportedly rejected. "We simply don't have room for them," promoter Harvey Goldsmith explained. "This never happened for Live Aidóit was the opposite," he added. The overwhelming number of bands volunteering has meant turning many away, including seventies rocker Meat Loaf.

Recently it was reported that organizer Bob Geldof was interested in getting all five original Spice Girls to reunite for the London edition of the event despite earlier claims that he had rejected their proposed participation. It seems Mel B (a.k.a. Scary Spice) is not interested getting the band back together for the Hyde Park concert on July 2nd.

Writer: Trent McMartin



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i hope that the live aid concert would have a re-run... the show was the best! keep the kids united!
Posted by: Anonymous on July 10, 2005
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