Def Leppard, Sex Pistols Members Team for Manraze
... Manraze - the trio fronted by Def Leppard lead guitarist Phil Collen and consisting of Sex Pistols
drummer Paul Cook and bassist Simon Laffy - will return with a new EP, I Surrender, on November 12th. Premiering here, the three-song release is a succinct representation of the group's assorted musical approaches, from Collen's soulful, stripped-down "All I Wanna Do" and the roaring live jolt of "Connected" to the shimmering, layered studio number "I Surrender."See Where Def Leppard's 'Hysteria' Ranks on the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time"The whole concept of Manraze has always been doing exactly what we want, and that involves being quite diverse," Collen tells Rolling Stone. "I Surrender represents that diversity. I've been told that this song sounds like a combination of the Police, Pink Floyd, the Sex Pistols
and Def Leppard. I take that as a compliment."The title track dates back eight years, according to Collen, who had forgotten about the song after Manraze first attempted it soon after their 2004 formation. While on tour in 2012, it finally took shape. With backing vocals from Debbi Blackwell-Cook (who also appears on "All I Wanna Do") and the capable rhythms of Cook and Lafffy, Collen ranks "I Surrender" as Manraze's finest moment to date.When Manraze isn't working together, Collen forges on with his day job with Def Leppard. Meanwhile Cook has been collaborating with both Edwyn Collins and original U.K. punks Subway Sect. As for Laffy, who first played with Collen in Girl more than three decades ago, he has recently penned Red Sunrise and Seed of Satan,two soon-to-be-published historical novels. RelatedDef Lepard Rejuvenated By Guitarist's Cancer ScareSex Pistols Flip Off Hall of Fame Def Leppard, Sex Pistols
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John Lydon: "I had to sell off bits of Sex Pistols publishing just to survive in the '90s"
... John Lydon explains in the new issue of Uncut (dated November 2013), out now, that he was forced to sell some of his Sex Pistols
publishing in the '90s to keep afloat. The Pistols and PiL singer experienced disagreements with his label, Virgin, when he released Psycho's Path in 1997, which led to his financial problems. "The record company strangled me to the point I basically wasn't allowed to record anything," Lydon says, "until what they'd decided was an outstanding debt was paid back. But how can you recoup the money if you don't promote the record? "That became a really heavy, desperate bad situation. Painful. I had to sell off bits of Sex Pistol publishing, just to survive. Just to get through another month. But I came through." Lydon talks us through the making of his greatest records, from the Sex Pistols
' Never Mind The Bollocks... to his most recent, last year's This Is PiL, in the 'album by album' feature. The November 2013 issue of Uncut is out now. Photo: Davis Factor ©Drrmgmt Visit our dedicated features section, with plenty of our best long pieces archived there. You can find it here. Uncut is now available as a digital edition! Download here on your iPad/iPhone and here on your Kindle Fire or Nook. John Lydon: "I had to sell off bits of Sex Pistols
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Def Leppard and Sex Pistols Supergroup Manraze Announce New EP
... Manraze, the Def Leppard, Sex Pistols
and Girl supergroup, have announced that they will be releasing a new EP, entitled "I Surrender," on November 12th. The group, which features Def Leppard's Phil Collen, The Sex Pistols
' Paul Cook, and Girl's Simon Laffy, are giving fans an advanced listen to the three-song EP's title track here. Collen offered this background information about the track, "The song is eight years old. It practically never got finished. I was on tour last year and started singing the chorus. "Early this year, I re-did the guitars to Paul's original demo drums. I did a vocal and Simon played new bass-lines. Ger McDonnell then did a brilliant edit and mix on what we gave him. Debbi Blackwell-Cook supplied the wailing outro-vocals that you hear at the end of the song. We feel this is our best song yet." The other two tracks on the EP include a live studio recording of a song called "Connected - Live from Shepherd's Bush", and a new version of the song "All I Wanna Do." Manraze Tour Dates/Tickets Manraze CDs, DVDs and MP3s Manraze T-shirts and Posters Manraze CDs, vinyl and rarities . ...end .News Reports Def Leppard and Sex Pistols
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The Sex Pistols (1975-1979)
Johnny Rotten (vocals)
Steve Jones (guitar)
Glen Matlock (bass) 1975-1977
Paul Cook (drums)
Sid Vicious (bass) 1977-1979
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Sid Vicious is credited with inventing the "Pogo," where you bounce up and down to the music. This eventually led to moshing.
Sid's real name was John Simon Ritchie; he and John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) were part of a gang called The Johns. He got his new moniker when Rotten's Hamster Sid bit John Ritchie's finger; he yelped and said "Your Sid was vicious."
Sid Vicious died on February 2, 1979 of an overdose of heroin his mother had bought for him. It was likely an intentional suicide as Sid was extremely depressed about his role in the death of his girlfriend, groupie Nancy Spungen. The couple were the subject of the 1986 film Sid and Nancy.
After Johnny Rotten left The Sex Pistols he formed a new band, Public Image LTD (PiL) and reverted back to his original name, Lydon. (thanks, Sam - Bristol, England)
In 2004, John Lydon appeared on a British reality TV program set in an Australian jungle called I'm a Celebrity, get me outta here! He caused controversy by saying the C word live on British TV. (thanks, Tom - Trowbridge, England)
In 2005, they were voted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. In true Punk Rock form, they refused to attend the ceremony and sent a note to Rolling Stone magazine voicing their displeasure with the institution ("Next to the Sex Pistols, that Hall Of Fame is a piss stain"). Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner read the note in its entirety at the ceremony.
Johnny Rotten was known to wear a shirt that said "Pink Floyd sucks" as Punk was rebelling not only against society, but also the complex progressive music which Pink Floyd were a perfect example of. David Gilmour (guitarist of Pink Floyd) has said that when he met Rotten that the Sex Pistol singer apologized for the stunt and admitted he was a fan of Pink Floyd. (thanks, Benny - Sac, CA)
They were known first as The Strand, then The Swankers before settling on The Sex Pistols.
Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols is the only studio album they released. All others were live albums, compilations or movie soundtracks. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France, for above 2)
In November 2007 The Sex Pistols reformed to play 5 nights at Brixton's Carling Academy and also gigs in Glasgow and Manchester. They also played on The Craig Fergurson Show and The Jay Leno Show.
Also in 2007, they rerecorded "Anarchy In The UK" and "Pretty Vacant" for Guitar Hero. (thanks, Andrew - Thrapston, England)
When the band was conceived, Steve Jones was the lead singer. He moved to guitar when original member Wally Nightingale left, which left an opening for a frontman. Rotten got the job when he auditioned for their manager Malcolm McLaren by lip-synching to the Alice Cooper song "I'm Eighteen
Johnny Rotten has described the band as "musical vaudeville" and "evil burlesque," admitting that their image and stage shows are as important as their music. Alice Cooper
was a big influence on him.
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This Kentucky singer/songwriter's hits include "She Couldn't Change Me" (recorded by Montgomery Gentry) and "It Ain't Easy Being Me."
One of the most successful songwriters in the business, Desmond co-wrote "Livin' La Vida Loca," "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)" and "Livin' On A Prayer."