One summer festival track a day keeps the doctor away
26 June 2023
Back in 2018, it looked like former 70s Generation X punk icons Billy Idol and bassist Tony James (also Sigue Sigue Sputnik and the Sisters of Mercy) and Sex Pistols legends, drummer Paul Cook and brill-riff guitarist Steve Jones had nothing to do, were bored
and phoned each other to kick out the jams together.
Enter GENERATION SEX. They played a string of gigs, mixing Gen X and
Pistols classics and then returned to their bat caves to get bored again.
But you can’t keep lifetime punk junkies like these bandidos too long away from a stage. GS got together again this year, already played some festivals the past few months and will continue to do the same this summer.
Last weekend they took the stage at Glastonbury Festival.
Yes, they’re older and don’t look like James Dean anymore. So what? They’re still younger than The Stones, Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan. And since when is age the touchstone for playing fucking great music. 65-year-old stars can suck, but 18-year-old snotty-nosed indies can suck too. 18-year old snotty-nosed indies can rock your balls off, so can (some) 65-year-old stars too.
So what about these old cowboys? They’re BIG FUN. And watch/hear how Cook hammers his drums, Jones still comes up with anarchist riffs as he did his whole pistol life and rebel yeller Billy Idol still screams his lungs out. Bye, bye Johnny Forgotten.
GOD SAVE GENERATION SEX.
I’ll be there.