Sex Pistols guitarist reveals love for classic rock

The Sex Pistols were fans of soft rock.

The Sex Pistols were fans of soft rock.

The 'Anarchy in the UK' band changed the musical landscape with punk music - which effectively brought an end to prog rock and many older genres - during their short career from 1975 to 1978, but guitarist Steve Jones admits he was actually a fan of many of those bands.

He told Classic Rock magazine: "I used to like listening to Boston and Journey in 1977. I love classic rock. I think, at heart, if I had any choice to listen to music on a desert island, it would be classic rock."

Steve also admits being envious of bands such as Queen and Fleetwood Mac because of their riches.

He added: "Who wouldn't want to be rich? Who doesn't want a big flash car? But it weren't an option for us, because it would have been like, 'Oh, you're a bunch of f***ing phonies."

Steve, 56, also said he had a great time during the band's heyday, but things started to go bad after Sid Vicious joined the band - which also included singer John Lydon and drummer Paul Cook - as bass player in 1977 and met girlfriend Nancy Spungen.

He added: "I didn't have a problem in 1977. I was enjoying myself with the drugs and alcohol. It hadn't got to a point where it was a drag.

"It wasn't a good time near the end there. The whole dynamic changed with Sid and that f***ing bird. It was dark. I can't think of any other word for it than dark. It was not a fun time for me."

More in this section