Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten Issues Statement on Passing of Manager Malcolm McLaren
Mon, 12 Apr 2010 09:52:05
Johnny Rotten of The Sex Pistols has issued a statement, via his publicist, about the untimely passing of the band's onetime manager, Malcolm McLaren. McLaren also managed the New York Dolls, and was considered a key player in the punk rock scene at the time. "For me, Malc was always entertaining, and I hope you remember that. Above all else he was an entertainer and I will miss him, and so should you."
Rotten's bandmate, guitarist Steve Jones also commented, saying, "I was upset when I heard the news, as I've always had a soft spot for Malcolm. I knew him since I was 17 before the Pistols formed--I used to drive him around in Vivienne Westwood's car to the tailors in London in the days of the 'Let It Rock' clothing store. Malcolm was definitely the Brian Epstein of punk—without him it wouldn't have happened the way it did. I stayed friends with him throughout the years despite some of our differences. He came on 'Jonesy's Jukebox' a couple of years ago, and that's a good memory. But my fondest memory of Malcolm, and I loved the guy, was his birthday gift to me when I turned 21—he got me a hooker and some heroin." Now that's what we call a birthday gift fitting a 21-year-old rock star!
McLaren passed away last week, on April 8, in Switzerland, after a bout with mesothelioma.
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