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Sex Pistols are "over once and for all" amid tense royalties dispute

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In case you thought the London punks, the Sex Pistols, were potential candidates for a money-spinning reunion, it’s been confirmed that the band are “over once and for all” amid a bitter dispute over band royalties.

Steve Jones, the gorup’s guitarist and Paul Cook, the man behind the drum kit, have filed a lawsuit against Glen Matlock and John Lydon following what they deem to be a breach of contract. According to The Sun, the pair believe they are owed money, and it has ensured the group are no longer on speaking terms, communicating through their lawyers instead.

“The guys have always had a pretty fiery relationship, but sadly things are at an all-time low now,” a source told The Sun about the band’s situation. “None of them are speaking – only through lawyers – and each reckons the other is to blame for various things over the decades.”

For a band who helped to define some of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest movements as well as its cliches, it perhaps fits that the anti-establishment group should end in such a way. “As with most rows, money is the major factor here,” the source continued.

“Steve and Paul believe they have been denied royalties dating back years, whereas Glen and John think, if anything, they’re owed more money. They could counter-sue if needs be.”

“There were chats about a reunion a while ago – but this is now off the table. The Sex Pistols are over once and for all.”

Despite a reunion never looking further away, at least Danny Boyle will get the gang back together with his serialised re-telling of the band’s rise to the top in Pistol. For now, that will be the only time we see the Sex Pistols back together.