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Sex Pistols reunite to save Bush Hall

  • June 12, 2024
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Sex Pistols reunite to save Bush Hall

Punk legends The Sex Pistols are reuniting to help save Bush Hall, one of Shepherds Bush’s iconic music venues. Three founding members of the band which tore up the music rulebook in the 1970s – Paul Cook, Steve Jones and Glen Matlock – are joining forces with vocalist Frank Carter (of The Rattlesnakes fame, standing in for Johnny Rotten) for three gigs to support Bush Hall.

They will perform the Pistols’ only studio album, ‘Never Mind The B*******’, in the 400-capacity hall at 310 Uxbridge Road. Like so many grassroots venues, Bush Hall is struggling to survive after Brexit, Covid and the recent huge increase in energy prices.

The gigs are on Tuesday, August 13th, Wednesday, August 14th, and Thursday, August 15th, but tickets sold out quickly. There is a waiting list that will notify you if more tickets or additional dates become available.

A crowdfunding campaign was set up in March, which was promoted by H&F Council, and received an outpouring of support from the music world. It has already raised over £45,000, and you can contribute here.

Bush Hall has quite a history. Originally a dance hall, it became a soup kitchen during the Second World War, a bingo hall, a rehearsal space for The Who and even a snooker club. In 2001 it was reborn as a music venue.

John Lydon, 68, the Pistols’ old front man, now lives in California, still makes music with Public Image Ltd, but has fallen out with his old Pistol bandmates, despite joining a reunion tour in 2007 and 2008.

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