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Steve Jones and Glen Matlock lead the stars attending Pistols screening in LA


Sex Pistols stars Steve Jones and Glen Matlock appeared in good spirits as they attended a screening of Pistol at the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

The pair were joined by several stars of the show – which charts the group’s rise to fame and notoriety – including Anson Boon, Sydney Chandler and Louis Partridge.

Steve, 66, sported a navy jacket with a white shirt and black trousers as he posed alongside his bandmate on the pink carpet.

Playful: Sex Pistols stars Steve Jones (left) and Glen Matlock (right) appeared in good spirits as they attended a screening of Pistol at the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles on Tuesday

Playful: Sex Pistols stars Steve Jones (left) and Glen Matlock (right) appeared in good spirits as they attended a screening of Pistol at the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles on Tuesday

Glen, 65, looked dapper in a black blazer and matching trousers with a crisp white shirt and a multicoloured neckerchief.

Anson, 22, who plays lead singer John Lydon, looked suave at the event as he sported a beige blazer and matching trousers with a white shirt.

The actor posed alongside his co-star Louis Patridge, who plays the band’s late bassist Sid Vicious. 

Louis, 19, opted for a houndstooth suit which he wore with a Sex Pistols God Save The Queen t-shirt.

Screening: Steve, 66, sported a navy jacket with a white shirt and black trousers as he posed alongside his bandmate on the pink carpet

Screening: Steve, 66, sported a navy jacket with a white shirt and black trousers as he posed alongside his bandmate on the pink carpet

Smart: Glen, 65, looked dapper in a black blazer and matching trousers with a crisp white shirt and a multicoloured neckerchief

Smart: Glen, 65, looked dapper in a black blazer and matching trousers with a crisp white shirt and a multicoloured neckerchief

Actress Sydney Chandler, who stars as musician and Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde, looked incredible in a black jumpsuit.

The garment featured a plunging neckline while Sydney also wore a black sheer corset.

Styling her brunette locks into a bob, she completed her look for the screening with a silver necklace.

Also in attendance was Linda Ramone – the widower of the Ramones founder Johnny Ramone.

Dapper: Anson, 22, who plays lead singer John Lydon, looked suave at the event as he sported a beige blazer and matching trousers with a white shirt

Dapper: Anson, 22, who plays lead singer John Lydon, looked suave at the event as he sported a beige blazer and matching trousers with a white shirt

Stars: Anson was joined on the red carpet by his co-stars Louis Partridge (Sid Vicious) and Sydney Chandler (Chrissie Hynde)

Stars: Anson was joined on the red carpet by his co-stars Louis Partridge (Sid Vicious) and Sydney Chandler (Chrissie Hynde)

Fashion: Sydney looked incredible in a black jumpsuit with a plunging neckline

Fashion: Sydney looked incredible in a black jumpsuit with a plunging neckline 

Linda opted for a bright purple cloak which she wore with a dark green top and striped neckerchief, adding to her look with a cowboy hat and sunglasses.

One person not in attendance at the screening was Sex Pistols member John Lydon  who has been highly critical of the upcoming Disney+ miniseries and claimed he was intentionally excluded from the show. 

The musician – also known by his stage name Johnny Rotten – recently branded director Danny Boyle an ‘a**hole’ in an interview on ITV’s This Morning. 

Speaking to Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary, he doubled down on his comments and accused Disney, Danny and his former bandmates of ‘secrecy’ and ‘excluding him’ from the show. 

Looking good: Louis, 19, opted for a houndstooth suit which he wore with a Sex Pistols God Save The Queen t-shirt

Looking good: Louis, 19, opted for a houndstooth suit which he wore with a Sex Pistols God Save The Queen t-shirt

Radiant: The actress also wore a black sheer corset and a silver necklace

Radiant: The actress also wore a black sheer corset and a silver necklace 

Addressing John, Alison read out a statement from the director, stating: ‘Danny Boyle has previously said, “I love Lydon for what he does and I don’t want him to like it. I think that he’s he has an absolute right. Why would you change the habit of a lifetime?” That’s Danny Boyle.’

John quickly jumped in and remarked ‘You a***hole,’ prompting Alison and Dermot to apologise for his colourful language.

Elsewhere in the chat, John stated: ‘The decision was made between Disney, Universal Records, their management and them to exclude me and they went all out to do that because almost immediately after those emails in came the affidavits from Paul and Steve who told me they were taking me to court.’

He continued: ‘Now I never denied my rights to them. That was Warner Chappell, the publishing company. They withheld because they thought this was a little on the suspect side… so I’m slammed into a ridiculous court case.’

Pals: Steve and Glen waved to fans as they walked the pink carpet

Pals: Steve and Glen waved to fans as they walked the pink carpet 

John added: ‘I’m upset with that, I’m the man what wrote those songs…I gave them their image, I gave them everything.’

John also said: ‘Danny Boyle… never made any effort to speak to me at all, so his behaviour in this really is quite appalling.

‘It seems like a gargantuan effort to deny that I really do exist…Rather than deal with me they’ve gone into this fakery.

‘Now, by not showing me the script that tells me, secrecy. And secrecy to me implies lies.’

Despite everything, John says he will watch the show because he ‘has to’.

‘It’s about me,’ he said. ‘But it excludes me.’

Colourful: Also in attendance was Linda Ramone - the widower of the Ramones founder Johnny Ramone who turned heads in a brigh purple outfit

Colourful: Also in attendance was Linda Ramone – the widower of the Ramones founder Johnny Ramone who turned heads in a brigh purple outfit 

Dermot in the show included a right to reply from Disney, which claims that Danny Boyle contacted John’s management about the series ‘but direct contact was declined’.

Alison added that Danny has in the past expressed that he loves John for what he does, remarking he didn’t want the former Pistol to like it, apparently saying he has ‘every right…why would you change a habit of a lifetime’.

Danny Boyle’s representatives said: ‘Danny Boyle, the director of Pistol, wished to speak directly with Mr Lydon about the series prior to production and wrote to him via Mr Lydon’s management company, expressing his desire to do so.

‘His manager replied and there was a further phone call, but direct contact with Mr Lydon was declined.

Show: Highlighting the boredom of England's disenfranchised youth in mid-seventies London, Danny Boyle's show finds the group channeling their anger through a new, anarchic brand of music

Show: Highlighting the boredom of England’s disenfranchised youth in mid-seventies London, Danny Boyle’s show finds the group channeling their anger through a new, anarchic brand of music

Danny said of the show: 'Imagine breaking into the world of The Crown and Downton Abbey with your mates and screaming your songs and your fury at all they represent'

Danny said of the show: ‘Imagine breaking into the world of The Crown and Downton Abbey with your mates and screaming your songs and your fury at all they represent’ 

He added: 'This is the moment that British society and culture changed forever'

He added: ‘This is the moment that British society and culture changed forever’ 

‘The intention was always to communicate with Mr Lydon before filming began but unfortunately that was not possible.’

MailOnline has also reached out to Disney+, FX, Universal Records and Warner Chappell for comment.

Recently Steve Jones has hit back at John’s remarks and urged him to ‘grow up and move on’, saying he doesn’t understand why the singer is so upset about the series.

The rock guitarist insisted the show is about him and not John as it is based on his memoir Lonely Boy: Tales From A Sex Pistol.

‘I ain’t got time for all that c**p any more,’ he told The Sun.

Danny added: 'It is the detonation point for British street culture...where ordinary young people had the stage and vented their fury and their fashion…and everyone had to watch & listen…and everyone feared them or followed them' (Danny pictured)

Danny added: ‘It is the detonation point for British street culture…where ordinary young people had the stage and vented their fury and their fashion…and everyone had to watch & listen…and everyone feared them or followed them’ (Danny pictured) 

‘You’ve just got to grow up and move on. The show is about me, it ain’t about John, even though he is obviously a big part of it.’ 

Last year, ex-frontman John took Steve and Paul to the High Court over the use of the punk band’s songs in Disney’s show Pistol, but lost the court battle.

Addressing the case, Steve – who is being played by Toby Wallace – said he felt the series would have been ‘disastrous’ without including the band’s visceral performances of their own songs.

Despite hitting back at John’s criticism of the project, Steve did acknowledge the singer’s impact on the band, saying his punk appearance and menacing attitude helped to make the band what it was.

Criticism: John criticised Disney or creating a 'fairytale' that bares little resemblance to the band's real experiences

Criticism: John criticised Disney or creating a ‘fairytale’ that bares little resemblance to the band’s real experiences

But he added that their success was not all about the music but the combination of the music that made it such an original sound, as he admitted he often doesn’t listen to the lyrics of songs.

Steve, who has acted as executive producer for Pistol, said he is over-the-moon with the six-part series, heaping praise on actor Toby Wallace, who plays him in the show.

John is also unimpressed by the content of the Disney+ show, which goes into detail about his former bandmate Steve’s sex addiction.

On the intimate scenes peppered throughout its six episodes, he told the Mirror: ‘It’s upsetting as a lot of it has sexual connotations which are dubious at best.

‘They have gone for the wrong end of things just to be sensational. I think there is much more quality to the Pistols than that.’

'I'm upset': It comes after John Lydon branded Pistol director Danny an 'a***hole' before insisting he 'gave his bandmates everything' in a chaotic interview on This Morning

‘I’m upset’: It comes after John Lydon branded Pistol director Danny an ‘a***hole’ before insisting he ‘gave his bandmates everything’ in a chaotic interview on This Morning 

He also criticised Disney or creating a ‘fairytale’ that bares little resemblance to the band’s real experiences. 

Highlighting the boredom of England’s disenfranchised youth in mid-seventies London, Boyle’s show finds the group channeling their anger through a new, anarchic brand of music.

In a statement confirming the series last January, Nick Grad, President, Original Programming, FX Entertainment, said: ‘It’s great to be back in business with Danny Boyle, an exceptional artist responsible for so many great feature films and TV series.

‘Steve Jones was at the centre of the storm that shook the rock establishment and we’re thrilled to have Danny and the rest of the creative team tell his story as a member of one of music’s most notorious bands – the Sex Pistols.’

Back in the day: Sid Vicious, John Lydon and Paul Cook pictured performing in 1977

Back in the day: Sid Vicious, John Lydon and Paul Cook pictured performing in 1977

Danny added: ‘Imagine breaking into the world of The Crown and Downton Abbey with your mates and screaming your songs and your fury at all they represent. This is the moment that British society and culture changed forever.’

‘It is the detonation point for British street culture…where ordinary young people had the stage and vented their fury and their fashion…and everyone had to watch & listen…and everyone feared them or followed them.

‘The Sex Pistols. At its centre was a young charming illiterate kleptomaniac – a hero for the times – Steve Jones, who became in his own words, the 94th greatest guitarist of all time. This is how he got there.’

'They've gone into this fakery': The punk rocker - known for his stage name Johnny Rotten - claimed he was intentionally excluded from the Disney+ miniseries Pistol

‘They’ve gone into this fakery’: The punk rocker – known for his stage name Johnny Rotten – claimed he was intentionally excluded from the Disney+ miniseries Pistol

Anchored by Steve’s memoir, which offers a fascinating perspective on one of rock’s greatest ever stories, Pistol moves from West London’s council estates, to Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s notorious Kings Road SEX shop, to the international controversy that came with the release of Never Mind the B*llocks.

Their single God Save the Queen was banned by the BBC and reached Number 1 on the UK’s NME chart, but appeared at Number 2 on the Official UK Singles chart, leading to accusations that the song was purposely kept off the top spot.

Danny has had an acclaimed TV and movie career. His 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire was nominated for ten Academy Awards and won eight, including the Academy Award for Best Director.

DANNY BOYLE’S PISTOL: WHO’S PLAYING WHO IN THE BIOPIC 

Uncanny: Louis pictured as Sid Vicious

The real rocker: Sid Vicious pictured in 1978

Uncanny: Louis Partridge, left in character, and bassist Sid Vicious, pictured right in 1978

Wow: Anson pictured as Johnny Rotten

The real rocker: Johnny Rotten, real name John Lydon, pictured in 1976

Wow: Anson Boon, pictured left in character, and Johnny Rotten, pictured right, in 1976 

Character: Toby pictured as Steve Jones

The real rocker: Steve Jones pictured in 1978

Character:  Toby Wallace, left in character, and guitarist Steve Jones, pictured right in 1978 

Role: Jacob pictured as drummer Paul Cook

The real rocker: Paul Cook pictured in 1978

Role: Jacob Slater, left in character, and drummer Paul Cook, pictured right  in 1978

Betrayal: Toby Wallace as Steve Jones and Emma Appleton as Nancy Spungen

Doomed: Miss Spungen and Vicious

Photos released from the set of Pistol show actress Emma Appleton, who plays Nancy, arm-in-arm with the actor playing guitarist Steve Jones (left). Jones claims to have had sex with Nancy, but it is for her relationship with Sid (right in 1978) for which she will be forever remembere

Exciting: Iris Law will follow in her father Jude's acting footsteps by making her screen debut as Soo Catwoman in Danny Boyle's Pistols drama

Iconic look: Soo Lucas, who dubbed herself Soo Catwoman, is known for her trademark haircut which she created in 1976 to look like she had cat ears

Exciting: Iris Law (L) will follow in her father Jude’s acting footsteps by making her screen debut as Soo Catwoman (R) in the Sex Pistols drama

The man behind the band: Thomas Brodie-Sangster (pictured) is set to take on the role of Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren

Real-life counterpart: Malcolm pictured in 1978

The man behind the band: Thomas Brodie-Sangster (L) is set to take on the role of Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren (pictured right in 1978)

Actress Sydney Chandler plays rocker Chrissie Hynde

Actress Sydney Chandler plays rocker Chrissie Hynde

Actress Sydney Chandler (left) plays rocker Chrissie Hynde (right)

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