Glen Matlock


Sunday 19th March 2017

Glen Matlock

What do you do?
I play the guitar and sing a bit.

Where are you from?
London, Harrow Road.

Describe your style in three words?
Tasty, Rocking, Rough.

Which sub-cultures have had an enduring effect on you?
That’s weird because I don’t think I can claim to be affected by what I started, so I’ll say mods and rockers.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Max Wall. He had a very peculiar stand on things, and I’d like to get to the bottom of it.

Another you? Any other career that would have appealed?
I would have had a stab a painting. I curtailed my degree in fine art painting at St. Martins to record Never Mind The Sex Pistols in the summer recess. I’ve always wondered what would have happened if I’d continued.

Best Gig you have ever been to?
The Faces at Wembley in 1973. Supported by the original New York Dolls and The Pink Fairies.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
When I was playing with Iggy Pop, I did particularly like it when we played at The Palladium, in New York, in 1979, on Halloween. We were supported by The Cramps, and the whole audience was dressed in Halloween gear. Debbie Harry was back stage dressed as a witch, and she gave me a kiss on the cheek. It was the first time I’d ever been in New York, so that was something to remember.

Glen Matlock was the original Bass Player in Sex Pistols and co-writer of many of the songs on 'Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols'. He has also played with The Faces and The International Swingers among many other notable bands. 

Glen Matlock will perform at Rebellion Festival’s Pavilion Stage on 5th August, followed by a live interview with journalist Barry Cain.

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