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Sex Pistols Reunite For Sweaty L.A. Club Show

Anarchy and punk rock nostalgia reigned on the Sunset Strip last night (Oct. 25) as the Sex Pistols played a rare club show in Los Angeles to warm up for a brief reunion tour in Britain next month.

About 500 sweaty fans packed the Roxy Theatre for the private show, the group’s first public performance in four years. The English foursome played almost all of their songs during the hour-long set, including their best-known tunes “Anarchy in the U.K.” and “God Save the Queen.”

The show was predictably a little rusty, with singer John Lydon (a.k.a. Johnny Rotten) forgetting the words to the first song of the night, “Holidays in the Sun.” But he added some bonus lyrics along the way, notably “Paris Hilton, kiss my arse” in “Stepping Stone.”

He also struggled with sound problems and the heat. “It’s hotter than (expletive) hell up here,” said Lydon, 51, clad in a traditional Indian kurta, tartan pants and blue vest and guzzling red wine from the bottle.

The combustible singer was in cheerily sarcastic form for much of the night. When a young woman bounded onto the knee-high stage and hugged guitarist Steve Jones, 52, in the middle of a song, Lydon quipped, “Steve Jones always gets the fat ones!”

Towards the end, Lydon took an unscheduled bathroom break and emerged a little later “15 pounds lighter.” But Lydon eventually lost his temper after he was hit in the face with a drink. He threatened to kill the “coward” if he caught him. The fan, 21-year-old Manuel Vasquez, told Reuters he snuck into the show.