Sex Pistols’ John Lydon Featured In ‘The Masked Singer’
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Punk rock icon John Lydon, also known as Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols, was revealed as the Jester on the reality singing competition, The Masked Singer. He previously performed Alice Cooper’s classic hit “School’s Out”, and he unmasked himself after he was eliminated. The judges were shocked because they previously guessed him to be The Who’s Roger Daltrey, Sammy Hagar, Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider or Alice Cooper.
In an interview with Billboard, Lydon explained that he decided to join the popular show as a gift to his wife.
“Someone contacted my manager and we discussed it and I thought it would be really good because it meant my lovely wife, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s, might get a great sense of fun out of it if she managed to guess who it was,” Lydon said. “We’ve lived together for 47 years, Nora and I, so she must have some clues as to who I am and what I can get up to.”
“I think you should make fun of everything you do,” he continued. “If you take yourself too serious there’s not much place of a place left for you in this world. You have to have a sense of self-deprecation. I can’t bear over-arrogant, overindulgent people. I’ll tear myself down as much as anyone or anything else, probably more so. Hence that’s the sadness in that character, the joker. The smile carries empathy and pathos at the same time.”
“We’ve only got one life,” the legendary singer reflected on his exit, “and you must explore all the possibilities and be limited by no one for no reason.”