"If Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo came together with great bands like the Rolling Stones and the Sex Pistols it would be fantastic," gold medal-winning rower Steve Redgrave told The People newspaper. He is hoping to see McCartney and Starr team up with Mick Jagger and John Lydon to put on a powerful display of British music talent to open the festivities.
"The London Games gives us a chance to celebrate our own history," he adds. "We have to show the world what we are good at. Those bands are a huge part of our history. It would kick off the party and put us centre of the world's attention."
While this closet punk rock fan is elated over the recognition Britain is giving to the cranky Lydon, there seems to be something so establishment about the whole Olympic opening ceremony honoring the anti-establishment Lydon is peddling.
As another sign that this cranky Irish guy is going mainstream, a tribute album is set to release next week that honors his work in the Sex Pistols. No Future: A Tribute to the Sex Pistols, the Clash, the Damned will be released by U.K. label Released Emotions, and distributed in the U.S. by E1.
This is tribute to the three bands that pioneered the punk revolution in the late seventies and are still influencing new bands to this day. It includes cover versions provided by a varied selection of established U.K. indie and alternative acts from the last 20 years.
There are 18 tracks on the album, with six tracks each dedicated to the Pistols, the Clash and the Damned. All the bands were tasked with providing covers of a high standard.
Lydon is currently on tour with his post-punk, post-Pistols band Public Image Limited. He will bring that band to Dublin for a tour stop on June 10.