After the punch, he let his nose bleed and soon he was covered in blood. “The bass player rubbed blood over his face and chest,” wrote the , “so that he looked like a demented cannibal.” “Sid was really fucked up. “He played for a while without his guitar plugged in. I think somebody threw it up there, a bass or something. K.,” the audience hurled beer cans, tomatoes, garbage and the occasional punch at the stage.
covering the Pistol’s concert at The Longhorn Ballroom in Dallas, TX on January 10, 1978. By the time of the concert, the Sex Pistols were already notorious in the U. They had released a single – “God Save the Queen” – that called Britain’s head of state a fascist on the date of her Silver Jubilee.
It proved to be one of the strangest, most contentions shows in one of the strangest, most contentious tours in rock history. The single became a huge hit in spite of – or perhaps because of – it getting banned by the BBC.
Prior to the concert, Sid Vicious confessed his fears to a reporter about playing in Dallas.
“They killed Kennedy here and everybody has warned us that the people are crazy.
” That music and that attitude touched some deep simmering well of cultural discontent -- be it lower class frustrations, dissatisfaction with consumer culture or some darker primal urge to burn everything down. For their 1978 tour of the United States, Mc Laren wasn’t interested in building a fan base. So the tour completely bypassed seemingly obvious tour stops, like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, in favor of places like Memphis, Tulsa and San Antonio – none of which were exactly hot beds for punk.
A famous picture of the marquee of the Longhorn Balloon shows the Pistols listed alongside Merle Haggard, giving you a feel for just how weird this tour was.
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I think there’s a real danger that this is the town where I am going to be blown away.” (Weird historical side note: The Longhorn Ballroom was owned for a spell by Jack Ruby, the guy who shot Lee Harvey Oswald.) The police were also reportedly worried.