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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Sex Pistols - Anarchy in the U.S.A.

The Sex Pistols arrived in New York on January 4, 1978, where an appearance on Saturday Night Live was canceled at the last minute (Elvis Costello and the Attractions appeared instead). The U.S. tour began in Atlanta on January 5 and continued through Memphis, San Antonio, Baton Rouge, Dallas, and Tulsa. It ended January 16 with three nights at Winterland in San Francisco, where the show was opened by local punk rockers the Nuns and the Avengers. A 1979 film by Lech Kowalsky, D.O.A., documents the Pistols' American tour and includes footage of other punk rock bands.
By the time they got to Baton Rouge, the Sex Pistols found themselves in a rut. How could they top the San Antonio Shoot-Out? They wouldn't come close tonight.
The audience tonight was comprised mostly of college kids. Although there was still verbal warfare between the audience and the band, the performance at the Kingfish Club was much less assaultive than the show at Randy's the night before. Sid even got some play from a female fan during "New York."
Most of the audience seemed fairly interested in the Sex Pistols' music, and "EMI" even inspired a sing-along. Nonetheless, apathy plagued the band. Steve seemed particularly bored tonight, introducing the songs without a shred of enthusiasm. The put-downs exchanged between Sid and members of the crowd sounded forced. Instead of throwing food and trash, the audience threw money. After getting hit with a handful of coins, John said, "If you're gonna throw money, throw dollar bills." During the encores, Sid and Johnny collected over 15 dollars. After the Kingfish show, Steve expressed his frustration by refusing to travel with the band on the tour bus.
The final show at Winterland would be the band's last night together, with Johnny Rotten leaving and saying, "Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?" McLaren joined up with the remaining members of the band in Rio, where they recorded with the famous Great Train Robber, Ronald Biggs, singing lead and Sid Vicious doing the Sinatra tune, "My Way." While these were released as by the Sex Pistols, the Sex Pistols were in fact history.

God Save the Queen
I Wanna Be Me
New York
Belsen Was a Gas
Sex Pistils - Baton Rouge 1978Submission
Holidays in the Sun
No Feelings
Pretty Vacant
Anarchy in the U.S.A.
No Fun

LOCATION / VENUEBaton Rouge Kingfish Club DATEJanuary 9, 1978

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