Lydon leads tributes to punk mogul
Published 08/04/2010 | 20:37
Sex Pistol John Lydon paid tribute to the band's former manager Malcolm McLaren, who has died aged 64.
The punk rock pioneer died on Thursday in a Swiss hospital after losing a battle with cancer.
Frontman Lydon, who fell out with McLaren in a rift over royalties, issued a tribute signed Johnny Rotten, the name he used while in the Sex Pistols.
Lydon, who is in the US where he is due to start a tour with his band PiL, said: "For me Malc was always entertaining, and I hope you remember that. Above all else he was an entertainer and I will miss him, and so should you."
Young Kim, McLaren's partner of 12 years, Joe Corre, his son with the designer Dame Vivienne Westwood, and his stepson Ben Westwood were at his side when he died of mesothelioma.
Dame Vivienne told the Daily Mail McLaren was "a very charismatic, special and talented person".
Mr Corre, who founded the lingerie brand Agent Provocateur, said funeral arrangements were not yet made but his father wanted to be buried in Highgate Cemetery, north London.
The New York Dolls - the US band McLaren briefly managed before launching The Sex Pistols - also paid tribute, with lead singer David Johansen saying: "He was the perfect preservation against stuffiness and a lack of humanity. We are going to miss him terribly."
The band will dedicate their classic song Jet Boy to McLaren when they play at London's Koko venue on Monday, April 19.