Sex Pistols – Live At the Longhorn
Johnny Rotten: Vocals
Sid Vicious: Bass
Paul Cook: Drums
3. Belsen Was a Gas
4. Holidays in the Sun
5. No Feelings
7. Pretty Vacant
8. Anarchy in the UK
9. No Fun
Sex Pistols live at the Longhorn in Texas, January 10, 1978. This was their only tour of the U.S. A classic show with bass player Sid Vicious. A Great historical document. This is the show where Sid cut himself up with a bottle, and bled all over himself.
Only one problem . . . the sound quality isn’t very good, and I listened to it a few times, and I don’t think they plugged Sid’s bass in. It’s a kind of dirty flat sound.
Rating: * ** one out of three stars
On to the story . . .
I was on a date back in the summer of 1996 (Thursday, August 22, 1996). I had lost touch with the punk scene, with the exception of pulling out my copy of Dance With Me once a year, I wasn’t paying attention to the scene at all. Then one evening in August of 1996 I find myself up on Universal Hill A.K.A. City Walk, and I bump into about 100 kids, all of whom look like they stepped out of a time machine from 1977. Mohawks, leather jackets, studded belts, Doc Martins, Creepers. It was wild. So, feeling very nostalgic, I walked up to one of the kids and asked what was going on? And the wanna-be-roughneck said “The Pistols, man. They’re back.” I thought he was pulling my leg. I hadn’t seen any signs in front or anything.
A short bit later I checked with the box office and the show was sold-out. So, I hung out in front until they had let the crowd in, and security mingled on down the path up towards the Amphitheatre, and I hatched a plan. I told the girl I was with that if we went through the bushes on the right-hand side of the path we could cut through one of the small stadiums (the Water World attraction) in the Universal Studios Tour and we’d end up parallel to the right side of the stage and the stage entrance. In other words, we’d be able to hear the whole set, and if anyone opened the side door, we might be able to see some of the set.
This whole plan took a bit to execute, so we didn’t get to see or hear the opening act.
But I am happy to say we heard the bulk of the Pistols set. The side door never opened, so I didn’t get to see them, but I heard the whole set. I jotted down the songs I heard, but it’s been over eleven years, so I don’t know if I have the set list in the right order, but these are pretty much all of the songs I heard:
3. New York
4. No Feelings
5. Did You No Wrong
6. God Save the Queen
9. (I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone
11. Holidays in the Sun
12. Pretty Vacant
14. Anarchy in the UK
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