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Cleethorpes mayor dissuaded from Sex Pistols 'Anarchy' tour date

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Forty years after the Sex Pistols played the Winter Gardens in Cleethorpes, the then manager Jimmy Jackson talks about how he dissuaded the mayor at the time from attending by telling him it would be "terrifically loud".

It was one of only a handful of dates which went ahead as part of a planned 19-date UK tour to promote the band's new single Anarchy In The UK.

Most of the dates were cancelled after the band swore on TV show Today with Bill Grundy.

Mr Jackson said despite the public outcry "I thought I would have a go".

He said the venue, which closed in 2007, had a reputation for "doing things well", so he was not unduly worried.

However, he said the mayor at the time was keen to come along, and he had to tell him it would be "terrifically loud", with lots of swearing.

Other venues to allow the band to play were Leeds Polytechnic, Manchester's Electric Circus, Caerphilly's Castle Cinema and Plymouth's Woods Centre.

  • 20 Dec 2016