Veteran punk rebel John Lydon recalls how his novel attempt to bond with fellow rocker Neil Young proved ill-fated.
The former Sex Pistols frontman – aka Johnny Rotten – complains to Uncut magazine: “People like Neil reject me when I send out heart-warming signals.”
Highlighting an encounter with Young and his bandmates when they were once “having a meeting at the same hotel”, Lydon, 59, goes on to explain:
They had a cake. I came down barefoot from my room, I had a suit jacket on with a tie but no shirt, and not a lot else. I jumped on his cake barefoot and went: ‘Hello!’
But I meant it well. I thought they’d burst out laughing and go ‘this is our birthday gift, Johnny Rotten’.
Alas, the singer concedes the response proved more frosty.
Lydon concludes: “No, it doesn’t work like that, rock people or not. They lack spontaneous humour.”