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Malcolm McLaren’s Son Torches Rare Sex Pistols Record, He’s ‘Disgusted’ With Punk’s Evolution

Virgin Promo Pic - Denmark Street rehearsal room, London, March 1977 Photo: Janette Beckman

Virgin Promo Pic – Denmark Street rehearsal room, London, March 1977 Photo: Janette Beckman

Sex Pistols heir Joe Corre —  the son of legendary band manager Malcolm McLaren — burnt his original acetate of Anarchy in the UK on Tuesday evening after it failed to sell on eBay as an attempt to save it and raise money for charity. Rising to pressure from cultural critics who have slammed his plans to burn his £5 million collection, attempts were made to flog it on eBay rather than it facing the flames.

Sex Pistols on eBay

Over a week ago bidding started on ebay at £6,000 rising to a high of £62,500 on Sunday, Nov. 17 before Corre took it down for failing to reach the reserve price of £1,000,000.

Instead it went up in flames including the turntable he was playing it on. “It might be culturally significant to certain punk hangers on and freeloaders, but not to me anymore” he says. “The whole lot is going.”

Disgusted With Punk ‘Freeloaders’

Corre is disgusted with how punk has been appropriated by the commercial sector and the state. At 3:45 PM on Saturday, Nov. 26 at a secret central London location, Corre is torching everything he has collected, many of which belonged to Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren.

Recently, the Sex Pistols‘ original bassist Glen Matlock said the punk rockers might reunite again. Matlock played bass in the band from 1975 to 1977. He left and was replaced by Sid Vicious. He was part of the group’s first reunion in 1996 and the brief reunions that followed in 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2008.

Check out the Sex Pistols official website here.

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Bob Weir Takes a Traditional Turn as Tour for New Album, ‘Blue Mountain’ Heads East

Weir Joined On Stage by John Mayer and Matt Berninger

Bob Weir packed in the Deadheads young and old at The Wiltern - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Bob Weir packed in the Deadheads young and old at The Wiltern – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

By DONNA BALANCIA

Bob Weir mixed ranch stories and fireside songs with Grateful Dead favorites during a 3-hour show at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles.  It’s a stop along his tour to promote his solo album, Blue Mountain.

Bobby, as he is known to his loving fans, takes center stage with his band, and the Grateful Dead co-founder has only gotten better over the years.  He has a full beard and head of white hair but his voice is strong and so is his passion for performing.

Bob Weir Rocks The Wiltern

The Wiltern was sold out — a line of rainbow-sporting Deadheads young and old wrapped around the corner — a testament to Weir’s huge impact on music and his lingering appeal.  At 68, the folksy Weir is a welcome touchstone for Rock ‘N’ Rollers in a world that has largely ditched tradition for digital everything.

The Fans - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

The Fans – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Blue Mountain is a traditional record in a sense that it brings out a side of Bobby that he has longed to release — the record has stories of being out on the range, enveloped in deep musings about life.  As only Bobby can tell them.

The fans welcomed the new music which Bobby played throughout the first set.  OK, he did throw in Dead favorites “Loose Lucy” and “El Paso,” the latter written by Marty Robbins.

The second set was pure Grateful Dead including “Me And My Uncle,” and “West LA Fadeaway.”

Leader of the Band

Weir is casual and comfortable in the spotlight.  After years of being known as “the cute guy” in the Grateful Dead, he has proven that all along he was the understated anchor of the outfit — preppy golf shirt and all.

The Bob Weir tour heads East - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

The Bob Weir tour heads East – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

His preppy, pretty look is long gone as Weir has opted for the white hair and white-bearded mustachio look and he sticks to T-shirts and Birkenstock-style sandals with white socks.

Special additions to the band in the second set were John Mayer and Matt Berninger of The National.

Mayer earned new respect as he has apparently honed his Grateful Dead-style guitar abilities to the crowd’s delight.  Mayer plays with Weir in Dead and Company, and he came to the stage halfway through the second set to thunderous applause, rocking familiar tunes including “Jack Straw.”  Berninger sang on “Morning Dew,” and “I Know You Rider.”

The Band Plays On

Weir’s spectacular tour continues with engagements at The Tower Theatre in Upper Darby, Penn. tomorrow; two nights at The Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Oct. 14 and Oct. 15; The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, N.Y. on Oct. 16; Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on Oct. 19; and The Chicago Theatre in Chicago on Oct. 20.