Anarchy in the LV

The Sex Pistols are playing one stateside show this year. Why here?


Before beginning a 25-date European and Japanese summer tour, the reunited U.K. punk godfathers—original lineup: Johnny Rotten, Steve Jones, Glen Matlock and Paul Cook—will perform once in the U.S. Not in New York City. Or Los Angeles. But in Las Vegas, at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel. Considering the band’s 2003 gig at the same venue didn’t even sell out, we’re wondering why.

“I got a call from their management, the William Morris Agency,” says Paul Davis, vice president of entertainment at the Hard Rock. “For whatever reason, the band had decided they were gonna do one show in the U.S. to launch their European tour. And in their minds, what better place to do it than Vegas? They want to make some noise, so to speak, and there’s so much attention on Vegas right now it’s a very effective place for that. As for us, we like things in the Joint that are very iconic and very legit, and it doesn’t get more iconic and legit than the Sex Pistols.”

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