Gary Susman
June 12, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

No doubt they’re just doing it for the money. John ”Johnny Rotten” Lydon would probably be the first person to say so. After all, when the Sex Pistols reunited in 1996, for the first time in two decades, they called their swing through the U.S. the ”Filthy Lucre” tour. Now, Lydon tells Rolling Stone, the punk pioneers are coming again this summer. They don’t have any new songs, Lydon said, nor do they plan to write any; rather, the tour will pander shamelessly to punk nostalgia.

”For the first ten years after the Pistols broke up, I didn’t want to go back there,” Lydon said. ”I put it right out of my mind, but then I came round to realize that there’s nothing to be ashamed of. I love what I did, and I love what I do. I think one album [1977’s ‘Nevermind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols’] is all we ever needed. There’s no point after that.”

The original Pistols lineup — singer Lydon, guitarist Steve Jones, drummer Paul Cook, and bassist Glen Matlock — will be making only their second pass through North America. (Matlock had been replaced by Sid Vicious by the time of the Pistols’ brief, ill-fated tour of the U.S. in 1978.) They have confirmed two North American shows, August 21 at Jones Beach, New York, and August 25 in Toronto. Other expected cities, according to Billboard, include Boston, Atlantic City, Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and San Diego.

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