In a fascinating interview in the Daily Record, John Lydon has revealed that the unlikely figure of Mick Jagger attempted to come to the rescue of Sid Vicious in the Nancy Spungen murder trail and put up the legal fees for the hapless bassist.
The whole sordid mess had only one redeeming feature according to Lydon, who is still not happy with Malcolm Mclarens handling of the whole affair.
“The only good news is that I heard Mick Jagger got in there and brought lawyers into it on Sid’s behalf because I don’t think Malcolm lifted a finger. He just didn’t know what to do. For that, I have a good liking of Mick Jagger. There was activity behind the scenes from Mick Jagger so I applaud him. He never used it to advance himself publicity-wise.”
The whole demise his former best friend and his slide into rock tabloid rockstar junkie that was along way from his real personae is one that always troubled Lydon.
Nancy Spungen was a hideous, awful person who killed herself because of the lifestyle and led to the destruction and subsequent death of Sid and the whole fiasco. I tried to help Sid through all of that and feel a certain responsibility because I brought him into the Pistols thinking he could handle the pressure. He couldn’t. The reason people take heroin is that they can’t handle pressure. Poor old Sid.
Her death is all entangled in mystery. It’s no real mystery, though. If you are going to get yourself involved in drugs and narcotics in that way accidents are going to happen.”