The plan was to have music from every decade represented at this show and whilst the organisers must be patted on the back for admitting the existence of punk, they were always going to be on a ÃÂ hiding to nothing trying to get a punk band to play.
The Pistols are in a limbo at the moment with John Lydon busy with PiL and the new PiL album about to come out, reforming the Pistols would have wiped out all the good will for that project. Also the sight of the Pistols playing the Olympics would have been a bit strange!
This leaves a bit of a gap for the punk band slot- The Clash without Joe Strummer is tricky, Buzzcocks? Stranglers? The Jam? nothing seems to fit- what do you think?