GLEN MATLOCK (THE SEX PISTOLS) + EARL SLICK
Forever changing rock & roll history as chief songwriter with the Sex Pistols, Glen Matlock's contribution to the Sex Pistols, and thus culture itself, is well documented.
Penning the anthem Pretty Vacant, arguably the most famous punk song ever, Glen wrote the music to all the Sex Pistols classics, including Anarchy In The UK and God Save The Queen, creating the benchmark for any aspiring rock band who followed in their wake. Periodic Sex Pistols reunions have allowed the world the chance to see Glen reaffirm his rightful position as the cornerstone of the Pistols. The Sex Pistols, however, represent only a fraction of Glen's legacy.
Best-known as one of David Bowie's guitarists (during one of his most successful periods commercially – the mid-'70s), Earl Slick has gone on to play on a variety of other projects before returning back to Bowie in the early 21st century. Slick (then only 22 years old), came out of virtually nowhere to serve as Bowie's first proper replacement for Mick Ronson after Bowie had spilt up the Spiders from Mars.
Up next for Slick was one of the high points of his entire career -- working alongside John Lennon on what would become Lennon's final all-new studio recording, 1980's chart-topping Double Fantasy. After Lennon's death the same year, Slick returned to the studio with Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, and appeared on what would become her highest-charting solo release, 1981's harrowing Season of Glass (Slick's guitar work would also appear on the posthumously released compilation of Lennon leftovers, 1984's Milk and Honey, as well as CD box sets for both Ono, 1992's Onobox, and Lennon, 1998's Anthology).
The early to mid-'80s saw Slick return briefly to Bowie's band (for the sold-out Serious Moonlight world tour in support of 1983's Let's Dance), and also virtually replacing Brian Setzer in the Stray Cats, as he joined up with ex-Cats Lee Rocker (bass) and Slim Jim Phantom (drums) in the trio Phantom, Rocker & Slick. The short-lived outfit issued a pair of moderately successful albums, 1985's Phantom, Rocker & Slick and 1986's Cover Girl, before disbanding. In 2000, Slick accepted an offer to rejoin Bowie full-time, as he toured steadily with his previous employer and appeared on his 2002 studio effort, Heathen. David Bowie, The Cure's Robert Smith, Joe Elliott of Def Leppard and others joined him for Zig Zag, which appeared on Sanctuary in fall 2003.
Presented by Red Lion Ballroom.
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