Who knew that Mick Jagger was a punk rock hero of sorts? According to Classic Rock Magazine, Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon says that Mick Jagger reached out to the tortured performer when no one else wanted to mess with that drama.
Lydon said that Jagger paid legal fees for Vicious after he was accused of murdering girlfriend Nancy Spungen in 1979. Unfortunately, the financial backing was all for naught; Vicious overdosed before the case even went to court.
“Nancy 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,” said Lydon, calling Vicious’ involvement with Spungen a “lost cause.” “I tried to help Sid through all of that. I 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 because they can’t handle pressure. Poor old Sid.”
“It became ludicrous trying to talk to him through the drug haze because all you would hear was, ‘I’m the real star around here,’” said Lydon. “Great. Carry on. We all know how that’s going to end. Unfortunately that is where it ended. I miss him very much.
“The only good news is that I heard Mick Jagger got in there and brought lawyers into it on Sid’s behalf. I don’t think Malcolm [Mclauren] lifted a finger; he just didn’t know what to do,” chided Lydon about the Sex Pistols’ manager. “For that, I have a good liking of Mick Jagger. There was activity behind the scenes from Mick so I applaud him. He never used it to advance himself publicity-wise.”
–Nadia Noir, CBS Radio Los Angeles