Sex Pistols Singer Johnny Rotten "Wasted" Thousands of Dollars on 'Game of Thrones' Apps


In-game purchases are the great rock 'n' roll swindle

Johnny Rotten has a problem. No, it's not a problem with authority. Well, not completely. And it isn't drugs or alcohol. The Sex Pistols frontman actually has a problem with iPad apps and is spending thousands of dollars on them.  

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph on the topic of his finances, the "Pretty Vacant" singer admitted he had "wasted" approximately $15,700 on iPad apps over the last two years, particularly on in-game purchases for games like the Game of Thrones game. 

"I wasted — you’re the first to know this — 10,000 f‑‑‑ing pounds in the last two years on apps on my iPad. I got into Game of Thrones, Game of War, Real Racing, and I just wanted to up the ante. And like an idiot, I didn’t check myself. I’ve been checked now. But there's a kid in me, see? A bit of my childhood was taken from me, and I’m determined to bring it back," said the singer, whose real name is John Lydon. 

Elsewhere in the interview, Rotten talked about his troubles with management and royalty payments:

How well was the Sex Pistols’ money managed?

I don’t think Malcolm [McLaren] was ever corrupt in that way in the Pistols. I think he just didn’t know any better, was into self-aggrandizement and was prepared to spend our money on rock-and-roll swindles. It was showbiz out of control with him, and when it came to commitment, he wouldn’t be there. That’s why I’m still here.

Were you always able to protect your rights to royalty payments?

Up and down. There was a time when record companies weren’t backing me, and I had to lease and flog a few things to survive. None of it’s made what I’d call huge amounts of money, but it’s enough for me to do what I want. I’m not a bloke who wants a Ferrari in the garage. If I want to drive a Ferrari, I’ve got PlayStation.