The Sex Pistols frontman lost a fortune in in two years
Andy Morris

15:52 17th November 2014

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John Lydon has revealed he spent £10,000 on in-game apps for his iPad in two years.

In an interview with the Telegraph he admitted: "I wasted - you're the first to know this - 10,000 f*****g 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. 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."

Elsewhere in the interview Brydon discusses a number of his other financial faux pas. He describes his worst financial decision was launching the record label A&M. "Went from one record company to another very quickly. They lasted less than a week and got us “Businessmen of the Year” in some bloody magazine. It was all about big business and that was the worst thing. People would think I’d write these songs as a financial scam. It was Herb Alpert’s label. We get on all right now but he couldn’t deal with me back then, probably because of Rick Wakeman’s poisoning [of the relationship] and the like, which there was a lot of."

Lydon recently claimed he felt under-valued by the music press and that many have failed to recognise just how subversive the Sex Pistols were at the time.

The singer said: "It amazes me when I see these all-time top albums lists, and 'Never Mind The Bollocks' is hovering around Number 10, 15 or even 20," he said. "This is a band that pushed it so far we were discussed in Parliament under the Treason Act, you know?"

Clearly in reflective mood, the PiL frontman also disccuses his alias Johnny Rotten in the interview, stating that the character was a self-defence mechanism as a result of his vulnerability: "I can't help it – I'm in the public eye. I've built up a very good defence in Johnny Rotten over the years, but unfortunately that's been interpreted as arrogance, which of course it's not. It's a self-defence mechanism which I had to adopt because of those early years."

Lydon also revealed that he's got more than 2,000 pages of notes for the new PiL album, praising fellow band members as: "the best people I've ever worked with".

Lydon's third autobiography, 'Anger Is An Energy: My Life Uncensored' is out now. 

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