The Sex Pistols Played their brand of Raucous Rock to the Cowboys at The LongHorn Ballroom.
"They said no one could be more bizarre than Alice Cooper, or more destructive than Kiss...They have not seen the Sex Pistols. Tuesday night, Stone City Attractions presents live, the Sex Pistols. Banned in their own home country, England's Sex Pistols, denied admittance to the United States, the Sex Pistols bring the new wave to the Metroplex this Tuesday night, in the Longhorn Ballroom. They said it couldn't happen, but it happens Tuesday night: the Sex Pistols, live."--Dallas Radio Promo, 1978
Tuesday,January 10, 1978
God Save the Queen
By this point, Sid's receiving most of the attention onstage. Other members of the band are getting fed up with his narcissistic attitude. Before the show, Steve threatens to punch him for focusing on himself and not the music.
I Wanna Be Me
Sid hits the bottle hard before the show. Being in Texas again, he and Johnny mock the "Cowboys" in attendance. About half of the 1,800 in the crowd are fans; the other half are Country & Western fans defending their territory against these British punks.
John wears an ugly pink shirt and black glove for most of the show, while Steve wears all black, including boots, spurs, and a Sheriff's star.
Although he contributes nothing musically, Sid knows he's stealing Johnny's limelight, which is more important to him.
Belsen Was a Gas
With "Gimme a Fix" on his bare chest, Sid barely played his bass and seemed more interested in jumping around instead of performing music. Plastic cups and other assorted objects flew toward the stage for the duration of the performance. (No glass bottles were sold.)
At the end of "Holidays in the Sun," Sid gets head-butted by an overzealous woman and receives a bloody nose. Instead of wiping up the mess, he lets the gore flow down his torso. After smearing it on his face, he spits into the crowd, yelling off-mic and over the din,
"All cowboys are queer!"
Johnny remarks, "Look at that... a living circus."
There are about 100 police on hand.
During "Pretty Vacant," Sid takes a broken bottle and carves his chest. He removes the pus-soaked bandage from his arm and throws it into the crowd. The other band members continue the show. With his newly carved chest, Sid isn't playing bass as much as using it, while jumping around and staring, like the heroin-deprived, schnapps zombie he now is.
After a blistering version of "Anarchy in the U.S.A.," the band left the stage, and, surprisingly, the crowd yelled for more. As the band reappeared for an encore, Sid showed the audience an obscene gesture and Steve yelled,
"You must be mad to want more of us!"
In the middle of "No Fun," Steve confronts a heckler by throwing a couple punches and jabbing him with the headstock of his guitar. The next morning, the Dallas newspaper read:
"Most of the people last night came to see the people who came to see the Sex Pistols."
Now why aint all Rock Concerts like that. Fucking Amazing!!