Sex Pistols

Winterland Concert

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The Sex Pistols' last concert at the Winterland in San Francisco is one of the legendary events in rock & roll, but not because of the quality of the music -- because it was a chaotic mess, as Live at Winterland 1978 proves. Wasted and bored, the band stumbles through their set list, occasionally stopping so Johnny Rotten and sometimes Sid Vicious could hurl invective at the audience, all of which tends to be labored and tiring. Listening to this tuneless, tempoless onslaught, the wonder isn't why the Pistols broke up, but why they didn't break up during the show. As a historical document, it's essential for dedicated fans, but it has little to offer musically.

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