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Sid Vicious

English bassist and vocalist

Sid Vicious

English bassist and vocalist
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birthday
10th
May, 1957
Death
2nd
February, 1979
Birth Place
London, England
Birth Sign
taurus
Biography

John Simon Ritchie (10 May 1957 – 2 February 1979), known professionally as Sid Vicious, was an English musician best known as the bassist for the English punk rock band Sex Pistols. Vicious replaced Glen Matlock, who had fallen out of favour with the other members of the group.
Due to intravenous drug use, Vicious was hospitalized with hepatitis during the recording of the Sex Pistols’ only studio album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols; his bass is only partially featured on one song, “Bodies”.[citation needed] Vicious later appeared as a lead vocalist, performing three songs, on the soundtrack to The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle (1980), a largely fictionalised documentary about the Sex Pistols.
As the Sex Pistols were gaining attention, Vicious met Nancy Spungen, and the couple began a relationship that culminated in Spungen’s death from an apparent stab wound while staying in New York City’s Hotel Chelsea with Vicious. Under suspicion of murder, Vicious was released on bail; he was arrested again for assaulting Todd Smith, brother of Patti Smith, at a nightclub, and underwent drug rehabilitation on Rikers Island. He died in 1979 after overdosing on heroin.
Less than four weeks after Vicious’s death, The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle soundtrack album was released. On 15 December 1979, a compilation of live material recorded during his brief solo career was released as Sid Sings. Gary Oldman portrayed Vicious in the biopic Sid and Nancy (1986). In 2006, Vicious, along with the four original members of the Sex Pistols, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, although the band refused to attend.

instruments played
bass
drums
Guitar
Vocals
Associated Acts

Sex Pistols Siouxsie and the Banshees Vicious White Kids The Flowers of Romance

Birth Name

John Simon Ritchie

Genres

Punk rock

Labels

Virgin EMI A&M

Occupations

Musician

Years Active

1976 1979

Name

Sid Vicious

Nationality

United Kingdom, England

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