Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock recently performed at DMZ Peace Train Music Festival, located right below the North Korean border. It was his first time in South Korea, let alone anywhere near the border of it's tightly guarded neighbour.
I wanted to help them to build a bridge. I wanted to show my solidarity with them and see how the other half lives.
The festival lineup includes many international acts with Matlock being amongst them. Together with veteran South Korean punk band, Crying Nut, Matlock performed Sex Pistols' 1977 classic "God Save The Queen" before joining them on the band's original songs. You can watch the live video above.
"Everyone got off on the fact that a bloke like me from the Sex Pistols was singing a song in Korean. I don't know how well I did though," said Matlock.
At the festival, he also performed his own set, playing songs from his solo work as well as Sex Pistols songs like "Anarchy in The U.K." which seems inappropriate at first but Matlock described that the crowd didn't seem to mind it too much. "In fact, they brought the house down," he tells Rolling Stone.
Matlock explains that he and many other artists from the festival took a train from Seoul right up to the DMZ. He describes that it is one of the most untouched places in the world. "Right on the border, there's a bird sanctuary where this species of crane migrates to," he says.
Before he arrived at the venue, he had a goal of helping the North and South closer to unification. However, he later realised that not everyone wanted the unification. “They don’t want to take the North Korean standard of living up to their own, which is quite high. They just want to get on with their neighbours and they don’t want nuclear bombs falling on them.”