Former Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon blames himself for the problems leading up to the death of band member Sid Vicious, because he had no chance to overcome his drug addiction.

Lydon, AKA JOHNNY ROTTEN, fears the pressure of being in the band prevented Vicious, real name John Simon Ritchie-beverly, from facing up to the heroin habit which killed him in 1979 at the tender age of 21.

Lydon says, "Sid was a great bloke, a barrel-load of laughs. But the cottage industry of punk has turned him into a humourless drug monster, which wasn't right.

"He didn't get the opportunity to get out of that drug problem. And taking him into the band at that point was a horrible pressure; I didn't notice it, I thought it was all right but I was lumbering him. It was my fault.

"That's how I feel about that. Why is it that the things we do have 20,000 reasons behind them?

"You have to be honest with yourself. I ain't no saint."