Punk icons THE Sex Pistols are reforming up for LIVE 8's London gig - and their reunion is set to be the highlight of the entire event.

The turbulent ANARCHY IN THE UK stars split in 1979 after bassist SID VICIOUS took a fatal drug overdose, but Glen Matlock, the original bass player who was replaced by Vicious in 1977, is back on board for the performance.

And despite initial reluctance, frontman Johnny Rotten, real name JOHN LYDON, has agreed to join his bandmates for the charity rock extravaganza.

An insider says, "The others said 'Yes' straight away but Johnny took his time.

"He knew the rest of the band had given the reunion the green light so in the end he agreed.

"No one ever thought they would see the day that Sex Pistols would reform. But because Live 8 is such a special event it has made it possible."

19/06/2005 14:01