Texas queer trivia: Sex Pistols at Longhorn Ballroom

Posted on 06 Apr 2009 at 10:19am

Every morning, while leaving Oak Cliff, I drive by The Longhorn Ballroom, which is at the foot of the Corinth Street Bridge. Supposedly, Jack Ruby once owned the country-western dance hall.

But the venue’s most historical footnote will probably be The Sex Pistols’ Jan. 10, 1978 gig — where a female fan head-butted bassist Sid Vicious. I found a music blog that has a bootleg of the Longhorn gig. And I just came across this tidbit, which was noted in the documentary, “The Filth and the Fury.”

During the gig, Vicious scrawled the words “I need a fix” in magic-marker on his naked chest and howled, “All cowboys are queer!”

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