The frontman told Stereogum that he feels he owes the rest of the band because their existence made his second group Public Image Ltd possible.
Lydon said: "Because I've been able to get PiL back together - and because I've really been in a songwriting mode - I can now look back on the Pistols and imagine writing with them, too.
"I wouldn't have been able to think about that if I hadn't gotten the PiL thing going again. For me, there wouldn't be a PiL if it weren't for them lads in the Pistols, so I feel responsive to their needs."
He added: "If they want me to go out on tour with them I'm happy to oblige... until three weeks later when I'm not."
"That's how it is. You forget the wars and the personal hates over time, until something happens... like a tour... and you remember all over again."