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A Rotten Way To Spend The Summer!

(left to right) Lu Edmonds, John Lydon, Scott Firth, Bruce Smith (photo Tomohiro Noritsune) © PiL Official 2015



The Sex Pistols initial career lasted just two and a half years. Just one studio album and four singles.  But that band are one of the most influential acts in the history of British music.

Well, Never Mind the Bollocks, here’s Public Image Ltd. – celebrating their 40 year anniversary.

With a mammoth UK, European and Japan tour, career-spanning box set and documentary. John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten is in fine form and the band are in a purple period right now.

The Public Image Is Rotten Summer 2018 tour is the first since 2016, which many critics hailed as the best gigs of their career. A new documentary premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York and then had its European premiere at London’s Raindance Festival.  Directed by Tabbert Fiiller, it will be released later this year in select cinemas.

John Lydon photo copyright: Simon Redley


In 2015 the band released their 10th studio album ‘What The World Needs Now…’ which followed the huge critical success of 2012’s ‘This is PiL’, the band’s first album in 17 years.

‘What The World Needs Now’ peaked at number 29 in the official UK album charts and picked up fantastic acclaim from both press and public.

The album also peaked at number 3 in the official UK indie charts and number 4 in the official UK vinyl charts.

“What The World Needs Now…” was self-funded by PiL and released on their own label ‘PiL Official’ via Cargo UK Distribution.

Widely regarded as one of the most innovative and influential bands of all time, PiL’s music and vision earned them 5 UK Top 20 singles and 5 UK Top 20 albums.

With a shifting line-up and unique sound, John Lydon guided the band from their debut album ‘First Issue’ in 1978 through to 1992’s ‘That What Is Not’.

After a 17 year hiatus, Lydon reactivated PiL in 2009 by taking them back on the road worldwide.

John Lydon, Lu Edmonds, Scott Firth and Bruce Smith continue as PiL. They are the longest stable line-up in the band’s history.

After fronting the Sex Pistols, John Lydon formed Public Image Ltd in 1978.  Outside of PiL John has released several solo records and collaborations. He recently released the autobiography ‘Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored’.

Lu Edmonds – Multi instrumentalist and former guitarist in The Damned, Lu joined PiL in 1986, recording and playing on the album ‘Happy?’ and co-writing the  album ‘9’, adding yet another dimension to the PiL sound.

Bruce Smith – Drummer in The Pop Group and formerly of The Slits, Bruce became percussionist for PiL in 1986 playing and recording on the albums ‘Happy?’ and ‘9’. Seen as a drumming virtuoso, Bruce brought his unique style into the fold.

Scott Firth – A bass player/multi-instrumentalist who has collaborated and played with a variety of top musicians and bands, including Steve Winwood, John Martyn and Elvis Costello.



SUMMER 2018 UK Tour Dates include:



Thu 21st June             Cardiff, Wales                                        The Tramshed

SAT 23rd JUNE         EXETER, England                            Lemon Grove

SUN 24th JUNE         WREXHAM, England                       William Aston Hall

Tue 26th June            Reading, England                               Sub 89

Wed 27th June          Frome, Somerset, England                Cheese & Grain

Fri 29th June               Nottingham, England                         Rock City

Sat 30th June             Southampton, England                     Engine Rooms

Sun 5th Aug                Blackpool, England                             Rebellion Festival

Sun 19th Aug              Hardwick, England                              Hardwick Live Festival

Sat 25th Aug              Bangor, Northern Ireland                   Bangor Marina

Tue   28th Aug            Inverness, Scotland                              The Ironworks

Wed 29th Aug           Aberdeen, Scotland                           The Assembly

Fri 31st Aug                 Dundee, Scotland                               The Church



Fri 8th June                 Brussels, Belgium                                   Ancienne Belgique

Sat 9th June               Holland, Netherlands                          Retropop Festival

Sat 10th June             Den Haag, Netherlands                     Paard van Trojoe

Fri 13th July                 Prague, Czech Republic                   Lucerna

Sun 15th July              Jarocin, Poland                                    Jarocin Festival

Sun 26th Aug              Dublin, Republic of Ireland               The Tivoli



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