Live in Tokyo CD


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Release Date:
Re-issued (8/94)

Label & Catalogue Number:
Virgin. VGCD 3508

Running Time:
45:57 mins

Vox - John Lydon
Guitar - Joseph Guida
Bass - Louie Bernardi
Keyboards - Tom Zvoncheck
Drums - Martin Atkins

Format Info:
CD re-issue of 'Live in Tokyo' LP. 4 page booklet featuring track listing/info.

The front cover and inner booklet uses poor quality reproductions of the original LP sleeve.

The 2012 re-issue is mastered from the 2011 Japanese re-issue.

Track Info:
Same tracks as LP version
All tracks recorded live at Tokyo, Nakano Sun Plaza, Japan between 1st & 2nd of July 1983. The 1st July show was also released as a video.

Publishing Info:
All tracks Written by Public Image Ltd
Published by Warner Chappell Music Ltd / Copyright Control / EMI Virgin Music Ltd & Secret Music © 1983 Virgin Records Ltd

'Live in Tokyo' was one of the first PiL albums to be re-issued on CD in 1986, along with 'Second Edition' & 'First Issue'.

With Keith Levene & Pete Jones' departure, PiL found themselves without a band for the upcoming Japanese tour. As a panic measure musicians were hired from auditions by Bob Miller and Martin Atkins. The line-up of Louis Bernardi (bass), Joseph Guida (guitar) & Tommy Zvoncheck (keyboards) – often dubbed the "Cabaret Band" – had no real experience outside the New Jersey bar scene. Atkins is so concerned with the new band's image he persuades them to wear cabaret suits!

The band encored the tour with 'Anarchy in the UK' but it is not included on the album.

'Live in Tokyo' was one of the first digital live albums ever recorded (if not the first). The gigs were recorded on a Mitsubishi X-800 32ch tape recorder. At the time there were only three in existence and the cutting edge of musical technology.


Produced by 'Public Image Ltd'
Engineered by Bob Miller

Recorded live by Tamco Recording Mobil
Mixed at Nippon Columbia Studios, Japan

Original Sleeve Design:
A.D. Grafik Design

I did say in interviews at the time, "Don't buy it!" 'Live in Tokyo' was made because we were promised such and such amount of dollars if we'd let them record with their brand-new Mitsubishi digital recording unit. So, yes, I took the money, because I needed it.
- John Lydon, Q Magazine 1992

Pete Jones bailed around the same time as Keith Levene, so PiL ended up just me and John. Three weeks away from a Japanese tour. We had a period of panic because we had these shows that we were committed to doing. With Bob Miller we auditioned a bunch of guys, bass players, guitarists, keyboard players. It turned out, much later, that the three guys Bob suggested were old friends of his...
- Martin Atkins, Fodderstompf 2001

First Issue
Metal Box

Flowers of Romance

This is What You Want...

Press Reviews:
Record Mirror, October 1983 (LP)

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