PiLOfficial.Com has announced that PiL will play the Primavera Sound Festival, in Barcelona, Spain, on Thursday 26th May 2011. They will be headlining one of two main stages. See the Primavera Sound website for full festival info.
PiLOfficial.Com has announced that PiL will play the Primavera Sound Festival, in Barcelona, Spain, on Thursday 26th May 2011. They will be headlining one of two main stages. See the Primavera Sound website for full festival info.
PiLOfficial.Com has announced that PiL will play their FIRST EVER show in Dublin, Ireland on Friday, June 10th at the city's Tripod venue! Tickets go on general sale this Friday, January 28th via www.ticketmaster.ie. See Tripod website for venue info etc.
PiLOfficial.Com has announced PiL live shows will continue in 2011 with two shows announced today. The band will headline at the Bazant Pohoda Festival in Slovakia on Saturday July 9th 2011 and make a special appearance at the Big Top Tent at the Isle of Wight Festival on Sunday, June 12th 2011. See website's for ticket info.
Mr Rotten’s Scrapbook – Pre-Order active from Monday 11th October 2010
What is it?
An exciting and intimate journey through John Lydon’s life, from inception to now, in high quality pictures and hand written text commentary.
Large format ‘coffee table’ style. 14” x 14” 250+ pages.
Strictly limited edition - only 750 pieces worldwide – each one uniquely numbered 1 -750.
Quarter bound in high quality finish with front and back boards, engraved plaque and born date.
Over 80% content never seen before, including many personal images and hand written quotes.
Unique centrefold feature - every book hand signed and doodled by Mr Rotten!
Each book includes a 12” picture vinyl, hand built into the back cover of each book. containing 2009 live PiL recordings, plus exclusive John Lydon spoken-word outtakes!
Each book is hand bound comes in special protective slipcase with gold blocking.
Pre Order price from 11th October - £379
Retail price from 1st December - £449 (if there are any left!)
Save £70 if you pre-order before 1st Dec.
100 of the 750 books will contain a special golden ticket. this gives the bearer the opportunity to have a one on one chat with the man himself! a 10 minute webcam chat, face to face, ask john anything you like!
First 50 orders guaranteed 1-50 numbering
First 100 orders, guaranteed delivery before christmas. Each book takes approx 2 days work for 1 person to hand produce.
JohnLydon.Com and PiLOfficial.Com have announced initial details and pre-order info for a new official John Lydon photographic book. The book will be strictly limited to 750 copies, handsigned and full of exclusive and unseen content.
John Lydon is proud to announce that he is releasing an exclusive, limited edition, photographic book, documenting his life in pictures, from birth until now.
The book will contain many unseen images of his life, career and more, including handwritten commentary and quotes from the man himself.
Strictly limited to 750 pieces worldwide, large format 14” x 14”, hand signed centrefold, hand bound, unique numbering, this is not to be missed!
Pre-order will be active from 11th October 2010, released on 1st December 2010.
The first 50 people to pre-order get guaranteed edition numbering between 1-50.
100 ‘Golden Tickets’ will be inserted randomly into the 750 books, a 1 in 7.5 chance of finding one! – more info to come on that!
Register your interest and we will ensure you are first to receive excerpts/spreads from the book before the pre-order goes active.
Get ready for something very special indeed!
You have been warned...
September 11th 2010
PiL have now completed the European leg of their 2010 tour. The gigs went down a storm with good reviews continuing from fans and critics alike. The band rounded up the tour with two storming performances at the Electric Picnic Festival in Ireland and the Bingley Live Music Festival in Bradford last weekend.
PiL have mentioned possible recording plans in several press interviews, however, apparently nothing is set in stone just yet, and Virgin Records (EMI) continue to control their back catalogue. All in all its been an exciting 10 month period for PiL fans and long may it continue!
“Of course, there are all sorts of terrible politics going on down there but there is just about all over the world. You cannot separate yourself from your audience because of the political powers-that-be. I mean, I'm anti-government—I have been all my life no matter where I go—and I shall be making that loud and clearly proud once I'm in Israel."
"We've received a lot of hate mail, as it happens, going to Israel is some kind of political faux pas. I say, 'Don't be so ignorant -- it's John speaking here and I'm going there to cause trouble and I will do it musically.”
July 4th 2010
The European leg of PiL's tour starts next weekend with two headlining Festival appearances in Belgium (July 10th-11th). Tickets for the July UK tour and Amsterdam Paradiso are ON SALE NOW. See links below.
See our Gigs page for all announced dates; including Festival appearances.
July 1st 2010
PiLOfficial.Com has announced PiL have unfortunately had to cancel the August German tour due to production scheduling problems. The tour will not be rescheduled. Tickets are still available for all other shows including UK, Amsterdam and festival appearances.
Fans who already bought a ticket will get a refund. If you bought your ticket at a retail outlet, please return it at the same location. If you bought your ticket online, please visit the website of the ticket service to get more information.
If you bought your ticket at www.lb-events.de please send your original tickets along with your bank details to the following address:
Lars Berndt EVENTS GmbH
New audiointerview with John Lydon on BBC6 Music speaking of the forthcoming UK shows and the possibility of recording new PiL material.
On General Sale NOW!
All regional dates £25.00 adv, London £27.50 adv
PiLOfficial.Com has announced PiL will headline the Heineken Music Conference 2010 Festival in Tel-Aviv, Israel on Sunday, August 31st 2010. PiL will play on the last night of the festival which takes place at the Fair, Trade & Convention Centre at 101 Rokach Ave. Tel-Avi. See their website for more info...
PiLOfficial.Com has announced PiL have lined up a 6 date UK tour for July 2010. The band will play London, Bristol, Oxford, Leeds, Liverpool and Glasgow. Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 4th at 0900 via ticketweb.co.uk or 0844 477 2000 (24hr). All regional dates £25.00 adv, London £27.50 adv.
PiLOfficial.Com has announced that PiL have lined up an August German tour starting in Dortmund at the FZW on August 15th 2010 with dates following in Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, Munich and Offenbach.
A special pre-sale begins Tuesday, May 18th at 9am with the General sale starting this Friday 21st. Tickets are available at a price of 40,00 Euro through the ticket hotline 0234 9471940 and online www.lb-events.de/shop.
As PUBLIC IMAGE LTD (PiL) continue to make their rounds across North America garnering uniformly rave reviews on their first U.S. tour in 18 years, the group has announced they’ll will appear on NBC TV’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Show” on Monday, May 17 (12:35 AMET-PT/11:25 PMCT).
The John Lydon-fronted band will film their entire performance at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on Wednesday, May 19 for a forthcoming PiL documentary directed by Alex Mar and produced by Artists Public Domain.
DJ Justin Miller of DFA Records will open the Williamsburg show.
The previous night’s show (Tuesday, May 18) is still scheduled for Terminal 5. All ticket holders for Wednesday, May 19 will receive a notification from Ticketmaster with a choice of keeping their tickets for the Williamsburg show or transferring them to the Tuesday, May 18 show at Terminal 5. The deadline to make this decision is end of day on Friday, May 7. Any ticket buyer who doesn’t respond to the contact email from Ticketmaster will have their tickets automatically refunded. As of Tuesday, May 4, any new tickets purchased for Wednesday, May 19 will be for the Music Hall of Williamsburg show.
PiLOfficial.Com has announced a venue change for this Friday's appearance in Toronto. The band will now play the Phoenix Concert Theatre instead of the Kool Haus. The venues are approximately 1.6 miles apart from each other.
NEW YORK TIMES (Coachella)
“Mr. Lydon’s voice, as strong and cantankerous as ever, was a sneer, a taunt, a howl, a bleat and a cry of pain. His production values were in his hair, spiked skyward, and in the various instruments--including a long-necked electric sax--played by the guitarist Lu Edmonds, who was a member of Public Image Ltd. in the 1980s. …PiL has kept the skeletons of its songs, but it lets Mr. Edmonds and a new rhythm section take them over. Mr. Edmonds likes reverb, leaving fewer stark open spaces, and Middle Eastern music, coming up with modal leads that add a different kind of angularity to the music. Scott Firth on bass and keyboards and Bruce Smith on drums make the beats jauntier than they were in PiL’s old recordings. But Mr. Lydon’s voice is still corrosive, with additional decades of knowing sarcasm. ’Hello, Coachella, I’m a nice fella,’ he rhymed as he introduced ‘Flowers of Romance.’ He ended PiL’s set, which outlasted Jay-Z’s, with ‘Open Up,’ a song he recorded in 1993 as Leftfield Lydon, collaborating with the electronic group Leftfield. ‘Lose yourself inside your schemes/Go for the money, honey,’ he cackled. ‘Burn, Hollywood, burn.’”
--Jon Pareles, New York Times, Saturday, April 17
LOS ANGELES TIMES (Coachella)
“…snarling post-punk pioneers Public Image Ltd. offered a master class in the volatile blend of disco, dub and the avant-garde that informed LCD Soundsystem’s rapturous punk-funk and many of Coachella’s previous breakout bands, such as Bloc Party.”
--Margaret Wappler and August Brown, Los Angeles Times, Monday April, 19
ROLLING STONE.COM (Club Nokia, Los Angeles)
“… PiL operated amid swirling dark clouds of noise, emphasizing the brooding, uncompromising tone of PiL’s sound. The group’s early signature song, ‘Public Image,’ was not far removed from the raw, straight-ahead rock of the Pistols, but with a guitar sound that became the template for U2’s the Edge and other players. ‘Albatross’ was all post-punk gloom and slicing riffs, while the deep grooves of ‘Religion’ were provocative and riveting…”
--Steve Appleford, Rolling Stone, Wednesday, April 14
SPIN.COM (Club Nokia, Los Angeles)
“From the set's opening number--the band's biggest hit, 1983's ‘This Is Not A Love Song’--PiL held a firm grasp on the audience's attention with Lydon's spasmodic dancing and monstrous bursts of scream-singing. The band played old songs like ‘Rise,’ ‘Death Disco,’ and ‘Flowers of Romance.’ Edmonds slashed his way through the riff-heavy songs as Firth unleashed hard-hitting baselines on tracks like ‘Sun’ and ‘Warrior.’ …both young music lovers and old school rockers--who danced and moshed, eager to act out the punk days of the past. Coachella fans take note: PiL's performance Friday night at 11:20 PM at the Outdoor Theatre is not to be missed.”
--Nicholas Bowden, SPIN, Wednesday, April 14
"We would like to thank Coachella in the furtherance of our quest to lead where others can only dream to follow.” -John Lydon, Public Image Ltd, April 20th 2010
PiL have been confirmed as headliners of the Outdoor Theatre stage at tomorrow's Coachella Festival (Friday, April 16th). The band are due on stage at 11.20 and will play for 80 minutes (not the 50 minutes stated elsewhere). Read the full press release via PiLOfficial.Com.
PiL kicked off their North American tour in grand style at Club Nokia. PiLOfficial.Com has begun posting new reviews and interviews. Including rave reviews on Spin.Com and RollingStone.
They have also set up a special 2010 Tour Reports page where fans can send in tour reports, reviews, comments etc.
PiL have added an extra night at New York, Terminal 5. They will now also play on Wednesday, May19th as well as the previously announced May18th show. Tickets go on sale this weekend, April 16th, via Ticketmaster. See the Terminal 5 website for more info...
You can watch PiL's performance of 'Rise' and 'This Is Not a Love Song', plus an interview with John Lydon, from yesterday's Jimmy Kimmel Live via their website or YouTube channel. We have posted the links below.
John will also be appearing on tonight's Red Eye on Fox News. The show airs Thursday April 8 (12 AM PST) / Friday April 9 (3 AM EST). See the Red Eye website for more info...
PiL have added an extra night at the Chicago House of Blues. They will now also play on Saturday, May 1st as well as the previously announced May 2nd show. Tickets go on sale this weekend via Ticketmaster.
Jah Wobble has a new album ready for release and a UK tour lined up for July / August. 'Japanese Dub' follows on from his critically acclaimed 'Chinese Dub' album of 2008 and features 'Jah Wobble and The Nippon Dub Ensemble'. The CD is available now via 30 Hertz and will get a full release on April 6th. The 30 Hertz website has MP3 previews of the album, plus Wobble's introductory sleevenotes.
Tracklisting: Shinto Dub / Cherry Blossom Of My Youth / Kokiriko / K Dub 04 / K Dub 05 / Hokkai Bon Uta / Ma / Taiko Dub / Mishima/Kurosawa / K Dub 10 / K Dub 11
Wobble will be touring 'Japanese Dub' this summer. Keep an eye on 30 Hertz for updates.
25.7.10 Wobble / Japanese Dub - Festival of World Cultures, Dún Laoghaire, Ireland
26.7.10 Wobble / Japanese Dub - Sheffield, O2 Academy 2, UK
27.7.10 Wobble / Japanese Dub - Glasgow, O2 ABC 2, UK
28.7.10 Wobble / Japanese Dub - Newcastle, O2 Academy 2, UK
30.7.10 Wobble / Japanese Dub - Birmingham, O2 Academy 3, UK
31.7.10 Wobble / Japanese Dub - Islington O2 Academy 2, UK
1.8.10 Wobble / Japanese Dub - Bristol, O2 Academy 2, UK
4.8.10 Wobble / Japanese Dub - Oxford, O2 Academy 2, UK
5.8.10 Wobble / Japanese Dub - Liverpool, O2 Academy 3, UK
You can also watch Wobble's previously mentioned 'Blow Up' promo video / short film via 30 Hertz. The track – which was partly inspired by the cult 60s film of the same name (hence the video) – will feature on his new 21 track album 'Welcome To My World' which is shortly due for release. Wobble directs and stars in the video. See him as you've never saw him before!
PiL Los Angeles date added!
PiL will start their April / May North American tour with a show at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on Tuesday April 13th. Tickets go on sale this Saturday (March 20th) via Ticketmaster.
Following on from the previously announced European Festival dates PiL will also headline the Rock Zottegem Festival in Belgium on Saturday, July 10th.
PiL North America 2010
Public Image Ltd have announced a North American Tour – their first in 18 years – beginning at San Francisco, Regency Center, Grand Ballroom on Saturday April 17th 2010. The day after their appearance at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. See below for dates.
Tickets for the San Francisco show go on sale this Sunday, February, 28th via Ticketmaster.com. The other dates will go on sale the following weekend (March 5/6).
Public Image Ltd North America Tour 2010 Press Release: February, 24th 2010 (courtesy PiLOfficial.Com)
Since returning in December 2009 for seven monumental concerts in the United Kingdom–their first shows in 17 years–PUBLIC IMAGE LTD (PiL) now continue into 2010 with a headlining North American tour starting Saturday, April 17 in San Francisco.
After fronting the Sex Pistols, John Lydon formed Public Image Ltd in 1978. With their experimental sound fusing Rock, Dance, Folk, Ballet, Pop and Dub, PiL are regarded as producing some of the most diverse music of the 70s and 80s. As a band, the music and vision constantly evolved like no other, culminating in an incredible live experience.
The North American tour will be preceded by a special performance at the COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL on Friday, April 16 (opening day of the three-day event) in Indio, CA. It marks their first show in the United States in 18 years.
Cited as one of the most innovative and influential bands in music history, PiL return to a country where they enjoyed a special relationship throughout their career for what are set to be stunning shows. The North American dates will be followed by a series of high-profile summer European Festival appearances.
John Lydon, Lu Edmonds, Bruce Smith and Scott Firth earned critical and public acclaim for their concerts in December 2009, with many British media outlets championing them as the shows of the year.
John Lydon: "I sound like a bag of kittens thrown down the staircase."
2010 sees the 30th anniversary of the band’s first U.S. tour and also their U.S TV debut on "American Bandstand," where singer John Lydon invited the audience onstage to dance with the band! Host Dick Clark famously introduced their appearance as "a memorable moment in rock n roll, something special and interesting."
With a wide and varied back catalogue spanning three decades, Public Image Ltd will be showcasing the unique sounds of tracks such as "Public Image," "This Is Not A Love Song," "Rise," and "Disappointed," with many further surprises in store.
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. Lu is also associated with a variety of eclectic and acoustic bands including The Mekons and Siberian band Yat-Kha.
Bruce Smith: Former drummer in The Pop Group and The Slits became percussionist for PiL also in 1986 playing and recording on the albums Happy? and 9. Seen as a drumming virtuoso, Bruce Smith brought his unique style into the fold. Bruce has also played with the likes of Björk and Terence Trent D’Arby.
Scott Firth: A bass player/multi instrumentalist that has collaborated and played with a variety of top musicians and bands including Steve Winwood, John Martyn, Elvis Costello and The Spice Girls. Scott’s arrival into the band in 2009 resulted in John Lydon declaring him "Genius at work!"
DATE CITY VENUE
Fri 4/16 Indio, CA Empire Polo Field/Coachella
Sat 4/17 San Francisco, CA Grand Ballroom @ Regency Center
Tue 4/20 Seattle, WA Showbox at The Market
Wed 4/21 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
Fri 4/23 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot
Sat 4/24 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
Mon 4/26 Kansas City, MO Midland Theatre
Sun 5/2 Chicago, IL House of Blues
Tue 5/4 Boston, MA Royale Boston
Wed 5/5 Boston, MA Royale Boston
Fri 5/7 Toronto, ON Kool Haus
Sat 5/8 Montreal, QC Theatre L’Olympia de Montreal
Tue 5/11 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live
Wed 5/12 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Fri 5/14 Pittsburgh, PA Club Zoo
Sat 5/15 Atlantic City, NJ The Borgata Music Box
Tue 5/18 New York, NY Terminal 5
Lu Edmond's ESP telecaster guitar that he used on the 2009 PiL tour has been stolen. Lu contacted Fodderstompf with information about the guitar and asked that PiL fans keep an eye out for it and help spread the word... Please email us with any information.
Stolen ESP Telecaster Guitar
I'd like to offer a reward for anyone getting my guitar back to me. It is not a very valuable guitar, in fact it has been so re-modgered over the years that it is in fact unique - and nobody will ever be able to get up onstage and use it without it being clearly clear that it is mine, stolen...
Place of Stealing: out of a Vauxhall car. Wandsworth, London approx 1:30pm on Wednesday 17th February.
Description: ESP telecaster, mushroom colour with red tortoiseshell scratchplate (unusual!)
Block of wood inserted behind the bridge (unusual!)
Fills in where once was a Kahler whammy bar (unusual!)
ESP rubbed out on the neck, but faintly visible if you look (unusual!)
Super-duper custom Australian hand-made pickups (unusual!)
Weird triangular neck profile (unusual!)
Stealer an utter Fekker who wont get a decent price for it as it is such a dog's dinner of a guitar. But... it is my guitar and sounded good with PiL!!!
The Look website have stills and info from the shooting of Jah Wobble's new promo video 'Blow Up'. The track – which was partly inspired by the cult 60s film of the same name (hence the video) – will feature on his new 21 track album 'Welcome To My World' which is shortly due for release on 30 Hertz. Another album 'Japanese Dub' is also being readied for release.
Music producer Chris Brokaw has reviewed 'Metal Box' / 'Second Edition' for the 'Artist-on-Albums' feature on Adequacy.net. Read review here.
You'll also find a review of the 2009 3 CD re-issue of 'Metal box' on yesbuthowever.com.
Magazine keyboard player Dave Formula released his solo album 'Satellite Sweetheart' via Wire-Sound on February 15th. The album features previously unreleased recording's from the late John McGeoch which Formula found in his archives.
Following on from the Coachella Festival announcement PiLOfficial.Com has confirmed a further two PiL 2010 live dates.
The band will headline the main stage at the Les Ardentes Festival in Liège, Belgium on Sunday, July 11th 2010 and will also headline the second stage at the Benicàssim International Festival in Spain on Saturday, July 17th 2010.
PiL to play Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, USA, Friday April 16th, 2010
confirmed Public Image Ltd will play the 2010 Coachella Festival on April 16th. PiL will perform at the first day of the 3 day festival in Indio, California. This will be PiL's first North American show in 18 years!
After returning in December 2009 for seven monumental concerts in the United Kingdom–their first shows in 17 years–PUBLIC IMAGE LTD (PiL) are now set to play their first show in the United States in 18 years at the COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL on Friday, April 16 (opening day of the three-day event) in Indio, CA.
Cited as one of the most innovative and influential bands in music history, PiL return to a country where they enjoyed a special relationship throughout their career—and the Coachella date is set to be a stunning performance.
The Guardian F&M Playlist December 31st, 2009 Public Image Limited Religion II
PiL's pre-Christmas shows proved that John Lydon should not be remembered either as panto punk or eccentric butter salesman, but as arguably Britain's greatest musical adventurer of the last 30 years. By the time this song closed the set at stomach-churning volume, one could only wonder at the extraordinary severity and extremity of his vision. Michael Hann
being on sale instantly at the 2009 live shows PiL ALiFE CD's are
also still available to order for home delivery via the Concert
You can now listen to Rise
- Live at Birmingham 2009 via PiLOfficial.Com. Or
via their MySpace page. Full track available.
See PiLOfficial.Com for full info, plus encore download info and tracklistings etc.
The PiL keyrings and posters which were on sale at the 2009
live shows are now available to order via the official PiL webstore.
All merchandise from
the tour, including t-shirts, is available.
previously mentioned John Lydon
Culture Show special debuts on
BBC4 this Tuesday, January 5th.
The show is an expanded version of the
10 minute PiL feature on The Culture Show
As well as additional footage, John talks
about 'Flowers of Romance', Shakespeare,
Mozart, and his childhood. The show will
be repeated on BBC4 and will also be available
on the BBC iPlayer service for 7 days. 'John
Lydon - A Culture Show Special', BBC4
Tuesday 5th January 22.30-23.00.
posted links to reviews and
pictures from PiL's triumphant
return. The band has been playing a 2
hour set covering
virtually every aspect of their career; plus
a few bonus John Lydon tracks including a
stomping version of 'Open Up'! PiLOfficial.Com has
posted the set list from
the first couple of shows on their news
also launched an official PiL merchandisewebstore featuring
a variety of t-shirts, plus posters and
The first PiL tour in 17 years starts
tomorrow, Tuesday, December 15th, at the
Birmingham Academy. Insiders report
the band are sounding "absolutely
stunning" and judging
by the live TV performances, and from
John Lydon's recent comments in the press,
these shows are
set to be something very special.
Lu has apparently
stockpiled a variety
of weird and wonderful instruments. Bruce
is sounding rock solid. Apparently Scott
Firth settled into the band straight away
and they are really gelling (he was pictured
on The Culture Show with a stand-up bass
during 'Religion' which will be something
Lydon has real fire in his
belly and sounding as good as he ever has.
It's been a long, long17 years,
but the Public Image are back...
mentioned a "lengthy and varied
set, with a few surprises" and
Fodderstompf can't wait!
Lydon – with PiL performing 'Public
at rehearsals – was interviewed on Sky
December 12th. You can watch the interview
via the Sky
News website. "Goodbyee Skyy!"
Thompson has posted some pictures
on his blog of
the 3 CD remastered 'Metal
– which along with 'Plastic Box' – is re-released
long now… Judging by Thursday's
excellent appearance on The Culture Show
PiL fans are in for a real treat. Get some
Radio are airing a John Lydon
special tomorrow night, Sunday, December
6th, at 9pm. John will be picking the
music and speaking about PiL. Absolute
Radio, John Lydon Hour.
Look out for PiL on Sky News in
the coming days. PiLOfficial.Com have
announced the band were filmed performing
'Public Image' and 'This Is Not a Love
also announced, that following on from Thursday's
superb appearance on The Culture
Show, BBC4 will be showing a special
extended version of the PiL
feature in January. The 30 minute
special will include an extended interview
and additional footage! The show debuts
on BBC4, January
5th 2010 at 10pm; and will also