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‘Public Image Ltd’ Announce AA single ‘Out Of The Woods’ / ‘Reggie Song’ for release October 1st 2012

Press Release:
August 22nd 2012

‘Public Image Ltd’ Announce AA single ‘Out Of The Woods’ / ‘Reggie Song’ for release October 1st

North American Tour Launches October 3rd

As Public Image Ltd prepare to launch their highly-anticipated fall North American tour, the group can confirm that new AA side single Out Of The Woods / Reggie Song will be released on October 1st.

Taken from This Is PiL their first album in 20 years the single will also contain various live tracks taken from the band’s monumental performance at New York City’s Terminal 5 in 2010. Details below:

Out Of The Woods / Reggie Song- CD & Download
1- Reggie Song 
2- Out of the Woods
3- Psychopath - Live from NYC 2010
4- USLS1 - Live from NYC 2010
5- Warrior - Live from NYC 2010
6- Four Enclosed Walls - Live from NYC 2010
7- Disappointed - Live from NYC 2010

A special 12 inch Vinyl of Out Of The Woods in the U.S.A. and Reggie Song in the U.K. will also be available.

Vinyl 12" USA
1- Out of the Woods
2- USLS1 - Live from NYC 2010
3- Warrior - Live from NYC 2010

Vinyl 12" UK
1-Reggie Song 
2- Four Enclosed Walls - Live from NYC 2010
3- Disappointed - Live from NYC 2010

"Out of the Woods" is about Stonewall Jackson, one of America’s greatest generals and a tactical genius, who against overwhelming odds, helped win the battle of Chancellorsville in the War for Southern Independence.

The "Reggie" in "Reggie Song" is a real person and a good friend of John Lydon’s from the multicultural melting pot of Finsbury Park in North London where they both grew up.

Out Of The Woods/Reggie Song is self-funded by PiL and will be released on PiL’s own label ‘PiL Official’ via Cargo UK Distribution (Red Eye USA). All the new material was recorded in the UK last year at Steve Winwood’s studio in the Cotswolds.

In what has already been very busy 2012 for PiL the band recently returned to London to play a very special show at the Forum on August 11th resulting in a 5 out of 5 Live Review from The Independent:

The release of the album This Is PiL earlier this year resulted in the below response from various media:

"…he [Lydon] rediscovers the creative, experimental zone of early PiL works ….fantastically diverse…"
-- Edna Gundersen, USA TODAY, (5/21/2012)

"...This Is PiL proves that the taunting weaponry of his voice is still a delight, as he drawls out syllables like an over-the-top TV villain...a few songs are crisply antagonistic, especially ‘One Drop’; amid a shuffling reggae backbeat, Lydon crows, "You cannot change us," once again finding inspiration in defiance."
--Rob Tannenbaum, ROLLING STONE, June 18, 2012

"Representing the experimental instincts of Lydon the teenage Can fan, it sees him putting his ire to use over spectrally funky tracks warped and shaped by Lu Edmonds's byzantine guitars." (4 out of 5)
--Ian Harrison, Q MAGAZINE, June, 2012

"This is a 63 minute chunk of music that wavers marvelously from the irresistible, the effortlessly accessible to the downright weird."

-- Mick Middles, THE QUIETUS, May 15, 2012

"The musical recipe cooked up by Lydon and bandmates is both familiar--driving beats, percolating beneath Lydon's searing yowl--and infectious."
--Marco della Cava, USA TODAY (6/6/2012)

"..this is a record with core strength, particularly through its middle stretch: the tidal ‘Deeper Water,’ the sharp ‘Terra-Gate,’ the anguished but hopeful ‘Human.’ There are spoken-word pieces (‘The Room I Am In’), manic pop songs (‘Lollipop Opera’), and even a sunny character study (‘Reggie Song,’ filled with Edenic imagery, backing vocals, and useful philosophy—‘No matter where you come from, you can still be a better person’). The album closes with ‘Out of the Woods,’ a hypnotic tale of war that seems, upon closer inspection, to be about Stonewall Jackson. Throughout, Lydon steers with a steady hand, wailing wisely, clearly happy to be back at the helm."
--Ben Greenman, NEW YORKER (6/4/2012)

...."It comfortably manages to be what a comeback strives to be but seldom is; adventurous, celebratory and - above all - adding to an already admirable legacy."
--Sean Thomas, DROWNED IN SOUND (8 out of 10 review), May 24th, 2012

"slivers of guitar and ornery kick drum lock jaws with a titular, megaphoned chorus.."
–David Bevan, SPIN.COM, April 20, 2012, Re "Lollipop Opera"

"…it’s simply a joy to hear Lydon’s in fine voice, getting stuck into thorny matters, with his own unique, raw nerve gusto, backed by a cookin’ band."
--Andrew Perry, MOJO (4 out of 5 review), June 2012

Following on from their live performance at BBC Radio 6 Birthday Celebrations at Queen Elizabeth Hall at the start of the year on Friday March 16th which saw PiL include and baptise two new songs: "Deeper Water"and "One Drop," PiL also played 2 very special shows at London’s Heaven in April showcasing more tracks from the new album with The Times commenting "This was an evening of uncompromising art music, worthy of the total concentration of the audience." The tracks "One Drop" and "Deeper Water" have now also received airplay from BBC Radio 6, BBC Radio 2, XFM and Absolute Radio.

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', before a 17 year hiatus.  John then resurrected PiL in 2009 playing live worldwide. Now after 20 years yet another new and unique chapter is set to unfold in the shape of new PiL material.

Public Image Ltd live line up / wrote and recorded the new material

John Lydon- 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 also brings quality TV to the masses.

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- 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.

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, and Elvis Costello.


Catch Public Image Ltd on their North American fall tour, dates below:

Orlando, FL, Firestone Live, USA, October 3rd 2012
(tickets on sale now)

Miami, FL, Grand Central, USA, October 5th 2012
(tickets on sale now)

Ybor City, FL, Cuban Club, USA, October 6th 2012
(tickets on sale now)

Washington, DC, 9:30 Club, USA, October 8th 2012
(tickets on sale now)

Brooklyn, NY, Music Hall of Williamsburg, USA, October 9th 2012
(tickets on sale now)

Philadelphia, PA, Electric Factory, USA, October 11th 2012
(tickets on sale now)

Clifton Park, NY, Upstate Concert Hall, USA, October 12th 2012
(tickets on sale now)

New York, NY, Hammerstein Ballroom, USA, October 13th 2012
(tickets on sale now)

Boston, MA, Royale Boston, USA, October 15th 2012
(tickets on sale now)

Montreal, QC, The Corona, Canada, October 16th 2012
(tickets on sale now)

Toronto, ON, The Opera House, Canada, October 18th 2012
(tickets on sale now)

Detroit, MI, Royal Oak Music Theatre, USA, October 19th 2012
(tickets on sale now)

Chicago, IL, House of Blues, USA, October 21st 2012
(tickets on sale now)

Minneapolis, MN, Mill City Nights, USA, October 22nd 2012
(tickets on sale now)

San Francisco, CA, Regency Ballroom, USA, October 25th 2012
(tickets on sale now)

Los Angeles, CA, Club NOKIA, USA, October 28th 2012
(tickets on sale now)

San Diego, CA, House of Blues, USA, October 29th 2012
(tickets on sale August 17th)

Tempe, AZ, The Marquee, USA, October 30th 2012
(tickets on sale now)

Dallas, TX, Granada Theater, USA, November 1st 2012
(tickets on sale now)

FunFunFun Festival, Austin, Texas, USA, November 3rd 2012
(tickets on sale sale now)


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