Public Image Limited: PiL Official


Press Release:
July 6th 2015


‘The first taste of the record comes in the form of 'Double Trouble', and it beats just as uncompromisingly to its own drum as you've come to expect from the man known as Johnny Rotten.’ – NME

PUBLIC IMAGE LTD (PiL) will release "Double Trouble" August 21 on 10" vinyl. It’s the lead single from their forthcoming 10th studio album What The World Needs Now…, which will be released September 4 on the band’s own label PiL Official. "Double Trouble" premiered on Steve Lamacq’s 6Music show last week.

Hear it here:


According to JOHN LYDON, the album opener arose from an argument with his wife about plumbing but came to concern relationships. The 10" vinyl version will be backed by "Bettie Page," which, JOHN says is "an homage to the late ‘Queen of the Pin-Ups,’" and also comes with additional non-album bonus track "Turkey Tits." The artwork for "Double Trouble," partly inspired by Native American Hopi characters, was designed and hand drawn by JOHN LYDON himself.

WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW… follows the huge critical success of 2012’s This is PiL; the band’s first album in 17 years. Widely regarded as one of the most innovative and influential bands of all time, PiL’s music and vision has 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.

Last year the band returned to Steve Winwood’s Wincraft studio in the Cotswolds’ to record the new album. Released on September 4, WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW… precedes the start of their 23-date UK/Europe tour, which kicks off in Glasgow on 18th September and follows on from last year’s one-off sold-out show at London’s Indigo at the 02. The UK/Europe tour will be followed by North America dates. UK/Europe Dates below. See for ticket links.

WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW… and Double Trouble are self-funded by PiL and will be released on PiL’s own label PiL Official via Cargo UK Distribution/Red Eye in North America. Pre-order it here:

Double Trouble

What the World Needs Now…



Public Image Ltd are:

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 and has 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 that has collaborated and played with a variety of top musicians and bands including Steve Winwood, John Martyn and Elvis Costello.


Double Trouble 10" vinyl single (released August 21st)
A-side: Double Trouble
B-side: Bettie Page / Turkey Tits


What The World Needs Now... album (released September 4th)
1. Double Trouble      
2. Know Now
3. Bettie Page
4. C’est La Vie
5. Spice of Choice
6. The One
7. Big Blue Sky
8. Whole Life Time
9. I’m Not Satisfied
10. Corporate
11. Shoom


UK Tour Dates
Glasgow, 02 ABC, Scotland, Friday, September 18th 2015
Manchester Academy, UK, Saturday, September 19th 2015
Newcastle, Riverside, Sunday, September 20th 2015
York, Fibbers, UK, Tuesday, September 22nd 2015
Coventry, The Copper Rooms @ Warwick University, UK, Wednesday, September 23rd 2015
Bristol, 02 Academy, UK, Friday, September 25th 2015
Buckley, Tivoli, Wales, Saturday, September 26th 2015
Reading, Sub 89, UK, Sunday, September 27th 2015
Bexhill, De La Warr Pavilion, UK, Tuesday, September 29th 2015
Norwich, UEA, UK, Wednesday, September 30th 2015
London, 02 Shepherds Bush Empire, UK, Friday, October 2nd 2015
Frome, Cheese and Grain, UK, Saturday, October 3rd 2015
Southampton, Engine Rooms, UK, Sunday, October 4th 2015

Europe Tour Dates
Paris, Le Trianon, France, Tuesday, October 6th 2015
Amsterdam, Paradiso, Netherlands, Wednesday, October 7th 2015
Lausanne, Les Docks, Switzerland, Friday, October 9th 2015
Venice, Rivolta, Italy, Saturday, October 10th 2015
Milan, Magazzini Generali, Italy, Sunday, October 11th 2015
Mannheim, Alte Seilerei, Germany, Tuesday, October 13th 2015
Ludwigsburg, Rockfabrik, Germany, Wednesday, October 14th 2015
Berlin, Columbia Theatre, Germany, Thursday, October 15th 2015
Bochum, Zeche, Germany, Saturday, October 17th 2015
Antwerp, Trix, Belgium, Sunday, October 18th 2015

North American Tour Dates


See for updates...



Press Enquiries: (UK/Europe)
Wasted Youth
Alix Wenmouth


Press Enquiries: (USA)
Libby Coffey







'Double Trouble' released on 21st August 2015


'What The World Needs Now…' released on 4th September 2015


UK / Europe / North American Tours:
Starts September 18th 2015
See Shows for full dates and ticket links...


Press Enquiries: (UK/Europe)
Wasted Youth
Alix Wenmouth


Press Enquiries: (USA)
Libby Coffey


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