Public Image Limited: PiL Official



Press Release:
February 22nd 2018



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To celebrate their 40th Anniversary, John Lydon’s Public Image Ltd (PiL) are pleased to announce The Public Image is Rotten: UK/Europe + Japan Tour, kicking off in Bristol on 30th May (see below for all dates).

Further PiL activity includes the release of a career–spanning box set and a documentary of the same name, the latter of which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York and then had its European premiere at London’s Raindance Festival in 2017. Directed by Tabbert Fiiller, it will be released later this year in select cinemas.

The band’s last tour was in 2016 and it was regarded by many as the best performances the band have ever played. The forthcoming 32-date headline UK/Europe leg of the tour also takes in festival performances in United Kingdom, Holland and Poland, including a headline set at Camden Rocks Festival in London on Saturday 2nd June. The tour also includes an as yet to be announced very special London date. Japanese dates to be confirmed soon along with some further UK/European dates.

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.


Public Image Ltd:

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.


UK Dates 2018

Bristol, O2 Academy, England, Wednesday, May 30th 2018

Bournemouth, O2 Academy, England , Friday, June 1st 2018

Camden Rocks Festival, London, England, Saturday, June 2nd 2018

Coventry, The Copper Rooms, England, Monday, June 4th 2018

Norwich, The LCR - UEA, England, Wednesday, June 6th 2018

Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, O2 Academy, England, Tuesday, June 12th 2018

Glasgow, O2 ABC, Scotland, Wednesday, June 13th 2018

Sheffield, O2 Academy, England, Friday, June 15th 2018

Manchester, O2 Ritz, England, Saturday, June 16th 2018

Hull, Asylum - Hull University, England, Monday, June 18th 2018

Cardiff, The Tramshed, Wales, Thursday, June 21st 2018

Exeter, Lemon Grove, England, Saturday, June 23rd 2018

Wrexham, William Aston Hall, England, Sunday, June 24th 2018

Reading, Sub 89, England, Tuesday, June 26th 2018 

Frome, Somerset, Cheese & Grain, England, Wednesday, June 27th 2018

Nottingham, Rock City, England, Friday, June 29th 2018

Southampton, England, Engine Rooms, Saturday, June 30th 2018

Rebellion Festival, Blackpool, England, Sunday, August 5th 2018

Hardwick Live Festival, England, Sunday, August 19th 2018

Open House Festival, Bangor, Northern Ireland, Saturday, August 25th 2018

Inverness, The Ironworks, Scotland, Tuesday, August 28th 2018

Aberdeen, The Assembly, Scotland, Wednesday, August 29th 2018

Dundee, The Church, Scotland, Friday, August 31st 2018


European Dates 2018

Brussels, Ancienne Belgique, Belgium, Friday, June 8th 2018

Retropop Festival, Emmen, Netherlands, Saturday, June 9th 2018

Den Haag, Paard van Trojoe, Netherlands, Sunday, June 10th 2018

Prague, Lucerna, Czech Republic, Friday, July 13th 2018

Jarocin Festival, Jarocin, Poland, July 13-15th 2018 (date TBC)

Dublin, The Tivoli, Republic of Ireland, Sunday, August 26th 2018


Japan Dates 2018





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