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PUBLIC IMAGE LTD – The Public Image Is Rotten Summer 2018 Tour

PUBLIC IMAGE LTD – The Public Image Is Rotten Summer 2018 Tour

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.

Tour Dates

UK                                                                                          *  

Wed 30th May                 Bristol, England                               O2 Academy*

Fri 1st June                    Bournemouth, England                    O2 Academy*

Sat 2nd June                   London, England                               Camden Rocks Festival

Mon 4th June                   Coventry, England                             The Copper Rooms

Wed 6th June                  Norwich, England                              The Waterfront

Tue 12th June                 Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England       O2 Academy*

Wed 13th June                Glasgow, Scotland                           O2 ABC*

Fri 15th June                  Sheffield, England                            O2 Academy*

Sat 16th June                 Manchester, England                       O2 Ritz*

Mon 18th June                 Hull, England                                     ASYLUM, Hull University

Thu 21st June                  Cardiff, Wales                                    The Tramshed

Sat 23rd June                  Exeter, England                                 Lemon Grove

Sun 24th June                 Wrexham, England                            William Aston Hall

Tue 26th June                 Reading, England                              Sub 89

Wed 27th June                Frome, Somerset, England                 Cheese & Grain

Fri 29th June                   Nottingham, England                         Rock City

Sat 30th June                  Southampton, England                       Engine Rooms

Sun 5th Aug                    Blackpool, England                            Rebellion Festival

Sun 19th Aug                   Hardwick, England                             Hardwick Live Festival

Sat 25th Aug                   Bangor, Northern Ireland                   Bangor Marina

Tue    28th Aug                Inverness, Scotland                           The Ironworks

Wed 29th Aug                  Aberdeen, Scotland                           The Assembly

Fri 31st Aug                     Dundee, Scotland                              The Church



Fri 8th June                     Brussels, Belgium                             Ancienne Belgique

Sat 9th June                    Holland, Netherlands                         Retropop Festival

Sat 10th June                  Den Haag, Netherlands                     Paard van Trojoe

Fri 13th July                    Prague, Czech Republic                    Lucerna

Sun 15th July                  Jarocin, Poland                                  Jarocin Festival

Sun 26th Aug                   Dublin, Republic of Ireland                  The Tivoli

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