At Atlanta’s Variety Playhouse on October 10, The Artist Formerly Known As Johnny Rotten brought his PiL.2018 to his Peach State fans, some of whom were no doubt on hand all those years ago when a certain British punk band made its American debut….
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John Lydon and Public Image Ltd. are in high gear with “The Public Image is Rotten North American” tour, and in damn fine form if their 2nd stop – in Atlanta, Ga – is any indication. Shows are selling out, and this one looked to be as well. Check out upcoming PiL shows and dates here: http://www.pilofficial.com/shows.html
The band is celebrating its 40 years of music with a world tour, a career-spanning CD & Vinyl box set release “The Public Image is Rotten,” and a new doc by the same name. Current PiL lineup is Lydon, Lu Edmonds (guitar), Scott Firth (bass) and Bruce Smith (drums).
The former Johnny Rotten formed PiL in 1979 immediately following the demise of The Sex Pistols, going for a more ‘anti-rock’ avant-garde thing. He’s been the only constant member of a band delivering 10-studio LPs over the years. As lineups evolved, so has the music, crunching about any genre you can name into a unique and original meld. Lydon is 62, older and ever-the-wiser. PiL’s music still vital and relevant. And you gotta go.
(And if you’re looking at these photos, I don’t know what the trash can is doing on stage.)
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