Public Image Ltd. (L-R) Lu Edmonds, Bruce Smith, John Lydon, Scott Firth.
JOHN LYDON’s PUBLIC IMAGE LTD (PiL) will launch THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN:NORTH AMERICAN TOUR, to celebrate the 40thAnniversary of the pioneering group. On October 9, PUBLIC IMAGE LTD will kick off their North American headlining tour at The Civic Theatre in New Orleans and will visit 17 major cities including Atlanta, Washington, DC (SOLD OUT), Asbury Park (SOLD OUT), Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Montreal,Toronto (SOLD OUT), Detroit, Chicago Dallas, Austin, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco (10/31 and 11/1; 11/1SOLD OUT), Los Angeles (SOLD OUT) and the newly-added Santa Ana, CA show, before ending November 6 in Mexico City. All tickets for the fall tour are available at: pilofficial.com
JOHN LYDON, LU EDMONDS, SCOTT FIRTH and BRUCE SMITH continue as PUBLIC IMAGE LTD and remain the longest stable line-up in the band’s history. THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN:NORTH AMERICAN TOUR arrives on the heels of the band’s just wrapped headlining UK/Europe tour which included sold-out shows as well as festival performances and Japanese dates. The group’s worldwide tour in 2016 was regarded by many as the best performances the band have ever played; it followed the release of their 10th studio album ‘What The World Needs Now…’ (2015) and the critically-acclaimed ‘This is PiL’ (2012) which marked 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 worldwide from both the press and public. (The album also peaked at # 3 in the official UK indie charts and # 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, PUBLIC IMAGE LTD’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’. After a 17-year hiatus, LYDON reactivated PiL in 2009 by taking them back on the road worldwide.
Further happenings surrounding the 40thAnniversary of PUBLIC IMAGE LTD in 2018 include a career-spanning boxset and the theatrical release of a brand-new documentary film on the band titled THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN. Available now, The Public Image Is Rotten (Songs From The Heart)is a 5CD/2DVDboxset package featuring the PiL Singles Collection (1978-2015), B-sides, Rarities and a Live concert from New York Ritz in July 1989. The DVD also includes PiLpromo videos + footage from the BBC's Top Of The Pops and Old Grey Whistle Test as well as two legendary full PUBLIC IMAGE LTD concerts.
THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTENthe newdocumentaryfilm made its North American theatrical premiere onthis past Friday (9/14) in New York City at The Metrograph. For all theatrical dates in North American cities, visit:https://thepublicimageisrotten.com. FromAbramorama and Verisimilitude, THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTENfilm tells the story of music icon JOHN LYDON and his pioneering group PUBLIC IMAGE LTD (PiL) with a level of depth and intimacy never-before-seen. Loaded with electrifying archival performance and interview footage, THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN was directed by Tabbert Fiiller andproduced by Verisimilitude’s Tyler Brodie and Hunter Gray as well as Phaedon Papadopoulosand Fiiller. The film features in-depth interviews with JOHN LYDON, former and current PUBLIC IMAGE LTD bandmates as well as Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Ad-Rock(Beastie Boys) and Thurston Moore(Sonic Youth) among others
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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.
THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN (2017 USA, 103 min-English) A Verisimilitude production, Directed by Tabbert Fiiller, Produced by Tyler Brodie, Hunter Gray, Phaedon Papadopoulos, Tabbert Fiiller, Executive Producers John Rambo Stevens, Cameron Brodie, Nick Shumaker, Director of Photography Yamit Shimonovitz, Editor Eric Pritchard, Music Supervision Dan Wilcox, Co-Producers Andrew Adair, Scotty Murphy, Associate Producers Andra Gordon, Kate West, Additional Cinematography Tobias Datum, Original Score Dave Wilder, Supervising Sound Editor Gabriel Reyna. An Abramorama global theatrical, digital and broadcast release. View the trailer: HERE.
About THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN (Songs from the Heart) boxset: