Public Image Ltd. coming to Prague

The post-punk band with the former Johnny Rotten is on an anniversary tour

Post-punk band Public Image Ltd. (PiL) is coming to Prague for the first time in its 40 year history. They will be at Lucerna Music Bar on July 13 as part of an anniversary tour.

The year will see a lot of activity from the band. “To celebrate their 40th Anniversary, PiL are pleased to announce The Public Image is Rotten: UK/Europe & Japan Tour, kicking off in Bristol on 30th May,” the PiL website states.

“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 website added. More dates will be announced as they are confirmed.

Singer John Lydon is the band’s only constant member, and he might still be better-known to some as Johnny Rotten of the seminal punk band the Sex Pistols.

Also currently in the band is multi-instrumentalist Lu Edmonds, formerly with the Damned; bassist Scott Firth, who backed the Spice Girls as well as Elvis Costello; and drummer Bruce Smith, formerly of the Pop Group, the Slits, and other projects.

The current lineup has been together since 2009 when the band re-formed after being inactive since 1992. Smith and Edmonds have been in the band before the hiatus, while Firth was new.

The lineup has released two studio albums, 2012’s This Is PiL and 2015’s What the World Needs Now…

Altogether, the different lineups have 10 studio albums going back to 1978’s Public Image: First Issue, followed by 1979’s Metal Box, which did indeed come in a metal container that many fans found useful for storing small items along with the vinyl disk.

After leaving the Sex Pistols, Lydon wanted to explore a different sound that was less raw and had influences of dub, progressive rock, and avant-garde music.

The hiatus in 1992 gave Lydon time to work on his memoirs and pursue solo work. There was also a Sex Pistols reunion tour in 1996. During the hiatus, a lot of previously unreleased PiL material was also issued, including a four-disk compilation called Plastic Box.

The new formation of PiL was initially financed with money that Lydon got for doing a butter commercial in the UK.

For more information visit www.facebook.com/events/2009521519270773 or www.pilofficial.com

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