Public Image Ltd.
Public Image Ltd tour the UK during September and October in support of their tenth studio album What The World Needs Now…
Public Image Ltd UK tour
Updated: 19 May 2015
Public Image Ltd will embark on a huge tour of the UK in support of their tenth studio album What The World Needs Now…
The acclaimed band will perform for 13 nights around the UK starting at Glasgow’s O2 ABC on 18 September. The tour will visit Manchester Academy, Newcastle’s Riverside, York Fibber’s, Coventry’s The Copper Rooms, Bristol’s O2 Academy, Buckley’s Tivoli, Reading’s Sub 89, Bexhill’s De La Warr Pavilion and Norwich’s UEA during September.
October will see PiL continue to London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Frome’s Cheese and Grain and Southampton’s Engine Room.
The tour supports What The World Needs Now… The album follows 2012’s This Is PiL, which was the group’s first collection in 17 years.
The band’s line-up includes John Lyndon (former Sex Pistols frontman and PiL founder), Lu Edmonds (guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and previous The Damned member), Bruce Smith (drummer and former The Pop Group and The Slits member) and Scott Firth (bass player and multi-instrumentalist).
About Public Image Ltd
After leaving the legendary punk group The Sex Pistols, Johnny Lydon formed Public Image Ltd (PiL) with fellow members Keith Levene on guitar and Jah Wobble on bass. To make a clear cut from his previous band, John Lydon and his new band saw themselves more of a creative corporation than a mere rock band. Their sound was often alien and dissonant.
Public Image Ltd were one of the first bands to be labelled post-punk, a musical style that extends the creative straightjacket of punk rock with more experimental leanings. In Public Image Ltd’s case, it saw the break from the traditional song structures and influences of krautrock and dub-reggae. The band’s debut album First Issue, often referred to as Public Image, that featured the Top 20 hit Public Image was released in 1979. It was followed by Second Edition, which was generally referred to as Metal Box due to the album’s unique metal box album artwork.
Metal Box stands as Public Image Ltd’s masterpiece. The influential album arrived with post-punk classics such as Death Disco, Poptones and, the 10 minute long intro tune, Albatross.
Several line-up changes followed and Public Image Ltd progressed towards a catchier sound. Rise, This Is Not A Love Song and Acid Drops rewarded Public Image Ltd with commercial success. The band disbanded after 1992’s That What Is Not album. After reforming the Sex Pistols, Johnny Lydon has now brought Public Image Ltd back to life and introduced a whole new generation of alternative music fans to the ingenious Public Image Ltd.