Modern British icons don't come much bigger than John Lydon, fronting not only Sex Pistols but also Public Image Limited (PiL). One of the most successful and long-lived post-punk bands, Lydon formed PiL in 1978, following the demise of Sex Pistols, and the group quickly became regarded as one of the most innovative bands of the 20th century with memorable anthems like 'Rise' proving punk's spirit of reinvention was alive and well.
1992 would see the band step out of the spotlight, but in 2009 Lydon reformed PiL marking a second era of the band's creativity. Following the 2015 release of their 10th album 'What The World Needs Now...' and a well-received tour of UK, Europe and North America, PiL have announced another tour for Summer 2016 (see dates at end of post). The band will also take in a headline slot at Bearded Theory Festival as part of their schedule.
(Left to right) Lu Edmonds, John Lydon, Scott Firth, Bruce Smith (photo Tomohiro Noritsune) © PiL Official 201
Aside from Lydon's major role in Punk history, the other members of PiL also have some heavyweight punk heritage. Lu Edmonds (multi instrumentalist) was guitarist with The Damned before joining PiL in 1986. Affiliating himself with PiL in the same year as Edmonds, drummer Bruce Smith previously played with The Pop Group and The Slits. Scott Firth (bassist/multi instrumentalist) played with many other artists, perhaps most notably, Elvis Costello.
PiL Summer 2016 UK and European Tour Dates:
Valencia, Noize Club, Spain, Friday, May 6th
Santander, Escenario, Spain, Saturday, May 7th
Madrid, Joy Eslava, Spain, Sunday, May 8th
Wiesbaden, Schlachtof, Germany, Tuesday, May 10th
Dusseldorf, Zakk, Germany, Wednesday, May 11th
Hamburg, Markthalle, Germany, Thursday, May 12th
Berlin, Huxleys, Germany, Saturday, May 14th
Bratislava, MMC, Slovakia, Tuesday, May 17th
Warsaw, Proxima, Poland, Wednesday, May 18th
Kiev, Club Atlas, Ukraine, Friday, May 20th
Kharkiv, Cinema Concert Hall (KKZ), Ukraine, Saturday, May 21st
Coventry, The Copper Rooms - Warwick University, UK, Tuesday, May 24th
Wakefield, Warehouse 23, UK, Wednesday, May 25th
Wrexham, William Aston Hall, UK, Thursday, May 26th
Walton-On-Trent, Bearded Theory Festival, Saturday, May 28th
Cardiff, Tramshed, UK, Sunday, May 29th
Sunderland, The Point, UK, Monday, May 30th
Lincoln, Engine Shed, UK, Wednesday, June 1st
Blackburn, King George's Hall, UK, Thursday, June 2nd
London, Indigo at O2, UK, Saturday, June 4th
Oxford, O2 Academy, UK, Monday, June 6th
Sheffield, O2 Academy, UK, Tuesday, June 7th
Tickets available via the band's website (see link below).