Where is Punk’s Johnny Rotten? On Tour with New Music and Doc




John Lydon - Photo by Ed Vill Sex Pistols Live 2008 (2)
John Lydon - Photo by Ed Vill Sex Pistols Live 2008 (2)

By DONNA BALANCIA

Where is Johnny Rotten? On tour with new music and a documentary.

Known in real life as John Lydon, the (arguably) most famous punk is bringing Public Image Ltd. to the El Rey In Los Angeles on Nov. 3.

Lydon and PIL will play the El Rey as part of a multi-city 40th anniversary tour. The North American journey launches Oct. 9 in New Orleans and hits San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Dallas, Chicago and Brooklyn. The tour winds up Nov. 3 in Mexico City.

John Lydon - Photo by Ed Vill Sex Pistols Live 2008
John Lydon – Photo by Ed Vill Sex Pistols Live 2008

PIL’s Tribeca Film Fest documentary entry  “The Public Image is Rotten,” bows in September at Metrograph in NYC. Music-wise, there’s the 5CD/2DVD boxed set to be released on July 20, which can be pre-ordered.

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The PIL is comprised of multi-tasking guitarist Lu Edmonds, Bruce Smith on drums, and Scott Firth on bass.

John Lydon AKA Johnny Rotten - Photo by xrayspx 10-15-2012
John Lydon of PIL – Photo by xrayspx 10-15-2012

Public Image Ltd 2018 dates:

Oct. 9 – New Orleans, LA – The Civic Theatre
Oct. 10 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
Oct. 12 – Washington, DC – Black Cat
Oct. 13 – Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Lanes
Oct. 15 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
Oct. 16 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
Oct. 18 – Montreal, QC – Club Soda
Oct. 19 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
Oct. 21 – Detroit, MI – The Majestic
Oct. 22 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
Oct. 24 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theatre
Oct. 25 – Austin, TX – The Mohawk
Oct. 28 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
Oct. 29 – Seattle, WA – Showbox
Oct. 31 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
Nov. 1 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
Nov. 3 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey
Nov. 6 – Mexico City, MX – Pepsi Centre