TUNE IN TO HEAR:
JOHN LYDON OF PUBLIC IMAGE LTD
INTERVIEWED ON NPR’S WORLD CAFÉ
TODAY, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15 (Here)
GROUP CURRENTLY ON UK/EUROPE TOUR
FOR CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM
‘WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW…’
OUT NOW (Here)
SPECIAL U.S. PEFORMANCE SET FOR
HALLOWEEN NIGHT, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31 IN NEW ORLEANS AT
TO BE IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWED BY NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
LAUNCHING NOVEMBER 1 IN MEMPHIS
Tune into NPR‘s World Café starting today, Thursday, October 15, to hear John Lydon–frontman for the pioneering U.K. group PUBLIC IMAGE LTD–interviewed by World Café host David Dye about his career as they spin songs from the new album. Listen online worldwide here: http://www.npr.org/sections/world-cafe.
PUBLIC IMAGE LTDreleased their 10th studio albumWHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW… on September 4 to critical acclaim. The 11-track album, which charted at No.29 in the Official UK Charts, follows the huge critical success of 2012’s This is PiL, the band’s first album in 17 years. Below is a sampling of the praise from the media for PiL’s new album ‘WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW…’:
The UK group has now announced they’ll release new singles “Bettie Page” (in the U.S.) and “The One” (in the U.K) as limited edition 7″ etched vinyl on Friday, November 13. All cover artwork for the 7″ etched vinyl is by JOHN LYDON. Pre-order links are available here: bundle set for “The One” and “Bettie Page” 7″: http://cargorecordsdirect.co.uk/products/public-image-limited-pil-the-one-bettie-page-singles-bundle, “Bettie Page” http://cargorecordsdirect.co.uk/products/public-image-limited-bettie-page-singleand “The One” http://cargorecordsdirect.co.uk/products/public-image-limited-the-one-single.
Listen to the songs on Soundcloud here: “Bettie Page“https://soundcloud.com/public-image-ltd-pil/bettie-page/s-gWQx2 and “The One” https://soundcloud.com/public-image-ltd-pil/the-one/s-D3i0t.
Widely regarded as one of the most innovative and influential bands of all time, PUBLIC IMAGE LTD‘s music and vision 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.
Last year the band returned to Steve Winwood’s Wincraft studio in the Cotswolds’ to record the new album WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW… which was released ahead of their current 23-date UK/Europe tour. Following the UK/Europe tour the group will return to North America for their first show in three years, a special performance at the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans, LA on Halloween night, Saturday, October 31. After their appearance at Voodoo Music + Arts Experience,PUBLIC IMAGE LTD will launch a North American tour on November 1 in Memphis, TN that will continue through November 29 in Los Angeles.Tickets forVoodoo are available nowat: www.worshipthemusic.com and the PUBLIC IMAGE LTDU.S.tour is on-sale now viawww.pilofficial.com
The group recently unveiled the “making of” the album video which was filmed in the Cotswolds’ by John Rambo Stevens (John Lydon/PiL manager) who had unrivalled access to the recording and writing of the album. The video shows a candid glimpse of PiL’s creative process and humour which is rarely shared. Watch it here: https://youtu.be/JpefsQF_tmA.
WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW is self-funded by PUBLIC IMAGE LTD andis released on PiL’s own label ‘PiL Official’ via Redeye in the U.S. and Cargo UK Distribution in the U.K. The iTunes version of ‘WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW… also includes the promo video for “Double Trouble,” plus the non-album ‘Turkey Tits’ as exclusive bonus tracks.
“a record of disarming directness…”
– 4/5 Mojo
“…a frequently hopeful and vulnerable collection of songs and impressions. ‘Big Blue Sky’ was inspired by the American landscape he’s seen so often on cross-country tours with PiL. Amid the shimmer and throb on ‘Spice of Choice,’ he offers an encouraging view of life’s possibilities and the ability to affect your destiny instead of surrendering to circumstance.”
–Los Angeles Times
“…construct sturdy grooves and momentum-building loops that Lydon sprays his voice all over like graffiti splattering a wall. The moments when the music matches the intensity of Lydon’s singing are exhilarating.”
“a unique voice still raging…”
– 4/5 Q Magazine
“…these 11 funk-stained numbers prove John Lydon is still as relevant and necessary as he has ever been.”
–Under The Radar
“an impressive comeback… Lydon remains a devout pop modernist.”
“A still-vital John Lydon rages towards retirement on a saucy, scuzzy new album.”
“Lydon remains at his most cogent and compelling when making music.”
-4/5 Mail on Sunday
“…the barrelling tumult of ‘Double Trouble’, the Bowie-esque grandeur of ‘Bettie Page’ and the Roxy Music-ish thrust of ‘Spice of Choice’ flaunt energised reserves of elevating, Davros-barking distinction.”
– Independent on Sunday
PUBLIC IMAGE LTDare:
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 Public Image Ltd in 1986 recording and playing on the album ‘Happy?’ and co-writing the album ‘9’, adding yet another dimension to the Public Image Ltd sound.
BRUCE SMITH: Drummer in The Pop Group and formerly of The Slits, Bruce became percussionist for Public Image Ltd 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.
Visit www.pilofficial.com for all tour dates worldwide.
|Public Image Ltd at Voodoo Music + Arts Experience:|
|Sat||10/31||New Orleans, LA||Voodoo Music + Arts Experience Festival|
|Public Image Ltd North American Tour:|
|Sun||11/1||Memphis, TN||New Daisy Theatre|
|Tue||11/3||Athens, GA||Georgia Theatre|
|Thu||11/5||Ft. Lauderdale, FL||Culture Room|
|Fri||11/6||St. Petersburg, FL||The State Theatre|
|Sat||11/7||Orlando, FL||The Plaza Live|
|Tue||11/10||Washington, DC||U Street Music Hall|
|Wed||11/11||Philadelphia, PA||The Trocadero Theatre|
|Thu||11/12||Pittsburgh, PA||The Altar Bar|
|Sat||11/14||Montreal, QU||La Tulipe|
|Sun||11/15||Toronto, ON||The Opera House|
|Mon||11/16||New York, NY||Best Buy Theater|
|Wed||11/18||Chicago, IL||Concord Music Hall|
|Fri||11/20||Denver, CO||Gothic Theatre|
|Sun||11/22||Vancouver, BC||Vogue Theatre|
|Mon||11/23||Seattle, WA||The Showbox|
|Wed||11/25||Las Vegas, NV||Brooklyn Bowl|
|Fri||11/27||San Francisco, CA||The Chapel-SOLD-OUT|
|Sat||11/28||Sacramento, CA||Ace of Spades|
|Sun||11/29||Los Angeles, CA||The Fonda Theatre|
World Café website: www.WorldCafe.org.