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december 12th 2009


newsThe previously mentioned Sky News interview is being broadcast today. The interview – including 'Public Image' live – is also available on the Sky News website.


december 10th 2009 (updated)


newsJohn Lydon is interviewed in tomorrow's, Friday, December 11th, issue of The Independent newspaper. He also appeared on Monday's Robert Elms Show on BBC Radio London. The PiL Sky News feature is now scheduled for this weekend.

Read The Independent interview here…

news ConcertLive PiL 2009PiL: ALiFE instant live CD's are available for pre-order via the Concert Live website. We recommend pre-order as it allows you to collect your discs directly after the show; avoiding the need to order at the venue. The strictly limited edition 4 CD sets will include the show recorded over 3 discs, plus a bonus disc featuring video footage and exclusive photographs.

The 4th disc will include a video interview with John Lydon discussing the return of the band (also featuring behind-the-scenes video footage), plus high quality photographs of the band and John Lydon, taken at the bands rehearsal sessions. For more info follow this link.

See for pre-order info.


december 5th 2009

news Absolute Radio's John Lydon special interview airs tomorrow night, Sunday, December 6th, at 9pm. John will be picking the music, including several PiL tracks. Absolute Radio, John Lydon Hour. Sky News' PiL interview is also scheduled for tomorrow. Please note this is scheduled but not confirmed.

newsIf you enjoyed PiL on The Culture Show on Thursday (which we know you did) look out for a 30 minute special edition of the show in January. Featuring an extended interview and additional footage. The show debuts on BBC4, January 5th 2010 at 10pm; and will also be repeated.

The original Culture Show appearance is still available to view via the BBC iPlayer service. Or via YouTube.


december 2nd 2009

newsBBC2, The Culture Show, tomorrow Thursday, December 3rd. PiL were interviewed for the show and filmed performing stunning versions of 'Religion' and 'Rise'. The show airs at 7pm, and is repeated at 11.20pm. It will also be available via the BBC iPlayer service for 7 days.
newsJohn Lydon will also appear on the BBC1, One Show at 7pm on Friday. John was interviewed in his old house in Finsbury Park.

Look out for PiL on Sky News in the coming days performing 'This is Not a Love Song' and 'Public Image'.

A video and audio interview with John from yesterday's BBC Radio 4, Today show is available via the BBC website.


november 30th 2009


Public Image Ltd - ALiFE
PiL live on CD instantly, immediately, available after the gig!

ConcertLive PiL 2009In conjunction with ConcertLive, Public Image Ltd will be issuing instant live CD's from the forthcoming December 2009 UK Tour. The strictly limited edition 4CD set will be available immediately after the shows in Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and London – and also online via the ConcertLive website.

The lavishly packaged set will include the full live show recorded over 3 discs, plus a bonus 4th disc including a video interview with John Lydon, as he discusses his career and return of the band. The 4th disc also includes behind-the-scenes video footage and high quality exclusive photographs of the band and John Lydon, taken in the bands rehearsal sessions.

"PiL live on CD instantly, immediately, available after the gig. Now, how good is that?" - John Lydon

ConcertLive PiL 2009You can pre-order now to collect at the show, or for home delivery. These CDs are only available from Concert Live and at all dates on the PiL tour.

See for pre-order info...


newsJohn Lydon will appear on BBC1, The One Show this Friday, December 4th at 7pm. As previously mentioned, PiL will also be appearing on BBC2, The Culture Show, Thursday, December 3rd, 7pm.

november 27th 2009

news A video of John's interview on The Christian O'Connell Breakfast Show is now available at the Absolute Radio website. The previously mentioned Absolute Radio John Lydon Special, where John will be picking music (including PiL tracks) will air December 6th at 8pm.

An interview with John from Scottish music magazine The Skinny is now online via their site.


november 25th 2009

Bruce Smith, John Lydon, Scott Firth, Lu Edmonds, London November 2009, Photo: Dave Wainright © Public Image Ltd
PiL: Bruce Smith, John Lydon, Scott Firth, Lu Edmonds, London November 2009,
Photo: Dave Wainright © Public Image Ltd 2009

newsJohn Lydon will appear on Absolute Radio's, Christian O'Connell Breakfast Show tomorrow, Thursday 26th at approx 8.15am. An extended interview with John picking music will later be aired. More info to follow.

newsJohn is also interviewed in this weeks' Big Issue Magazine. The Telegraph newspaper will publish their interview with John tomorrow. The interview is now available online.
newsNext Thursday, December 3rd, sees PiL make a very special appearance on the BBC Culture Show where they were filmed performing 'Rise' and 'Religion'; as well as being interviewed. BBC2, The Culture Show, December 3rd, 7pm.
newsThe previously mentioned interview in Clash Magazine is available online via their website. London Tour Dates Magazine is also now online.

november 15th 2009 (updated)


newsJohn is interviewed on today's Music Week on BBC6 Music. The interview will be available for 7 days via the BBC iPlayer service.

Update: Excerpts of the interview are also online at the 6 Music website.

He was also interviewed in yesterday's, Saturday November 14th, Daily Star newspaper. Read the interview via the Daily Star website.


november 9th 2009


newsVirgin Records are re-issuing 'Metal Box' on CD by Public Image Ltd on December 14th. The 'Plastic Box' compilation is also re-released the same day.

'Metal Box' will be re-mastered and - like the original 1979 vinyl LP – come as 3 separate discs. The 4CD 'Plastic Box' compilation was first released as a limited edition in 1999 and features 64 tracks in total; spanning from 1978-1992. See PiL Discography for more info…


november 4th 2009 (updated)


newsOn the back of Friday's announcement of the PiL Camden, Electric Ballroom shows, look out for interviews in the London press in the next few days; including The Evening Standard and London Lite, plus North London papers Islington Gazette and Camden New Journal. (updated: see below).


newsJohn Lydon featured in The Observer's 'Soundtrack of My Life' on Sunday, November 1st. You can read his musical selections via their website.

John's previously mentioned interviews with XFM Razor Cuts and BBC2, Radcliffe and Maconie Show are now also online via their respective web page's.

Press Update: The previously mentioned Clash Magazine interview goes on sale Friday 6th; and will also be online via their website. London Standard, Camden New Journal and Islington Gazette interviews are now also online.

october 30th 2009


newsPiL Tour 2009New PiL shows - The Electric Ballroom, London, December 22nd & 23rd 2009

Public Image Ltd have added two new shows to their first UK tour in 17 years. John Lydon will return to his north London roots at The Electric Ballroom for what is set to be two very unique and intimate shows.

John Lydon-
“Dos Pollo Loco”

London, Electric Ballroom, December 22nd 2009
London, Electric Ballroom, December 23rd 2009

Tickets on sale now. Buy online at or Tel 0844 576 5483 (24hrs)

(Tickets for original Brixton Academy Show on December 22nd will be valid for The Electric Ballroom Show on December 22nd, or maybe exchanged for the Brixton Academy Show on December 21st)


october 26th 2009


newsJohn Lydon's XFM Radio, Razor Cuts interview has been rescheduled for next week. The interview will now air on Sunday, November 1st, 10pm-12am.


newsJohn will also be appearing on BBC Radio 2, Radcliffe and Maconie Show the following night, Monday, November 2nd, 8pm-10pm.


october 22nd 2009


newsJohn Lydon is interviewed on XFM Radio, Razor Cuts, this Sunday, October 25th, 10pm-12am.

A preview of an interview with John from the new issue of Clash Magazine is now online at their website.

An excerpt of John talking about Kraftwerk from the previously mentioned Mojo Magazine is also online.


october 13th 2009


newsAn archive John Lydon PiL interview from 1978 will feature on 'Radio Rewind' as part of the Johnnie Walker Radio Show on BBC Radio 2 this Sunday, October 18th, 3-5pm.

Also look out for a new interview with John on the Radio 2, Radcliffe and Maconie Show in the near future. More updates soon…


october 10th 2009


newsBrixton, Academy, November 2007 © Sex Pistols Residual / Paul BurgessSex Pistols 'There'll Always Be An England' - recorded live at London, Brixton, Academy, November 2007 - receives its UK TV debut on Sky Arts tonight, October 10th, at 9pm. It will also be shown until the 12th on Sky Anytime.

Quality TV not to be missed...

Of course, you can see John Lydon live at Brixton Academy again this December with Public Image Ltd. Check out for full info...


october 1st 2009


newsJohn is interviewed in the current issue of Mojo. He will also appear in the new issue of Q Magazine.


september 27th 2009


newsWe've added a selection of recent John Lydon interviews to our Press Archives section; including The Guardian, NME & Sunday Mail.


newsThe official PiL website have launched PiL MySpace, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter Pages.

PiL Facebook


september 11th 2009 (updated)


newsSecond London Date Added!
Brixton Academy, Tuesday, December 22nd

Due to phenomenal demand Public Image Ltd have added a further date at London’s Brixton O2 Academy with the band now playing the famous venue on the 21st and 22nd December.

John Lydon- "Everything is going accordion to plan, everything I learnt about life is Norman Wisdom"


General sale for the December PiL shows is now open.

Buy tickets online at or Tel 0844 576 5483 (24hrs)


september 9th 2009

PiL Pre-sale Now Open!

Visit for link.

Pre-sale is for ALL 5 gigs and will be available to PiLOfficial.Com readers until General Sale starts on Friday.


september 8th 2009

newsPre-sale for the forthcoming December PiL shows opens tomorrow, Wednesday September 9th, at 9am (UK)

Visit at 9am for link.

Pre-sale is for ALL 5 gigs and will be open to PiLOfficial.Com readers until General Sale starts on Friday.

newsJohn is interviewed in this week's NME (published Wednesday). He also appeared in Monday's Guardian, and on BBC6 Music News.

september 7th 2009


PiL 2009Public Image Limited Return

December 2009 sees the return of Public Image Limited for 5 very special live dates in the UK. Their first shows in 17 years.

The shows will mark the 30th Anniversary of the release of 'Metal Box' but PiL will NOT be limited to tracks from one album and the tour will showcase their whole career.

PiL founder John Lydon will be joined by former members Lu Edmonds (Guitar & Misc) and Bruce Smith (Drums), plus new recruit Scott Firth (Bass).

See the newly launched official PiL website for full info...

Birmingham, 02 Academy, December 15th 2009
Leeds, 02 Academy, December 16th 2009
Glasgow, 02 Academy, December 18th 2009
Manchester, Academy, December 19th 2009
London Brixton, 02 Academy, December 21st 2009

Tickets go on sale 9am Friday, September 11th.
Buy online at or Tel 0844 576 5483 (24hrs)

There will be a special ticket pre-sale via the new PiL website. Details will be announced tomorrow... If you haven't done so already we recommend signing up for the PiL website Mailing List.

newsJohn broke the PiL news in Saturday's edition of The Sun. More interviews will follow in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for updates...

news Time ZoneThe previously mentioned Uncut magazine interview is in shops now. John talks extensively about the recording of the groundbreaking 1984 Time Zone - World Destruction single with Africa Bambaataa. Highly recommended…


september 2nd 2009

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