From John Lydon's Shark Attack, November 2004
(Channel 5 / Objective Productions)
John has decided to design his own shark repellant wetsuit...
"Everybody bobs in the ocean in black, and they all look like seals, and they all look like shark bait. Dumb move I would think. I want to look completely inedible. I've chosen black and yellow stripes, right, so I look like a killer bee, and it kinda reminds me of seasnakes, and nothing likes to eat them because they are poisonous. I want to look, bright, there, with it trendy, the full load. But inedible. What's up with that?"
John and John: Would you buy a wetsuit from these men?
"You understand what I meant by I hope not to attract sharks,
but to actually repulse them"
"I'm not happy about the boo boo parties... Her politics were really dreadful and derisive and caused a great many issues for me when I was young, for all of us trying to go through that. But that don't mean I am gonna dance on her grave. When someone dies give them respect, enemy or not. I was her enemy in her life but I will not be her enemy in her death." - John Rotten
April 11th 2013
For the avoidance of doubt.
"I am the enemies of governments and institutions, certainly not women. I've been married to one for 30 years. We love each other." - John Rotten, April 10th 2013
March 25th 2013
"Hello, me old China". In preparation for the Public Image Ltd March 2013 dates in Beijing and Shanghai John Lydon gives a special message to PiL fans in China.
Lollipop Blog - Part 1! Today sees the start of a regular video blog which John has recorded specially for PiL Official (The Lollipop Blog!). In part 1 John talks about the recording of 'This Is PiL' and his inspiration for the stunning artwork for the album which he painted and designed throughout.
"I would like to very strongly distance myself from the recent stories and campaign to push God Save The Queen for the number 1 spot over the Jubilee weekend. It is certainly not my personal plan or aim.
I am proud of what The Sex Pistols achieved and always will be but this campaign totally undermines what The Sex Pistols stood for. This is not my campaign.
I am pleased that the The Sex Pistols recordings are being put out there for a new generation however I wish for no part in the circus that is being built up around it. I am currently very focused on Public Image Ltd."
John trades folk songs with the president of Iceland! In Denmark...
Hello my name is Johnny Rotten. 2 days ago at the hotel in Copenhagen I had the rare extreme delight of meeting the president of Iceland, who promptly asked me to sing a song for her. I did. I chose an old Gaelic traditional favourite. At which point her, and her entire ambassadorial core, stood up applauded me and sang to me in Icelandic! A good time was had by all. It was the most wonderful evening. A great way to spend an evening in Denmark with Icelandic folk. Thank you.
The gig the following night was an amazing event, as indeed every gig on this tour so far has been. The crowd were absolutely dedicated to enjoying themselves and understanding that PiL is not just music it transcends music. Young to old people, all ages, all types, all creeds, all colours catered for. Thank you.
Egypt. Passive resistance proved positive. Egypt we support you. Anger is an energy.
John Lydon - The Horses Mouth
February 11th 2011
January 31st 2011
River O'Mahoney Hagg - cameraman, photographer, and loyal friend of John Lydon and John Rambo - recently posted the following story on his Facebook page.
John and John would like to share it with everyone. While River was surfing the notorious Mavericks in California he helped save the life of surfer Jacob Trette.
Jacob is now doing well thanks to River and some like-minded heroes. Proper Respect. Long may you survive Jacob - John and John are very pleased that you're making a speedy recovery you'll be back on the waves before you know it.
From River - This is from last Saturday (22nd)
Mavericks today. I had a solid two wave hold down. When I came up I was pushed towards the rocks grabbed what was left 3' of my 9'6 surfboard I made it around the north side of the cliffs barley, People on the bluff were hollering at me trying to help guide me past the killer rocks. Shortly after I got to the beach a jet ski zoomed up onto the sand (WAY TO DRIVE BRA!!!!!) It dropped off a dead guy with three guys trying to manhandle him up the beach, I ran over to check for vital signs, he was unresponsive with little or no pulse a blue tint and not breathing. A few chest compressions were done but not getting the water out of the airway on his back. Me and several others got him onto his side and vigorously rubbed and pounded his back and chest a lady was pushing up on his stomach to help expel water. He started to breath one gasp at a time, he had blood and salt water coming out of his mouth and nose. It was a deep snoring so we knew there was a lot of water in his lungs. We elevated his feet and 3 of us held him up off the sand at a incline until EMS arrived. His eyes were rolled back and there was no cognitive reaction. From how long it took me to get into the beach from the set wave was over 8 minuets easy. Probably more like 10 to 15 before he started breathing again. The guys who got him out of the water are heros for sure!! All the fukrs who stood by and took pictures instead of helping should be ashamed of there coward punk ass selves. 2 times or 200, Jacob needs our prayers if you gottem cuz when he left in the helicopter it was not looking good. "I pray bra you Jacob and your family are ably to come through this to learn what you needed to and teach what you needed to. We tried our best we all hope it was enough.
PS: Update on Jacob is he is out of the hospital and expected to make a 100% recovery. Crazy man life flight gave him less that 2% chance to live!
John and Nora have asked us to let everyone know that Nora's daughter Arianna (aka Ari-Up) died today (Wednesday, October 20th) after a serious illness. She will be sadly missed.
Everyone at JohnLydon.com and PiLofficial.Com would like to pass on their heartfelt condolences to John , Nora and family.
Rest in Peace.
John and John meet Cpl Arnhem!
While in London last month for the PiL tour John Lydon and John Rambo Stevens bumped into Cpl Arnhem the fund raising Teddy Bear who raises awareness and funds for wounded service men and woman around the world.
Cpl Arnhem: I was in the Grenadier pub, in Knightsbridge, which is like a Museum ... well worth visiting if you're in the area. I had a glass of warm honey <giggle> and then met the Man himself ... John Lydon, aka "Johnny Rotten", and his manager, the former Para Johnny "Rambo" Stevens. What amazing chaps and even more amazing haircuts (never had them in my day)!! Both John Lydon and John Rambo are keen to support Hols4Heroes.
Last night was a very uproarious event, a fantastic gig in Boston. And backstage I was joined by Senator Robert Hedlund – he's the State senator of Massachusetts – and Kevin G. Honan – he's the State Representative for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
We had a rather long in-depth conversation about child molestation AND the Catholic Church. A joyous evening was had by all - with prospects of good conclusions on the Pope. Thank you.
"For me Malc was always entertaining, and I hope you remember that. Above all else he was an entertainer and i will miss him, and so should you"
Mark of Respect!
JohnLydon.Com reader Claude showing off his tattoo of John to the man himself after the PiL show at Leeds, 02 Academy, December 16th 2009. John duly the signed the tattoo as a mark of respect.
LAST MEN STANDING
At the after, after, after party!
John and John celebrating after the last gig of the tour with Dave LeRouge, DJ
at the London gigs (hands in the air) and the rest of the boys. A jolly good
time had by all, still partying the following day.
JohnLydon.Com passes their
deepest heartfelt condolences to Laura and Rambo.
14.2.96 - 20.8.09
The bravest, hardest, toughest, loveable little
dog in the world.
Gi Gi Forever
Laura and Rambo would like to thank all the wonderful staff at:
The Jonesboro Family Pet Hospital, Arkansas: Dr Jim Guntharp,
Julie and staff.
In Memphis Tennessee, Med Vet: Dr’s Lorin Hillman, Todd Tobias
In Baton Rogue, Louisiana State University: Dr Tracey Gieger and
Hatton time again.
Mr Rotten and Rambo would
like to wish Ricky Hatton 'Best of British' for his fight
with Manny Pacquiao in Vegas on Saturday.
Good Luck and God Bless.
Mr Rotten and Rambo would like to say congradulations
to Ricky Hatton. We won't mention the Arsenal. Have a Guinness on
us, whoops we mean shandy.
God bless and all the best…
Mr Rotten and Rambo would like to wish Ricky Hatton
all the best for his fight with Paulie Malignaggi in Vegas on Saturday.
Good Luck and God Bless. Up the Arsenal!