Posted in music | tour dates on September 8, 2009

"We'll see where we can go," 53-year-old Lydon told the Guardian. "Some things may be quite similar, some may not."

Public Image Ltd

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).

As a Reuters article says, "the new-look PiL will not contain original band members Jah Wobble or former Clash guitarist Keith Levene". Those UK-only tour dates and some videos are below...

Public Image Ltd

Public Image Ltd. Poptones

Public Image Ltd - (This is Not a) Love Song

PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED - Flowers of Romance

PiL - 2009 Tour Dates
December 15th Birmingham 02 Academy
December 16th Leeds 02 Academy
December 18th Glasgow 02 Academy
December 19th Manchester Academy
December 21st London Brixton 02 Academy



Comments (22)


Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 12:26 PM

Uhhh, you're WHITE.

Posted by Butt-head | September 8, 2009 12:28 PM

Would love to see them play a few shows stateside.

is it just me or does the chorus to "still in love song" from The Stills sounds very similar to (This is not a) Love song?

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 12:35 PM

Sorry no Wobble or Levene. That's just a joke then.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 1:03 PM

Sorry: this is a scam. PiL was Lydon, Wobble and Keith Levine and whoever was brave enough to put up with the collective ego factor that was that band.

Posted by Anon | September 8, 2009 1:05 PM

no Jeanette Lee, no late great John McGeough, or Wobble or Levene or Walker...not even Steve Vai? that means it's just still solo Lydon and sucking is guaranteed.

I had no idea Lydon ever stopped calling himself "PiL." Not sure why he stopped, or bothered starting again, but I guess it's nice. This should be almost as historic as his 1989 tour with the Sugarcubes.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 1:24 PM

I'm waiting for PAW to reunite.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 2:21 PM

there is almost no chance of this being any good at all, as much as i liked PiL (even up through Happy?)

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 2:31 PM

It's not PiL without Keith Levene.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 3:47 PM

I'm waiting for PWEI to reunite.

Posted by Dan | September 8, 2009 4:26 PM

wobble is a bigger piece than levene, imo.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 4:26 PM

Wobble hasn't been in the band since

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 4:31 PM much as I'd like to be excited about this, no one original being involved except Lydon, especially considering his recent clown phase (remember those recent late night Sex Pistols TV performances?!?), almost guarantees embarrassment with this one.

Posted by blackhat | September 8, 2009 4:33 PM

yeah but the wobble-era is easily the best.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 5:45 PM

The guys from Bloc Party will be thrilled.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 7:11 PM


Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 7:31 PM

I heard Bloc Party is opening this tour..

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 7:46 PM

roflcakes @ Dan 4:26 PM

Posted by great satan | September 9, 2009 2:02 AM

From the comments I've read on various messaeboards, most people seem to dismiss PIL after their Metalbox album. I do feel their are plenty of gems on the later more mainstream records "Album", "Happy?" and "9", two of which Lu Edmonds and Bruce Smith were apart of.

I'd love nothing better to see a ressurection with Wobble and Levene back in the fold but by the end this became a Lydon project not an actual band anyways so I'm not surprised to see who was be brought on to roudn out the band.

I for one am hoping for at least a NYC show.

BTW..Where was all the bitching when FNM reunited without Jim Martin?

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2009 9:37 AM

^ Thank you. Griping about a reunion not featuring members who were present for only the first three years of the band's fifteen-year existence, not to mention one who is dead (McGeoch), and another who contributed virtual nothing to its sound (Lee), is nonsense. There's no denying that Wobble and Levene have been, and will be, missed, but PIL's accomplishments were not limited to those first three glory years. As for his "clown phase," he's behaved that way since the beginning - that's why we love him.

Posted by Royce Farrell | September 9, 2009 10:18 PM

Keith Levene is the read deal. His website

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2009 2:19 AM

I don't love him. He's a nancy boy married to a woman old enough to be his granny because she is filthy rich. That's the truth about John Lydon. he went out with the daughter but married mommy when he found out she was an heiress. Some "rebel." What a sadass motherfucker he is.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2009 10:24 AM

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