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Public Image Ltd played PlayStation Theater (pics/setlist)

photos by P Squared

PiL @ PlayStation Theater 2015
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Everybody wants their tuppence worth or two new shiny pennies worth. [Laughs.] I’ve moved so far ahead of that that it’s totally, utterly irrelevant. In many weird ways it seemed to me for a time that I was running at least three different careers all at the same time as a Sex Pistol, as Public Image, and also as a TV personality. [Laughs.] That was causing some kind of mental anxiety for me way back in the past, but I’m way beyond it now. Now it’s clearly and completely PiL, and the audiences that come know this. It’s very difficult, too, because we’re trying to take on the concept of reinventing the idea of people going to small venues and getting back into contact with live music, which is seriously dwindling. If we don’t make a stance now, these places will never come back. They’ll be no such thing as live music, and we’ll be reduced to DJs. – [BV interview w/ John Lydon]

Dressed in an exaggerated striped convict uniforn, John Lydon ran free to do what he does best — be John Lydon — at Public Image Ltd‘s show at NYC’s PlayStation on Tuesday night (11/16), part of the band’s “What the World Needs Now” tour. The new record the tour is named for is good, and the current lineup of PiL, including The Pop Group’s Bruce Smith and onetime Dammned guitarist Lu Edmonds, is solid, and they split the set between new ones and songs from throughout their career. We got very oldies like “Death Disco” and “Public Image,” mid-’80s college radio faves “Rise,” “The Body” and “Disappointed,” and more. Setlist, and more pics from the show, below…

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SETLIST: PiL @ Playstation Theater 11/16/2016
Double Trouble
Know Now
This Is Not a Love Song
Bettie Page
Deeper Water
Corporate
Death Disco
The One
Disappointed
The Body
Warrior
Religion
Open Up / Shoom

Encore:
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Rise

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