Entries tagged with: John Lydon
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John Lydon @ Saint Vitus 4/28/2015
With so much trash talking, it's hard to know when to take Lydon seriously (could his theory be true that one of Sid Vicious's drug debtors planted a knife on him and framed him for the killing of Nancy Spungen?). He cheekily acknowledged this as he kicked off last night's talk: "There's so many easy ways to get into music and just do it for the money and tell a load of fucking lies and be a wanker tosser," he said. "I like my route: right from day one I knew that (cuz I love my mom and dad very, very much and they always knew I wouldn't lie) I'm not going to lie to anybody. They've both sadly passed away and I'm going to carry on the good and honest tradition of not getting caught lying." - [Bedford & Bowery]Though he's got a reputation for being a difficult interview subject, John Lydon was in an extremely good and jocular mood at Saint Vitus on Tuesday night (4/28) -- self deprecating even -- for a release event for his new memoir, Anger Is an Energy: My Life Uncensored. He talked with Pitchfork's Jenn Pelly about the book and other subjects, and even signed copies of the book. The Sex Pistols and PiL frontman still had room for a few bilious invectives (aimed at various institutions, religions of all kinds, Jah Wobble, Siouxsie Sioux, Green Day) but in general had the crowd laughing and enjoyed himself. Pictures from last night's Q&A and signing are in this post.
Lydon will do another Q&A / signing at The Strand on Thursday (4/30) where he'll talk with Buzzfeed Books editor and Pen & Ink co-founder Isaac Fitzgerald. You need to buy a copy of the book to attend. More pictures from Saint Vitus, below...
John Lydon's second memoir, Anger Is an Energy: My Life Uncensored was released last year in the UK and will get a North American release on April 28 via Dey Street Books. It was well-recieved in the UK, here's an exceprt of The Guardian's review:
On the face of it, Anger Is an Energy is true to the form: light on reflection and context, and told with barely a pause for breath. As with other celeb memoirs, it sometimes achieves a tone of self-importance that takes it into the realm of the Pooteresque. But it is a relief to report that it is also fascinating, and stands as a corrective to the idea that Lydon is merely a former pantomime villain. It also amounts to a 500-page yell of insistence that he should be entitled to do what he damn well likes, for two reasons: first, the superlative nature of so much of the music that he has created; and second, the life through which he struggled before music offered him an escape route. In an age in which a caste of privately educated musicians threaten to dominate what remains of British rock while singing about nothing much at all, this is what gives the book its fundamental spark: the sense of raw working-class art, and someone driven to create by the furies to which the title allude.On the day of release (4/28) at Saint Vitus, Lydon will talk with Pitchfork's Brandon Stosuy. You need to buy a copy of the book to attend. There will be a Q&A portion, but questions must be submitted in advance.
Lydon's first book, Rotten: No Blacks, No Dogs, No Irish, was published in 1994 and is more of an oral history, with contributions from Chrissie Hynde, Don Letts, the other Sex Pistols, and more. It's very good and well worth seeking out.
In other news, The Sex Pistols' classic debut Never Mind the Bullocks will be coming out as a picture disc for Record Store Day in the UK.
John Lydon w/ PiL at Hammerstein Ballroom in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
I guess it was too good to be true. The Jesus Christ Superstar tour that was to feature Sex Pistols/Public Image Ltd. singer John Lydon, along with JC Chasez of *NSync, Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child and more, has been cancelled. Associated Press reports:
A new arena version of "Jesus Christ Superstar" starring punk legend John "Johnny Rotten" Lydon and Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child has abruptly canceled its 54-city tour just days before its launch in New Orleans.The tour would have hit NYC on August 5 at MSG. Refunds available at point of purchase.
Producers quietly pulled the plug on the project Friday without explanation. Fran Curtis, a publicist for the show from press representative Rogers & Cowan, did not return messages seeking a reason for the cancellation.
John Lydon w/ PiL at Hammerstein in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Jesus Christ Superstar, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's famous rock opera that's been around for over four decades, is returning to the road for a 50+ tour of the US and Canada in June, July and August. The tour will feature Incubus singer Brandon Boyd (as Judas Iscariot), "NSYNC's JC Chasez (as Pontius Pilate), Destiny's Child's Michelle Williams (as Mary Magdalene), and -- wait for it... Sex Pistols/Public Image Ltd. singer John "Rotten" Lydon as King Herod. It also features Britain's Ben Forster as Jesus (who has already played the role in the UK and Australian tours).
The tour comes to NYC on August 5 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for all dates go on sale Friday, April 11. All dates are listed below...
PiL @ MHOW (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Public Image Ltd, who just played Music Hall of Williamsburg and play a show in Clifton Park tonight, will hit Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC on Saturday (10/13). But first you can catch Sex Pistol John Lydon himself close up and in person at J&R Music World in Manhattan at 12:30pm.
Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees appears at the same store on Wednesday, October 17. PiL play Boston on Monday after taking Sunday off. All dates HERE.
In related news, former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock just announced a tour too.
Since we last spoke, official word came back regarding Ari Up's untimely passing: it was cancer. In her memory and the memory of the tunes she left behind, Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg is hosting a show on January 16th called "Ari Up Punky Reggae Birthday Party" featuring appearances from members of The Slits, The Slackers, PiL, as well as Neneh Cherry and many others. Tickets are on sale.
Being that Ari Up was John Lydon's step-daughter, it's not surprising that her passing had an effect on him:
John Lydon has delayed sessions to record new material with Public Image Ltd following the death of his step-daughter, The Slits singer Ari Up.PiL becamse active again recently, and toured through NYC in May.
"We were going to go into the studio but in light of my step-daughter's death, I really can't be doing that at the moment," Lydon said [around November 22nd].
"I don't want to leave my wife alone for any length of time right now. So the music side has had to be held." -[BBC]
Another recent tribute to Ari Up happened in the form of Kathleen Hanna and The Raincoats covering a Slits song at MoMA. Video of that, with info on upcoming Kathleen Hanna-related events, can be found HERE.
Members of The Slackers are involved in the Ari Up show at MHoW, and the band has a show of their own in NYC next week. Tickets are still available for The Slackers at Brooklyn Bowl on December 18th. The show is one of two December dates for the NYC ska band. The second is New Years Eve in San Francisco, and the first date on a larger tour for the band who will be pretty busy through June. Openers for the Brooklyn show are Frighteners, the Forthights, and DJ 100dBs with special guest appearances by Greg Lee (Hepcat) & Jesse Wagner (Aggrolites).
All Slackers dates and some videos below.
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.This is completely shocking and devestating news. RIP ARI.
Everyone at JohnLydon.com and PiLofficial.Com would like to pass on their heartfelt condolences to John , Nora and family.
Rest in Peace.
John Lydon and his wife Nora were introduced by Nora's daughter Ari-Up, who was just 48 years old this year.
The Slits released their first new record in 25 years, exactly one year ago TODAY.
a selection of videos below...
"Was the pope a nazi? Yes the pope was a nazi" - Johnny Rotten
PiL @ MHOW - 5/19/2010 (Brooklyn365)
"Hey. We were dancing next to each other for basically the entire Public Image Ltd. (PIL) concert at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Weds night. You were wearing a plaid dress and had blonde hair, I was wearing a fake leather jacket and a grey hoodie, with longer brown hair. I wanted to ask for you number but didn't want to piss the dude you were with off. If you want to hang out, listen to some records and talk about how amazing the show was, I am down." [Dancing to Public Image Limited - PIL at Music Hall of Williamsburg - m4w (Williamsburg)]As that guy points out, it was an amazing 2 hour and 20 minute, tour-ending PiL show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on Wednesday night (5/19). Johnny Rotten was on fire. The band was great, as was the venue. I can't wait to see the footage they were filming for the "forthcoming PiL documentary directed by Alex Mar and produced by Artists Public Domain".
Check out the pics and setlist from the night before at Terminal 5. And some videos from T5 below...
photos by Greg Cristman
"Despite the leather-clad, spikyhaired lookalikes who peppered the audience at Terminal 5 last night, there is only one Johnny Rotten.Public Image Ltd played Terminal 5 in NYC last night (Tueday, 5/18). It was the band's first of two NYC shows. The next is at the smaller Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (5/19). The reunion tour, which began around Coachella also included a performance on Kimmel. On Monday, the band made their second TV appearance, but this time on Fallon. A video from that, with more Terminal 5 pics and the setlist below....
Rotten, 54, who these days goes by his given name, John Lydon, is still the brash, politically outspoken, anti-authoritarian punk who assaulted music, first as a Sex Pistol and then by leading the post-punk movement with his other band, Public Image LTD.
This show resurrected PiL after an 18-year New York performance hiatus. And the band's kitchen-sink mix of rock, noise, dance and pop remains as strange and engaging as its frontman." [NY Post]
"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" - Johnny Rotten on Malcom McLaren
Public Image Ltd's upcoming US tour kicks off Tuesday night, April 13th in LA before continuing to Coachella for a show on Friday. The trip was scheduled to end with a show at Terminal 5 on Tuesday, May 18th - tickets for that are still on sale, but the band has added a second NYC date for the same venue on Wednesday, May 19th. Tickets for that go on sale Friday at noon (and they'll probably be an AmEx presale before then too).
PiL played Jimmy Kimmel Live on April 7th (reactions to the performance were mixed). Jimmy's interview with Johnny Rotten and an April 9th interview on Fox's Red Eye (where Johnny Rotten talks about the recent death of Malcolm McLaren) are posted below...
Public Image Ltd gave us a taste last night of what to expect on their semi-reunion tour that kicks off with a pre-Coachella show at Club Nokia in LA on April 13th. In what was their "first television performance in 18 years", the John Lydon-led group performed "This is Not a Love Song" and "Rise" on the Jimmy Kimmel show. Videos of both songs and updated tour dates below...
"We'll see where we can go," 53-year-old Lydon told the Guardian. "Some things may be quite similar, some may not."
December 2009 sees the return of Public Image Limited for 5 very special live dates in the UK. Their first shows in 17 years.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...
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).
The native Londoner, who grew up on a council estate in north London, looked like a fish of a water as he poses uncomfortably in a tweed jacket, plus fours and a yellow waistcoat.Speaking of musicians we know contributing to commercials, rajohn sends in this video today that we haven't posted yet (and which was also on Chunklet Friday). It's none other than John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols aka mortal enemy of Kele from Bloc Party aka a man with smooth dance moves aka the new UK Country Life butter spokesman...
The 52-year-old's country squire outfit was a far cry from his usual outfit of jeans and a ripped t-shirt.
Despite his Lord of the Manor ensemble, Johnny Rotten's punk persona was still evident thanks to his messy, dyed red spiked hair and multiple ear piercings. [MailOnline]
Sex Pistols @ Live at Loch Lomond, Scotland - Aug 3, 2008 (mdj)
Is John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols on a mission for as much press as possible? If so, it's working. First came the incident with Bloc Party's Kele which also involved the Foals and which Lydon denied has anything to do with racism. Since then:
The Sex Pistols demanded a fence be erected around their toilet at a music festival last weekend. The punk rockers reportedly didn't want to share their private toilet and asked for a high security barrier to keep people out at Scotland's Live at Loch Lomond festival. Frontman John Lydon - also known as Johnny Rotten - was also said to be incensed when he realised electro band Autokratz were being driven around the event in a better car than his band, and demanded the vehicles were switched. Autokratz singer David Cox told Britain's Daily Star newspaper: "The Sex Pistols had two Land Rovers to ferry them around the site but Johnny seemed to prefer our car.Clever. And:
"So he made us take all our equipment out so he could travel 40 metres in it."
Once the switch had been completed, John allegedly shouted: "Autokratz, as we have taken your Auto you are now just Kratz."... [New Zealand City]
[Lydon] addressed the racist row that he was caught up in over the last 10 days when he sang a song about Allah and Jesus. He sang: "Allah be praised, George Bush be erased. Hello, Allah. Hello, Jesus too." He then told the crowd: "That is a little challenging to some of you. "So just in case you missed it the f****** papers had the f****** liberty to call me a racist. "I say hello, Allah. I'd like to buy Allah a f****** good pint of larger." Rolling up his sleeve, he berated fans saying: "Are you our friends? Well then, drink your beer instead of throwing it, you f****** idiot." Johnny also had a dig at Coldplay, saying: "This is audience participation 100 per cent. We're the Sex Pistols, not f****** Coldplay." And Rotten had a pop at Happy Mondays. They were head lining the Good Vibrations stage while the Pistols were on the main stage. The godfather of punk said: "Is there anybody there? Is there anybody over at Happy Mondays? That's a shame.".. [The Daily Record]How punk. He also has beef with Pete Doherty, Amy Winehouse (the female Pete Doherty), and Duffy (the new Amy Winehouse). Those quotes below...
Speaking to the BBC's One Show about racial attitudes, Lydon said: "My grandchildren are Jamaican right."PREVIOUSLY: three Foals injured in Sex Pistols-Bloc Party fight
"This is an absolute offence to them and me when I read stories like that, that are allowed to go to print absolutely unfounded and have the liberty to take liberties with a man like me and call me a racist when my entire life has proved exactly the opposite." When asked if he was a racist, Lydon replied: "Absolutely not. And any bugger that dares say so is going to have their day in court with me - you understand this?"
"It's the most wonderful thing ever, playing to our multi-racial audiences, which they always have been," he said. "And not only that, multi-gender, multi-everything-you-like, we are open to all. Our whole message in life has been to eliminate the barriers that separate us."
He added that the Sex Pistols "only true enemy in life is governments". "And politicians, and, low and behold, the British press," he added. [GigWise]
Foals @ Silent Barn (more by Leia Jospe)
Foals tour manager Nick Jenkin today called Lydon's description of the event at Barcelona's Summercase Festival "totally untrue," and said he watched Okereke being punched by the Sex Pistols' entourage while the band's frontman, known as Johnny Rotten, taunted the Kaiser Chiefs' Ricky Wilson, after he went to the aid of the Bloc Party singer.Gruff Rhys was there too.
Jenkin also told Times Online that Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis tried to help Okereke but was put in a sleeper hold by a security guard until he passed out and was then handcuffed as he lay on the ground. "He had a boot on his back," Jenkin said.
Foals bassist Walter Gervers suffered a black eye and guitarist Jimmy Smith was shoved through a barrier during the brawl on Saturday afternoon, Jenkin said. [Times Online]
Neon Neon have backed up Kele from Bloc Party's statement on John Lydon's alleged racist attack, after witnessing the event.John Lydon denies it. John Lydon played in the fourth best punk band ever. John Lydon has sexy dance moves.
Speaking exclusively to MTV News Gruff Rhys from the group said: "It was horrific. Kele is a very brave man and what he said is exactly what happened."
The band were backstage at the Summercase Festival in Barcelona with other British groups when the alleged assault took place and confirmed they saw everything.
Neon Neon and Super Furry Animals singer Gruff added: "The statements Kele has said are absolutely true. It did happen."
Neon Neon are up for this year's Mercury Prize, a prize that Gruff (Super Furry Animals 'Rings Around the World;') lost to PJ Harvey in 2001.
Sex Pistols @ Summercase, Barcelona - July 19, 2008 (lalitaporfavor)
John Lydon has responded to allegations of his involvement in a racist assault by saying his accuser is a liar and in need of the publicity. In a carefully worded statement, Lydon said: "I feel very sorry for a man that needs to lie about what was a perfect evening." In Lydon's version of events, the Sex Pistols singer claims that, "trouble was brought us, resulting in those causing the trouble being physically removed by festival security". He added: "If they need publicity so badly this is the allegation universe they run into." [Guardian]In related news, Bloc Party bassist Gordon Moakes will not be with the band when they arrive in North America next week. The reason: "in order to prepare for the imminent arrival of his first child."
Bloc Party singer Kele Okereke claims he was left with severe facial bruising and a split lip following what he alleges was a racist attack by Sex Pistols singer John Lydon [aka Johnny Rotten]. The incident occurred on Saturday evening at the Summercase festival in Barcelona while the bands were socialising backstage.
In an official statement released by Okereke, who is of Nigerian descent, the singer says he approached Lydon and asked him about the possibility of a reunion for Public Image Ltd, the band Lydon formed following the Sex Pistols demise in 1978. In Okereke's words, Lydon became "intimidating and aggressive while his entourage responded with a racist tirade, including the statement, 'your problem is your black attitude'." An assault allegedly ensued in which three people attacked Okereke.
Several other bands witnessed the incident, with members of the band Foals and Kaiser Chiefs singer Ricky Wilson intervening on the Bloc Party singer's behalf. Both have confirmed to the Guardian that the incident occurred but could not confirm or deny reports that the assault was racially motivated. Following his involvement, Foals singer Yannis Philippakis was arrested. He is expected to make a statement shortly.... [The Guardian] (thx J M)