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Sex Pistol singer John Lydon to reform Public Image






The Sex Pistols lead singer John Lydon, also known as Johnny Rotten, performs at the Azkena Rock Festival in Vitoria, September 5, 2008. REUTERS/Vincent West
The Sex Pistols lead singer John Lydon, also known as Johnny Rotten, performs at the Azkena Rock Festival in Vitoria, September 5, 2008. REUTERS/Vincent West
</head> <body> <p>LONDON (Reuters) - Punk rock singer John Lydon, formerly known as Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols, is re-forming his band Public Image Ltd -- or PiL -- after a 17 year hiatus with a five-date tour in December, according to media reports.</p> <p>Lydon told Britain's Guardian newspaper that the influential band he created in 1978, a year after the disintegration of the Sex Pistols, and which lasted for 14 years, would reform with a new line-up.</p> <p>He said the new-look PiL will not contain original band members Jah Wobble or former Clash guitarist Keith Levene but will feature guitarist Lu Edmonds, drummer Bruce Smith and a new arrival, multi-instrumentalist Scott Firth.</p> <p>PiL, which had chart success with singles such as "Public Image" and "This Is Not a Love Song," will start its tour on December 15 in Birmingham. The band is also launching a new website (www.pilofficial.com).</p> <p>"We'll see where we can go," 53-year-old Lydon told the newspaper. "Some things may be quite similar, some may not."</p> <p>Lydon reunited with other members of the Sex Pistols last year for a series of gigs to mark the 30th anniversary of the band's seminal album "Never Mind The Bollocks."</p> <p>But Lydon, who became a figurehead of the short-lived punk revolution in England in 1970s with his anti-establishment stance and attacks on Britain's class system and the monarchy, appears to have mellowed in recent years.</p> <p>He starred in British reality TV show "I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here" in 2004, has hosted a few animal documentaries, and also starred in an advertisement for butter wearing a tweed-suit.</p> <p>He also has no tolerance for noisy, opinionated youngsters any more, it seems.</p> <p>"Younger people at the moment are very mouthy and aggressive," Lydon told the Guardian.</p> <p>(Writing by Belinda Goldsmith, Editing by Miral Fahmy)</p> </body> </html> </div><!-- end article-body --> </div><!-- end aticle-body-wrapper --> <aside> <ul class="social-share-btns clearfix"> <li><g:plusone size="medium" href="http://whtc.com/news/articles/2009/sep/07/sex-pistol-singer-john-lydon-to-reform-public-imag/"></g:plusone></li> <li><div id="fb-root"></div><script src="http://connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#appId=112315878855956&xfbml=1"></script><fb:like href="http://whtc.com/news/articles/2009/sep/07/sex-pistol-singer-john-lydon-to-reform-public-imag/" action="recommend" send="true" layout="button_count" width="150" show_faces="false" font=""></fb:like></li> <li><a href="http://twitter.com/share" class="twitter-share-button" data-url="http://whtc.com/news/articles/2009/sep/07/sex-pistol-singer-john-lydon-to-reform-public-imag/" data-text="Sex Pistol singer John Lydon to reform Public Image" data-count="horizontal">Tweet</a><script type="text/javascript" src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script></li> </ul><!-- end social-share-btns --> </aside> </div><!-- end article-container --> <section class="clearfix text-ad-container"><div class="text-ad"></div><div class="text-ad"></div><div class="text-ad"></div></section> <div id='taboola-below-main-column'></div> <script type="text/javascript"> window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({mode:'thumbs-2r', container:'taboola-below-main-column', placement:'below-main-column'}); </script> <div id='taboola-text-2-columns'></div> <script type="text/javascript"> window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({mode:'text-links-5r', container:'taboola-text-2-columns', placement:'text-2-columns'}); </script> <script> window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({flush:true}); </script> <section class="comment-container"> <h1 class="h2 visuallyhidden">Comments</h1> <a href="/news/articles/2009/sep/07/sex-pistol-singer-john-lydon-to-reform-public-imag/#disqus_thread"></a> <div id="disqus_thread" class="section-widget"></div> <script type="text/javascript"> var disqus_shortname = 'whtc'; var disqus_title = 'Sex Pistol singer John Lydon to reform Public Image'; var disqus_url = 'http://whtc.com/news/articles/2009/sep/07/sex-pistol-singer-john-lydon-to-reform-public-imag/'; (function() { var dsq = document.createElement('script'); dsq.type = 'text/javascript'; dsq.async = true; dsq.src = 'http://' + disqus_shortname + '.disqus.com/embed.js'; (document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0] || document.getElementsByTagName('body')[0]).appendChild(dsq); })(); </script> </section><!-- end comment-container --> </article> </div><!-- end of col-1 --> <div id="col-2"> <form class="section-search-form clearfix" method="get" action="/search/"> <fieldset class="clearfix"> <input class="section-search" type="text" rel="Search News" name="q" placeholder="Search News" /> <input class="section-search-submit" type="image" alt="Search" src="http://static.mwcradio.com/images/icons/section-search.gif" /> </fieldset> </form> <div class="ad-300x250"></div> <aside class="aside-module top-stories"> <h1>Top Stories</h1> <ul class="unstyled-list single-col-list"> <li><a href="/news/articles/2014/sep/19/another-lakeshore-school-district-executes-lockdown/" title="Full Article: Another Lakeshore School District Executes Lockdown">Another Lakeshore School District Executes Lockd...</a></li> <li><a href="/news/articles/2014/sep/19/busy-weekend-ahead-in-the-hollandzeeland-area/" title="Full Article: Busy Weekend Ahead in the Holland/Zeeland Area">Busy Weekend Ahead in the Holland/Zeeland Area</a></li> <li><a href="/news/articles/2014/sep/19/schauer-came-thursday-snyder-arrives-monday-for-ottawa-co-campaign-stops/" title="Full Article: Schauer Came Thursday, Snyder Arrives Monday for Ottawa Co. 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