This year marks the 40th anniversary of Public Image Ltd, the band John Lydon (AKA Johnny Rotten) formed in 1978 shortly after the Sex Pistols broke up. Their first single, “Public Image,” was released in October of that year, and to commemorate the anniversary PiL will be heading out on a tour this fall, which includes a stop at Union Transfer on October 16.
Four decades strong, the British post-punk innovators only make it stateside every few years, so this’ll be a tour for the ages. Along with the tour, PiL will also be releasing a career-spanning box set called The Public Image is Rotten on both CD and vinyl. A documentary by the same name premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last year and will make its big-screen debut this fall.
Hear the first track off the new set, a live recording of “Warrior,” below. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 13 at 10 a.m.; find more information on the XPN Concert Calendar.
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