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Jul092018

Never mind the Sex Pistols: John Lydon's band Public Image Ltd. to mount 40th anniversary this fall

Credit: Tomohiro NoritsuneSinger John Lydon, a.k.a. "Johnny Rotten," and his post-Sex Pistols band Public Image Ltd. have announced a fall North American tour celebrating the group's 40th anniversary. The Public Image Is Rotten: North American Tour gets underway October 9 in New Orleans and is plotted out through a November 6 show in Mexico City.

Tickets for the concerts go on sale to the general public this Friday, July 13, at 10 a.m. local time. The North American trek will follow a European outing that kicked off in late May and is scheduled through a September 1 concert in Bingley, U.K.

The current incarnation of Public Image Ltd. also features guitarist Lu Edmonds and drummer Bruce Smith, both of whom first joined the band in 1986, and bassist Scott Firth, who came into the fold when PiL reformed in 2009.

The band's 40th anniversary celebrations also will see the release of a career-spanning box set called The Public Image Is Rotten on July 20. In addition, a documentary bearing the same name that got its world premiere in 2017 at New York City's Tribeca Film Festival, will make its North American theatrical debut on September 14 at Metrograph in New York. The movie, which includes interviews with Lydon, Cream drummer Ginger Baker, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys and more, also will be screened in various North American theaters during October and November.

Here are all of Public Image Ltd.'s North American tour dates:

10/9 -- New Orleans, LA, The Civic Theatre
10/10 -- Atlanta, GA, Variety Playhouse
10/12 -- Washington, DC, Black Cat
10/13 -- Asbury Park, NJ, Asbury Lanes
10/15 -- Brooklyn, NY, Brooklyn Steel
10/16 -- Philadelphia, PA, Union Transfer
10/18 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Club Soda
10/19 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Lee's Palace
10/21 -- Detroit, MI, The Majestic
10/22 -- Chicago, IL, Thalia Hall
10/24 -- Dallas, TX, Granada Theatre
10/25 -- Austin, TX, The Mohawk
10/28 -- Portland, OR, Wonder Ballroom
10/29 -- Seattle, WA, Showbox
10/31 -- San Francisco, CA, The Chapel
11/1 -- San Francisco, CA, The Chapel
11/3 -- Los Angeles, CA, El Rey
11/6 -- Mexico City, Mexico, Pepsi Centre

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