Photo by Gerald Jenkins
This week saw the release of the first album in 20 years from Public Image Ltd. — but John Lydon’s reconstituted crew isn’t the only live act carrying the PiL torch these days. Two members of the band’s most famous lineup — bassist Jah Wobble and guitarist Keith Levene — have reunited after 30 years, playing a handful of “Metal Box in Dub” shows in the U.K. this year that spotlight PiL’s classic 1979 sophomore album.
The duo — who released a new EP earlier this year — performed at London’s Village Underground last Friday, enlisting a masked Nathan Maverick of The Sex Pistols Experience on vocals, Marc Layton-Bennett on drums and Sean Corby on trumpet. Wobble’s website only lists one future “Metal Box in Dub” show — at Willow Man Festival in Northallereton, U.K., on June 24 — although a web search reveals an unconfirmed show June 18 in Berlin as well.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Lydon takes issue with the “Metal Box in Dub” project:
“Wobble had the opportunity to come back and work with us, but [money differences made] it impractical. It’s very unfair of him, and it was a shock to me. He’s behaving very silly…. Bear in mind, when I started PiL, nobody in the world knew any of them people. I gave them careers.”
Below, you can check out a few video clips from Friday’s performance in London, including “Poptones,” “Memories” and “No Birds,” courtesy of uploader SPExJR.
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