Public Image Ltd. to mark 40th anniversary with tour, ‘Rotten’ documentary and box set


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John Lydon’s reactivated Public Image Ltd. will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year with tours of the U.K., Europe and Japan, along with the release of a new documentary and a career-spanning box that are both titled “The Public Image Is Rotten,” the band announced today.

PiL today unveiled initial spring and summer tour dates for the U.K. and Europe (see below), and said a “very special London date” is still to be announced, along with a tour of Japan and further dates in the U.K. and Europe. There was no mention of any plans to tour North America.

Tickets begin going on sale Friday; see PiL’s website for pre-sale and on-sale details.

The band also announced plans for a theatrical release later this year of the Tabbert Filler-directed documentary “The Public Image Is Rotten,” which has screened at a few film festivals already. Plus, there’ll be a new career-spanning box set of the same name, though no details of what that’ll contain. PiL has released two new studio albums since its last career-spanning set, Plastic Box.

Since reuniting in 2009, PiL has featured Lydon and late-’80s members Lu Edmonds (ex-Damned guitarist) and Bruce Smith (onetime drummer for The Slits and The Pop Group), as well as bassist Scott Firth.

See the band’s initial 2018 tour dates below.

 

 

Public Image Ltd. tour dates:

UNITED KINGDOM
May 30: O2 Academy, Bristol, England
June 1: O2 Academy, Bournemouth, England
June 2: Camden Rocks Festival, London, England
June 4: The Copper Rooms, Coventry, England
June 6: The Waterfront, Norwich, England
June 12: O2 Academy, Newcastle, England
June 13: O2 ABC, Glasgow, Scotland
June 15: O2 Academy, Sheffield, England
June 16: O2 Ritz, Manchester, England
June 18: Asylum – Hull University, Hull, England
June 21: The Tramshed, Cardiff, Wales
June 23: Lemon Grove, Exeter, England
June 24: William Aston Hall, Wrexham, England
June 26: Sub 89, Reading, England
June 27: Cheese Grain, Frome, Somerset, England
June 29: Rock City, Nottingham, England
June 30: Engine Rooms, Southampton, England
Aug. 5: Rebellion Festival, Blackpool, England
Aug. 19: Hardwick Live Festival, Hardwick, England
Aug. 25: Bangor Marina, Bangor, Northern Ireland
Aug. 28: The Ironworks, Inverness, Scotland
Aug. 29: The Assembly, Aberdeen, Scotland
Aug. 31: The Church, Dundee, Scotland

EUROPE
June 8: Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
June 9: Retropop Festival, Emmen, Netherlands
June 10: Paard van Trojoe, Den Haag, Netherlands
July 13: Lucerna, Prague, Czech Republic
July 15: Jarocin Festival, Jarocin, Poland
Aug. 26: The Tivoli, Dublin, Ireland

 

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