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Post punk legends Public Image Ltd to play O2 Academy Sheffield

Post punk legends Public Image Ltd to play O2 Academy Sheffield

Sex Pistols’ frontman and maddest member of the punk aristocracy Johnny Lydon brings his post-punk outfit Public Image Ltd to Sheffield’s O2 Academy on Tuesday 7th of June. It doesn’t take a lot of thought to guess what’s likely to be in store on the night, with PiL celebrated as one of the leading acts in the post-punk revolution and known for their typically punk onstage performances.

Having formed in the wake of the Sex Pistols’ acrimonious breakup, Public Image Ltd were a touring and recording band between 1978 and 1992, eventually reforming in 2009 to recapture the down-tempo drone and scathingly spat vocals that came to encompass their signature sound. Releasing 10 studio albums along the way - the latest of which is the 2015 effort What The World Needs Now - PiL have earned plaudits near and far, particularly with Metal Box, the dub-infused second LP released in 1979.

An outspoken and often controversial spokesperson for a band created in his image, Lydon aka Johnny Rotten brings the same attitude to his music as he does to everything else - and that attitude is hard to contain. Age won’t tame him, and fans of PiL will certainly be grateful for that. 

Words by Andrew Kemp
Photos courtesy of PiL Official

Post punk legends Public Image Ltd to play O2 Academy Sheffield

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