It’s a good week to be in Glasgow: John Lydon and Public Image Ltd are coming to town. When the writer Damien Love recently caught Mr Lydon for an interview, he managed to ask him for us about some of his memories of playing in venues in the city over the years, among other things…
PiL Glasgow, O2 Academy, December 19th 2009
Photo © Duncan Bryceland / © PiL Official Ltd
“You make it sound such fun!” John Lydon hoots, when I gently suggest that, over the years, Public Image Ltd has sometimes proved a quite volatile mix of people.
Still, the numbers don’t lie. Factoring in fleeting studio musicians and live accomplices, over 50 people have now passed through the continually shape-shifting group with which Lydon revolutionised people’s minds for the second time, following the implosion of The Sex Pistols in 1978.
“Well, because of how things started for me,” Lydon says, “I’d always presumed that that was what making music was like: being in a band meant you all hated each other. Continue reading