John Lydon has an iconic status as the ‘President of Punk’ after his stint as the leader of the Sex Pistols (1975-78). However, the music that followed in his superseding Public Image Limited (PIL) enterprise showed far more depth and diligence with such groundbreaking records as: First Edition, Metal Box and Flowers of Romance.The 1979 masterpiece Metal Box still stands tall as one of the most unique and challenging collections of avant-garde meets alternative rock.

Several incarnations of PIL have subsequently recorded and toured. Lydon has also forged a career in other fields such as film, radio, television, writing, spoken word shows and his entertaining and controversial nature has always resulted in his profile being public. It is PIL that is the ultimate passion for Lydon and a 2023 line up of the act will visit The Patti Pavilion, Swansea on Monday, September 11 at 7.30pm.The show is for over-14’s and tickets are £36.60 including a booking fee. The new album ‘End of the World’ is currently on release and it offers the usual unusual mix of lyrical and musical options. Still out there, still with us, – take the lid off Lydon and explore the enterprise.

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