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Former Sex Pistol all set to make Inverness debut

By Margaret Chrystall

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Johnny Rotten in his heyday
Johnny Rotten in his heyday

LEGENDARY Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon is to make his Inverness debut this summer.

Public Image Ltd (PiL) – formed by Lydon in 1978 after he left his Johnny Rotten persona behind when the Sex Pistols split – has added the Highland capital to his growing list of UK and European tour venues for this May and June.

An icon of the punk era, John Lydon (right) moved on to PiL which brought out nine albums before splitting in 1992, reforming in 2009 and last year bringing out the warmly-received album What The World Needs Now...

Lydon has also released several solo records and collaborations over the years, including 1997 solo album Psycho’s Path which features the song Sun, the singer’s vocals sung through a toilet roll.

Lydon has also made several appearances on TV – he walked out of reality show I’m A Celebrity in 2004, added a punk quality to Country Life butter adverts when he was raising money to fund the reforming of PiL Ltd without a record deal and he was a guest on BBC’s Question Time in 2012.

Last year he stated that his autobiography Anger Is An Energy: My Life Uncensored, the title taking a line from 1986 PiL song Rise, also inspired last September’s album.

It reached number 29 in the official UK album charts, number three in the UK indie charts and number four in the UK vinyl charts.

Over the years the band has been called one of the most innovative and influential of the post-punk era with five UK Top 20 singles and five UK Top 20 albums.

It now features just one original member – Lydon himself – but he says the current line-up of Lu Edmonds, Scott Firth and Bruce Smith is the longest and most stable in its history.

Tickets for the June 11 gig at the Ironworks are now on sale from the venue. Alternatively, call 0871 789 4173 or go online at www.ironworksvenue.com

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