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Friday 17 June 2022.

Thursday 16 June 2022. PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED (PIL) live at The Forum. John Lydons PIL are playing a UK tour. Widely regarded as one of the most innovative and influential bands of all time, PiL’s music and vision earned them five UK Top 20 singles and five UK Top 20 albums. John Lydon, legend, icon and one-time front man and lyricist of the Sex Pistols, changed the face of music and led a cultural revolution, guiding the band from their debut album First Issue in 1978 to major global success. I have seen John fronting The Sex Pistols 29 times since 1976 and have seen PIL many times, including their debut show at The Rainbow Theatre, London - 25 Dec 1978. John Lydon, Lu Edmonds, Scott Firth and Bruce Smith continue as PiL. They are the longest stable line-up in the band’s history and continue to challenge and thrive. BRIX SMITH is the support act in London and some of the other shows on the tour. ------------------ It is not sold out , but a decent enough 1700 out of 2000 tickets sold. BRIX SMITH and band arrived on stage at 7.45pm for their 45 mins set. I saw Brix a couple of months ago supporting Killing Joke at Hammersmith Apollo. Blonde rock chick Brix played some good tracks from her upcoming Youth produced album. PIL arrived on stage at 9pm and played for around 1 hour 40 mins. John Lydon arrives on stage wearing a very baggy suit. John says "I haven't got Monkeypox, but I do have the flu". They are using the same large PIL circular logo and stage curtain as previous tours. The band are top notch as usual, and Lu on guitar is playing some very nifty sounds. The band really do create a great dance groove. The first half of the show was more for the hardcore fans and the second half had the big hits. There hasn’t been a new studio album for nearly 7 years, their last being ‘What The World Needs Now…’ which saw the light of day on 4th September 2015. A great "This is Not a Love Song" and a superb "Public Image" finished the main set. His ever present manager/personal security Rambo is side of stage nodding away, and even gets a name check at the end during the band introductions. Final song "Rise" had all the crowd chanting "Anger is an Energy ". A great show. Full PIL setlist played tonight.... Religion II Memories The Body Warrior Corporate The Room I Am In The One Death Disco U.S.L.S. 1 Bags Chant Disappointed This Is Not a Love Song Public Image Encore: Shoom ( dedicated to working class traitor Danny Boyle) Open Up (Leftfield cover) Rise