An Encounter with Johnny Rotten

Posted by The G on October 14, 2012 under Encounters with G | Read the First Comment

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Johnny Rotten and Geoffrey Dicker

Johnny Rotten and Geoffrey Dicker

Johnny Fucking Rotten!  The legendary lead singer of Sex Pistols and Public Image Limited (aka PiL) John Lydon (better known as Johnny Rotten) was in town to perform a pair of shows and also to sign copies of PiL’s latest album “This is PiL” at J&R Music World in New York on October 13, 2012.  Johnny was anything but rotten as he graciously spent quality time with everyone in line, was happy to take photos and would sign pretty much anything you wanted – except anything Sex Pistols related.  I of course tried to slide one in and Johnny gave me the “you should know better” look and I told him “it never hurts to try.”  He laughed.  I asked Johnny his secret for longevity and he told me “It’s all in the details.”  Very sound advice, according2g.  Thanks for being so awesome Johnny!

Johnny Rotten signing

Johnny Rotten signing in Blue Sharpie! Hooray!

This is PiL. Out now! Don’t even think of trying to get your Sex Pistols items signed.

Linkage – July 30, 2012

Posted by The G on July 30, 2012 under GNN | Comments are off for this article

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A Tree in New York on July 30, 2012

Here’s some links from around the web that might be of some use.  Please note links are subject to change.

This is what’s good on July 30, 2012 – according2g.

Dan Black‘s got a new video (via A Heart is A Spade).

Scissor Sisters launch official site for “Let’s Have a Kiki.”

– Follow on Twitter.

-The new Two Door Cinema Club album has leaked 1 month early (via Google).

-If you tweet about blowing up a school, you’ll be arrested.  (via Gawker)

-You no longer have the latest iPhone/iPad (via iMore).

– Follow on Twitter.

-Win tickets to an August 7, 2012 NYC GLAAD event. (via Next)

PIL are coming back to North America (via Slicing Up Eyeballs)

Pet Shop Boys reveal tracklist and release dates for “Elysium” (via Slicing Up Eyeballs)

Madonna tries to defuse ripping off fans in Paris by releasing a bullshit press release.  (via NME)

Follow on Twitter.

Ellie Goulding channels Skrillex for her new album cover (via Yfrog)

Spin Magazine will have to change their name since they will no longer be printing physical “magazines”  (via Prefix)

-Follow on Twitter.

Public Image Ltd. Announce New EP/Album

Posted by The G on February 21, 2012 under GNN | Comments are off for this article

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Johnny Rotten of PIL

Johnny Rotten of PIL

My ears have finally recovered from seeing PIL in concert several years ago and great news – the rockers are back!  They’ll be releasing the EP “One Drop” on April 21, 2012 to coincide with Record Store Day and on May 28, 2012, they’ll release a brand new full length album called “This is PIL.”

Rock on!

PiL sings “Psychopath” at Terminal 5 in New York

Posted by The G on May 19, 2010 under G Videos | Comments are off for this article

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During PiL (Public Image Limited)’s first show in New York in 17 years, I captured Johnny Rotten’s love song to serial killer John Wayne Gacy.  The song is “Psychopath,” live from Terminal 5 on May 18, 2010.  Enjoy!

An Easy PiL to Swallow: PiL live at Terminal 5

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Johnny Rotten of PiL

Performing their first show in New York in a staggering 17 years, Public Image Limited or PiL made a sold out crowd at Terminal 5 lose their ever lovin’ minds on May 18, 2010 and my ears are still ringing to prove it!  I thought once he’d left the Sex Pistols, he no longer wanted to be called Johnny Rotten and instead use his real name of John Lydon, but he referred to himself several times as Johnny Rotten tonight on stage, so I just went with it.  But let’s just take a moment, shall we… Johnny Fucking Rotten!  Whoa!  While he took copious swigs of alcohol between each song, sometimes spitting them out, sometimes swallowing, the man whose voice “sounds like a bag of kittens being thrown down a staircase” was in top shape as he belted out song after song, with a voice that is unmistakably his.  He was no longer his rambunctious self, but he did yell at a person in the front row who kept pointing at him whilst singing the songs back to Johnny and he told him to knock it off and have some respect.  He asked the crowd if we thought the Pope was a Nazi and of course, the entire place unanimously shouted “yes,” before he launched into “Religion II” and he also dedicated “Psychopath” to serial killer John Wayne Gacy (a video of the entire song will be forthcoming, so stay tuned).  PiL also played “This is Not A Love Song,” “Rise,” “Public Image” and “Annalisa,” and the crowd loved every second of it.  Rumours abound that a documentary is being filmed of this tour and the camera crews were out tonight, so look for yourself if you were there.  If you don’t want to wait another 17 years to see Johnny Rotten and crew, you’d better head over to the Music Hall Of Williamsburg tomorrow night as they are playing their second and final show in New York (and that is being filmed also).  Tonight’s show was the easiest PiL I’ve had to swallow in a long time.


See some more pictures of Johnny Rotten, the set list and the merch after the jump.

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