Public Image Ltd. Announce 40th Anniversary Tour, Documentary, and Box Set

John Lydon has announced today that he is celebrating the 40th anniversary this year of his long running post-punk band Public Image Ltd. with “The Public Image Is Rotten” tour of the U.K., Europe and Japan.

Additionally, a new career-spanning box celebrating of 4 decades of PiL will be the released along with a new documentary both also bearing the title “The Public Image Is Rotten”.

No North American tour dates have been announced as of yet , however  a “very special London date” is still to be announced, along a tour of Japan and more dates in the U.K. and Europe.

Tickets go on sale Friday; visit PiL’s website for more information.

A theatrical release is planned later this year for the Tabbert Fiiller directed documentary “The Public Image Is Rotten,” which had already premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

PiL released their debut First Issue in 1978. No further details at this time on the content or track listing featured in the new box set; see the official artwork below:



Public Image Ltd. tour dates:


  • May 30: O2 Academy, Bristol, England
  • June 1: O2 Academy, Bournemouth, England
  • June 2: Camden Rocks Festival, London, England
  • June 4: The Copper Rooms, Coventry, England
  • June 6: The Waterfront, Norwich, England
  • June 12: O2 Academy, Newcastle, England
  • June 13: O2 ABC, Glasgow, Scotland
  • June 15: O2 Academy, Sheffield, England
  • June 16: O2 Ritz, Manchester, England
  • June 18: Asylum – Hull University, Hull, England
  • June 21: The Tramshed, Cardiff, Wales
  • June 23: Lemon Grove, Exeter, England
  • June 24: William Aston Hall, Wrexham, England
  • June 26: Sub 89, Reading, England
  • June 27: Cheese Grain, Frome, Somerset, England
  • June 29: Rock City, Nottingham, England
  • June 30: Engine Rooms, Southampton, England
  • Aug. 5: Rebellion Festival, Blackpool, England
  • Aug. 19: Hardwick Live Festival, Hardwick, England
  • Aug. 25: Bangor Marina, Bangor, Northern Ireland
  • Aug. 28: The Ironworks, Inverness, Scotland
  • Aug. 29: The Assembly, Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Aug. 31: The Church, Dundee, Scotland


  • June 8: Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
  • June 9: Retropop Festival, Emmen, Netherlands
  • June 10: Paard van Trojoe, Den Haag, Netherlands
  • July 13: Lucerna, Prague, Czech Republic
  • July 15: Jarocin Festival, Jarocin, Poland
  • Aug. 26: The Tivoli, Dublin, Ireland


*Featured Photo by Duncan Bryceland