The legend that is John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) brought Public Image Ltd to eager fans in the Windy City.
Public Image Ltd (PiL) came through Chicago as part of their current North American tour, hot off the heels of the recent European leg of their tour. After taking to the stage stylishly late (would you really expect anything less from the ex-Sex Pistols frontman?), they went straight into the opening track off their current album, “Double Trouble,” followed by “Bettie Page.” It wouldn’t be a PIL show without the classics; “Rise” and “This Is Not A Love Song.”
John Lydon was thrown off his stride when a woman in the front row started chanting his name. After chastising her for putting him off, he quickly corrected himself and seemed to be appreciating the attention. As embarrassing as it must have been getting reprimanded from John in front of the entire audience, it was also a little disconcerting seeing this punk legend laughing and smiling when enjoying the attention he received. There were no more chants of his name after that point onward, however, just in case.
The British post-punk rockers are currently touring in support of their album, What The World Needs Now, which came out in July of this year.