After spending the mid-1970s repeatedly slapping the Queen with the knobby end of his spit-soaked Sex Pistol, pioneering British punk John Lydon (AKA Johnny Rotten) decided to take a break from all that endlessly snarling controversy.
So he started Public Image LTD in 1978. "[The original idea was] not to run into the scandal side of journalism," Lydon recently told Rolling Stone. "To make the music and the message therein more important than the press scandalization, which [Sex Pistols manager] Malcolm McLaren loved."
And as a result of this drama-free philosophy, Lydon and PiL lasted 14 years before breaking up. (That's almost five times the Pistols' life span.) But now Public Image LTD is reunited, releasing new noise like This Is PiL, and touring across our continent.
See the cut for Public Image LTD's full 2012 North American tour schedule, including an October 5 gig at Grand Central, which will be PiL's first South Florida show in 20 years.
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Public Image LTD 2012 North American Tour Schedule
October 3 Firestone Live, Orlando, FL
October 5 Grand Central, Miami, FL
October 6 Cuban Club, Ybor City, FL
October 8 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
October 9 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
October 11 Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
October 12 Upstate Concert Hall,Clifton Park, NY
October 13 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY
October 15 Royale Boston, Boston, MA
October 16 Club Soda, Montreal, QC
October 18 The Opera House, Toronto, ON
October 19 Royal Oak Music Theatre, Detroit, MI
October 21 House of Blues, Chicago, IL
October 22 Mill City Nights, Minneapolis, MN
October 25 Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
October 28 Club NOKIA, Los Angeles, CA
November 1 Granada Theater, Dallas, TX
November 3 FunFunFun Festival, Austin, TX
Public Image LTD. Friday, October 5. Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets cost $30 plus fees via fla.vor.us. Call 305-377-2277 or visit grandcentralmiami.com.