The upcoming North American tour by Public Image Ltd. may not include the exact lineup of the group many fans were clamoring for, but that’s unlikely to ruffle John Lydon’s feathers. The singer is using the Stateside jaunt to fund a new PiL album, which he is planning to record after the dates wrap up.
“We’ve got no backing – no record company, no sponsors, nothing like that,” he said in an interview with Billboard. “The only way we can make money is the touring, and then we can make a new album. It’s sort of like the old days of PiL, when the [Sex] Pistols went kaput; I had to scrimp and scrape out of my own pocket. Not much has changed.”
The tour begins at Coachella on April 16, and will draw from material from throughout the band’s checkered career. But Lydon already has new material lined up. “I never stop writing,” he continued. “Most of my influences have never really come from a musical act. It tends to be things like the poetic beat of a newscast.”