Public Image Ltd at Fibbers

On Tuesday, John Lydon and his band PiL (Public Image Ltd) played a sold out show at Fibbers. The show was packed to the rafters with eager fans of all ages waiting to see a punk legend return to the stage.

By Jane Howkins
Photos by Andy Arygle

Surprisingly there was no support act, but then again perhaps such a legend doesn’t need the crowd warming up for him. They took to the stage just after 8.30pm, and played a long set full of old PiL classics and newer tunes. They started off with new track Double Trouble, before plunging into a set that was taken mostly from their latest offerings This is PiL (released in 2012), and What The World Needs Now… (released last month).


Interestingly, Lydon never actually mentioned the new album or the song titles, despite obviously being on tour to promote the new album. Crowd favourites included This Is Not A Love Song, and Disappointed, which were played very early on.


Lydon’s stage banter and witticisms about York and the audience were well placed. At one point, someone in the audience decided to start a Leeds United chant, and was shot down by Lydon saying “I’ve always considered myself a York City fan, personally”, to which the crowd cheered.


Near the end of the set, the band disappeared off stage for a long period of time. While it was thought there was an encore coming, a few people seemed to leave as they thought the show was over. However, Lydon and the band returned later looking a lot cooler and less sweaty, and played through a few more songs including Public Image.

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PiL played well and put on a great show, and the crowd enjoyed themselves in spite of the heat in the venue. It’ll be great to see John and his band return soon and play some more of their hits for the people of York.


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Public Image Ltd played at Fibbers on Tuesday 22 March 2015