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Public Image Limited; 40 Years and Still Going Strong

Headlining bands don’t come much bigger or more influential than Public Image Limited. Almost 40 years after their creation, John Lydon’s ‘Grand Finale’ is still going strong. With their film ‘The Public Image Is Rotten’ currently doing the rounds, John’s book ‘Anger Is An Energy’ still available in the shops, and a new album on the way, it doesn’t look like there’s going to be any finale any time soon, this train is still rolling along, still doing its own thing, and still entertaining audiences worldwide. I caught up with Bass Guitarist Lu Edmonds and asked him a few questions about their forthcoming appearance at Rebellion Festival, Blackpool.

Why do you think festivals like Rebellion are important?

People have to connect with other humans, it’s what punk did, it made people experience things together. Punk is about sharing.


When did you last play at Rebellion?

I’ve only played once, and that was with PiL about 5 or 6 years ago, it’s such an interesting event. So many people, old and young, there’s everybody there, all dressed up to the nines, like the pearly kings and queens of Blackpool, it’s great.”


Will you be staying for all 4 nights of the festival?

No, unfortunately not, we’re just off to Italy now and we are busy recording a new album


When will the new album be coming out?

In due course. We don’t do anything by schedule. We do have the film out at the minute, I would definitely recommend it not just because I’m in it, but because it’s such an interesting film. But yes, there’s a box set out now too, all of our work up to 2015, so it’s all happening.


I find a pint or 2 of water reduces a bad hangover, what is your miracle hangover cure?

Not drinking (laughs)


Who would you most love to see perform at Rebellion, true or fantasy?

That’s difficult really, but who I would really love to see there but it can’t happen, is Captain Beefheart from around sort of circa 1967-68. I’d love to see that, and the faces of the fans in the audience, priceless. It can’t happen, but you can dream. I wish someone, some oligarch would just come along and go ‘There you are, there’s £100 million’ to make it a permanent event like Warren Hellman of the Mayonnaise company did for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco. That would be wonderful.”


Who are you listening to right now?

I listen to a lot of stuff, a lot of non-rock, all sorts. But right now I’m listening to Black Midi, they’re great. Last night I was listening to some Congolese music, Ferooz from Tanzania, Iranian music from the 1970’s, and of course, my other band Yat-kha.  I’m a fan of North American Native Indian music myself, it’s great for chilling out to. “I love Northern Cree, the song ‘Redskin Girl’ it’s so punk, it’s more punk than punk is.


Feature Image Photo by Viliam Hrubovcak / PiL Official Ltd 2010

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