PUBLIC IMAGE Ltd  – ” End Of The World “

Posted: April 11, 2023 in MUSIC

Public Image Ltd have announced their first new album in eight years and an accompanying UK tour for later in the year.

The band decided to continue plans to announce their 11th studio album and first album in 8 years, “End of World”, following the sad passing of John’s wife of more than 4 decades, Nora Forster, on 5th April. “End of World” will be released on 11th August 2023 on PiL Official via Cargo UK Distribution, followed by a 38-date UK and European Tour.

Earlier this year, PiL released “Hawaii”, the most personal piece of song writing and accompanying artwork that John Lydon has ever shared. The song is a love letter to John’s wife Nora, who passed away from Alzheimer’s. A pensive, personal yet universal love song that has resonated with many since its release in January, the song sees John reflecting on their lifetime well spent and in particular one of their happiest moments together in Hawaii. John said, “Nora loved the album, she wouldn’t have wanted us to postpone it or change any of our plans.”

Previously he has said of “Hawaii”, “It is dedicated to everyone going through tough times on the journey of life, with the person they care for the most.

PiL is widely regarded as one of the most innovative and influential bands of all time. PiL’s music and vision has earned them 5 UK Top 20 singles and 5 UK Top 20 albums. With a shifting line-up and unique sound – fusing rock, dance, folk, pop and dub – Lydon guided the band from their debut album “First Issue” in 1978 through to 1992’s “That What Is Not”, before a 17 year hiatus. Lydon reactivated PiL in 2009, touring extensively worldwide and releasing two critically acclaimed albums “This is PiL” in 2012 followed by their 10th studio album “What The World Needs Now”… in 2015, and picked up fantastic acclaim from both press and public. “What The World Needs Now”… was self-funded by PiL and released on their own label ‘PiL Official’ via Cargo UK Distribution. In 2018 PiL celebrated their 40th anniversary with a career-spanning box set and documentary, both called ‘The Public Image Is Rotten’, and a 32-date UK/Europe tour, plus dates in Japan. John Lydon, Lu Edmonds, Scott Firth and Bruce Smith continue as PiL. They are the longest stable line-up in the band’s history and continue to challenge and thrive. 

The new album, titled ‘End Of World’, is set for release on August 11th and is dedicated to frontman John Lydon‘s late wife Nora Forster, who died last week at the age of 80. She had been living with Alzheimer’s disease for five years and Lydon had been her full-time carer.‘End Of World’ features the song ‘Hawaii’ as its closing track, The band had used the song in their bid to represent Ireland at this year’s  Eurovision Song Contest, but they lost out to Dublin quarter Wild Youth.

To coincide with the announcement, Public Image Ltd. released the album’s opening track, ‘Penge’, which John has described as “something of a mediaeval Viking epic.”

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