WIN: Tickets to see ex Sex Pistol John Lydon at Sheffield Corporation

John Lydon on stage with Public Image Limited
John Lydon on stage with Public Image Limited
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PUNK rock superstar John Lydon - the voice of the Sex Pistols - is back with his revived other band Public Image Limited at Sheffield’s Corporation on Monday.

And we’ve got tickets to see old motor mouth in action.

Expect a fascinating, scary, random and bonkers night with one of music’s most eclectic minds.

The 55-year-old singer songwriter and TV presenter, who in his youth was better known as Johnny Rotten - due to his then infamous lack of oral hygiene - was lead singer of punk band the Sex Pistols from 1975 until 1978.

A highly controversial figure, who has vocalised his contempt for the British Royal Family as well as other contentious issues such as segregated education, he was largely seen as the figurehead of the punk movement

He penned singles including Anarchy in the UK, God Save the Queen and Holidays in the Sun.

The Sex Pistols are now regarded as one of the most influential acts in the history of popular music and Lydon is without doubt a musical icon.

He now fronts post-punk band Public Image Ltd, or PiL, which he founded from 1978 until 1993, then again since 2009.

Lydon appeared in an advertising campaign for Country Life butter to raise money to reform PiL from the ground-up without a record deal, he says.

Since returning at the end of 2009 for their first shows in 17-years Lydon, guitarist Lu Edmonds, drummer Bruce Smith and bass player Scott Firth have earned critical and public acclaim for their live performances, with many British media outlets championing them as the shows of the year.

Although never as commercially successful as the Pistols, the band have produced eight albums and a string of singles, including Death Disco, Rise and Disappointed.

Lydon has more recently written an autobiography and produced some solo musical work, such as the album Psycho’s Path. He hosted a number of television shows in the UK, USA and Belgium - also appearing on I’m A Celebrity in 2004.

He proved he still has the capability to shock by verbally abusing the show’s viewers in a live broadcast - resulting in many complaints about his bad language.

But for all he’s done he says he’s not entirely comfortable with the tag of ‘legend’..

Lyndon, who promises Monday’s show in Sheffield will be a “joyous agnostic experience”, said: “A legend to me would be Churchill during the war, or Nelson, I don’t know if I fit in that company.

“I don’t view it like that. I haven’t done anywhere near enough. I’m only 50 years young and I don’t view myself as a legend or an icon.

Guarantee your place at the Corporation show - tickets are £25, may include a booking fee. Try the venue in Milton Street, visit or buy from The Arena Ticket Shop, which also sells for many other venues on 0114 256 5656 and at

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