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John Lydon reveals new Public Image Ltd album title

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John Lydon and Public Image Ltd (PiL) performing live at Club Nokia

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John Lydon has said that the upcoming Public Image Ltd album will probably be called This Is PiL.

The Sex Pistols frontman's second band reformed in 2009 for a series of live shows to fund the follow-up to 1992's That What Is Not.

"It is probably going to be called This is PiL basically because it is, it is all the work, effort and energy we put into this record," Lydon told BBC 6 Music.

The projected release date for the 12-track album is early spring 2012, and a subsequent UK and European tour is also being planned.



Lydon continued: "I was always full of ideas, but I had to wait until I had enough money to release an album.

"Everybody thinks I made such a fortune with the Sex Pistols. Well, unfortunately that is not true, to make this record we had to tour extensively for two years."

Lydon initially hoped to release the album before the end of 2010, but it was delayed after the death of his stepdaughter, Slits frontwoman Arianna 'Ari-Up' Forster.



He later started the album from scratch after his lyrics got destroyed when his house caught fire.

Lydon founded Public Image Ltd in 1978 with bassist Jah Wobble, short-lived Clash guitarist Keith Levene and drummer Jim Walker.

Walker left the group ahead of 1979's Metal Box and Wobble departed before 1981's Flowers of Romance.

Ex-Magazine, Visage and Siouxsie and the Banshees guitarist John McGeoch played in PiL from 1986 until their split in 1992. He died in his sleep aged 48, in 2004.



The current Public Image Ltd lineup features Lydon together with ex-Damned guitarist Lu Edmunds, former Pop Group drummer Bruce Smith and Spice Girls reunion tour musician Scott Firth.

Wobble claimed last year that Lydon had approached him about PiL's reunion but added that he rebuffed the approach because "reformation is a risky thing" for him.

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