John Lydon’s Back – Inside This Week’s NME

Has a 20 year wait for a new PiL album mellowed John Lydon? What do you think? Yep, the biggest gob in music is back, and he’s just as pissed off and antagonistic as ever. On the government: “Two cunts for the price of one”. On society: “It’s about to go off like a bomb.” On Simon Cowell: “Poisonous, bitter and evil.” As he says on the cover, “Who can I offend here? There’s always, someone…”

Also in this issue, is it true that there’s a secret Kurt Cobain solo album recorded? Nevermind producer Butch Vig sets the record straight, while Courtney Love talks up the possibility of a bona-fide Hole reunion. Big.

As well as that, Mumford & Sons speak exclusively to NME about their huge summer plans, and why they’ve decided to hold their very own festival, The Maccabees take us inside their trippy new side-project, and we report from Coachella 2012, where Azealia Banks, Arctic Monkeys, Noel Gallagher and Radiohead were amongst the massive names doing their thing in the desert.

Oh, and if you didn’t know, Tupac has come back from the dead! Well, sort of. We talk to the man behind the hologram and find out who he’s planning on reanimating next.

All that plus the week’s biggest albums reviewed and rate and the UK’s biggest and best gig guide.

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