Lydon will appear as King Herod in the touring production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical, alongside Incubus‘ Brandon Boyd as Judas and Destiny Child’s Michelle Williams as Mary. ‘N Sync’s JC Chasez will play Pontius Pilate. The 50-date tour will start on June 9 in New Orleans, reports AP.
Meanwhile, last month Incubus frontman Boyd responded after a contestant from The Real World took out a restraining order against him. Svetlana Shusterman, who featured in US reality show Real World 17: Key West, claimed that Boyd has been stalking her for years and that he has threatened her life. TMZ reported that Shusterman has obtained a restraining order against the musician and that he must stay 100 yards away from her pending a court case this month.
The frontman’s spokesperson says he has no knowledge of the reality TV star and has no relationship with her. “Brandon has been advised about this but doesn’t know anything about it. He doesn’t know this person nor does he recall ever having met her.”
As well as appearing in Jesus Christ Superstar John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) is to publish a new autobiography this year. The hardback version of the book will hit shelves in October and will be written by Lydon along with music journalist Andrew Perry. “This book is basically about the life of a serious risk-taker,” Lydon said. “I make things safe for other people to follow on in my wake. I’m a stand-up-and-be-counted fella – but that’s in a world where nobody seems to be able to count.” The as-yet untitled autobiography will follow Lydon’s 1994 book Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs.