John Lydon: ‘One Direction can really sing, fair play to them’

Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd star discusses the TV talent show-formed boy band

Former Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon has admitted he’s somewhat partial to the music of boy band One Direction.

The pop group – consisting of Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson – formed in 2010 after finishing third place in X-Factor. The band’s fifth member Zayn Malik parted ways with the group in March.

Speaking to The Sun ahead of his band Public Image Ltd.‘s new album, titled ‘What The World Needs Now…’, Lydon was quizzed on his thoughts regarding the pop chart-toppers.


“The thing with those boys is, they can really sing. Fair play to them,” Lydon is quoted as saying.

He added: “I’m never going to put another artist down. Anyone who wants to make music is all right by me.”


Lydon’s post-punk group PiL will release their tenth studio record, titled ‘What The World Needs Now…’, on September 4, preceded by lead single ‘Double Trouble’ on August 21.

The singer recently described the band’s new album as “timeless” and “ahead of the pack”.

The band have also announced details of an upcoming tour of the UK and Europe. Lydon and co will kick off a 23-date stretch in Glasgow during September, before playing Manchester, Bristol, London and other major cities.

PiL will then play several Europeans dates, with North American shows to be announced. See their live schedule in full below.


Public Image Ltd will play:

Glasgow 02 ABC (September 18)
Manchester Academy (19)
Newcastle Riverside (20)
York Fibbers (22)
Coventry Warwick University (23)
Bristol 02 Academy (25)
Buckley Tivoli (26)
Reading Sub 89 (27)
Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion (29)
Norwich UEA (30)
London 02 Shepherds Bush Empire (October 2)
Frome Cheese and Grain (3)
Southampton Engine Rooms (4)