John Lydon loses Public Image Ltd. songs after his house burns down

Lydon also describes working with PiL as 'the most difficult thing I've ever had to do in my entire life'

John Lydon has revealed that he has lost some of the new songs he has written for Public Image Ltd. after his house burned down.

Speaking to BBC News, the singer told of how he was in Italy when his wife called to tell him their house had burned down.

He said:

I was in Italy. My wife rang me up just before we were going on stage. She said ‘Oh John, I don’t want to disturb you. The house has burnt down.’ I hadn’t been in the house for two years. First time I tried to get the house clean it goes up in flames.


The singer then told reporters that he had lost several songs he had written for the new album of Public Image Ltd., saying of this: “Welcome to Rotten world.”

He added that hearing his wife Nora Forster was unharmed from the fire “was the best news I’ve ever had in my whole life” and that the destruction of the house “doesn’t matter”.

Lydon also said working with Public Image Ltd. “has been the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to do in my entire life”.

The singer had previously said that the band were in a studio which is “in the outskirts of nowhere”, working on their first album since 1992’s ‘That What Is Not’.