Public Image Ltd announce new album ‘What The World Needs Now…’ and tour

John Lydon's band release their tenth album in September

Public Image Ltd. will release their 10th studio album later this year.

The John Lydon-led group will follow up 2012’s ‘This is PiL’ with a new effort, titled ‘What The World Needs Now…’, on September 4. The album was recorded at Spencer Davis Group member Steve Winwood’s Wincraft studio in the Cotswolds and was self-funded by the band themselves.

Commenting on the album in a press release, Lydon simply said, “Buy now while stocks last.”


PiL will precede the album with lead single ‘Double Trouble’ on August 21. Released on 10-inch vinyl, the track will be backed by B-side ‘Bettie Page’ and bonus track ‘Turkey Tits’.

The ‘What The World Needs Now…’ tracklisting is as follows:

‘Double Trouble’
‘Know Now’
‘Betty Page’
‘C’est La Vie’
‘Spice Of Choice’
‘The One’
‘Big Blue Sky’
‘Whole Life Time’
‘I’m Not Satisfied’

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)
Paris Le Trianon(6)
Amsterdam Paradiso (7)
Lausanne Les Docks (9)
Venice Rivolta (10)
Milan Magazzini Generali (11)
Mannheim Alte Seilerei (13)
Ludwigsburg Rockfabrik (14)
Berlin Columbia Theatre (15)
Bochum Zeche (17)
Antwerp Trix (18)

Former Sex Pistols frontman Lydon published his second autobiography Anger Is An Energy last year. He recently discussed rumours of being honoured by the Queen and his standing as a so-called “national treasure”. Lydon told NPR, “I’ve heard the rumours. Oh, they’re trying to give me an OBE or an MBE or whatever that is. Nope, not interested… You wouldn’t say that [I’m a national treasure] if you saw the state of my underpants, I tell you. Let’s be honest.”