Photos: John Lydon, Public Image Ltd. bring post-punk power to St. Petersburg's State Theatre
"I've been at this 40 f---ing years," John Lydon said at the outset of Public Image Ltd.'s concert on Friday at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg.
Indeed, few rockers have more experience with the genre known as post-punk than the erstwhile Johnny Rotten, who first foited Public Image Ltd. on the public in 1978. And in his case, the term "post-punk" couldn't be more literal -- PIL was Lydon's band directly after the brief, volatile and iconic run of the Sex Pistols, and he's stuck largely with them ever since.
Public Image Ltd.'s dubby, jittery, at times avant garde noise never made as much headway in the states as it did in Europe, but that didn't stop a healthy crowd of aging punks and alterna-heads from turning out at the State.
"How many tourists in here?" said the chatty Lydon, wearing a striped inmate's jumpsuit reading "CRAIGHEAD COUNTY JUVENILE" on the back. "Tourists are alright. They bring money. I am a a tourist."
Click the headline of this post for a slideshow of PIL's brief but memorable spin through the Sunshine City.
-- Jay Cridlin
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