PUBLIC IMAGE LTD (PiL): To Release ‘What The World Needs Now’ On September 4

PUBLIC IMAGE LTD (PiL) have announced they’ll release WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW…–their 10th studio album–on Friday, September 4, 2015. The 11-track album follows the huge critical success of 2012’s ‘This is PiL’, the band’s first album in 17 years.

Album opener and lead single ‘Double Trouble’ sees the band launching into a statement of intent that will be released on August 21. The 10″ vinyl version will be backed by “Bettie Page” and also come with an additional bonus track which is not on the album, “Turkey Tits.”

Commenting on the new album, JOHN LYDON says, “Buy now while stocks last.”

Widely regarded as one of the most innovative and influential bands of all time, PiL’s music and vision earned them 5 UK Top 20 singles and 5 UK Top 20 albums. With a shifting line-up and unique sound, JOHN LYDON guided the band from their debut album First Issue in 1978 through to 1992’s That What Is Not. After a 17 year hiatus, LYDON reactivated PiL in 2009 by taking them back on the road worldwide.

Last year, the band returned to Steve Winwood’s Wincraft studio in the Cotswolds’ to record the new album. Set for release on September 4, WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW… precedes the start of the group’s 23-date UK/Europe tour, which kicks off in Glasgow on September 18 and follows on from last year’s one-off sold-out show at London’s Indigo at the 02 (all dates below). The UK/Europe tour will be followed by a North American fall tour to be announced soon. Tickets go on general sale at 9:00 am on Thursday, May 21, following a pre-sale at 9:00 am on Tuesday, May 19 and Wednesday, May 20. See for all ticket links.

WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW… is self-funded by PiL and will be released on PiL’s own label titled ‘PiL Official’ and distributed in the UK via Cargo UK Distribution and in North America through Redeye.



JOHN LYDON: After fronting the Sex Pistols, John Lydon formed Public Image Ltd in 1978.  Outside of PiL John has released several solo records and collaborations. He also brings quality TV to the masses and has recently released the autobiography ‘Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored’.


LU EDMONDS: Multi instrumentalist and former guitarist in The Damned, Lu joined PiL in 1986 recording and playing on the album ‘Happy?’ and co-writing the  album ‘9’, adding yet another dimension to the PiL sound.


BRUCE SMITH: Drummer in The Pop Group and formerly of The Slits Bruce became percussionist for PiL in 1986 playing and recording on the albums ‘Happy?’ and ‘9’. Seen as a drumming virtuoso, Bruce brought his unique style into the fold.


SCOTT FIRTH: A bass player/multi instrumentalist that has collaborated and played with a variety of top musicians and bands including Steve Winwood, John Martyn and Elvis Costello.


DOUBLE TROUBLE 10″ Vinyl Single:


A-side:        “Double Trouble”

B-side:         “Bettie Page”

 “Turkey Tits”


WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW album Track Listing:


1. “Double Trouble”

2. “Know Now”

3. “Bettie Page”

4. “C’est La Vie”

5. “Spice of Choice”

6. “The One”

7. “Big Blue Sky”

8. “Whole Life Time”

9. “I’m Not Satisfied”

10. “Corporate”

11. “Shoom”


Following are the U.K. and Europe tour dates for PUBLIC IMAGE LTD. Expect fall 2015 North American dates to be announced soon.


Fri9/18Glasgow, Scotland02 ABC
Sat9/19Manchester, UKAcademy
Sun9/20Newcastle, UKRiverside
Tue9/22York, UKFibbers
Wed9/23Coventry, UKThe Copper Rooms @ Warwick University
Fri9/25Bristol, UK02 Academy
Sat9/26Buckley, WalesTivoli
Sun9/27Reading, UKSub 89
Tue9/29Bexhill, UKDe La Warr Pavilion
Wed9/30Norwich, UKUEA
Fri10/2London, UK02 Shepherds Bush Empire
Sat10/3Frome, UKCheese and Grain
Sun10/4Southampton, UKEngine Rooms
 Tue 10/6 Paris, FRLe Trianon
 Wed10/7Amsterdam, NLParadiso
 Fri10/9Lausanne, CH Les Docks
 Sat10/10 Venice, IT Rivolta
 Sun 10/11 Milan, ITMagazzini Generali
 Tue10/13Mannheim, DE Alte Seilerei
 Wed10/14Ludwigsburg, DERockfabrik
 Thur10/15Berlin, DEColumbia Theatre
 Sat10/17Bochum, DEZeche
 Sun10/18Antwerp, BE Trix


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