Did I like the Sex Pistols - hell they were the epitome of punk, their music well I like their hits and tone, its all a great atittude.
So moving on PIL (Public Image Limited), was given the opportunity to go and see them last night as part of their 40th anniversary tour as my neighbor had a spare ticket. Didnt really know what to expect music wise and hell John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotton) total legend in my mind. Very intelligent perspective from the left anarchic field, Im more of an agnostic survivor regarding politics "a real life coconut shy" where it all seems weighted and fixed, but often you see someone benefiting just to get the punters confidence!
Was quite a small gig (around 300 people) not overly packed and an older crowd, fitted in well and saw 5 or 6 faces I knew from over the years past to present (30+ years). So that was quite an eye opener. Not many punks prevalent, not visually anyway but I am sure mentally yes, quite an age range with probably 80%+ of the crowd male.
Was right at the front, sound system WOW...I laughed with my mate that the kick drum looked small on the drum kit, that statement was laid to rest once the band cranked up. The support act was out of keeping with the main event, but seemed to be a last minute arrangement from what he said and wasn't advertised. So Miles Hunt did some of his acoustic stuff, very folky, not that I minded it but not really a relevant warm up for the crowd.
Anyway I really have digressed.
PIL Loud, Bass, Guitarist was fucking awesome; swapped between several guitars, including what looked like a sitar with two pedal boards that were about 5 foot by 3 foot each. My head got some motion as it all warmed up and Lydons familiar anarchic vocals were remarkable. For his age and consistency it was a great show, superb act! All be it had his grandad glasses on with lyrics on a large folder/filofax in front of him!? Not so anarchic!
What got me was the live version of Death Disco, Ive scoured around to try and find the version they played last night. The guitarist had an effect which had a manic techno style stab playing constantly through it whilst the drummer banged the 4 to the floor beat, with the bass bins throwing my gut about 2 meters back and the grey hairs on my head resonating as the airwaves soared past my ears. There were 4 fucking huge PAs about 4 foot away from my nose...I have a relatively short nose!
Left with ears ringing and a smile on the face as the encore finale played Rise and the final Fuck off and bollox track "those were the lyrics" lol. So all good.
All I can say is if you fancy 90 mins of seeing a legend, getting your anarchic head on, listen to pure pro muscians entertaining. Grab yourselve a ticket to this gig. Even if its simply to see the guitarist (Lu Edmonds).
Anger is an energy
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