John Lydon on coining ‘Sid Vicious’ nickname & becoming a U.S. citizen

The Public Image Ltd frontman is still angry after all these years, but he confesses to Kurt Loder: “Sometimes, I do have a romantic heart.”

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October 23, 2018

Johnny Rotten has been dead since 1978, the year the Sex Pistols broke up. That year, John Lydon, the artist formerly known as Johnny Rotten, reclaimed his birth name to form Public Image Ltd (PiL). Forty years later, the post-punk effort is still going strong, despite a relatively high turnover of band members, and is the topic of a new documentary, The Public Image Is Rotten.

Hear SiriusXM host Kurt Loder interview the rocker On Demand now on VOLUME (Ch. 106).

Watch video highlights of the interview.

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John Lydon on coining the nickname Sid Vicious