John Lydon

Rock Singer

John Lydon was born in Holloway, England, United Kingdom on January 31st, 1956 and is the Rock Singer. At the age of 68, John Lydon biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Date of Birth
January 31, 1956
United Kingdom
Place of Birth
Holloway, England, United Kingdom
68 years old
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$500 Thousand
Actor, Guitarist, Lyricist, Record Producer, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Television Presenter
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John Lydon Career


Lydon was one of a group of youths hanging around Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood's fetish clothing store SEX in 1975. McLaren had reformed from a brief time with the American protopunk band the New York Dolls, and he was promoting the Sex Pistols, a new band formed by Steve Jones, Glen Matlock, and Paul Cook. McLaren was captivated by Lydon's ragged appearance and unique sense of style, particularly his orange hair and a modified Pink Floyd T-shirt (with the band members' eyes scratched out and the band's logo over the band's logo). Lydon was chosen frontman by accident after playing Alice Cooper's "I'm Eighteen" to the accompaniment of the shop's jukebox. During the week of Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee, the band released "God Save the Queen" in 1977. "Touch the other cheek and you get a razor through it," Lydon said at the time, August 1977. During the media stir over the single, Lydon and producer Bill Price and Chris Thomas were subjected to a razor attack outside a pub in Highbury, London.

Lydon was into dub music. During a radio interview, McLaren was said to have been furious when Lydon revealed that his influences included progressive experimentalists such as Magma, Can, Captain Beefheart, and Van der Graaf Generator. Lydon and bassist Glen Matlock's tensions arose. The reasons for this are conflicted, but Lydon wrote in his autobiography that Matlock was "always going on about nice things like the Beatles." Matlock claimed in his own autobiography that McLaren orchestrated the majority of the band's tensions, as well as between him and Lydon. Matlock resigned, and Lydon recommended John Simon Ritchie, who used the stage name Sid Vicious, as a replacement. Despite Ritchie's incompetence as a bassist, McLaren agreed that he had the look the band wanted: pale, emaciated, spike-haired, with ripped clothing and a constant sneer. The Sex Pistols' 1977 debut of their first and most popular studio album, Never Mind the Bollocks.... The Sex Pistols were released in 1977.

Vicious' tumultuous friendship with girlfriend Nancy Spence, as well as his growing heroin use, created a lot of tension among the band members, especially with Lydon, whose sarcastic remarks often exacerbated the situation. Lydon concluded the last Sid Vicious-era Sex Pistols concert in San Francisco's Winterland in January 1978 with a rhetorical question to the audience: "You've been cheated?" McLaren, Jones, and Cook followed Ronnie Biggs, a former train robber, to Brazil just short of meeting and recording. Lydon refused to proceed, dismissing the idea as a whole and feeling that they were attempting to make a hero out of a criminal who assaulted a train driver and looo stolen "working class money."

In Julian Temple's satirical pseudo-biographical film The Sex Pistols' disintegration was chronicled, in which Jones, Cook, and Vicious played separate characters. Matlock appeared in a previously shot live video and as an animation but did not participate personally. Lydon refused to have anything to do with it, saying that McLaren had much too much power over the initiative. Though Lydon was extremely critical of the film, he agreed to let Temple direct the Sex Pistols documentary The Filth and the Fury, which also included new interviews with the band members' faces obscured in silhouette and a bizarrely emotional Lydon coughing up as he addressed Vicious's decline and death. In the introduction to his autobiography, Rotten – No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs – Lydon had previously condemned previous journalistic works concerning the Sex Pistols, which he described as "as close to the truth as one can get."

In the 2022 Craig Pearce - Danny Boyle FX biographical drama miniseries Pistol, Anson Boon portrays Lydon.

Lydon founded Public Image Ltd., a post-punk company founded in 1978 (PiL). The band's first lineup included bassist Jah Wobble and former Clash guitarist Keith Levene. They released the following titles: First Issue (1978), Metal Box (1979), and Paris au Printemps (1980). 'Wobble left, and Lydon and Levene created The Flowers of Romance (1981). This Is What You Want: This Is What You Want... This Is What You Get (1984), starring Martin Atkins (he had also appeared on Metal Box and The Flowers of Romance); the film's biggest hit, "This Is Not a Love Song," debuted on No. 10. In 1983, there were 5th in the UK Singles Chart, the highest ranking in the UK Singles Chart.

Lydon co-starred with Harvey Keitel in 1983's film Copkiller, which was also released as Corrupt and The Order of Death. He had a small part in the 2000 film The Independent.

Lydon was a member of Time Zone in 1984. "World Destruction" was their single "World Destruction" at the time. This was a first example of "rap rock" and was a joint venture between Lydon, Afrika Bambaataa, and producer/bassist Bill Laswell. The song appears on Bambaataa's 1997 compilation album Zulu Groove, and was arranged by Laswell after Lydon and Bambaataa showed their admiration for each other's work in an interview from 1984: '84: In an interview from 1984:'s 1984 Bambaataa.'

Bernie Worrell, Nicky Skopelitis, and Ayb Dieng were among the artists on PiL's Album; Laswell played bass and produced. Public Image Ltd launched Album in 1986 (also known as Compact Disc and Cassette, depending on the model). The majority of the tracks were written by Lydon and Bill Laswell, and the performers, including bassist Jonas Hellborg, guitarist Steve Valiant, and Cream drummer Ginger Baker, were session musicians, including bassist Jonas Hellborg, guitarist Steve Vay, and Cream drummer Ginger Baker.

In 1987, a new line-up was formed consisting of Lydon, former Siouxsie and the Banshees guitarist John McGeoch, Allan Dias on bass guitar in lieu of drummer Bruce Smith and Lu Edmunds.

This line-up released Happy?

Except Lu Edmunds, the album 9 was released in 1989. Curt Bisquera on drums and Gregg Arguen on rhythm guitar were on two tracks and Jimmie Wood on harmonica on 1992. For the film Point Break, Lydon, McGeoch, and Dias composed the song "Criminal." Lydon put PiL on indefinite hiatus after this album in 1993.

Rotten, No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs was published in 1993, Lydon's first autobiography, Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs. Keith and Kent Zimmerman's service, as well as contributions from celebrities such as Paul Cook, Chrissie Hynde, Billy Idol, and Don Letts, chronicled his life up until the Sex Pistols' demise. Decribing the book, he said that it is "as near to the truth as one can get," referring to events from the inside. All of the people in this book were present, and this book is as much their point of view as it is mine. This means that inconsistencies and insults have not been edited, and no one has been given the compliments, if any. I have no time for lies or fantasies, and neither should you. "Live or die," says the author. Lydon said in December 2005 that he was working on a second autobiography to cover the PiL years.

Lydon hosted Rotten Day, a daily syndicated US radio feature created by George Gimarc in the mid-1990s. The show was a look back at events in popular music and culture that were on the particular broadcast calendar date, for which Lydon would give cynical commentary. The series was originally intended as a radio receiver for Gimarc's book Punk Diary 1970–79, but after bringing Lydon on board, it was expanded to include events from the second half of the twentieth century.

Lydon's Pathway, a 1997 album on Virgin Records, was released. He wrote all the songs and played all of the instruments; for one song ("Sun"), he sang the vocals through a toilet roll; The US version featured a Chemical Brothers remix of the song "Open Up" by Leftfield with vocals by Lydon, which was a club hit in the United States and a big hit in the United Kingdom. Lydon has recorded a second solo album, but it hasn't been released, save for one song that appeared on The Best of British £1 Notes. Lydon appeared on Judge Judy in November 1997, fighting a complaint brought by his former tour drummer Robert Williams for breach of employment, assault, and battery.

Lydon appeared on the British reality television show I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, which took place in Australia in January 2004. During a live broadcast, he demonstrated that he could still shock the show's viewers by screaming "fucking cunts." Only 91 reports regarding Lydon's language were submitted by the television authority and ITV, the channel broadcasting the show.

Lydon said in a February 2004 interview with the Scottish Sunday Mirror that he and his wife "should be dead" after they missed the Pan Am Flight 103, which was blown up over Lockerbie, Scotland, due to delays caused by his wife's packing.

He made a film about insects and spiders called John Lydon's Megabugs, which was seen on Discovery Channel. He was described by Radio Times as "more an enthusiast than an expert." He presented two new shows: John Lydon Goes Ape, in which he searched for gorillas in Central Africa; and John Lydon's Shark Attack, in which he swam with sharks off the coast of South Africa.

Lydon was featured in a 'Country Life' butter advertisement on British television in late 2008. Lydon defended the move by stating that the main reason he accepted the bid was to raise funds to rebuild Public Image Ltd without a contract. The media campaign was extremely fruitful, with sales of the brand up 85% in the quarter after, which many in the media attributed to Lydon's presence in the advertisement.

Despite Lydon's years of denying that the Sex Pistols would perform together again, the group reunited (with Matlock returning on bass) in the 1990s and continues to tour occasionally. The Sex Pistols reformed in 2002, the year of Queen Elizabeth's Golden Jubilee, and they returned to London's Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. They travelled around North America for three weeks in 2003 as part of their 'Piss Off Tour'. From 2007 to 2008, more performances took place in Europe.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted the Sex Pistols in 2006, but the band refused to attend or acknowledge the induction, claiming that they had been charged with substantial sums of money to attend.

It was revealed in September 2009 that PiL would reform, including former members Bruce Smith and Lu Edmonds, for a number of Christmas concerts in the United Kingdom. Lydon funded the reunion with money he earned doing a Country Life butter commercial in the United Kingdom. "The money that I earned from that has now been converted completely, lock stock and barrel, into a reforming PiL," Lydon said.

Despite demonstrations, Lydon played with Public Image Ltd. in Tel Aviv, Israel, in August 2010. Lydon was chastised for a statement to The Independent newspaper, in which he wrote: "I actually resent the assumption that I'm going to play to right-wing Nazi Jews." If Elvis-fucking-Costello wants to get out of a gig in Israel because he's now showing this concern for Palestinians, then good on him.

But I have absolutely one rule, right?

I can't imagine how anyone can have a problem with how they're handled until I see an Arab country, a Muslim country with a democracy.

In an interview, Lydon explained in October 2013 that he had to clarify it in October 2013.

Lydon was involved in a television interview for The Project, which culminated in a publicized scandal, as he was branded "a flat out, sexist, misogynist pig" by one of the panelists on the Australian program. The altercation took place with host Carrie Bickmore, and panelist Andrew Rochford gave the account account after Bickmore's colleague Dave Hughes' prematurely ended the interview. Lydon conducted the interview from Brisbane while on PiL's first tour of Australia in twenty years, first announced in December 2012 and held in Sydney and Melbourne.

For Andrew Lloyd Webber's rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar's North American arena tour, Lydon was conceived as King Herod. He would appear in his role from 9 June to August, and then be joined by Ben Forster as Jesus, Judas Iscariot, Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams as Mary Magdalene, and former 'N Sync singer JC Chasez as Pontius Pilate. The tour was postponed due to low advance ticket sales, which was announced on May 31.

Mr. Rotten's Songbook, a collection of Lydon's songs, was released in 2017. Every song he wrote during his entire career is represented by his own original sketches and cartoons in this limited edition.

Lydon appeared in season six of The Masked Singer as the show's second human character after Larry the Cable Guy's wild card "Baby" appeared on television. "Pepper" was pushed out alongside Natasha Bedingfield.


JANET STREET-PORTER: Johnny's not Rotten anymore! After the death of his beloved wife, why the punk with a heart of gold will now move you tears (and has come a long way since he threw a stuffed rat at me in 1976!), May 3, 2024
JANET STREET-PORTER: Forty-eight years ago, John Lydon (with Janet in 1978, inset; behind the scenes at Loose Women, left; and with his late wife, Nora Foster) was fronting the Sex Pistols and leading the musical revolution that was punk. In a 1976 interview viewed millions of times since, he told me: 'I don't have any heroes, they're useless'. It remains thrilling to watch today. But could John Lydon - still on the road at 68 - have turned out to be what he least expected back then: a true British hero?

John Lydon breaks down in tears onstage during his UK speaking tour as he reveals late wife Nora's final moments after devastating dementia battle: 'She started a death rattle', May 3, 2024
The punk rocker, 68, famously known as Johnny Rotten, lost Nora at the age of 80 after a two-year battle with Alzheimer's disease. He has since been candid about his battle with grief and the star opened up about his late wife during his 45-date UK speaking tour called I Could Be Wrong, I Could Be Right. 

John Lydon, 68, admits he is 'crippled with grief' and 'terrifically lonely' one year on from wife Nora Forster's death - and confesses he tries and fails to 'drown himself in alcohol', April 29, 2024
Sex Pistols icon John Lydon has shed light on the loneliness he feels since his beloved wife Nora Forster passed away last year.  In April last year, punk rocker, 68, famously known as Johnny Rotten, lost Nora at the age of 80 after a two-year battle with Alzheimer's disease. He has since been candid about his battles with grief and in a new interview with The Sunday Times Home the star spoke about life in their LA home since her passing. 
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