THE PROFESSIONALS ARE BACK
MEET THE NEW RECRUIT
Tom introduces himself as the new Professional:
Who the fuck is Steve Jones? He's one of the reasons I play guitar. I was ten when 'Never Mind The Bollocks' came out. My dad bought it and hated it, so gave it to me. It was an early copy with a free single. It still has its £2.99 Woolworth sticker on it. Doubt if it's worth anything now, cos I played it to death on a shitty old gramophone system - weighing down the needle with pennies to stop the jumping.
I bought the Swindle singles as they came out.....and then The Professionals stuff. My point is, I'd love to see Jones up there playing it, but right now it's not an option. He's in LA and isn't tempted So, should the other three members not bother? Should I have turned the job down?.....bollocks to that! There are great songs that never got a proper live airing at the time.
Rehearsals have been great, hearing those songs come to life. There are three legendary original members involved. Cookie of course, then Ray McVeigh and Paul Myers.
Why me? I've spent years on the road, touring the world, with bands from Big Boy Tomato, The Lurkers, Sugarsnatch, The Yoyos, Ginger Wildheart, The Dogs D'Amour, The Loyalties and now The Men They Couldn't Hang. All those bands have turned me into......well....a Professional.
I'm not Steve Jones but it's an honour to front the band. So I'm going to give those songs the respect, energy and attitude they deserve.
As for Steve, Tom has told God Save The Sex Pistols that Steve's involvement cannot be ruled out completely.
There is a possible scenario... watch this space.
THE PROFESSIONALS ARE BACK
Paul Cook, Paul Myers, & Ray McVeigh are currently in rehearsal
No Jonesy this time, but his space is filled
by "the magnificent" Tom Spencer
By all accounts the band are sounding great
Stay tuned for more Professionals news, including gigs
The 16 track compilation, entitled 'Rise: The Collection' includes songs from every PiL album 1978-2012, and also features an extensive 24 page booklet including sleevenotes, memorabilia and photos compiled and written by PiL Official.
1. Public Image
3. Chant (live in Paris 1980)
4. Banging the Door
5. Religion (live in Tokyo 1983)
6. This Is Not A Love Song (12")
7. Tie Me To The Length Of That
13. Disappointed (12")
14. Don't Ask Me
16. Deeper Water
The collection of Jordan (Pamela Rooke) is up for auction on 23rd June.
"The collection of Jordan (Pamela Rooke) – the ‘high priestess of Punk’, lots 221 to 237, charts her time spent working with Westwood and McLaren at 430 Kings Road, 1974 -1982. Her non-compromising personal style - with spiked tinted hair, cubist face paint, wearing provocative bondage or fetish gear - made her the living embodiment of Punk, more so than even Vivienne Westwood herself. Jordan states: ‘This collection represents the very essence of me and reflects a very rare occurrence - that of two parallel forces coming together to become something unique. I see it now, that these clothes and myself were meant for each other and because of this I regard them as dear old friends that are to be loved and admired. Never before have I contemplated parting with my 'old friends' and it has been a difficult decision for me to make but the overriding feeling is that after 40 years I feel I need them to see the light of day and be treasured by someone else’.
See more at:http://kerrytaylorauctions.com/catalog. [thanks David Barnett]
God Save the Queen: The World's Most Collectible Single:
The Tale of the Sex Pistols' Infamous Anthem
By Dominic Pedler
Released 15 Sep 2015 (Red Planet) Available to pre-order
PUBLIC IMAGE LTD
WILL RELEASE THE ALBUM ‘WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW…’
AHEAD OF A
23-DATE UK/EUROPE TOUR THAT KICKS OFF ON
Public Image Ltd (PiL) announce the release of their 10th studio album ‘What The World Needs Now…’ on 4th
September 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 21st August. The 10” vinyl version will be backed by ‘Bettie Page’ and also come with additional nonalbum
bonus track ‘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.
Released on 4th September, ‘What The World Needs Now…’ precedes the start of their 23-date UK/Europe tour,
which kicks off in Glasgow on 18th September and follows on from last year’s one-off sold-out show at London’s
Indigo at the 02. The UK/Europe tour will be followed by North America dates. UK/Europe Dates below. Tickets
go on general sale at 9am Thursday 21st May. Preceded by pre-sale at 9am on Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th
May. See www.pilofficial.com for ticket links.
‘What The World Needs Now…’ is self-funded by PiL and will be released on PiL’s own label ‘PiL Official’ via
Cargo UK Distribution.
‘What The World Needs Now’
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
UK Tour Dates
Glasgow, 02 ABC, Scotland, Friday, September 18th 2015
Manchester Academy, UK, Saturday, September 19th 2015
Newcastle, Riverside, Sunday, September 20th 2015
York, Fibbers, UK, Tuesday, September 22nd 2015
Coventry, The Copper Rooms @ Warwick University, UK, Wednesday, September 23rd 2015
Bristol, 02 Academy, UK, Friday, September 25th 2015
Buckley, Tivoli, Wales, Saturday, September 26th 2015
Reading, Sub 89, UK, Sunday, September 27th 2015
Bexhill, De La Warr Pavilion, UK, Tuesday, September 29th 2015
Norwich, UEA, UK, Wednesday, September 30th 2015
London, 02 Shepherds Bush Empire, UK, Friday, October 2nd 2015
Frome, Cheese and Grain, UK, Saturday, October 3rd 2015
Southampton, Engine Rooms, UK, Sunday, October 4th 2015
Europe Tour Dates
Paris, Le Trianon, France, Tuesday, October 6th 2015
Amsterdam, Paradiso, Netherlands, Wednesday, October 7th 2015
Lausanne, Les Docks, Switzerland, Friday, October 9th 2015
Venice, Rivolta, Italy, Saturday, October 10th 2015
Milan, Magazzini Generali, Italy, Sunday, October 11th 2015
Mannheim, Alte Seilerei, Germany, Tuesday, October 13th 2015
Ludwigsburg, Rockfabrik, Germany, Wednesday, October 14th 2015
Berlin, Columbia Theatre, Germany, Thursday, October 15th 2015
Bochum, Zeche, Germany, Saturday, October 17th 2015
Antwerp, Trix, Belgium, Sunday, October 18th 2015
Bootleg Spunk is also given a re-issue today on BMG/Sanctuary.
2000 copies in white vinyl.
17th April ‘Changing Britain Festival’ at the Southbank Centre, London.
This Sunday 19th April 3.30pm – 4.30pm "Punk
Punk defined the spirit of rebellion among UK youth during the 1970s. We look back on this British movement with a panel including Don Letts, director, DJ and band member of Big Audio Dynamite, Glen Matlock, original bass guitarist with the Sex Pistols, Viv Albertine, legendary guitarist with The Slits and chaired by Paul Burgess." http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/changing-britain-w1-day-2-88908
11th April Octavio Cohen Escali passed away 7th April.
He was Sid's 'baby sitter' during the Parisian trip in 1978, and the guy who tried to teach Sid how to play Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent songs. He was the bass player for JohnnyThunders when the Living Dead play Le Gibus Club in Paris. He also played some gigs with the New York Dolls in NYC in 1976.
On ITV's Dickinsons Real Deal yesterday, a FAKE / BOOTLEG God Save The Queen A & M (the 2002 one wirh yellowy labels) was discussed along with a collection of genuine Beatles Red A Label promos. Thankfully the dealer didn`t offer enough, and they went to auction, the GSTQ got just £38. The seller was really dubious where and when he bought it. I bet! Watch it on the usual catch up platforms.[thanks Glyn W]
'Dance To The Sex Pistols' LP Another bootleg of Barbarella's, Vaxjo, Sweden, 23rd July 1977 show. So far pressed in three coloured vinyls; pink, yellow & white. (100 of each).
Legendary Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd (PiL) front man and lyricist Mr John Rotten Lydon will return to 100 Club for the first time in nearly two decades.
The week before James Callaghan became Prime Minister and The Brotherhood of Man won the Eurovision Song Contest a handful of people witnessed the performance of a 20-year-old singer who within months would truly shake Britain out of its lethargy. Johnny Rotten and the Sex Pistols appeared in the first of a series of infamous gigs at the 100 Club in Oxford Street and by the end of 1976 had become one of the most revered bands of all time.
Nearly 40 years later John Lydon returns to the 100 Club for an intimate conversation about his extraordinary life. He shares his experiences from the Pistols to PiL, from his beginnings as a sickly child of immigrant Irish parents, growing up in post-war London, to his present status as vibrant, alternative national hero and a true legend.
But the actual agenda for this unique event won't be known until the night because the questions are chosen by the live audience. "Who needs Question Time!"
John's autobiography Anger Is An Energy: My Life Uncensored - a Sunday Times Bestseller is available in paperback from May 7th.
£25 + BF includes "Limited Edition Collector's Paperback"
USA PUBLICATION Anger Is An Energy: My Life Uncensored