Without Public Image Ltd. (PiL), there would be countless young bands still waiting for the kind of experimental sound inspiration that made them form bands in the first place, since PiL was one of the first to dare to mesh everything from rock, dance, tribal, pop, to Dub and spoken word.

Though December 2009 found PiL regrouping to tour in their native United Kingdom, (playing their first shows in 17 years), North America had to wait a bit.  But wait no more, since Public Image Ltd. will kick off their first North American appearance on Saturday, April 17th in San Francisco.

After his music debut with the Sex Pistols, anarchic leader John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotton) formed Public Image Ltd. in 1978.  On this tour, he’ll be performing with longtime PiL members Lu Edmonds (guitar, once also in The Damned), Bruce Smith (drums, once of The Slits) and Scott Firth (bass, joined PiL only in 2009 but had played with everyone from Elvis Costello to the Spice Girls).

The North American tour will be preceded by an epic performance at the Coachella Festival on Friday, April 16th (opening day of the three-day event) in Indio, CA, which will be the band’s first American show in 18 years.

The preliminary North American tour dates are below, with more shows to be added, and will be followed by European festival dates this summer.

Fri 4/16 Indio, CA Empire Polo Field/Coachella
Sat 4/17 San Francisco, CA Grand Ballroom @ Regency Center
Tue 4/20 Seattle, WA Showbox at The Market
Wed 4/21 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
Fri 4/23 Salt Lake City, UT
Sat 4/24 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
Mon 4/26 Kansas City, MO Midland Theatre
Sun 5/2 Chicago, IL House of Blues
Tue 5/4 Boston, MA Royale Boston
Wed 5/5 Boston, MA Royale Boston
Fri 5/7 Toronto, ON Kool Haus
Sat 5/8 Montreal, QC Theatre L’Olympia de Montreal
Tue 5/11 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live
Wed 5/12 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Fri 5/14 Pittsburgh, PA Club Zoo
Sat 5/15 Atlantic City, NJ The Borgata Music Box
Tue 5/18 New York, NY Terminal 5

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  1. I hate to tell you, but this is not the first time Public Image Ltd. has toured North America – more like the 100th. I saw them in Chicago in the early ’80s, and a few times since…