Public Image Ltd - Johnny Rotten

Public Image Ltd Photos From Denver

I have trouble remembering things but I am pretty sure there was a time when MTV actually played music. Back in those dark ages, they also had a show called 120 Minutes that I watched religiously throughout high school. I also attended an accompanying tour with Big Audio Dynamite and Public Image Ltd sometime in my college years where Johnny Rotten flashed the crowd his bum. A lot.

It’s Johnny Rotten. He can do what he wants.

I saw the man in Denver right before Thanksgiving when PiL played for a very enthusiastic crowd at the Gothic Theatre. No ass cracks this time, but lots of snot-blowing all over the stage. And a really, really good performance. One of my favorite shows of 2015, as a matter of fact.

Johnny sounded great, even though he was swishing some form of liquor-chloraseptic cocktail to sooth his throat. PiL has always been somewhat of a revolving door of musicians but everyone in Denver was a dream team: Lu Edmonds (the Mekons, the Damned, Shriekback), Scott Firth ( Elvis Costello, Morcheeba), and Bruce Smith (the Slits).

As photographers, we usually shoot the first three and it’s over for us. “Love Song” was the third of the night and pretty much put a huge check mark on of my life list. May the road rise with you indeed.

Public Image Ltd (PiL) - Johnny Rotten - Denver Concert

Public Image Ltd (PiL) - Johnny Rotten - Denver Concert

Public Image Ltd (PiL) - Johnny Rotten - Denver Concert

Public Image Ltd (PiL) - Johnny Rotten - Denver Concert

Public Image Ltd (PiL) - Johnny Rotten - Denver Concert

Public Image Ltd (PiL) - Johnny Rotten - Denver Concert

Public Image Ltd (PiL) - Johnny Rotten - Denver Concert

Public Image Ltd (PiL) - Johnny Rotten - Denver Concert

Public Image Ltd (PiL) - Johnny Rotten - Denver Concert

Public Image Ltd (PiL) - Johnny Rotten - Denver Concert

Note: Concert tickets were provided by Public Image Ltd. All photos and words are mine. © Aimee Giese

This article has 8 comments

  1. Mike Cohen

    I saw him Friday after Thanksgiving and he was awesome. He was still sick but sounded great. The highlight was “Rise”, which was the last song as an encore.

  2. James

    They were so great – especially given how old that crazy dude is. Great photos!

  3. Greg

    Keep on raising that bar Aimee!
    Nice shots of the legend that is Mr. Rotten #9lives

  4. J

    We saw PIL with the Sugarcubes and New Order way back in the day. I adored New Order, loved the Sugarcubes, and didn’t really care for PIL…but in concert, PIL was amazing, the Sugarcubes were antagonizing the audience, and New Order were boring. Sad.

    Happy that PIL was there to make up for it all, and happy to say that we saw New Order last year and they were great.

    • Aimee

      I have never seen New Order – totally sad about that one!

  5. Karen

    THE SEX PISTOLS!

  6. Lisa Heyson

    Your concert photos are amazing.

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