It takes a lot to be America's No. 1 badass. "Rock puts all of his energy into his performances, and he had command of the audience from the first note," says SPIN.com contributing photog Ian Witlen, who took all the pics in this gallery. "It's a killer shot -- that expression on his face says it all."
Ask John Lydon: Anger is an energy, but disco is a weapon. Like so many other first-wave punks and post-punks — Wire, Joy Division, the Clash and Blondie, just to name a handful — Johnny Rotten eventually discovered that setting his shredding guitars and caterwauling vocals to a dance-floor thump gave his music a power… More »