1.We're Back!

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Tuesday night at Los Angeles' Club Nokia, John Lydon (a.k.a. Sex Pistols singer Johnny Rotten) revived his post-punk band Public Image Ltd. for their first U.S. show in 18 years.

But, now in their mid-50s, did Lydon, drummer Bruce Smith, guitarist Lu Edmonds (formerly of the Damned), and multi-instrumentalist Scott Firth still have the raucous spunk of their earlier years… or was the gig merely a stroll-through-the-motions reunion?

Without a doubt, the former. Simply put: The show kicked ass.

From the set's opening number -- the band's biggest hit, 1983's "This Is Not A Love Song" -- PiL held a firm grasp on the audience's attention with Lydon's spasmodic dancing and monstrous bursts of scream-singing. The band played old songs like "Rise," "Death Disco," and Flowers of Romance."

Edmonds slashed his way through the riff-heavy songs as Firth unleashed hard-hitting basslines on tracks like "Sun" and "Warrior."

PiL exuded a sincere joy, which translated to the sold-out crowd of 2,300 fans -- both young music lovers and old school rockers -- who danced and moshed, eager to act out the punk days of the past.

Coachella fans take note: PiL's performance Friday night at 11:20 PM at the Outdoor Theatre is not to be missed. -- NICHOLAS BOWDEN

Browse more exclusive photos of the show here. >>

Set List:
"This is Not a Love Song"
"Poptones"
"Length"
"Albatross"
"Death Disco"
"Flowers of Romance"
"Psychopath"
"Warrior"
"USLS 1"
"Disappointed"
"Religion"
"Bags""Chant""Memories"
"Public Image"

Encore:
"Sun"
"Rise"
"Open Up

2.We're Back!

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Tuesday night at Los Angeles' Club Nokia, John Lydon (a.k.a. Sex Pistols singer Johnny Rotten) revived his post-punk band Public Image Ltd. for their first U.S. show in 18 years.

But, now in their mid-50s, did Lydon, drummer Bruce Smith, guitarist Lu Edmonds (formerly of the Damned), and multi-instrumentalist Scott Firth still have the raucous spunk of their earlier years… or was the gig merely a stroll-through-the-motions reunion?

Without a doubt, the former. Simply put: The show kicked ass.

From the set's opening number -- the band's biggest hit, 1983's "This Is Not A Love Song" -- PiL held a firm grasp on the audience's attention with Lydon's spasmodic dancing and monstrous bursts of scream-singing. The band played old songs like "Rise," "Death Disco," and Flowers of Romance."

Edmonds slashed his way through the riff-heavy songs as Firth unleashed hard-hitting basslines on tracks like "Sun" and "Warrior."

PiL exuded a sincere joy, which translated to the sold-out crowd of 2,300 fans -- both young music lovers and old school rockers -- who danced and moshed, eager to act out the punk days of the past.

Coachella fans take note: PiL's performance Friday night at 11:20 PM at the Outdoor Theatre is not to be missed. -- NICHOLAS BOWDEN

Browse more exclusive photos of the show here. >>

Set List:
"This is Not a Love Song"
"Poptones"
"Length"
"Albatross"
"Death Disco"
"Flowers of Romance"
"Psychopath"
"Warrior"
"USLS 1"
"Disappointed"
"Religion"
"Bags""Chant""Memories"
"Public Image"

Encore:
"Sun"
"Rise"
"Open Up

3.Lydon Smiles for the Camera

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4.Public Image Ltd. Get Their Groove On

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5.I Can't Hear You!

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6.Lydon Belts "This is Not a Love Song"

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7.Lydon Bids His Followers Adieu

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