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No hint of mellowing for ex-Sex Pistol John Lydon

Published on Oct 16, 2012 8:06 AM

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Nearly four decades after crashing onto the music scene at the age of 19 as the lead singer of British punk outfit the Sex Pistols, John Lydon (also known as Johnny Rotten) is enjoying being back in the limelight.

Lydon is in the early stages of a North American tour with his long-running post-Pistols band, Public Image Trademark orange hair on end - now more of a faded yellow - and with the mixture of ecstatic visionary and escaped mental patient that is Lydon's stock-in-trade stage presence, he pounded out his lyrics to a sellout crowd in Williamsburg, New York, last week.

There is little hint of the mellowing that besets many other singers as far into their 50s as he is. "I'm not an old codger yet," Lydon told Reuters in an interview at a Manhattan hotel after the concert.

Lydon is promoting his new album, This is PiL, a sprawling, hour-long musical journey that both evokes the PiL of old and pushes into new territory.

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